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The Sunset of a Practice • Charlie Braverman • Qi172

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Our medicine teaches us that all things move through cycles of generation, flourishing, decline and disappearance. It’s the way qi moves through this world and so not a surprise that at some point there is an end to the practice that has sustained us and allowed us to help others along the way.

In this conversation with Charlie Braverman we discuss the sunset of an acupuncture practice. The opportunities that arise while you still have time to learn something new. The importance of having a kind of support when beginning that goes beyond getting the diagnosis right, and how success sometimes means it is time to move onto something else.

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  • What got Charlie’s attention that it was time to wind down the practice
  • Criteria for retirement
  • The magic of a letter to patients
  • Becoming an acupuncturist at 46
  • Not good at sales, but good at communication
  • Another “now what” moment
  • Lessons learned as a real estate agent
  • The importance of support and supervision after graduation
  • Knowing for yourself what success means
  • Getting comfortable with ambiguity

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I retired in July, 2020, after practicing for 20 years in Albany, NY. I treated the wide range of issues (and their patients) that present to most acupuncturists. I specialized in treating chronic pain, digestion issues and herpes zoster.

Like so many of us, I combined parts of several disciplines and modalities to create a practice that was uniquely my own. (1) Japanese palpation and pulse, to diagnose (in addition to conversations that would, ideally (but not always), clarify the main complaint and reveal things essential to knowing and treating the patient). (2) Japanese ion-pumping-cord EV treatments as a first, balancing step. (3) Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, an imaging system to treat pain. And (4) for the last 18 years, 80% of the time, the go-to workhorse modality I used was Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy.

Every treatment ended with The Explanation and The Expectation: I made sure my patient knew what we had done that day to move us closer to their goals. And I told them what gains to look for: pain that lessens or shifts or becomes more localized. This was to direct their self-observations and to mitigate their unexpressed expectation of complete relief.
I asked my patients to partner with me. and I would often take a few minutes to simplify and trim back complicated exercises that a physical therapist, or similar, had prescribed.

My belief was that doing some exercise was better than doing none (which was often the amount they were doing when the first came in). And doing a simple movement correctly was better than doing a more ambitious one incorrectly.

 

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I relied on 3 books over the course of my practice: Alon Marcus’ Muscularskeletal Disorders: Healing Methods from Chinese Medicine, Orthopaedic Medicine and Osteopathy, which expertly connected Asian and Western perspective on the same pathology.

Microcurrent Electro-acupuncture, by Darren Starwynn. And Acupuncture Point Combinations, by Jeremy Ross, which is my most dog-eared text. ACP is a comprehensive acupuncture text: the work is organized by Western pathologies, yet each disease is described in TCM terms with clear point combinations. It has a glut of single page summary tables, including Combinations for Burnout (p 449). My personal burnout syndrome was #4.

 

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Practicing Acupuncture in Rural America • Barbara Bittinger • Qi157

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Nothing new about city and rural life being very different. But what about when it comes to having an acupuncture practice? What’s it like to practice to practice away from the bustle of big city? Are country folk really that different from city slickers? And what about non-mainstream medicine like acupuncture, how’s it accepted in the hinterlands?

In this conversation with Barbara Bittinger we discuss the benefits of living and working in rural America and how community is not just an idea but an essential aspect of day to day life.

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  • Concerns Barbara had about moving out to the countryside
  • The respect that came from the blue collar community that was missing in the white collar world
  • Things to consider if you’re thinking of opening a practice in a rural area
  • It takes time in a rural community to built trust, people want to know you’re going to be sticking around
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  • It comes down to what kind of life you want to live

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Love your patients as if they were your own mother, father, sister brother. I learned that from my teacher in China and it made a profound impression on me. I had to let a few people go over the years but by sticking to that I have found our clinic to be a happy, loving place to be.


Previous life experiences and professional paths led me to the practice of Chinese Medicine. My pursuit of the fine arts and working in creative environments has taught me to think creatively in the face of adversity. Working through my own chronic health conditions, and then my daughter's unusual and difficult-to-diagnose health challenges, I tried the best conventional medicine had to offer, with limited positive results. Eventually, I turned to alternative therapies, finding relief in modalities such as chiropractic, nutrition, yoga and meditative practices.

