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Christina Chan, M.Sc., R.Ac.
is a Community Acupuncturist, educator, two-wheeler, kung fu freedom fighter and lupus survivor. In 2009, she completed her training as a Registered Acupuncturist at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Victoria, BC. She has practiced her craft in a variety of settings including at the Vancouver Daytox, the Fernwood Community Centre, AIDS Vancouver Island and Camosun College.
She is also a certified Cranial Sacral Therapist, completing her training through the Department of Holistic Health Studies at Langara College in Vancouver, BC.
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 business owner of an unorthodox social enterprise in Victoria BC.
Susan Shields, R.Ac.
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 because it helps us reconnect with ourselves in a very real way, makes this powerful medicine accessible to more people, and reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles and triumphs.
Susan graduated from Pacific Rim College in 2012 and honed her skills in private practice, at Peers Resource Society, Poke Community Acupuncture, and with Barefoot Acupuncturists before joining Heart & Hands.
She loves being a community acupunk and is a little awed and humbled that she gets to do this work.
Her other interests and pursuits include ashtanga yoga, drinking coffee, being outside, and unsuccessfully trying to make sense of things.
Stefanie Miska, TMC.P.
was born in Quebec City and raised in Victoria, BC. She spent many years travelling, mostly in developing countries which caused her health to suffer. Turning to acupuncture as a last resort when all else failed, she was surprised and interested about this alternative medicine.
After years as a patient she took the leap and began school in at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Victoria. She completed the five year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine diploma from the Academy of Classic Oriental Sciences in Nelson, BC.
When Stefanie is not in the clinic, you can find her frolicking at the beach with her dog, drinking coffee, practicing yoga or creating weird art.
Stefanie is excited to offer her knowledge and skills to the community at Heart and Hands and share the medicine that changed her life.
Mareena Dufault, R.Ac. works with
acupuncture, self-heal coaching, and spirit medicine to improve the overall well-being of my clients. She is passionate about biology, “the study of life,” especially as it pertains to understanding the stressors that create illness and finding the recipe for optimal health for each individual. She provides trauma-sensitive care and hold compassionate, positive space for all clients. She contributes actively to her local community through her involvement in several ongoing health and safety projects. Mareena has worked in healthcare since 2004.
Self care for Angie Leavey, R.Ac. began
after a 12 year career in the corporate sector. After recovering from a series of medical conditions, it was clear to me that her overall health, emotionally and physically was being compromised.
Her journey to acupuncture has led her through many paths. She resigned her corporate position in 2001 and began training in massage and botanical medicine. She studied organic chemistry with an interest in the medical use of essential oils, at the Institute of Aromatherapy. After completing my designation in Toronto as a Certified Health Practitioner, she immersed herself in further education focusing on mental health and women’s care.
In 2005, she was asked to participate in a project that changed the trajectory of her path to Chinese Medicine. After the devastating Tsunami that struck Indonesia, she worked with a team of 20 volunteers in Sri Lanka to help support and re-build an area that had been devastated. The memories of witnessing humans who had virtually lost families, livelihoods and the very few material possessions in their lives, made her look at life from a different lens. What was most evident was the lack of counselling or community programs that offered emotional support for PTSD, anxiety and depression.
In 2010, she began my training at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria. In 2013, she received her Registered Acupuncturist licensing and is also a certified NADA practitioner, with a focus on addiction and mental health.
Her interest is to provide Acupuncture to address health requirements for “every body”. The ability to provide meaningful health care in a setting that supports each of us through community is very meaningful and aligns with my personal commitment to care.
Throughout our lifetime we are are presented with health changes. We live in a very faced paced environment that is constantly evolving. She feels guided to support patients through education and treatment, and encourage them to embrace their individual health challenges. Collectively we can create a lifestyle and treatment plan that integrates modifications and facilitates healing. She looks forward to supporting the transformation of health for each individual spirit.