A Stories Project: Humans of Heart & Hands

Read below for the many Heart & Hands stories our practitioners, clients & volunteers 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?
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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 … A little about Christina Read more »
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A little about Jenica

Jenica Geisler completed her diploma in Doctorate studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of … A little about Jenica Read more »
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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 … Hey Christina, I’ve been starting a daily poetry practice. Yesterday I wrote one called ‘Heart & Hands’. And I just want to say thank…
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A little about Susan.

Susan came across acupuncture in her efforts to heal a sore back and a broken … A little about Susan. Read more »
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A little about Veronica.

Veronica’s first experience with acupuncture was right here at Heart & Hands. After becoming a … A little about Veronica. Read more »
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T.N. is smiling and sitting in front of our computer

A bright & cheerful presence

T.N. is always an enthusiastic, curious and cheerful presence behind our front desk as he … A bright & cheerful presence Read more »
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Judith is on the right, Jeremy is on the left. They are standing in front of the mural on the H&H driveway.

A family affair

Judith and Jeremy are father and daughter acu-nappers, one of our many pairs of family … A family affair Read more »
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Kathleen is on the right, Susan is on the left. They are making fish-faces.

Lovely & wacky

K.G. is one of the lovely and wacky faces you will see behind our front … Lovely & wacky Read more »
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C.R. and Christina sitting behind the front desk.

Last day!

C.R. one of our brilliant front desk volunteers on her LAST DAY behind the desk … Last day! Read more »
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Vera has pink hair and she is standing next to Christina in the doorway of Heart & Hands.

Birds of a feather

Vera is a fierce and fearless street nurse working with the clients of Portland Hotel … Birds of a feather Read more »
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Christina is on the left, Kim is on the right. Our posters are in the background.

Volunteer power!

K.B. is one of the 12 smiling faces of our amazing volunteer team that powers … Volunteer power! Read more »
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A.M. is wearing a fuschia shirt and sitting on a bench in the H&H lobby

A sunny & courageous soul

A.M. is a sunny, optimistic and courageous soul. She is a cancer survivor. She has … A sunny & courageous soul Read more »
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David standing on the left, Christina in the right. They are standing in front of the blackboard schedule.

An aspiring acupunk

This is David! He is an aspiring acupunk, acupuncture student at Oshio College and formerly … An aspiring acupunk Read more »
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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. … Here’s to the next chapter… Read more »
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 … A little about Christina Read more »

A little about Jenica

Jenica Geisler completed her diploma in Doctorate studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of … A little about Jenica Read more »
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 … 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…

A little about Susan.

Susan came across acupuncture in her efforts to heal a sore back and a broken … A little about Susan. Read more »

A little about Veronica.

Veronica’s first experience with acupuncture was right here at Heart & Hands. After becoming a … A little about Veronica. Read more »
T.N. is smiling and sitting in front of our computer

A bright & cheerful presence

T.N. is always an enthusiastic, curious and cheerful presence behind our front desk as he … A bright & cheerful presence Read more »
Loretta and Wally sitting on the bench before their weekly acunaps

A weekly routine

This is W.H. & his beautiful mother L.M. about to head into their weekly acunap.
Rhyan and Christina in a selfie in front of the lobby blackboard.

A talented & empathetic individual

R.C. is a talented and empathetic individual who keeps our front desk organized like a … A talented & empathetic individual Read more »
Judith is on the right, Jeremy is on the left. They are standing in front of the mural on the H&H driveway.

A family affair

Judith and Jeremy are father and daughter acu-nappers, one of our many pairs of family … A family affair Read more »
Kathleen is on the right, Susan is on the left. They are making fish-faces.

Lovely & wacky

K.G. is one of the lovely and wacky faces you will see behind our front … Lovely & wacky Read more »
C.R. and Christina sitting behind the front desk.

Last day!

C.R. one of our brilliant front desk volunteers on her LAST DAY behind the desk … Last day! Read more »
Vera has pink hair and she is standing next to Christina in the doorway of Heart & Hands.

Birds of a feather

Vera is a fierce and fearless street nurse working with the clients of Portland Hotel … Birds of a feather Read more »
Christina is on the left, Kim is on the right. Our posters are in the background.

Volunteer power!

K.B. is one of the 12 smiling faces of our amazing volunteer team that powers … Volunteer power! Read more »
J.W. is wearing a yellow dress and a denim jacket.

Restoration. Resurgence. Rest.

Heart & Hands Health Collective is my go to place every week for my incurable … Restoration. Resurgence. Rest. Read more »
A.M. is wearing a fuschia shirt and sitting on a bench in the H&H lobby

A sunny & courageous soul

A.M. is a sunny, optimistic and courageous soul. She is a cancer survivor. She has … A sunny & courageous soul Read more »
Brewster is on the right, Christina is on the left

My wise community acupuncture comrade

This my wise colleague and fellow community acupuncture comrade Dr. Brewster Scott, ND. Brewster is a … My wise community acupuncture comrade Read more »
David standing on the left, Christina in the right. They are standing in front of the blackboard schedule.

An aspiring acupunk

This is David! He is an aspiring acupunk, acupuncture student at Oshio College and formerly … An aspiring acupunk Read more »
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