Chinese medicine is a way of life for me. Chinese medical theory can be applied to all aspects of our lives. It brings a sense and hope to difficult conditions and empowers people to look beyond their Western diagnoses to more possibilities for healing.
At present, I work in a small town of under 1,200 people. Small town life with a sense of community was a welcome change to the buzz of the city. The pace here is slower; people take time to listen to each other, and there is great respect for new options being brought to the community. Often, I get to treat many generations of a family. Getting to know all the family members gives great insight into what is going on health-wise in an individual. There's a beautiful give and take between practitioners and the patients. We offer what we can to guide them through their health challenges and they take care of us by lending a helping hand, offering gifts from the garden, and truly caring about us and our families.
Although I enjoy the challenge of a good dermatology case or a puzzling chronic condition, I take what comes. Every day is a learning opportunity and I wait for the gift of the day to walk through our door.

 

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Self-Publishing for Acupuncturists • Oran Kivity & Sean Sumner • Qi147

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These days pretty much anyone can have their own media outlet. The gatekeepers who used to control access to the airwaves and printing presses are pretty much gone. If you have something to share, especially something that focuses on or services a niche market, then this is the best time to be alive. And here in the midst of Covid-19 this just might be the perfect momnet to work on that book you’ve been noodling on as a “some day” project.

Digital technology has been disrupting the various communications industries for a few decades now. The downside is anyone with a computer and some gumption can get their message out to the world, and that can make for some pretty lousy content. The upside is that anyone with a computer and some gumption can get their message out to the world, which means you can contribute the crowd you want to serve. But you’re going to have to learn to use the tools of digital publishing properly, and be responsible for the workflow and design. It’s not so much of a DIY, Do It Yourself project as much as it is a MIY, Manage It Yourself enterprise.

In this conversation with Oran Kivity, author of Moxa in Motion with the Ontake Method and Sean Sumner, a consultant on self-publishing, we explore the basics of the brave new world of digital on-demand publishing.

Listen in and find out why there has never been a better time to publish your own book.

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  • Common challenges people run into with the publishing process
  • Staying motivated and on-track
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The best advice I can give to anyone that is thinking about writing and publishing a book is to start with a plan. Schedule time in your day just as you would for your job, then make it a priority not to miss that time. Map out your chapters just like you would if you were giving a speech on the topic and you wanted to create a slide show for it, then go back and fill out the chapters one by one. If you have a message you believe in, then it is your job to get that message out to other people and a book is the best way to share your message. 


Oran Kivity, L.Ac
I’m a British acupuncturist living and working in Malaysia. I graduated from a TCM college in the UK in 1987 but after about ten years I retrained in Japanese acupuncture methods, namely Manaka-Style Acupuncture and later, Toyohari. Dr Manaka’s work introduced me to ideas about meridian frequencies and studying with the blind acupuncture teachers of the Toyohari Association opened my eyes (and hands) to the information stream from channel palpation.

In 2009 I got introduced to a very simple moxibustion tool in Japan, a piece of bamboo stuffed with moxa, and this triggered a Eureka moment, integrating all my previous disparate learnings and setting me on the path to become that Ontake guy, balancing channels with meridian frequency moxibustion.

Japanese acupuncture is usually very light, meaning treatment is minimal and palpation is soft. I take this lightness literally. While it’s important to be present when people are in pain, it’s also important to be make sessions fun, where appropriate. This is also true of teaching. People should enjoy what they learn and enjoy what they teach. I’ve had thirty years of fun practising acupuncture. I’m looking forward to thirty more.

Sean Sumner, PT
I am a physical therapist and best-selling author who has been able to find a new career in helping other health professionals like myself get their message out to the world through self-publishing. I have been practicing as a physical therapist for over 15 years with most of that time as an orthopedic clinical specialist working as the lead therapist in one of the nation's top Spine Centers. I have been lucky enough to be featured in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, as well as speak on stages for both authors and medical professionals and I am happy to be a resource and help anyone that I can with the knowledge that I have gained.

As a family man and father of two beautiful girls, I spend most of my off time now coaching their sports teams and trying to stay as involved as I can. This includes everything from volleyball, soccer, softball, and even downhill skiing where I recently became a certified USSA Alpine Ski Coach so that I could help coach them down the mountain on the ski team. 

