About Us

Welcome to the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practice of Ian Van Gelder, EAMP, L.Ac., serving Orcas islanders for nearly 30 years, in Eastsound at the Healing Arts Center. We established the Healing Arts Center in 1988, as a cooperative, multi-modal facility, staffed by a variety of Natural Health practitioners. After all this time, the Center is stronger than ever, and continues to provide an important function in maintaining the health of our precious island community.

I have been a Licensed Acupuncturist and East Asian Medical Practitioner (EAMP) in Washington state since 1987. I work primarily with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine to help individuals resolve their health issues and restore balance.

I have been studying and practicing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for over thirty-five years. I completed my initial training in Sydney, Australia at the New South Wales College of Natural Therapies. After graduating in 1982, I traveled to China where I did an intensive intern training in Nanjing at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, while, at the same time, continuing my studies at the Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In 1985 I moved to Seattle, Washington. This move from Australia to Seattle seemed a natural fit, since I had grown up in the Pacific Northwest, just over the border in Vancouver, B.C. While living in Seattle, I pursued further studies at the Northwest Institute of Oriental Medicine and received my Washington state license in 1987. A few months later, in March 1988, I moved to Orcas island, realizing a life-long dream. Within a few weeks, I had established practices in Eastsound, at the Healing Arts Center, and in Friday Harbor. In 2015 I focused my practice solely on Orcas, at the Healing Arts Center in Eastsound.

My “style” of Acupuncture is somewhat eclectic, being influenced by my training in many of the diverse traditions and “schools” of Acupuncture, represented by some acclaimed teachers and practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. At the same time, I think I have managed to sharpen (bad pun!) my skills over the years by blending and incorporating the teachings I have received with my own clinical experience. There is, however, another side to being in the healing arts, which may be equally important. And so I strive to create a caring and compassionate space for my patients, which can be a significant aid in their healing process.