A Stories Project: Humans of Heart & Hands

Read the Heart & Hands stories from our practitioners, clients & volunteers who have shared so far :)

We love community. And we love stories. Humans of Heart & Hands is a collection of practitioner, volunteer & client accounts of how Heart & Hands Health Collective has made a positive impact in their lives.

Your stories are a living document of how community acupuncture can change the world, shifting societal views about self-care, the use of traditional modalities for prevention as well as supporting our organization and it’s hardworking practitioners.

Have we impacted your life in a positive way?
Do you feel inspired to share your Heart & Hands story?

Birthed!

We have been following K.F. throughout their fertility journey and once pregnant, also supported them through all the ebbs and flows of how the body changes as it is gestating a new life! We are delighted to add another babe …
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Thank you for all your help Christina!

Another mission accomplished with 2 acupuncture labour induction sessions over the weekend. Safe, drug-free, potent and traditional. I’m glad it did the trick A.Q., see you in a few weeks for some post-partum follow-up! Did you know? Heart & Hands offers safe, …
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Unmasking David

Hey y’all, I’m David Gillese, (he/him). That surname is anglicized Irish gaelic and is confusingly pronounced gill-eece. I am a 2nd generation Irish-Canadian settler on my Dad’s side and with French-Canadian and some more Irish heritage on my mom’s side. I …
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Mom + kiddo acu-naps

A new Saturday afternoon tradition for S.G. and her 10 yr old kiddo. Always such a treat to see families receiving self-care together <3
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Small acts of care…

We were gifted this wonderful, tender piece from a fellow Community Acupuncturist in Dakota Territory, also known as Minneapolis, MN. If you happen to be in that neck of the woods, do visit South Point Community Acupuncture for your pokes! The artwork is …
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Early labour might be in the near-ish future…

Another babe hopefully on the way, this one is a lil’ stubborn and is a wee bit behind schedule. Keeping this new expectant parent in our thoughts today for a healthy, efficient birth! Did you know? Heart & Hands offers safe, drug-free and …
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Unmasking Cydney

My name is Cydney Patricia Elizabeth Smith. I am Canadian born, Mother and Father both born in Canada, Maternal grandparents from Scotland and Paternal grandparents also born in Canada and before that, English and Irish.  I was named after a well behaved …
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A little about Cydney

Cydney Smith, R.Ac., studied Acupuncture and Moxabustion at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine from 2015 to 2017. She recently moved to Vancouver Island in 2020 and is living in the Traditional Territories of the Costal Salish Peoples, specifically the Pauquachin First Nation and Tseycum …
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A little about David

David has been drawn to Community Acupuncture (CA) as first a lover of (acu)naps then subsequently a member of the H&H front desk volunteer team and now, soon to be acupunk! Accessibility is a core value within the CA model, but also …
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Family Day came early to H&H!

Family Day came early at H&H! Mom-daughter duo + grandma-grandson too!We are always delighted to see family members receiving self-care together and is one of the many perks of running a community practice :)
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Unmasking Brewster

My name is Brewster Scott I am a First Generation Grenadian Canadian on my Father’s side and a 3rd generation Irish/Scottish/Pennsylvania Dutch Canadian mix on my Mother’s. One of the reasons my parents decided to name me “Brewster” was so that when …
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Unmasking Christina

Pandemic practicing is not without it’s trials, tribulations and quirks. There is no manual for what we should be doing. The foundation of our community practice is relational and a huge component of the work we do involves human connection. …
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Here’s to the next chapter…

Originally from “A reflection on 8 years” posted Oct. 5, 2018, by Christina Chan, R.Ac. As we close our 5-week crowdfunding campaign, we reflect on HOW MUCH Heart & Hands has GROWN in the last 10 years, the role it plays …
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Xela selfie lying in bed with a B&W kitty

To say the least, H&H is a place of refuge for me.

H&H is a place that offers medicine in the form of caring, intuitive healers who are accepting, responsive, and compassionate. For me, it is a powerful alternative to the regular avenues for healing; such places never offered me comfort, safety, …
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Marcella and Denny holding gratitude tiles

Help us build a gratitude wall!