 

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Oran's book Moxa in Motion With the Ontake Method is an excellent example of what you can do with self-publishing and it's a terrific method to bring into your clinical work.

To learn more about the process that Sean used to get his book and that he uses to help others, vist selfpublishing.com for more information and some informative blog posts.

 

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Practice, Attitude and Success • Lamya Kamel

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Getting a practice started is hard. Part of the process is recognizing the strengths and skills we already have, and the other part is being open to allowing our experience to teach us.

In this Part Two conversation with Lamya Kamel we look at how our practices ask us to grow in challenging, yet essential ways. And that while we may not have confidence in the beginning, over time it can arise when we approach our work with integrity and passion.

 

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  • Working with insecurity
  • Resonance shows up in all kinds of places
  • Maybe you don’t in the box
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Working through the first five years
  • Balancing optimism and realism
  • Being open to things you don’t see
  • Know your limits
  • Getting business help from SCORE
  • Working for others
  • Asking for help

 

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I'm your average Chinese Medicine nerd that wants to spend all of my free time reading and learning more about this phenomenal medicine I'm lucky to practice. Like many folks in this field my route here was circuitous. I majored in physical chemistry and quantum mechanics in undergrad, spent two years in medical school before having my first acupuncture treatment and finding my path.

From the day I graduated from my MTSOM program at Pacific College of Health and Sciences (formerly PCOM) I told myself I would never do any work that didn't move this medicine forward. My future wife Kate and I opened our practice within 3 weeks of graduating, and we never looked back. Soon after I started working at PCHS in Chicago I chose to get my post graduate DAOM to have the chance to reignite my passion in research. I am now faculty in the DACM program and chair of the Department of Professionalism for the Chicago campus.

A year after graduating I joined Aligned Modern Health to become the Director of Acupuncture. At the time we had two Chiropractic focused clinics but we've grown to 17 multidisciplinary pluralistic clinics. It's been a humbling experience to grow with the company and be able to offer full-time roles to acupuncturists all over the country. I'm proud to be a part of such an incredible team of innovative clinicians who practice this medicine with integrity and passion.

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Put Your Best Voice Forward- Tech for Telemedicine • Michael Max • Qi143

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We are used to lousy sound quality that we don’t realize how it stresses our nervous system and gets in the way of clear and effective communication. I often hear people complain about how they don’t like to look at the computer, but I suspect the issue is more that we don’t like to listen to the computer. The poor quality sound you are listening might be normal, but that does not make it optimal.

If you are teaching classes online or doing telemedicine, this short 20 minute episode will give you the basics of improving your ability to communicate over the Internet by significantly improving your quality.

You don’t need to be technically proficient with sound, just use the simple basics that will help you to sound like the professional you are.

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A simple headset microphone is an inexpensive and effective way to improve your voice on the Internet.


Michael Max, L.Ac
I find it rather funny that I spend 10 years doing high tech as I couldn't write a single line of computer code if my life depended on it. But what I discovered in those years was that you don't have understand code to use technology. You just have to know how different pieces fit together.

In much the same way, I'm not an audio engineer. But I've learned through years of podcasting that there are certain basics that if paid attention to will greatly enhance your sound quality in the digital world.

Now more than ever we are gathering on the Internet, and yet the level of sound most people use is of amateur quality. If we are going to move to doing our work online, then we should look and sound professional.

Tech does not have to be intimating or difficult. Any of us can sound professional online with a upgrades to our sound kit and an ear toward what will be helpful to the people who are listening to us.

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Copywriting for a Googlicious Website • Iselin Svalastog • Qi140

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Maybe you were one of those people who learned in English class that you weren’t very good at the standardized form of writing they were trying to teach. Perhaps you thought you weren’t a good writer. And you might want to reconsider that, because copywriting is a lot like talking. And it is about being expressive.

In this conversation with Iselin Svalastog we explore the importance of putting your authentic voice on your website. And how there is a way to write that is persuasive , informative, connective and honest.

Many people think that advertising and marketing is about manipulation, but the most effective marketing is about communicating in a way that is connective, respectful and helpful. Listen in to this conversation on creating compelling content that will make you show up more often in a Google search. And better yet, have people call you for an appointment because they connected with what they read on your website.

