We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Urtiaga and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kelly, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
In my personal opinion, my business is highly impactful for the community in multiple ways. When it comes to health care and medical assistance, I believe it is important to have alternative options that can complement western medicine and/or offer other forms of intervention without the use of harsh chemicals. Acupuncture is holistic medicine originating thousands of years ago in east Asia, involving the insertion of thin needles into specific points throughout the body that connect to neurotransmitters in the brain; encouraging a natural healing response. My role as an acupuncturist has made a significant impact in the community, having treated a wide variety of health ailments, helped multiple families facing fertility issues conceive either naturally or through IVF, supporting individuals battling mental health problems, aiding women with menstrual and other reproductive issues, reducing pain and inflammation, and providing a natural alternative to skincare and aesthetics by offering cosmetic acupuncture. Cosmetic acupuncture is a natural treatment based on traditional Chinese medicine that focuses on improving the elasticity, complexion and overall appearance of the skin by healing from the inside out. Benefits of cosmetic acupuncture include, but are not limited to, reducing the presence of fine lines and wrinkles, decreased puffiness, naturally reduce sagging and lift the face, better jaw definition, and softer, brighter skin. In a world where there is so much pressure for perfection and there is such a high beauty standard, I am proud to provide a treatment option that works to enhance natural beauty without injecting harsh ingredients, while simultaneously providing lasting cosmetic and overall health benefits.

What should our readers know about your business?
I first started practicing as a Licensed Acupuncturist in San Antonio, TX in January 2020 after receiving my masters degree in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine at Texas Health and Science University, becoming board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and receiving my licensed to practice issued by the Texas Medical Board. During my time in San Antonio I worked in both private and community style acupuncture clinics alongside other licensed acupuncturists and holistic practitioners. While I loved living and practicing in San Antonio, I felt as though my life was sitting at a plateau and I was needing a change in environment and routine. In June 2022 I moved to Dallas to pursue a full-time acupuncture position, and after several months of contemplating, manifesting, and weighing out pros and cons, I decided to pursue my own small business as a licensed acupuncturist. It was always a dream of mine to start my own business, but for so long I had the mentality that “I wasn’t ready yet,” “I don’t have a background in business, I can’t possibly do this on my own,” and several other self-limiting thoughts. I always thought having my own business would be in the cards, but much later down the road. The thing with life though is, sometimes you are going to meet individuals and have opportunities present themselves that are harmonious with your goals at a time you least expect it and you have to decide- am I going to be happy continuing the path I am on now, or would I look back and regret not taking a chance to pursue my ultimate goal? I am very excited to say that I am in my second year of business as an acupuncturist and the owner of Sacred Healing Acupuncture.

There were many learning lessons learned along the way. First of all, I had to learn how to run a business! I am very grateful to have a friend who also played an unofficial role as a business mentor and gave me a lot of pointers and references that helped me get my business started. I had to learn to be afraid not to put myself out there to make connections with other providers, getting comfortable with introducing myself to potential new patients, to put myself in front of a camera and make educative content about acupuncture, and ultimately learn to not get in my own way. I have had to overcome the challenge of not comparing myself to other practitioners, those within my same field and other outside my field of practice; continuing to believe in myself and remember my reason for starting my business: to provide a safe space for individuals seeking acupuncture and alternative medicine for reproductive health, mental wellness, and more.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a health and wellness girlie through and through, so I would love to make it a week long self-care, treat yourself, spa and holistic trip! For starters, we would have to do a meditation sound bath session at Breathe Meditation and Wellness, stop by my favorite metaphysical shop, Soultopia, for some crystals and other goodies, and I have been wanting to try out a head spa for a luxurious head massage and scalp treatment so that is something I would love to experience on a best friend date! Brunch at Berries & Batter is a must – they have a delicious variety of brunch items, and some great gluten-free options. Talking a stroll around White Rock Lake would have to be on the list, and we can’t close out the trip before checking out a comedy show at Dallas Comedy Club!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to my family and friends who encouraged me to start my own business. While I try to always maintain a positive attitude, I had a lot of fears and uncertainty about getting into my own business in a new city I had only lived in for less than a year. I was afraid of failure, while my closest loved ones reminded me of my achievements, strength, determination, and the success within my career of changing so many lives with acupuncture and east Asian medicine. I attribute my success to their support, encouragement, and never doubting in my ability to persevere as a female business owner. I also have to give a shoutout to the amazing practitioners and patients I have connected with in Dallas who have spread word of my business and shared about their experiences and success with acupuncture. Marketing and getting your business out there is an essential responsibility of being a business owner in itself, but it is significantly meaningful when someone shares their own success story or having a trusting provider refer their patients/clients to me with confidence. I am beyond grateful for my support team!

Website: Sacredhealingacu.com

Instagram: instagram.com/sacredhealingacu

Facebook: facebook.com/sacredhealingacu

Other: TikTok: @sacredhealingacu

Image Credits
Dylan Green

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