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Graduate Profile of Victoria C. Aguilar, MSAOM, Dipl. L.Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac

  1. Date of graduation: April 30, 2016
  2. Full-time or part-time practice: Part-time
  3. Current practice setting: Solo Practice; Red Cross Volunteer; Pain Management Clinic, Fort Belvoir Army Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA.
  4. Areas of practice specialization:
    • Type of patients: Any kind of patients looking for alternative solutions to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
    • Type of therapy used: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Cupping, Gua sha, Massage.
    • Principal conditions treated: Musculoskeletal Conditions, Back Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management, Cosmetic Acupuncture, Weight Issues
  5. Postgraduate Education: None
  6. Most rewarding aspect of practice: Giving back to those who have served our country while in uniform. Interacting with the military community truly offers some unique challenges and I look forward to offering my services to them in every possible way. I also love being able to gauge the difference between how my patients feel before and after they have been treated. I enjoy following up with them one or two days after treatment to see how they are progressing. When I hear that their symptoms have improved, it leaves me with a great sense of fulfillment and motivates me to help more and more people. Someday, I may start to focus more on establishing a formal practice, but for now I am very happy with gaining exposure to as many patients as possible to steadily and with greater confidence refine, sharpen, and apply my new-found skills.
  7. Most essential tips for other graduates desiring to establish a successful practice: Since my initial primary goal was to help people, it was more important for me to offer my services in a volunteer status, as opposed to immediately establishing a formal business practice. This afforded me the opportunity to apply my skills in a way that would slowly nourish my ability to help those who were in need and were seeking alternative methods to treat their conditions. I am probably more senior in years than most newly graduated acupuncturists, so my objective was not so much to begin a business, but get to the point of helping as many patients as I could. This has given me a greater opportunity to see a larger variety of people with different problems and temperaments.

Victoria Aguilar is a 2016 graduate of the Arirang University, a CCAOM member institution. For a list of all CCAOM member colleges, see state list.