I spent much of this past weekend at the Great River Symposium here in Minneapolis. It’s a great opportunity to cross paths with colleagues and classmates, some from well over a decade ago. This year’s symposium also gave me the opportunity to check in with former students. I taught practice management at Northwestern for a couple of years (until my practice demanded more of my attention), and I wanted to see how my former students were doing. Were they practicing? Did the information I . . . → Read More: Opportunities for Acupuncturists
When I was an acupuncture student, I used all kinds of tricks to remember diagnoses, patterns, herbs, and formulas. I devised funny little songs, images, creative scenarios, flash cards, and even noises to help me remember the layers and layers of knowledge that we were supposed to know. What I would have liked is all that information in one place, without carrying a complete library around with me.
Well, now that information exists in the form of three apps developed by Complete TCM. Full . . . → Read More: Acupuncturists: There are Apps for That!
Over the years in my acupuncture practice I have struggled to find effective ways to present my findings and treatment plan to my acupuncture patients. This struggle is punctuated by drawers of archived files of patients who came for only one or two treatments, never to return. I have tried many different formulas of reporting my findings from simply explaining the Chinese diagnosis to providing a written formal report. After many failed attempts, I finally settled on a sweet spot that seems to be . . . → Read More: Seven Things to Know About a Report of Findings
The world is split into two kinds of people: those who are able get up and give a talk, and those who can’t. I understand that there are many of you out there who would rather spend the night in a snake pit than get up in front of a room full of people and talk. For those who would rather sleep with snakes, this post is for you.
The reality is that giving a talk about acupuncture is a great way to build . . . → Read More: Talking About Acupuncture
We now have a Rolfer sharing our acupuncture clinic. Jennifer is just now finishing her final certification and is beginning to build her practice from scratch. It’s a major career change for her, and for me it brings back a lot of the memories and struggles that I had starting my own practice years ago.
Watching Jennifer go about building a clientele has actually given me new insights into some of the things that I should have done, some things I did right, and . . . → Read More: Insights on a New Practitioner
It seems to happen in my acupuncture practice every summer. For a couple of weeks, my phones quit ringing and I have some empty spots in my schedule. This tends to happen right after Memorial Day, but picks up again in July.
I have learned not to take it personally, and to accept that my patients’ minds are on vacation, school aged kids at home, and family picnics. I have also come to trust that my patient load will pick up. However, that doesn’t . . . → Read More: Avoid the Summer Slump: Top Six Tips
In the early years of my acupuncture practice I briefly worked with a coach. My practice wasn’t growing as quickly as I thought it should be, so I got some help. After getting some initial information, my guy was able to quickly point out an inconsistency in how I was working that when fixed, made all the difference in the world.
Over the years, I have been on the other side of the equation, providing insights and coaching to clients, colleagues, and the soon-to-be . . . → Read More: Eight Things a Coach Can Do for Your Acupuncture Practice
In every profession, burnout can suck your soul dry, and the practice of acupuncture is no exception. We all have those days when the hours feel long, our patients are needy, and we arrive home late and exhausted. Too many of those days, or even too many days without a break, and you’re on the road to being toasted.
I’ve been close to full meltdown a couple of times, and know it’s happening when my love for practicing acupuncture feels stale. My enthusiasm drops, . . . → Read More: Seven Ways to Avoid Burnout
As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I find that intention is a powerful force behind much of what I do. From my diagnosis, to the acupuncture points I choose for my patients, to the outcome that I am trying to achieve, intention is very much part of each and every acupuncture treatment I perform.
I know that skeptics will talk about intention as something akin to the placebo effect, or just another “out there” reason to deny that what we do works. There are . . . → Read More: The Power of Intention