Beth Kearns

Boulder, Colorado, United States

Acupuncturist

Beth Kearns Acupuncture

As an acupuncturist, my work is never boring. Every person is different, and I love being able to provide them individual care using a method of medicine that makes complete sense to me.

I have been in private practice at one location since 2005.

Although I treat most conditions, I specialize in depression, anxiety and back pain. I love being able to help a patient experience health, relaxation and balance without any harmful side effects. It definitely doesn't feel like 'work'. It's just part of my life.

Here’s a bit of what we can cover in our PivotPlanet session(s):
• I can explain my practice, what Classical Five-Element acupuncture is and how it differs from TCM;
• I can describe what it's like practicing an Eastern medicine in a Western world;
• I can walk you through my average day;
• We can talk about different schools and the education process (mostly about the school I went to);
• I can share with you what the fundamental elements of starting a practice are and my experience with marketing; and
• I can share the benefits and disadvantages of working as a sole practitioner in your own practice versus a clinic setting.

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I had a turning point in my life when I realized I had never chosen a career that fulfilled me. Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, I worked in the restaurant, administrative, mortgage and custom cabinet sales fields. I wanted a change and knew I didn't want another desk job or any position where I would have to embrace a philosophy I couldn't stand behind. I knew I wanted to help people, and I wanted to do it in a way I enjoyed.

Becoming an acupuncturist has allowed me to do just that, while creating a balance in my life. I believe in my abilities and the opportunity continues to grow. There is always something new to learn in my field which can benefit my clients. I have also learned to relax and work from a perspective of trust rather than fear.

You might choose this career if you want to practice a medicine that assists a person back to health and balance, instead of forcing their body to do something that may only mask a symptom. Acupuncture school is a four-year program after undergraduate schooling.

As with any business you own, the amount you make is often related to how much effort you put in. It also depends on where you live. I have found working as an acupuncturist has many rewards - all of the people I have been able to help feel better through a well-rounded approach using a powerful and dynamic medicine.

I look forward to advising you on the ins and outs of becoming an acupuncturist!