As the year quickly draws to a close, it is always good to stop and reflect on everything that has happened and look forward to what is to come. If there is one word to describe 2016, it would be "change." As a Greek philosopher once said, "Change is the only constant in life," and this year was no exception. Here are 5 highlights from this year. Scroll down to get a sneak peek at what's coming in 2017.
1. Zheng and Lei Attended a Patient's Air Force Graduation
At the beginning of June, Zheng Gong and Lei Liu had the honor of attending the United States Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs and seeing one of their former patients graduate. It was through acupuncture that she was able to achieve her dream of attending the Air Force Academy.
2. We Participated in A LOT of Health Events
In 2016 we attended 36 health events ranging from company health and benefits fairs, giving free chair massages at schools and businesses, to health talks and seminars. We criss-crossed Portland more times than we care to count, talked to more people than we thought possible, and had a blast doing it! It's great getting out and educating people on the benefits of acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and natural medicine. There are a lot of people out there who want to be healthy and are looking for alternative treatment options but they don't know what is available to them!
3. There Are Many New Faces at the Clinics
If you've been around the clinics this year, you've probably met some of our new team members. We now have an additional four wonderful and hardworking receptionists (Rose, Kristi, Kendall, and Lacie), one excellent massage therapist (Alex), two compassionate case managers (Ashley and Jessie), and one eager and skilled acupuncturist (Stephanie). Nine new faces around the clinic is the definition of change for us!
4. We Started This Blog and an Email Newsletter
We really wanted a way to share news and information with all of you so we started a blog and a bi-monthly newsletter. Look back at some of our previous posts to find interesting tips and useful health information. Make sure to like or follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest acupuncture news, announcements, and promotions!
5. We Took a Hike, and It Was
Kind Of Brutal
Some of you might remember us telling people to join us for a fun hike this summer. The hike happened, most of us at the clinic showed up, and even a few patients, family, and friends came along as well. But boy was it harder than expected. The organizer, who shall not be named, completely misjudged the trail length and elevation gain, and did not understand the implications. Needless to say, the hike turned out to be more of a boot camp style workout than a leisurely hike among friends and family. Fresh air is good for you, right? Even when you're raggedly panting for it?
What About 2017?...
While we cannot predict the future, we hope next year is as exciting and fun as this year. Although not everything worked out as planned and all the changes can be daunting, it was a good year that will be fondly remembered.
However, there is one thing we are certain of for 2017 and that is our 20 year anniversary! Our clinic opened its doors in 1997, and with 2017 rolling around it means we have been around for 20 years! We will be celebrating our 20 year anniversary come April and we are ecstatic to achieve this milestone!
We wish you a fantastic New Year and hope to see you around!