Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Acupuncture is a buyer beware market. There are many people offering acupuncture services with a wide range of education and skill. Please make sure whoever you go to is a board certified acupuncturist. That means that they have a level of education and skill to offer you the best care.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Acupuncture is not a painful process. It is a common mistake to associate a needle stick that you would get at your doctors office with acupuncture. They are two very different thing. Hypodermic needles are much bigger ,have a big hole for fluid, and often are going into a vein which has its own pain receptors. Acupuncture needles never should go into veins. They are very thin and fine. Most people feel nothing when they are being placed.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. What is your background in Acupuncture?
What is your education? Specifically how many hours of training do you have? ( I have a masters degree in Oriental medicine with 2900 hours of training. That is what you should be looking for.)
Have you taken a clean needle education course?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I take a lot of pride and enjoyment from helping others improve their health. I use tools that most other acupuncturist don't use which improve my success. I have treated a wide variety of complaints over many years. I have a very wide experience base. I've treated everything from babies to 95 year old, and everything in between.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Helping people feel better is a great thing. Especially when they feel desperate like they have exhausted all their options. Those are usual the type of people I see....desperate and in bad shape. They are so happy when they start feeling better. Imagine how great it is when they come in and they aren't such a mess and its an easier fix.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am required to take 30 continuing education units every year. I was the coordinator for continuing education for the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. So I have been privy to lots of educational events over the years.