High Gloss Surprise

WCA just showed up in Portland’s shiniest periodical, Portland Monthly Magazine, in their “Best of the City” issue: “our surefire, gotta-get-cracking, must-do list of the city’s most fabulous people, places, and things”. And not even in the “local color”  section, in the beauty section of all places. Of course, the needle -er and needle -ee in the photo, our acupuncturist John and receptionist Carolyn, are of course extremely attractive. But what is this strange feeling I’m having? Is this what it feels like to be fashionable? I had no idea. I can’t post a link because the articles are not online, but here is a quote: “And while it might sound a little strange to lie alongside up to 15 other people while your head resembles a pincushion, plenty do. In fact, the clinic sees around 420 patients a week…the sliding scale rate of $15 to $35 is plenty doable, even if your private insurance company just laughed you off the phone when you asked if acupuncture was an approved treatment.” I think we may have just slipped into the mainstream.

Author: lisafer

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  1. Just to belabor the point

    Any high end boutique Acupuncture practice would kill for this mention. This is exactly their target audience. OCOM and NCNM (the two acu-schools in town) would die for a mention in this mag. This is upper middle class/professional/owning class/ fundraising balls heaven.  And the guys with the fists in an unfashionable neighborhood get the nod.

  2. hey, what can you do?


    It speaks volumes for your collective business acumen that the Fist makes High Gloss – along with that sharp sense of altruism that makes those chairs fill up in the first place. 

  3. Congratulations

     Beauty? Well yes, of course you are all beautiful people – inside and out – but is this some sort of tie in to cosmetic acupuncture (from the magazine’s editorial point of view)….?

     Anyways, best to attribute the best possible motivations and figure that social justice and affordable health care are getting fashionable, at least in Portland….and rightly so based on your efforts. 

    All true religions seek to gain access to that level of consciousness which is not ego-bound.</

  4. “The city’s most fabulous people, places, and things”

    That quote is all yours – you know you own it, too!

    Congrats.  Glad you’re getting the good press for being your fabulous selves, and not for doing silly things like facial rejuvination treatments at $250 a pop.  Even the fashionistas need and want what you guys have – if 400+ treatments are taking place each week, you are obviously doing something VERY attractive!