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A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
June, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 06
Selecting the Right Spa Vendor and Creating a Good Relationship
By Stephanie Beck
We have covered most of the basics: You have selected a vision for your business, you understand which treatments offer the right benefits that coordinate with the vision, and you have a good understanding of what products and equipment you will need to purchase.But, now you are left with figuring out where to purchase your products. So, let's uncover some basic truths that will help you work smarter instead of harder.
Benefits in Ordering From a Distributor
There are many vendor choices currently in the market. Determining the right choice for you can be confusing. Some of you might think that working directly with a manufacturer is the best way to go, but let's take a look at some of the myths and facts.
Myth: I get a better discount if I order directly from the manufacturer. Fact: All the spa and massage product and equipment manufacturers have distributors and all of them have policies not to undercut their distributors. Manufacturers and distributors have to operate on a level of trust and have great working relationships, so if a manufacturer were to compete with their distributor, their relationship would be over. Also, keep in mind that you might be in New York and the manufacturer is in California, but they have a distributor in Illinois; the savings in shipping costs alone by ordering from Illinois rather than California makes that the logical choice.
Myth: I receive fresher products if I order directly from the manufacturer. Fact: Manufacturers have shelf life and turn around times on all their products and most do not keep product inventory for more than 60 days at a time. Any authorized distributor should rotate stock on a regular basis; they never want more inventory than what they will sell in a given period, therefore products from the distributor should never be more than 60 days old, either.
Myth: I need to receive my training directly from the manufacturer. Fact: Every skin care manufacturer offers training, and most of them charge extra for it. Most distributors pay to have their staff trained - not just for one product line but several product lines - and the training can be included with your purchase without additional expense from a distributor. Also, there are several videos and DVD's, manuals and workshops that cover, in great detail, the training needed to operate the equipment or apply techniques and products. Therefore, it's not necessary to spend countless hours and thousands of dollars to end up with multiple trainers from different manufacturers coming to your facility to train your personnel. So, how do you determine which distributor is going to meet your needs the best?
How Supportive Are They to My Business and My Industry?
If you recall, in the first article I touched on the "one stop shopping" theory, in that it makes sense that the more you can order from one place, the better your pricing and service will be. Plus, think about how convenient it would be to make one phone call to order all your products, check on order status, report any claims, schedule training, etc. than to have to make those same calls to a bevy of different people who may or may not be available.
And this brings up another good point: How available are they? How responsive are they to your calls and questions? Do they have a Web site or direct contact information for an expert to call you back or for you to have your questions answered in a timely fashion?
Also, what kind of marketing materials do they offer? Are they able to assist with materials that will drive your sales? How educated are they to your needs and do they understand what is important to help you grow your business? How involved are they in the industry? Do they belong to the professional organizations and contribute to the education process? Think about it. Why would anyone want to support a company that is only concerned about making the almighty dollar and not giving back to their community?
You have a responsibility, too. You need to make sure that you are giving the spa vendor all of the information needed to support you. For instance, if you wait until three weeks before an opening to contact the distributor and you need to order three stationary tables, one wet table and 100 customized robes, you must understand that not even the manufacturers would be able to pull that off in such a short time. That is why it's important for you to plan your work and work your plan. Also, it's much easier for us, as spa experts, to work within your budget and recommend the right equipment and product lines if we know what your financial limits are ahead of time.
It's just as important to know the company's philosophies, policies, shipping/lead times, as well as their general level of friendliness and willingness to help on the phone. What are their return policies, backorder policies, warranties and guarantees? Sometimes it's not just about price. Sometimes that old adage is true: "You get what you pay for," so be aware that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
It makes sense for you to want to conduct business with people who have an interest in you and treat you like more than just another account number. The very famous customer service motto is true, "If you don't take care of your customers, someone else will." You should not have to compromise service, friendliness or knowledge to fit a distributor's needs. We are here, as experts in the industry, to make sure your needs and the needs of your customers are being met.
If you have further questions regarding selecting the right spa vendor, please feel free to e-mail me at , and thank you for the support and feedback from everyone else who has been writing.
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