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Iselin Svalastog

I believe that everything happens for a reason, and I like to think that we each have an inner force that guides us towards our best life. I was introduced to copywriting when I was beginning a new chapter of my life.

I now make my living as a freelance copywriter, specializing in the medical and holistic health industry. I never intentionally set out to pursue copywriting; the profession found me. I discovered copywriting during a time when I needed to take charge of my career. When I studied content marketing and copy, there was something about it that resonated. I’ve always been a strong writer. My background in psychology and neuroscience lends itself very well to communicating clearly and slipping into the minds of the target audience. That inner force within me gave me a little nudge – as if to say, ​go for it. ​I love the work I do, and I haven’t looked back.

When it comes to acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I feel amazed – almost bemused – by the power it can have on the body. I had a very profound experience with acupuncture a few years ago. I once struggled with severe adult acne. (My doctor even told me point blank that my skin would never properly heal). When I finally tried acupuncture, I was astounded. Within 6 months my skin cleared, and it’s remained that way ever since. That experience fundamentally changed the way I perceived health and the human body, and it also influenced my decision to work with holistic health practitioners as a copywriter. My goal is to support acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners to promote their beautiful profession through content marketing and copywriting. I truly admire and respect the work that you do. With effective copy, you have the power to protect the integrity of your profession, educate the public of your specialty and promote the​ value​ that you bring to healthcare.

 

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Get in touch with Iselin by visiting her website

Recommended reading:
Difference: The one-page method for reimaging your business and reinventing your marketing
Everybody Writes: Your go-to guide for creating ridiculously good content

Websites:
Bernadette Jiwa, The Story of Telling
Copyhackers, How to Edit for Clarity
Copyhackers, Three Essential Copy Techniques
The Copywriter's Club: Podcast

 

Here's fill-in-the-blank exercise that Iselin finds to be helpful:
My one reader is __________, who wants to _________. They came here expecting _________ . I want them to believe ___________ so they take action.

 

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The Essence of Our Work: A Heartfelt Inquiry Into Knowing What You Have to Offer Online • Mary Beth Huwe • Qi138

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Somehow the idea of teaching acupressure leaves me completely cold. And as to helping people with their nutrition, well, most people I see don’t have much of an interest in that anyway. Add on to it, the fact that there are some things I know in theory, but from an embodied understanding I don’t have much to say.

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  • What is below the service you provide and the tools that you use?
  • The palpable difference between theory and experience
  • Before we can answer the question of what, we have to answer the question of essence
  • Discovering one’s essence is less a process of identifying and more a journey of revealing
  • Non-action is not inaction
  • Grandmas and pies
  • Looking at what you do from the perspective of an impartial observer
  • The importance of polarizing your offer
  • What are the things in our profession that bother you?
  • It’s not that there are things to do on the Internet that are wrong— but rather they might be wrong for you
  • When you are following the path of heart, few doors open, because only the right ones do
  • The opening and enlivening power of questions
  • Revisiting the influences in writing and art that have been pivotal for you in the past

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Mary Beth Huwe, L.Ac, Copywriting Wordsmith

​Part of what drew me to Chinese medicine – and what holds me here – is its endless emphasis on thoughtfulness and presence of mind. There is nothing dull or rote about acupuncture and herbal medicine; they are both at once timeless and spontaneous.

Understanding the universal ways of life – birth, growth, sickness, wellness, aging, death – and holding that knowledge while treating the individual person is a defining characteristic of practicing this medicine.

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Mary Beth Huwe is, among other things, a writer from (and in) the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Her unique, strategic process helps business owners discover and clearly communicate the essence of their work in the world. To connect with Mary Beth visit marybethhuwe.com

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Abundance, Perspective, and Practice • Lamya Kamel • Qi136

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The opinions we have about “doing business” can dramatically affect the kind of practice we have, the opportunities we recognize or are blind to, and how we feel about ourselves as we begin to generate some momentum and success in our work.

Success brings its own issues. And it does not guarantee your insecurities will go away. The more successful you are, the more responsibility comes your way— and there is more to lose if it all comes apart. Sometimes it might seem “safer” to stay small, but our practices ask us to show up with spirit and resiliency.

