Rescued:  Small Damn Clinic!

All-  One of the questions we got from the New York workshops was how can one set up a CA practice where the rent is so high?  Lisa and I answered this too ways:  First that's a problem that all acupuncturists face, not just CA acupuncturists.  Second we have Lumiel's clinic in San Rafael to use as a model.  Her clinic is in a very high rent district and if she can do it solo practitioners anywhere can do it.  I wrote about her clinic last September and below I have rescued that post for all to read and ponder.

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posted on March 5 2008 by Skip

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Community Acupuncture: Fundamentally Different

First, I want to second what Lisa says below about our great NYC weekend.  Its always great to get out of your comfort zone to get some perspective and this happened for us.  

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posted on March 4 2008 by Skip

Tags: community
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A Beautiful Weekend

This past weekend Skip and I went to New York to do two workshops back to back:  a big workshop at PCOM on Sunday and a smaller one on Saturday for some students from the Swedish Institute who couldn't go to the one on Sunday. We took the redeye flight from Portland to New York on Thursday night and arrived bleary and mostly sleepless on Friday morning to find New York in the grip of what seemed to us (wimps from Portland) seriously nasty weather:  20 degrees, snow showers,  piercing wind. 

But it was a beautiful weekend.

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posted on March 4 2008 by Lisafer

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Nine Things I Learned the Hard Way

After reading Skip's 55-85% blog, I thought "That's the kind of thing you could only learn the hard way". After I thought about it I realized that there are a lot of things that Justine and I have learned by trial and error while we were setting up our clinic. I hope folks find some of these ideas useful; here they are in no particular order:

I found Score to be helpful especially for legal and financial questions and I loved their one day seminar in which they made it very clear how much work being a small business owner is. It also had great ideas on how to manage the finances during the first few years while the business is paying back the start up loans.

We clearly laid out all of our business agreements in a document that included a detailed section on how we would end our business relationship if we chose to do so.

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posted on March 4 2008 by thomasriordan

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“You Get What You Pay For”, and other American myths

Children’s books are teaching me a lot these days. Domitila is a Mexican Cinderella story. My five year old seems to be able sniff these classics out as soon as she enters the library. Smart girl - gives me a lot of hope for our future. Domitila’s mother puts love into everything she does, even cooking with scruffy cactus plants from the desert, transforming them into a delicacy (nopales). Domitila learns her mother’s art and impresses the governor’s son who endures great sacrifice, trying to find the mysterious servant who can reveal the secret. Meanwhile, the evil stepsister and her mother try to trick our heroine and her father with delicacies made from stolen food - but the taste is horrible. We love these stories and honor their wisdom. Why is it often difficult for us to live by them?

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posted on March 1 2008 by River Jordan

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This morning I revisited something I wrote about in the forums a year and a half ago. Back then I said that it felt like the capacity of WCA topped out at about 80%, meaning that once we filled about 80% of our slots it became increasingly hard to fill the remainder because it got increasingly harder for patients to find open slots that met their time constraints. (This is a variation of the difficulties one faces when moving at speeds close to the speed of light. Surprised .)

When I first wrote this some folks had slightly different percentages for their clinics. Makes sense- results will vary.

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posted on February 28 2008 by Skip

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Finnish Education and US Healthcare

Well it was nice to hear that ACAOM tabled the entry-level(first-professional) doctorate for now, but it is clear in the end of theirstatement that they intend to go forward with this:

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posted on February 28 2008 by crismonteiro

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...and speaking of trees: bonsai forests!

Last night I was in the kitchen, cooking up some radicchio for dinner* (Liver loves those bitter chicories!) and listening to "Marketplace" on NPR. I don't know why, I sort of hate NPR and Capitalism, but I have a soft spot for "Marketplace." Maybe it's because they talk about international events and ecological issues through the lens of macroeconomics; I guess it's nice that they're not pretending that that's what the news is mostly really about. (And last night they really won me over by using New Order and Siouxie for their interstitial music.) Anyway, this show inclulded a commentator, Charles Handy, talking about the obsession businesses have with growth.

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posted on February 26 2008 by Nora

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Carob Trees and Community Acupuncture

Lately I've been doing a lot of reading about things that have nothing to do with Chinese Medicine. The funny thing is that even when I am not reading about things directly related to CM there is often a connection for me.

I found this passage in a book that refers to the Babylonian Talmud. It tells the story of an old man who was seen planting a carob tree. As the king rode by he called out "Old Man, how many years will it be before that tree bears fruit?" The old man replied "Perhaps seventy years." The king asked "Do you really expect to be alive to eat the fruit of that tree?" "No," answered the old man, "but just as I found the world fruitful when I was born because my ancestors planted for me, so I plant trees for my children's children."

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posted on February 26 2008 by bmiller

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Another read-challenging blog!

Fellow CANers,

If you can put up with the dry verbiage (brevity and no emotion seem to be required in such published reports!) you will see a very nice definition of social entrepreneurship. 

Are we on track?Do you enjoy thinking of yourself as a social entrepreneur?Here’s a carefully considered and researched definition that you might like to explore, to see how you measure up.

See if you fit the description!

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posted on February 26 2008 by lumiel

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