So I have told you about what to expect from your first acupuncture treatment and about acupuncture in general, now I guess you might want to know a little about me.
My name is Hope, my family and I live in Waupaca. I have two handsome boys, Devin, 19 (USMC) and Andrew, 14(football, wrestling, and track and field). I also have an amazing husband, Brandon ( diesel mechanic).
I attended The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine located in Racine, WI from 2009 til 2013. I graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition.
Why acupuncture you ask?
Well when I was in high school we had career day, when we would watch video’s about all the different career options available to us when we went off to college or tech school. In one of those videos, during the medical profession part, they showed a 2 min blurb on oriental medicine practices in China and I was hooked. Using the body to heal itself. WOW!
The problem- I was not about to go to California or Florida or some other state for school.
So I moved on with my life…
I went to school for civil engineering, did land surveying for a year and decided Wisconsin was not the state to be pounding 3 foot long 3/4 inch re-bar into the frozen ground in the middle of winter. I also disliked getting stung by 15+ ground wasps, having poison oak, poison sumac, and poison ivy all at the same time is truly just no fun.
I also didn’t like all the working alone, yes I was outside but that had its ups and downs also. I wanted to help people and lot lines was not doing it for me. So I went back to school and became a C.N.A. in 2002, this is a job I truly love. I went home at the end of my day and I felt like my day meant something, I did good for someone. I am still doing this type of work today even while running my practice.
Then in 2008 I decided that I wanted to get paid for all the work I was doing and decided to go back to school, again, to become an R.N. So in 2009 I started working towards that goal. I had a semester down and was working on my second semester in August when I was at home doing some homework when a pop-up ad said “Go to school to become and Acupuncturist enter your zip code to find a school near you”.
Well I did and low and behold I didn’t have to leave the state, just drive 167 miles( one way) every weekend for the next four years. So September of 2009 I enrolled at Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, and I did just that.
They always say that if you find something you love it doesn’t feel like a job, I would have to agree. Even though yes some weekends I missed school cause I missed my kids or just wanted to spend a weekend with the family, I never minded the drive or the having to stay over for 3 days for classes and clinics.
I love this medicine and am truly saddened that more people are not utilizing it to treat their chronic pain and in most cases to get rid of many illnesses all together. I am very excited for the opportunities that lie before me.