Licensed Acupuncturist, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
(L. Ac., M. Ac. O. M., and possibly some other letters besides, but no
longer Dipl. Ac. or L.M.T. because Who Wants to Just Keep Paying Fees
Veronica Christie has been a holistic health practitioner
specializing in Chinese
traditions since 1987 (the year the prestigious medical journal The
Lancet called acupuncture “Quackupuncture”).
Besides traditional acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, herbs, cupping,
gua sha, moxibustion, and tui na, Veronica incorporates “alternative” healing
modalities such as visualization, Western bodywork techniques, warm herbal
oil, aromatherapy, infra-red light, and hot packs.
Veronica was first immersed in Chinese culture at Pomona College in
1978. She went on to learn Mandarin Chinese at Monterey Institute of
Studies. She graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine,
where she got into trouble for writing funny things that only Chinese
could read. She still practices Chinese calligraphy for fun.
With a background in international studies, she also enjoys speaking
French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish (sometimes, unintentionally,
all of them
mixed up together). She can gesticulate in Italian, dance in African,
and say “I love you” in Russian, Hebrew and Arabic.
Veronica was a professional clown for many years in Portland with “BJ & Scampy’s
Merrily Magical Mischief.” She has written a humorous acupuncture
book, Let Me Take a Stab at It, and is looking for a publisher. (Know
anyone who can pull some strings?) Veronica is also the novelist and screenwriter for
Pax of Wildly Women, a comedy about microfinanced women saving the environment.
(It isn't quite a movie yet... Do you have any Hollywood connections?)
A homey, feminine style of medicine is an easy target for scoffers...
until you see how many patients arrive at Angel Hands Sanctuary feeling
depressed... and leave smiling, laughing, and eager to send their whole