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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, Indigenous Wellness Week at UVic’s First People’s House, West Coast College of Massage, Victoria’s Annual Anarchist Book Fair and AIDS Vancouver Island.
She is also a certified Cranial Sacral Therapist, completing her training through the Department of Holistic Health Studies at Langara College in Vancouver, BC and in 2005, completed a Master’s in Health Sciences, specializing in Cardiovascular Cell Biology at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.
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.
Hayley Stobbs, R.Ac., CNC, is a registered acupuncturist, certified nutritional consultant, freelance writer, recipe developer, and artist. Hayley’s personal introduction to Chinese medicine and nutrition began at the age of eight years old. Health challenges at a young age gifted her with a sense of empowerment and empathy, which inspired her passion for wellness.
Hayley believes that customized diet and lifestyle routines along with deep relaxation treatments can profoundly awaken one’s innate ability to heal. She gently guides each patient towards achieving health goals through attentive listening, skillful needling, and a sincere heart. Quality treatments are nurtured via ongoing continuing acupuncture education.
Hayley practices community acupuncture because it effectively meets multiple needs–socially, economically, and inclusively. When we are happy and healthy, it has a positive impact on our loved ones, communities and the environment. She’s grateful and inspired to be a part of Heart & Hands Collective and feels that being able to facilitate this fascinating holistic medicine to the community is a privilege and a dream come true.