Business Spotlight: Zenkai Acupuncture

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Zenaki Acupuncture

Lady Project Member: Hadley Clark

Lady Project Chapter: Providence

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GUIDE SPOTLIGHT QUESTIONNAIRE

Tea or Coffee?Green tea

I collect...striped beach stones

Bloom of choice?Cherry blossoms

Favorite Season?Summer!

On weekends, I...BBQ with friends, visit the Farmer's Market, and go on outdoor adventures near and far with my husband and daughter.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT QUESTIONS

What's your background- career, where you grew up, school?Before becoming a Doctor of Acupuncture, I provided medical care as an Emergency Medical Technician and taught high school environmental science. I grew up in Ohio & Vermont and have lived & learned in many other amazing places, including my undergraduate education at Colorado College and my graduate acupuncture education in Watertown MA & Japan. I was introduced to Chinese Medicine when my dog had debilitating arthritis that was not relieved by western veterinary medicine. The vet was trained in animal acupuncture and offered to give her a treatment to see if it could help. Not knowing much about Chinese Medicine, I was slightly skeptical, but I figured it was worth a shot. After one acupuncture session, her mobility improved, and after 6 sessions, she was running like a puppy again. My dog's impressive results opened my eyes to the power of the medicine and inspired me to learn more.

What's your favorite thing about being a Lady Project member?The opportunity to connect with interesting & inspiring women, the warmth & positive energy of the members, the strong support of local small businesses, and the fun & diverse events shared by the Lady Project and its members.

What is the biggest challenge in your industry? How do you deal with it/how are you going to deal with it?Lack of awareness- Many folks simply aren't aware of the wide range of conditions that acupuncture can treat. I make an effort to raise awareness by offering presentations and demonstrations, creating educational handouts, hosting open houses, and sharing information & research via Facebook and other social media. As a newer business owner in PVD, I am looking to make connections with doctors and therapists in the area to discuss how acupuncture can help their patients. I am also an active member of the Rhode Island Society of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine which works to build awareness at the state level and in the medical community. Just to name a few, acupuncture is effective in the treatment of acute & chronic pain, anxiety, depression, migraines, digestive issues, women's health concerns, and much more. For more information on the conditions acupuncture can treat, please visit Zenaki Acupuncture - Conditions.

What advice would you give to a business owner starting out in your industry that you wish you would have known going in? Connect with a mentor in the field and with other local practitioners. Open a business bank account and train yourself in an accounting software. Get outside & breathe the fresh air. Trust your abilities.