H&H community! WE NEED YOUR VOICE!! We are in the midst of some some VERY BIG PLANS and in the meantime, we’d like you all to help us build a gratitude wall. This wall will be part of an upcoming crowdfunding …
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Christina in a pink onsie, on a plaid couch, holding an orange kitten

A little about Christina

Christina is active in the community, she is passionate about using acupuncture as a tool for positive social change through providing outreach, increasing accessibility and bringing the practice back to its traditional roots. She continues to explore her own personal experiences …
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A little about Jenica

Jenica Geisler completed her diploma in Doctorate studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in Nelson, BC, in 2012.  She began practicing as a Community Acupuncturist shortly after, which motivated her to use her skillset for …
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Marko is wearing a baseball cap, playing guitar at sunset

Hey Christina, I’ve been starting a daily poetry practice. Yesterday I wrote one called ‘Heart & Hands’. And I just want to say thank you for the help you’ve provided to my emotional and physical health over the years. Here’s the poem:

Pockets of air Bubbling up Under my skin Building up walls Blocking energy Burning, bubbling Their weight Is heavy Infectious Carcinogenic masses I can’t reach Them Alone Please Are your needles handy? And are you feeling Precise? Precise enough To …
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Childhood picture of Susan cutting a birthday cake

A little about Susan.

Susan came across acupuncture in her efforts to heal a sore back and a broken heart. She soon became a big fan and found that the hours spent with those little pins in not only helped her immediate concerns, but …
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Birthed!

We have been following K.F. throughout their fertility journey and once pregnant, also supported them through all the ebbs and flows of how the body changes as it is gestating a new life! We are delighted to add another babe to our annual spring-summer baby wave! Did you know? Heart & Hands …

Thank you for all your help Christina!

Another mission accomplished with 2 acupuncture labour induction sessions over the weekend. Safe, drug-free, potent and traditional. I’m glad it did the trick A.Q., see you in a few weeks for some post-partum follow-up! Did you know? Heart & Hands offers safe, drug-free and affordable care throughout your pregnancy journey, whether you …

Unmasking David

Hey y’all, I’m David Gillese, (he/him). That surname is anglicized Irish gaelic and is confusingly pronounced gill-eece. I am a 2nd generation Irish-Canadian settler on my Dad’s side and with French-Canadian and some more Irish heritage on my mom’s side. I was born on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen speaking …

Mom + kiddo acu-naps

A new Saturday afternoon tradition for S.G. and her 10 yr old kiddo. Always such a treat to see families receiving self-care together <3

Small acts of care…

We were gifted this wonderful, tender piece from a fellow Community Acupuncturist in Dakota Territory, also known as Minneapolis, MN. If you happen to be in that neck of the woods, do visit South Point Community Acupuncture for your pokes! The artwork is by the talented Molly Costello who asked any of the recipients of …

Early labour might be in the near-ish future…

Another babe hopefully on the way, this one is a lil’ stubborn and is a wee bit behind schedule. Keeping this new expectant parent in our thoughts today for a healthy, efficient birth! Did you know? Heart & Hands offers safe, drug-free and affordable care throughout your pregnancy journey, whether you are in …

Unmasking Cydney

My name is Cydney Patricia Elizabeth Smith. I am Canadian born, Mother and Father both born in Canada, Maternal grandparents from Scotland and Paternal grandparents also born in Canada and before that, English and Irish.  I was named after a well behaved little girl in a restaurant that my parents met while …

Thanks for everything you do and did to support us and this pregnancy.

Hi Christina, Friday the 12th Saylix Wilder (“Wilder”) was born at 8:51pm weighing 8 lbs 05 oz. I was over 41 weeks so I did acupuncture with a different person (Matt, who is lovely) then we emailed with on Wednesday and then again at 1:30 on Friday trying an electronic stimulation induction and …

A little about Cydney

Cydney Smith, R.Ac., studied Acupuncture and Moxabustion at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine from 2015 to 2017. She recently moved to Vancouver Island in 2020 and is living in the Traditional Territories of the Costal Salish Peoples, specifically the Pauquachin First Nation and Tseycum First Nation. Her first experience in a community acupuncture setting was …

A little about David

David has been drawn to Community Acupuncture (CA) as first a lover of (acu)naps then subsequently a member of the H&H front desk volunteer team and now, soon to be acupunk! Accessibility is a core value within the CA model, but also for all of the health services he offers both in …

Family Day came early to H&H!

Family Day came early at H&H! Mom-daughter duo + grandma-grandson too!We are always delighted to see family members receiving self-care together and is one of the many perks of running a community practice :)

I went into labour after our last appointment together!

