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Graduate Profile of Cory Jecmen, LAc

  1. Date of graduation: April 2009
  2. Full-time or part-time practice: Half-time acupuncturist/half-time clinical informatics coordinator
  3. Current practice setting: An integrative primary care medical home (PCMH) that combines primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy, nutrition, behavioral health, and yoga therapy along with an extensive wellness program that includes cooking, exercise, and yoga classes. I serve in the dual role of both acupuncturist and clinical informatics coordinator.
  4. Areas of practice specialization:
    • Type of patients: We take all insurance payer types and have a charity care plan to help those who see us for primary care but are unable to afford our other services.
    • Type of therapy used: Five Element Acupuncture
    • Principal conditions treated: I see patients with a wide array of symptoms and ailments. These often include anxiety, depression, constipation, digestive problems, headaches and migraines, pain, neuropathy, and insomnia.
  5. Most rewarding aspect of practice: The most rewarding aspect of my practice is getting to know and understand people really well. Having a profession that affords me both the time it takes to understand the intricacies of an individual's life, as well as offer the tools to help encourage real and substantive life changes, is what consistently fuels my passion for this work. Acupuncture alone is magical and, when combined with tailored motivation and education along with the patient's effort, can realize amazing outcomes. I see remarkable results and transformations happen in people as a matter of routine. Being an observer to this volume of positive metamorphosis as it unfolds uniquely in patients is a type of experience that will fill up your soul. I just had a patient today tell me she did not want to "feel this good" because she didn't want to have a reason to stop coming in as she believed I had helped her in so many ways, beyond simply pain relief. This, among many other things, is the beauty of being an acupuncture provider.
  6. Most essential tips for other graduates desiring to establish a successful practice: Establishing solid relationships with providers of other modalities is the tip I would give to those who want to establish a successful acupuncture practice. Working in a collaborative and integrative setting for 6 years now, I have found that building and reinforcing a network of professional relationships is essential to establishing a successful practice. A bi-directional stream of referrals is the best way to get patients who are unfamiliar with acupuncture sent your way and for you to have the resource network available at your fingertips when things fall out of your scope of practice.

    I would suggest finding a doctor or group of medical providers in your area with whom you can meet, build rapport, and ask to send you some of their difficult cases. Once you have treated these patients for a few sessions, write the referring providers a brief summary of the patient's progress and identify those conditions you notice have improved, such as no nerve pain for "x" amount of time. In this summary, also give the other providers an idea how many more treatments you estimate it will take to get the patient to a certain outcome based on your experience.

    When you have had good results with these initially referred patients, as I know you will, ask the providers to send you another group, perhaps with other conditions you have successfully treated. Foster the relationship with these other providers with lots of communication around your shared patients.

    Your outcomes will educate these providers about what our modality can offer. You may find yourself learning quite a bit from them as well. I have found that building professional relationships with other health care providers is the best way to tap into the masses of patients who would have never sought out acupuncture on their own.

Cory Jecmen is a 2009 graduate of the Maryland University of Integrative Health, a CCAOM member institution. For a list of all CCAOM member colleges, see state list.