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Village Acupuncturists

When you meet us at the Village, or online in a virtual visit, we want you to feel like you’re coming home. We’re local entrepreneurs, moms, and acupuncturists devoted to creating a welcoming and healing space for YOU. 

We feel so lucky to be doing this work in the vibrant and diverse community of Hastings-Sunrise. All of us are committed to making the Village a safe, body-positive, nurturing, and gender-inclusive space. Wherever you are in your healing journey, we welcome you with open hearts. 

If you’re wondering which one of us specializes in your needs or condition, the answer is: all of us. If we specialize in anything, it’s in retuning your whole body-mind to function in new and healthy patterns. Plus, we all have lots of experience treating many different conditions. So, whatever’s troubling you, bring it in and we’ll do our best to help. 

Sara Ward R.Ac.

CO-OWNER, ACUPUNCTURIST, and CO-CREATOR OF THE YIN YANG DIETS

Sara’s a problem solver who gets right to the heart of things. Intuitive, vulnerable, and empathetic, she approaches life with a wild sense of humour — so, be prepared to laugh AND cry. Sara is fully present, walking the healing journey WITH you. She’ll make you believe you’ll get through your rough patch even when you’ve lost hope. If you need further help, she’ll tap into her many contacts and build you out a team. Before you know it, she’ll be checking in and doing a little happy dance on her rolly chair to celebrate your first of many milestones. 

Tara Akuna R.Ac.

CO-OWNER, ACUPUNCTURIST, and CO-CREATOR OF THE YIN YANG DIETS

Tara’s a truth seeker. In treatments you’ll see her scroll through her Rolodex of tips, tricks, tools, and referrals to guide you back to feeling great again. She’ll help you rediscover the passionate, happy person you remember yourself to be (or better!) and get you feeling amazing in your body. Tara will meet you where you are, check in, and keep you on track. If you’re crying your face off in a woe-is-me kind of way, her response will be, “GOOD, now let’s work with that!” 

Lisa Matsuzaki, R.Ac., R.TCM.P

ACUPUNCTURIST & HERBALIST

Hailing from the Sunshine Coast, Lisa is a perceptive, empathetic, and intuitive acupuncturist who rocks up to your side with a bright, welcoming smile. She meets your needs with an exceptional treatment plan that distills your goals and leads to meaningful change. She delves deep, empowering you with knowledge and a path to move forward. Whether an ally to laugh with or a shoulder to cry on, she’s a strong presence holding space in tough times. Her exceptional quality of care will help you realize your potential and guide you on your journey to overall wellness. All that, plus being a knitter, bread-baker, list-maker, lipstick enthusiast, and momma.

Karolina Kluska R.Ac.

ACUPUNCTURIST

Born in Poland, Karolina’s strength as a practitioner is rooted in her deeply intuitive ability to meet you exactly where you are. She’ll tailor your treatment to your health objectives in rhythm with the seasons and your season of life. Through her experience in frontline and harm reduction work, she has fostered a trauma-informed approach to care. She’ll support you wholeheartedly in discovering your power to cope, deal, heal, and learn on your unique journey. A dedicated yogi and champion of food as medicine, you can often find her preparing nourishing ancestral foods, steeping tea, or simmering bone broth in her East Van kitchen.

(Nadia) Camille Roch

ACUPUNCTURIST

Camille has slayed a few dragons in her time, and she’s ready to help you slay yours. She thrives on the challenge of discovering an attuned treatment plan that honours and respects your unique needs. Growing up in a blue-collar Ukrainian family taught her the importance of eating real foods and inspired her to search for more holistic ways of healing. Sensitive and attentive, Camille has a way of putting people completely at ease. Away from the clinic, you’ll find her enjoying family time, yoga, hiking, doing arts with her children, cooking, sewing, drawing, reading, and making perogies.

 

Happy Clients

“ Most effective acupuncture I've ever had (and I've had lots). ”
“ Always really pleased with my acupuncture treatments, the helpful conversations with my acupuncturist, and the cozy/relaxing environment at The Village. ”
“ I am very happy and grateful, thank you so much for the whole experience, and for listening so patiently and giving feedback as well. The procedure helped immediately and the environment was beautiful and comfortable. I felt welcome, heard and held. ”
Marial
Marial
Vancouver, BC
Robin
Robin
Vancouver, BC
Elin-Sofia
Elin-Sofia
Vancouver, BC