In short, it began with several friends sharing a common vision.
We all believe strongly in acupuncture’s place in healthcare, and we want it to be affordable for everyone.
Acupuncture’s potential as a viable healing modality cannot be fully realized if it’s inaccessible to most people, so we decided to create a way to make that happen.
Steve Drugan and Sue Bowlus were instant friends that also practiced acupuncture. We were introduced to the concept or “movement” of community acupuncture after Steve had learned about it. There are a growing number of clinics allowing people to pay on a sliding scale of $20 -$50, whatever they could afford. There are over 100 clinics in the United States, as well as many internationally that provide acupuncture for people whose insurance doesn’t cover, or otherwise cannot afford regular treatments. We realized that Ohio did not have a clinic offering this service. We were immediately drawn to the philosophy of it, but wanted to see it in practice before embarking on this venture. We made a road trip up to Detroit, Michigan where there are three community acupuncture centers. It was wonderful to see these clinics full of people, from all different backgrounds getting acupuncture together. Shortly after the trip, Sue had an opportunity to attend a seminar at Working Class Acupuncture in Portland Oregon, the center that started this movement in the United States. It was incredible to see where it began, where they are now treating around 600 people a week.
It became evident and so important that we create a space to provide acupuncture in a more affordable way here in Ohio. For over a year we looked for the perfect location to begin, and finally we found our home in Clintonville on High Street in 2010. Once there was no more room to grow there, we had to open another space. We found our second home in beautiful Westerville on Main Street close to the Otterbein campus. We are so fortunate to have found this extremely talented and compassionate group of acupuncturists to work at Urban Acupuncture Center.
All of the acupuncturists at Urban Acupuncture Center meet the highest standards of education and certification required to practice acupuncture. The vast majority of acupuncturists are ‘licensed acupuncturists’. Though licensing requirements vary from state to state, most licensing boards require an approximately 2000 hour curriculum completed over 3 years of post-graduate study in an accredited school of Chinese medicine. Additionally, practitioners must successfully complete the national board examination brokered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The practice of acupuncture in Ohio requires both national certification by the NCCAOM as well as licensure issued by the State Medical Board of Ohio.
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Columbus, OH 43202
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