A: Yes she is! But where you might ask.
Some of you might have noticed that Susanda is no longer on the online booking schedule. We have sent an email update about this to her recent clients but here we would like to give an update to the broader community.
Susanda has been practicing for 17 years and has been a ‘grand-parented’ member of the College since April 1, 2013. This past year, Susanda has been working to upgrade her training to be a member of our regulatory college for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners by April 1, 2018, which was the deadline for all Acupuncturists to transfer to the general membership. For over a year, Susanda has been diligent in attending meetings, completing paperwork and doing her best to meet the College’s requirements.
However, the College was unable to review Susanda’s registration by the April 1 deadline due to their own back log. As some of you know, in the last six months, she has had to divert focus and attention to the registration process and to go back to school part-time to cover possible courses that may be required in order to regain her professional designations. The College’s decision at the end of May is that Susanda attends school full time for the next two years. While there is still a chance that she will be able to practice as a student, our priority is to support her studies and her role as a CA visionary at Six Degrees.
While Susanda no longer holds her professional designations of R.Tcmp or R.Acup., and cannot give a diagnosis or perform acupuncture, she is still a proud co-owner of Six Degrees. Having practiced for 17 years, Susanda has been interested in shifting her focus from treating individual patient to consulting as a senior acupuncturist. In light of the situation with the College, she has been meeting regularly with the Community Acupuncturists Team at Six Degrees to provide training and consultation. She is also the visionary in the CA room, strategizing, together with co-owner Lamia, to expand our capacity as a CA team, and further develop this small business that has been serving the community since 2007.
This decision from the College feels unjust and has been incredibly hard to swallow for all of us. It is a hurdle we will overcome collectively. To not have our senior acupuncturist actively practicing in our shared space is hard to get used to. Our CA team is currently the best we’ve had, and knowing that Susanda will still be offering her wisdom and dedication to Six Degrees helps us see that the future is nothing short of brilliant. We miss her and yet we will thrive with this change, creating a space for her return to practice that supports the ongoing healing of all the communities we reach.
In response to these stipulations, Susanda has transferred her clients’ care to the community acupuncture team (Jen Bowers, Adrienne Mak, Gunjan Chopra, Jordan Ramsay). If you are a new client who is referred to see Susanda by a friend, trust that we work as a team at Six Degrees to provide the kind of quality care that you are looking for. We recommend that you book a First Community Acupuncture with any of the registered acupuncturists in our team. Our current hours are as followed:
Last but not least, a note from Susanda:
“I want to thank you for your patience through this time and appreciate the accommodations that you have made. I have also received feedback that many of you are doing well, and although you miss seeing me as a practitioner, you are feeling better, and your health is progressing as you work with other community acupuncturists at Six Degrees. Thank you for your support and love through this time. We have had so many conversations in the community room over the years about how to deal with hard things in life. I will take a pause and consider this: When the world gives you lemons, make delicious lemonade! I won’t let this stop me. I will continue to offer holistic care and awesome acupuncture through our community acupuncture team.” — Susanda