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Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
February, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 02
Scottie, Beam Me Up
By Perry Isenberg
I can't wait for the phrase, "Scottie, beam me up" to have some real meaning in our lives. It would be great to have been able to be "beamed" home from the AMTA Convention in Phoenix in September 2000 instead of relying on airlines.
I fly approximately once a month, and overall consider the airlines to be "very good" business organizations.I have never been part of a company as big and complex as a major airline, and I have definitely not been responsible for the safety of millions of people each year. I suspect running an airline is an unbelievably difficult, mostly thankless job. Each day brings hundreds of problems and complaints. There are so many elements out of one's control: the weather, labor unions, airport facilities, uncooperative customers, etc.
Like everyone, I've faced departure delays for one reason or another. As a monthly traveler, I take it all in stride. I've learned not to get too upset, because it does not solve the problem and, as I've said, I think major airlines are pretty good at what they do.
That's about enough consideration and praise for the airlines, because they are, in my opinion, lousy at customer relations and customer appreciation.
Don't be fooled by mileage points, etc. One marketing department started it and the rest all followed. These programs end up costing us all money. Believe it it's true.
At this point, I will cite an example of bad customer service, in the hopes that you will incorporate the opposite into your practice.
My trip home from Phoenix involved a connection through Las Vegas back to Ft. Lauderdale. I sat in the Vegas airport for an extra hour and a half because my red-eye flight was delayed. I stayed cool, because after all, there was nothing I could do about it. Here's the rub: once in the air, they announced the showing of a movie, then walked up and down the aisle asking for $5 for the required headset. You've got to be kidding! You'd think that after a two-hour delay (for a red-eye, of all flights), someone in charge would offer the movie compliments of the airline. This particular airline scores a big fat zero with me, and I will avoid doing business with them in the future, for that very reason.
Next time you're late for a massage or you keep a client waiting in your office, do something to acknowledge the inconvenience. Give them extra time on the table, a small discount, a certificate for a free service something. Follow-up with a quick handwritten note, reiterating your apology and emphasizing how much you appreciate their business.
You may think I'm exaggerating, but I'm not. This client is worth some serious business, aside from the customers they'll refer to you. Consider a client who sees you monthly at $60 per session. $720 a year for 10 years is $7,200. Assume they'll bring at least one more client to you - add another $7,200, who also brings a client for 10 years - another $7,200. All told, the effort to keep the client is worth more than $21,000 to you.
I'm sure you can see my point. Always go out of your way to appreciate your client and never, ever take them for granted. You say you don't, but you probably do, so change your ways and thank them after every session. Start slow, one patient at a time. Real customer service is doing more than expected. Don't wait to show your appreciation until there's a problem. Simple inexpensive gestures (yes, even an hour of your time is an inexpensive gesture) will make your service fun to do business with and will be worth thousands of dollars over your career.
Until next month, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
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