We got to do a radio interview with Experience Pros radio the first year we were here. We used the opportunity to emphasize the science of acupuncture, how it fills in some of the gaps for western medicine, and mentioned the conditions we each most enjoy treating.
Read the article on Mountaintop Acupuncture featured in the Denver Post:
How did you get involved in this business?
My husband, Tom Messina, and I have been longtime health “nuts,” starting with nutrition and exercise. We each “discovered” the internal arts: me qigong and bagua, and Tom, yoga, which led us to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. We each experienced treatment as powerful and transformational, more than just getting rid of a physical symptom. To be able share that this medicine is dimensional with others while having easy access to continued treatment was the original impetus to become professionals. The challenges of gaining knowledge and applying it has kept us forever inquisitive. We love what we do and we love our patients for working with us.
What distinguishes you from other businesses in your category?
Our training and subsequent practice in New York. We each attended programs with 4,000 hours in the classroom, clinic, and in hospitals, combining western and eastern medicine. We got to see the broad application touching so many conditions and over the years have distilled the research on acupuncture into understanding why and how it works. In most instances, when a new patient presents, we know how to apply the medicine because we know how the body responds. We also take the time to explain everything to our patients, using western terminology, because that’s our common language. It’s comforting to know the reason why something works that on its face is both foreign and logical.
What do you like best about your line of work?
You meet the most interesting people in the course of treating and not every conversation is linear or about body parts. This medicine goes deeper and people are given the space to explore within while they are on the table. Equally, when one is a practitioner, there’s a great relief in “disappearing” once in the room with the patient. Last but not least, it’s witnessing some amazing turn-arounds applying the medicine is both gratifying and humbling sometimes.
What is your business’ biggest challenge?
Collecting our tribe – it happens gradually and one has to be patient. People come in, get better and new people cycle in. Over time, a core type of person, someone determined to better themselves and seeking help to get there.That’s how we live our lives, and that’s who we hope to attract.
Something people might be surprised to learn about you or your business:
That we’re more than just acupuncture. It’s not just needling, we utilize so many modalities to “move the ball” and get people better so they can get back out there doing what they love.