Hi Christina,I wanted to send a quick hi and thank you for doing what you do! You are fantastic.   As you may have guessed when I never showed up again, I went into labour after our last appointment together! B, our little boy is 5 weeks old today and I …

Unmasking Brewster

My name is Brewster Scott I am a First Generation Grenadian Canadian on my Father’s side and a 3rd generation Irish/Scottish/Pennsylvania Dutch Canadian mix on my Mother’s. One of the reasons my parents decided to name me “Brewster” was so that when my name was seen on a resume, I would track …

Heart & Hands became an additional source of connection for me

Going to acupuncture with Christina at Heart & Hands got me through to the end of my pregnancy. I started going for relief from pregnancy-related carpal tunnel, but it soon became clear to me that Christina was very knowledgeable about a lot of aspects of well-being for mothers to be. …

Unmasking Christina

Pandemic practicing is not without it’s trials, tribulations and quirks. There is no manual for what we should be doing. The foundation of our community practice is relational and a huge component of the work we do involves human connection. Now that we have enhanced measures in place to keep …

Here’s to the next chapter…

Originally from “A reflection on 8 years” posted Oct. 5, 2018, by Christina Chan, R.Ac. As we close our 5-week crowdfunding campaign, we reflect on HOW MUCH Heart & Hands has GROWN in the last 10 years, the role it plays in our community’s well-being, including our own, the importance of …
Midori, L and C.

Thanks for all your support over the last few months!

“Hey Christina,I just wanted to let you know Midori gave birth to our daughter, Camellia on Monday morning. She was a healthy 8lbs 5oz. Both her and Midori are doing very well. We left the hospital today and are now back at home.” “Thanks again for your help, Christina! You helped me …
Xela selfie lying in bed with a B&W kitty

To say the least, H&H is a place of refuge for me.

H&H is a place that offers medicine in the form of caring, intuitive healers who are accepting, responsive, and compassionate. For me, it is a powerful alternative to the regular avenues for healing; such places never offered me comfort, safety, or empowerment. To say the least, H&H is a place …
Anne's selfie, wearing a knitted green toque

I can’t think of a community organization more worthy of support.

I’ve been going to Heart and Hands for years, and it’s an incredible resource. Each practitioner is lovely, empathetic, and highly skilled – and whether I come in with a pulled muscle or mental exhaustion, I’ve always left feeling better in every way imaginable. Over time, regular visits have come …
Kevin and his dog

There’s is a certain kind of magic that comes from a room full of people all quietly gathered and surrendering to a caring professional that can not be found with the quick-fix approach of western medicine

I was first introduced to acupuncture with Christina about 5 years ago. As someone who has struggled with autoimmune illnesses, PTSD and a generalized anxiety disorder and medication resistant depression for the last 15+ years – I had really been struggling to find relief or peace of mind. I was …

Acupuncture has helped to relieve my physical and emotional aches.

Susan has been my miracle worker for approximately 5 years or more.  Her knowledge of acupuncture continues to amaze me. She has not only lifted me out of the pit of despair many times, but has also helped to relieve and/or eliminate my physical and emotional aches. Acupuncture is a …

Thank you for having me as part of your community :)

I volunteered at Heart & Hands and instantly became part of a great community. It was a brilliant experience to be able to help and be a part of Heart & Hands, so many people depend on the tremendous work of the acupunks. You get to meet so many lovely …
Marcella and Denny holding gratitude tiles

Help us build a gratitude wall!

H&H community! WE NEED YOUR VOICE!! We are in the midst of some some VERY BIG PLANS and in the meantime, we’d like you all to help us build a gratitude wall. This wall will be part of an upcoming crowdfunding video for our project, “Help us build H&H 2.0″….stay tuned… From …
Christina in a pink onsie, on a plaid couch, holding an orange kitten

A little about Christina

Christina is active in the community, she is passionate about using acupuncture as a tool for positive social change through providing outreach, increasing accessibility and bringing the practice back to its traditional roots. She continues to explore her own personal experiences as a community organizer, a woman of colour and as …

A little about Jenica

Jenica Geisler completed her diploma in Doctorate studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in Nelson, BC, in 2012.  She began practicing as a Community Acupuncturist shortly after, which motivated her to use her skillset for positive social change. Read below to get to know Jenica or …
Marko is wearing a baseball cap, playing guitar at sunset

Hey Christina, I’ve been starting a daily poetry practice. Yesterday I wrote one called ‘Heart & Hands’. And I just want to say thank you for the help you’ve provided to my emotional and physical health over the years. Here’s the poem:

Pockets of air Bubbling up Under my skin Building up walls Blocking energy Burning, bubbling Their weight Is heavy Infectious Carcinogenic masses I can’t reach Them Alone Please Are your needles handy? And are you feeling Precise? Precise enough To pierce Those pale pimples Pop them open That they release …
Childhood picture of Susan cutting a birthday cake

A little about Susan.

Susan came across acupuncture in her efforts to heal a sore back and a broken heart. She soon became a big fan and found that the hours spent with those little pins in not only helped her immediate concerns, but also made her entire life much better. She loves community acupuncture …
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