Dr. Claire Astley MD, Dr. TCM
Style of practice
Vanessa Robbert R.Ac
Treatments & Rates

*Please Note: Dr. Astley is unable to take new patients at this time. For new patients, please book with Vanessa. Thanks!

Dr. Claire Astley


• First visit for Acupuncture    $155

  • Acupuncture 60 min visit  $105;
  • 75 min visit $130;
  • 90 min visit $155

First visit for Herbal medicine  VIRTUAL or IN-PERSON consult     $100    by secure video or phone
• Subsequent Herbal medicine VIRTUAL or  IN-PERSON consult     $50       by secure video or phone

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) VIRTUAL consults    by secure video or telephone -includes help with acupressure self-care, diet & lifestyle counselling, qigong, and mindfulness meditation   $100
    First virtual TCM consult $155

Office Hours
please email about office hours.

As a licensed MD and registered acupuncturist (DrTCM), my acupuncture treatments are covered by most extended health insurance plans.

If you qualify for MSP Premium subsidy,  MSP will pay $23 towards your visit. Please go to     for more information

Same day appointments may be available.


I practice acupuncture and herbal medicine either separately or together.

My style of acupuncture is mostly Japanese which uses very fine needles inserted with a tube. I can combine this with Chinese style needling which is deeper and, if treating a muscle problem, I use intramuscular, trigger point dry needling technique.

However, treatments are always individualized, taking into account the sensitivity of the patient. For children and babies I use gentle laser or blunt non-insertive shonishen needles that were developed in Japan to treat children and either can be used for adults that are very sensitive or phobic of regular needles.

Herbal medicines in Traditional Chinese medicine are synergistic blends of herbs that have been used safely in China for hundreds of years. The formulas can be adapted as needed for individual patients. Herbal preparations consist of pills, capsules, tinctures or powders and all come from companies that have good manufacturing practices (GMP certified in Canada) where the herbs are properly identified, tested for heavy metals, pesticides etc and scientifically processed to preserve active ingredients.


Vanessa Robbert R.Ac

Now accepting new clients!

Each Acupuncture Session with Vanessa includes treatment with acupuncture and can include the addition of moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, or tui na based on the individual need of each patient.

Acupuncture First Session (90 minutes)$100.00
Acupuncture Follow Up (60 minutes)$85.00

Vanessa does direct billing to most major health care providers.

In addition, MSP covers $23 a session up to $300 per year

For Uvic students: UVSS basic plan covers $30 a session up to $200 a year for the basic plan OR 80% of each session up to $300 a year for the enhanced plan

For more information please email Vanessa at