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An International Life: An Interview with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield
I met Mary Elizabeth Wakefield during her class last summer in Seneca Falls, New York at the Finger Lakes School of Chinese Medicine.
Treatment of PTSD: An Opportunity for the Practice of Integrated Medicine
PTSD is widespread across America today. Not only do many of our honored men and women in uniform bring it home with them from the war zones they have been active in, but it often follows any life-threatening event people go through when their lives have been in danger.
Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology: Version 2.0
The Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology consensus, published in 2001 by the collaborative efforts of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology, has guided radiologists, clinicians and the public for more than a decade.
Going On-Site With Chiropractic Care
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released a position paper highlighting the financial, clinical and patient-satisfaction benefits of providing chiropractic care at on-site corporate health clinics.
Desert: A Metaphor from the Study of Genetics
In most of the human lives I know about, there are stretches of time which feel stagnant, or worse. We can feel adrift, or wounded and sidelined, and these times don't seem to carry much usefulness while they are unfolding.
Sports Medicine 101: Surgery or No Surgery?
In the world of sports medicine, many careers are saved by surgeries that correct traumatic damage to the body. Muscle tears, ligament damage, fractures, spinal disc herniations, and joint instabilities are a few of the issues frequently addressed with surgical intervention.
Q&A With the First VA Chiropractic Residents
As you may have read previously, a major step forward for the profession occurred in July 2014 when the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting a chiropractic residency program at five locations.
I was sitting in a Pizza Hut in Peoria, Ill., with my friend Reggie, sometime in the spring of my senior year in college, when he started doodling on his paper placemat. In those days, the company had a picture of U.S. on the mats, showing all the locations of the "Huts" in the country.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 3)
A patient with sacroiliac fixation and dysfunction ordinarily demonstrates a noticeable leg-length inequality when placed in the prone position on the adjusting table.
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved: A Seat at the Table
Numerous organizations have risen to the challenge of providing care to medically-underserved populations and here we feature one such group.
News in Brief
Investigating the Cellular Impact of Mechanical Force; National Board Seats (Not-So) New Officers at Annual Meeting.
Meet Cheyenne: Your Future Colleague
Allow me to introduce you to Cheyenne (Chey), the daughter of some of our family's closest friends. We attend and serve at the same church together, and have known each other for many years.
Key Changes and Updates to the 7th Edition CNT Manual
Acupuncture Today recently interviewed Jennifer Brett, ND, L.Ac. regarding the updates to the CNT manaul.
Should You Change an Athlete's Natural Running Form?
Once past the ankle, impact forces travel at about 200 mph into the knee. In addition to allowing the quad to absorb force, bending the knee (E) prevents the hip and pelvis from moving up and down too much (F), which is important for injury prevention and efficiency.
The Three Heater Official
This Official, belonging to the element Fire, is responsible for maintaining and regulating the heating system of the body, mind, and spirit. It is named for its function. The trunk is divided into three "burning spaces" or "jiaos."
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 2
The Da Cheng includes symptoms for the source-luo points that indicate when to use them for treatment. Yang defines the method as the guest-host (it is one of a variety of acupuncture point combinations called guest-host).
Creating Relationships at Southwest Symposium
The month of May brought many interesting activities. As I have said in many previous columns this year, this profession is moving in a very exciting direction. Make sure you are getting involved. If you're not, you just might get left behind.
Chinese Doctors Poke Holes in Australian Study
A recent Australian clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2014 by Rana Hinman, et el., evaluating the effectiveness of both needle and laser acupuncture for chronic knee pain.
NCCAOM Video Contest
The NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of the second annual video contest "Because it Works!" 2015.
The Risks I Took
We all take risks when we choose this profession. For some, it is not knowing if you can make a living practicing TCM. For others, it is parental or cultural disapproval.
Marketing with a Microphone
When given an option, it stands to reason that people prefer to do business with those they know, like, and trust.
January, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 01
WIBB Exclusive: Customer Service Gone Bad
By Cherie Sohnen-Moe
I recently had one of the worst customer service experiences in my life! I placed an order with a company on October 15th. They state that all orders will be shipped in 7 to 14 working days.This company is only one state away and is open seven days a week, so I figured I would have my order in less than three weeks – even if we only count five working days per week. Three weeks pass and no order and no e-mail notice of the shipment.
So, on Monday, November 5th, I called and talked with someone at the company. He was very apologetic, said he would look into it and call me back. So far, so good. I figure that sometimes glitches happen, but what's critical is how they are handled. He calls me back and says the reason that my order had been held up was that a few of the 21 items had been on back order. I asked him why I wasn't contacted and given the option to have a partial (in actuality a majority) order shipped. He said that should have happened but didn't. Then, he assured me that everything was there and my order would ship out that day and that I would receive it by the following Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.
Wednesday comes and no order. I call and get voice mail. I leave a message and send an e-mail.
Thursday morning, still no response. So I call again and talk with the same person. He claims it's out of his hands, but he will follow up. More than five hours elapse and no word. So, I call him back. Again, all I get is apologies. I ask him if there's anyone else I can talk with (sometimes going up the chain of command works). I was essentially told that there was nobody else. He promised to get this handled.
Friday comes and goes. No response. I talked with a friend who had gone in on the order with me. She went to Facebook and posted a quick note about her disappointment. Within minutes she received a response with a name and e-mail address to contact (different than the person I had contacted). So, I sent an email. I realize that not everyone reads their e-mail daily, but I expected to hear from someone by Monday. Nope.
This company held my money hostage for a month! They had multiple opportunities to make amends. They should have sent some of my order (even if it was just one item) next day delivery, when I first talked with them. Most importantly, they should have contacted me and explained what the delay was (even though supposedly everything was ready when I called on November 5th) and given me options. Instead, I had to initiate all of the communications and all I got was empty apologies.
On November 12th, I sent an email stating that I needed a response in an hour or I would contact my credit card company to get the charges reversed, contact the Better Business Bureau and post my story on my blogs and every social media outlet that I am on. In just under an hour, I received a lovely e-mail with a tracking number that my order is on its way. While this is good, the only apologies were for the delay, not the poor communication once they knew about the problem. And that was the most frustrating part of the whole experience.
I wholeheartedly endorse companies that incorporate a proactive customer service program. Unfortunately, many companies don't anticipate potential problems and how to handle them if they arise.
What circumstances do you think might occur to cause a client to be unhappy? What steps will you take to repair the relationship?
To read other posts from our expert panel, visit the WIBB blog at www.massagetoday.com/wibb/
Click here for previous articles by Cherie Sohnen-Moe.
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