Fabienne Calvert Filteau, R.Ac.
I believe wholeheartedly in the capacity of Chinese medicine as an integrative medicine to help heal the relationships we have with ourselves, our bodies, and one another, and strengthen our connections to the communities and land with which we live and call home. As a Registered Acupuncturist in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists—the professional regulatory body in British Columbia—I am committed to providing safe, accessible, and affordable care.
Early immersion in Chinese culture and language laid the foundation for my love of Chinese medicine. The first years of my life were spent in China, and I spoke Mandarin before I could speak English. Into my twenties, family ties meant that I returned there often, and although I’ve since lost fluency in the language, my worldview is shaped by my connection to China, particularly the Taoist roots of Chinese medicine theory, wherein each part can be comprehended only in its relationship to the whole.
I have a Diploma in Acupuncture from Pacific Rim College, in Victoria, B.C., where I completed my studies with the highest overall academic standing of my graduating year. Prior to studying Chinese medicine, I completed an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing at the University of Victoria, with a focus on poetry and playwriting. The core impulse motivating my work as a writer – to curiously and compassionately seek to comprehend the complexities of human suffering and resilience – led me to the field of social justice. Through community outreach work for the past six years, I have supported families, women, children, and youth facing significant systemic barriers to wellness. In 2016, while studying acupuncture, I initiated the creation of a supervised student-run community acupuncture clinic at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. The clinic provides weekly acupuncture to service users at no charge and remains active and well-attended today.
I approach the practice of acupuncture with reverence for Chinese medicine’s classical roots, as well as its ever-evolving applications in a modern, globalized world. A passionate interest in the intersections between Chinese medicine theory, fascia theory, and emerging western understandings of trauma neurobiology shapes the lens through which I practice acupuncture.
Please be in touch if you have any questions, or would like to book a session. Chinese medicine is transformational in helping me navigate my own growth and wellbeing, and I look forward to supporting you on your journey.