In this conversation with Lamya Kamel we look at how our practices ask us to grow in challenging, yet essential ways. And that while we may not have confidence in the beginning, over time it can arise when we approach our work with integrity and passion.

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  • Abundance is no joke
  • Letting go of insecurities
  • The higher you go, the further you can fall
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  • We are not in competition with each other
  • Confidence comes from a combination of time, integrity and passion
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Stay authentic to yourself. If you don't know what you're passionate about or what you want in practice, spend some time figuring it out and seek it out in everything you do. You will weather any storm with that passion as your guiding light.


Lamya Kamel, DAOM, L.Ac

I'm your average Chinese Medicine nerd that wants to spend all of my free time reading and learning more about this phenomenal medicine I'm lucky to practice. Like many folks in this field my route here was circuitous. I majored in physical chemistry and quantum mechanics in undergrad, spent two years in medical school before having my first acupuncture treatment and finding my path.

From the day I graduated from my MTSOM program at Pacific College of Health and Sciences (formerly PCOM) I told myself I would never do any work that didn't move this medicine forward. My future wife Kate and I opened our practice within 3 weeks of graduating, and we never looked back. Soon after I started working at PCHS in Chicago I chose to get my post graduate DAOM to have the chance to reignite my passion in research. I am now faculty in the DACM program and chair of the Department of Professionalism for the Chicago campus.

A year after graduating I joined Aligned Modern Health to become the Director of Acupuncture. At the time we had two Chiropractic focused clinics but we've grown to 17 multidisciplinary pluralistic clinics. It's been a humbling experience to grow with the company and be able to offer full-time roles to acupuncturists all over the country. I'm proud to be a part of such an incredible team of innovative clinicians who practice this medicine with integrity and passion.

 

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Lamya has these book recommendations  and why she likes them:

Meta Human by Deepak Chopra (audible version) – love his voice, and the concerts are at once mind blowing and tangible

Returning to the Source by Z'ev Rosenberg – a lovely bridge between the classics and our current practice

Energy Medicine by Jill Blakeway (audible version) – a beautiful and tangible way of communicating and understanding the intangibles of our medicine and energy

Sports Medicine Acupuncture by Matt Callison – a ridiculously complete text for understanding, diagnosing, and treating physical medicine

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CBD, Neurology and the Inspiration That Comes From Unexpected Challenges • Chloe Weber • Qi122

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The changes that come from an unexpected direction tend to be the ones that transform our lives the most. Chloe Weber did not plan on becoming an expert in neurology. She was on the path of providing herbs and acupuncture to low income populations. But when her son’s rare neurological condition invited her to move in a different direction, she took that invitation.

Listen in to this conversation on neurology, CBD, Chinese herbs and how a business can be built because it turns out that in solving your own problems, you can help a lot of other people solve theirs as well.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • The usefulness of stubbornness
  • Looking at Chinese medicine through the lens of public health
  • The epic adventure of having a child with a rare seizure disorder
  • Crash course in neurology, gut health, inflammation and treating the untreatable
  • Things to consider when it comes to detoxification
  • The yin and yang of CBD
  • Dangers of hemp
  • CBD manufacturing and extraction processes
  • The privilege of doing business

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Find a problem you are obsessed with solving, find a way to solve it – and make it happen.  While the path may not be clear, trust the medicine, trust your vision, and the path will appear. 


Chloe Weber, L.Ac

I developed an interest in public health and medicine after being diagnosed with Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in high school. As one of the first cases diagnosed in Costa Rica, I was drawn to study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU Boulder where I began to understand how diseases evolve along with us and the deep connection between humans and our environment. Eventually, I was drawn to Chinese medicine as a way to address public health issues. I received my Masters of Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder and spent time studying at Heilongjiang University Hospital in Harbin, China.

After graduating, I followed my heart and co-founded a non-profit sliding-scale walk-in Chinese herb clinic called Urban Herbs. Running the clinic I was able to see just how beautifully Chinese herbs translate from culture to culture and how essential it is to make our medicine affordable and accessible.  Shortly after starting the clinic, my son Remy was diagnosed with an incredibly rare genetic disorder called STXBP1. I dropped everything and Remy and I began our epic adventures in neurohacking.  

