Our team of acupuncturists (or acupunks, as we affectionately like to call ourselves in the community acupuncture scene) is dedicated to our mission of providing effective, accessible, community centered healthcare. Part of creating accessibility for patients means that our practitioners work together as a team providing continuity of care for patients so that you can confidently see any acupuncturist at the time that works for you - this makes scheduling easier and makes it possible for you to get treatments when it is most convenient for you!
Of course, you can always choose to book a session with your favourite acupuncturist! Read about our lovely punks below:
Sara Irving, R.Ac
In 2010, Sara graduated with distinction from the Acupuncture program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. She has since made her home in Vancouver.
"For me, the best thing about being a community acupuncturist is the opportunity to work with a wide variety of patients and make sure they get as much care as they need to make progress. I enjoy working with patients, hearing their stories and seeing the various ways that acupuncture impacts their lives and helps them reach their goals. I strive to make my practice an approachable and inclusive space for patients to come and focus on their wellbeing."
Outside of the clinic Sara can be found skiing, sewing, thrift store shopping and sneaking off to the Gulf Islands whenever possible.
Vicki Im, R.Ac
Vicki graduated from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver and has been passionate about community acupuncture ever since.
"I’ve always been one to follow my intuition and the Daoist principle of 'going with the flow of life', and it guides me in my acupuncture practice as well. I like to meet people where they are in their life, without judgement, and work together on the aspects of their life that they are ready to change. For some, this may be relieving a nagging pain and for others, it may be a change to look their best so they can feel their happy selves. And for others still, it may be to help reach a higher level of consciousness for spiritual growth. We are all on our own path and my place in people’s lives as their healer is to 'go with their flow of life'."
Vicki loves traveling and being on her motorcycle out on the open road. Being a Vancouver native, she also loves to go hiking in the mountains with her dog, rain, snow, or shine!
Lana Alberts, R.TCMP, R.Ac.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Lana moved to Vancouver in 2010 to attend the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver where she earned her title of R. TCMP.*
“Although I had never received an acupuncture treatment before attending ICTCM, I was immediately drawn to the philosophies and wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and intuitively became fascinated with the community acupuncture model. It is an incredible feeling to facilitate a safe healing space where individuals of all different backgrounds and diversities come together to decompress, heal and grow.”
Outside of acupuncture, Lana loves listening to music, playing her violin, and exploring the world through the eyes of her five year old daughter.
*R.TCMP or Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners, are licensed to practice acupuncture.
Elise Greaves, BA, R.Ac.
Elise is a licensed acupuncturist registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of British Columbia. She graduated from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver (ICTCMV) and is currently studying botanical medicine and the overlap of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and Western Herbalism. Elise is fascinated with the ways the body can be supported to heal itself with all the modalities of TCM, including acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, tuina, diet, exercise, as well as herbal remedies.
Working at The Acupuncture Hub, Elise strives to approach each patient with empathy and humility, understanding that healing happens best in a supportive, caring environment. In particular, the philosophy of community acupuncture allows for accessible care for patients according to a treatment schedule that suits their specific needs, always appreciating that money should not be an obstacle to better health.
Elise is a member of The Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) exploring her interest in evidence-based acupuncture, as well as The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) and The British Columbia Association of TCM and Acupuncture Practitioners (ATCMA). Elise also holds a diploma in fine arts from the University College of London, UK, and a bachelors degree in art history and anthropology from the University of British Columbia.
With three active children, Elise knows first-hand that finding time to look after oneself doesn’t always make it to the top of the priority list, and does her best to heed her own advice to patients: to remember that our health is ultimately the foundation of our happiness!
"I woke up from the session feeling amazing and rejuvenated!"