It was September of 1999 that my degree and license came in and I opened my acupuncture clinic here in DC. It's been the most rewarding career I could have imagined. And I am grateful to every single person who has walked in to get help.
In honor of you and my 20 years as an acupuncturist, I've made a donation to Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB). This organization is styled on the well-know Doctors Without Borders. AWB sets up and runs emergency clinics around the world and free clinics in the U.S.—including two in the Washington-D.C. area.
Spurred as a response to Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005, AWB first started providing free treatments to communities in need throughout Louisiana, partnering with homeless shelters, mental health organizations, the Coast Guard, and many more organizations as a foundation for a comprehensive disaster assistance network.
Since then, the team has set up international service programs in Nepal, Mongolia, Haiti, Israel, and beyond. They also respond to domestic disasters such as the Aurora shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, lava flow in Hawaii, and more.
For more information about this dynamic organization devoted to trauma recovery, go to www.acupuncturistswithoutborders.org.