The Spirit of HA!HA!LOGY
Modern day medicine is a story of pioneers: Pathology dates back to at least the 17th century. Oncology became a recognized part of medicine in the mid-1870's. And radiology came along in 1895 with Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen's discovery of x-rays.
Then, around the turn of this century, the face of modern medicine changed forever: Enter the new specialty of HA!HA!LOGY—a multi-faceted Therapeutic Humor Program created by world renowned HA!HA!LOGIST Jacki Kwan.
In the years since the landmark discovery, healthcare facilities have welcomed their own HA!HA!LOGIST!
Strange new sounds—known in the medical profession as gelastilation— were heard in antiseptic hallways. Residents of retirement facilities exhibited new symptoms, including an upward curvature of the lips. And specialists were able to touch hearts without risky, non-reimbursable procedures.
From the Latin, HA!HA!LOGY is the study of bringing the universally recognized benefits of good humor into the healing process. Laughing helps, but a true HA!HA!LOGIST mixes mirth and joy seamlessly.
Paging the on-call HA!HA!LOGIST
If you thought Pasteur was a firecracker in his day, you haven't met the vibrant personality of Jacki Kwan, the Dean of HA!HA!LOGY.
As a clinical social worker since 1989, she has been bringing a positive state of mind to senior communities, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. She's been teaching her practice of good humor to health care providers, illness-specific organizations, philanthropic groups, and corporations. In 2000, she began focusing on her sub-specialty, working with Alzheimer's patients and those in their final stages of life.
And, she's a clown. A certified Caring Clown. Now usually—but not always—in the "plain clothes" division.