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We at Community Acupuncture on Cape Cod have just passed our two year anniversary. We’re still riding the wave of publicity from last month’s press coverage, flirting with 100 patient visits in a one week period and getting ready to add a third acupuncturist to the staff, yet somehow I find it hard to figure out what to blog about. I do know that lately I have been asking myself, “Did 10 years of solo practice teach me much about how to run a micro business with more than one employee? “
I think there is a good chance that it did not.Mostly I learned how to do acupuncture and talk about acupuncture and not much else.Along with this, I have been thinking about things I wish I had done sooner, and thought I would mention a couple:
posted on February 24 2008 by Diana
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The other day I had a new patient and like I usually do I asked her how she found out about us. She replied that her doctor recommended us. That in itself is not that unusual for us because we get several referrals a month from doctors who we've never talked to. Usually we find out that the doctor in question found out about us because one or more patients of his are also patients of ours and heard great things about us, especially the price and so he recommends our clinic.
This case was a bit different however. This doctor had no patients who knew of us. Instead this guy found out about us because the place he works had a link to us and sometime previously he looked into the link! The place he works? The Providence Hospital chain. Here's the link: http://www.providence.org/oregon/for_employers/employee_assistance/e40Resources.htm
posted on February 22 2008 by Skip
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Remember the first-professional doctorate that we were discussing a couple of months ago?
How it seemed like an idea that might really hobble acupuncture rather than elevate it?
Remember how CAN clinics were able to gather over 500 signatures in under 2 weeks?
Well, it seems as though our voices have been heard... please read
(I am running off to work and haven't yet found the link to the comments on the ACAOM website...if you find it please post a link.... apparently they got over 600 pages of comments!)
posted on February 20 2008 by crismonteiro
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Last night while I was asleep, I awoke with a vision so bright and clear, it was all I could do to keep from dashing to my keyboard to plunk it out.
I was recalling a trip I took to New York City, some two years ago now. I was going to a NADA conference, (short for National Acupuncture Detox Association, or nothing), an appropriate name for such a humble but determined group of health care providers. I had spent a number of weeks in Vancouver prior to this, working at a Drug rehab center and felt called to know more about NADA and the people behind it.
posted on February 18 2008 by michael
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I think it was Lisa who said something like "altruism is the core of our practice as acupuncturists." (My paraphrase.)
Master Cheng Yen, the founder of Tzu Chi - the Buddhist Compassion Relief Foundation expressed this principle similarly. In explaining to her followers in TIMA - the Tzu Chi International Medicational Association - she said that it is not technical skill nor vast knowledge which is most important, but a kind heart.
Although I often egoistically view myself as a typical overbooked do-gooder, modern day multi tasker, after I received 3 separate requests to attend the Seattle TIMA's bi-monthly meeting - including a visit to a local homeless tent city to assess needs and coordinate care - I knew I could not refuse.
posted on February 17 2008 by River Jordan
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My road towards becoming a full-time CA practitioner has been long and bumpy, but here I am, and as a few posts have indicated, lots of people are in a place I can definitely relate to.
First off, I think people need to not be so hard on themselves, this is really difficult to get, it seems to me, especially if you haven't been in practice a long time, or even if you have and just haven't been that busy. There are a couple of different obstacles to overcome before you're really comfortable with seeing 40+ patients a week. One of them is timing.
posted on February 16 2008 by MattGulbransen
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