 

Working with Remy has lead me to extensively study integrative and developmental neurology and functional medicine and has motivated me to find ways to help children with neuro-developmental issues and epilepsy. While Remy and I both felt better with the many hemp extract oils that they tried, nothing stopped Remy's seizures. As an herbalist I knew I could create a stronger formula to help those with seizures, joined forces with Bart, and Radical Roots was born!  In order to help further support other families with loved ones with Neurological disorders, I recently launched a resource website remysrevenge.com and will be launching a podcast around neuroplasticity in the new year!

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Visit Chloe's website Remy's Revenge dedicated to neurological health and resources for diet, detox and wellbeing.

Chloe's company Radical Roots blends CBD and Chinese herbs

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Getting Your Finances Right- What the Entrepreneurial Acupuncturist Needs to Know • Beverly Hacker • Qi117

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Money, for many, is the pebble in our shoe that irrates enough to annoy, but not enough for us to make a fundemental change. And if our accounting systems mirror our confusion or conflict around finances, then that adds more one more thing that we’d prefer not to think too much that will undoubtly circle back and be a source of suffering.

A good accounting system, and the basic understanding of the principles involved can save us a lot of trouble. And it’s not that difficult. If you can learn Chinese medicine, you can certainly grasp the fundemental accounting principles that will help you to better understand the financial health of your practice.

Listen in to this discussion on basic accounting for acupuncturists, embracing financial responsibility and why the 80/20 rule is your friend.

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All Mushroom, No Filler

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • A brief history of QuickBooks
  • Set your system up right in the first place
  • Accounting language 101
  • The difference between management information and accounting information
  • Suggestions for when you first start out— keep it simple
  • What to look for in an accounting professional
  • Taking a mess and turning into order
  • Difference between an account and a bookkeeper
  • If you have a clinic, you’re an entrepreneur
  • Solving problems you don’t know how to solve
  • How to get good tech support
  • Getting over the fear of asking for money
  • You need to know your true costs
  • It can be scary to see what a budget tells you about yourself
  • What happens if I make more money than I think I’m worth?
  • Client Relationship Management systems
  • Get your infrastructure right
  • Get the 80/20 rule working in your favor

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Keep It Simple. Track the information that is meaningful and for the things that you can actually control. Most of the time, when I go in to fix an existing QuickBooks setup, the first thing I do is cut down the number of accounts by about half. Just by doing that, it simplifies the processes, eliminates a lot of errors and gives the owner much better information that he or she can really use to help manage the business.


Beverly Hacker

Hi, my name is Beverly Hacker and I'm the owner of BeanCounter.Solutions, a consulting firm that helps small businesses set up or clean up their QuickBooks accounting systems and then teaches them how to make the best use of this powerful platform. I started my career as a bookkeeper, then went back to school to get an accounting degree and becoming a Certified Public Accountant. The timing was perfect, because my joining a small accounting firm coincided with the introduction of personal computers in business and the creation of the original QuickBooks system – that would be in the early 1980s. Since I have a very strong geek streak, I jumped right into the whole idea of doing accounting on computers, and I've been doing it ever since.

I'm one of those folks that did a mid-career switch by becoming the executive director of a community radio station that was operated by a local nonprofit. That meant that I had to use what I knew about accounting and business management and add more skills like fundraising, media programming, and volunteer training. That also sent me back to school for a degree in Media Literacy and teaching media studies at Webster and Lindenwood Universities.

With BeanCounter.Solutions, I've combined all of my interests in computers, accounting, teaching and helping small businesses. One of the things that I've noticed as I've worked with a variety of small businesses and nonprofits is that they very often are frustrated with their accounting systems and feel that not only is it too difficult, but they don't think they are getting any value from the work they put in. I also see that in nearly all cases, that frustration can be alleviated, but finding out exactly how they do business, what kind of information they are looking for and then setting up the system to fit those needs. But that is just the beginning – they also need to learn how to get their information into the system in the most efficient way and they need to know when it's time to call on outside experts for help. So, I use a ‘teach a man to fish' philosophy. My goal is to get folks set up and trained to do as much as they want to on their own and help them when they need it after that. It's a bit of a crazy business model, because if I do it well, I actually work myself out of a job. That's OK with me, because I know that will enable me to help another client in the same way.

 

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