A note on synchronicity: this post apparently written simultaneously with Jordan’s preceeding one.
It’s wintertime in the cold, rainy mid-Atlantic; and, a boy’s fancy
turns to vacation, or travel. But, just as quickly, it turns to doubting that that
can really happen while running and growing a business.
For years and years, I’ve fantasized about a
network of far flung clinics whose practitioners could rotate among
locations. It so happens that the Community Acupuncture Revolution, the
CAR, is the perfect vehicle to make it happen. So, all right, all you CAPs. Are we there yet? Have we been
doing this long enough to start figuring out work trades? We know what
we’re doing. It’s totally possible. And, I’m serious, I wanna plan a
I find that when I’m in other people’s clinics
I notice all kinds of important things that either I forgot or I never
thought of. We need each others’ experiences. Our patients need us to
get out now and then. And, how attached have we gotten to being THE
acupuncturist for particular patients? It’s the acupuncture itself,
Oh, and all you people thinking about starting a community clinic by
yourself, imagine how much easier it will be for you to get away if you have a partner to orient
the acupuncturist-in-residence with whom you’re swapping clinics.
really enjoys these fantasies. In one, I’m living in the Mission in SF for
two weeks, eating lots of yummy Mission food, taking walks and playing
soccer in Golden Gate Park. Meeting all the wonderful people in the
Circle Community Acupuncture community. In another, I’m having book and music conversations with Nora after treating some people in Detroit. In another one, I’m working in Manchester, getting to treat my mother-in-law a few times. (Wow, that’s an embarrassing fantasy.) In another, I’m feeling the dry Tuscon air and smelling the desert on my day off from Tuscon Community Acupuncture.
Unfortunately, the fantasy is
rudely interrupted by the prohibitive expense and insane
particularities of state licensure.
let’s think Big and Fun….. as in….. our lives. This is the kind of future for CA that I want. More connected to each other. Less bureaucracy. More
acupuncture for more people done by healthier acupuncturists.
And, I want to go to San Francisco, man.
And Austin, Denver, Minneapolis, Santa Cruz, Chicago, Seattle, Asheville, Bozeman, Brooklyn, Boise, Olympia, etc.
Philadelphia Community Acupuncture