We had the good fortune of connecting with Chloe Andrews Goldberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chloe, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I always knew I wanted to work in the healthcare field; I grew up in a large family with a mom who was committed to providing us with the healthiest upbringing she could manage. Ultimately this was a combination of conventional pediatrician support, a fully organic diet that was supplemented with homegrown produce in the summer, and naturopathic therapies for anything that didn’t require antibiotics. This wider lens set me up as an adult to seek out alternative means of healthcare, and know that there are answers beyond the typical doctor’s office. Through my studies of a Health & Exercise Science undergraduate degree, a yoga teacher training, years working on a local farm, and 3 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine, my fascination with the human body, mind, and spirit has only grown. The idea for my business is a simple one; a medical practice with the intention of helping people live their healthiest and happiest lives possible. Everyone I work with is unique and special in their own way, and therefore deserve their own individualized health care. That is the beauty of Traditional Chinese Medicine; each treatment and wellness plan is tailored to fit each person for their individual needs. My goals for practice & business growth are grounded in enhancing my own knowledge in the field to better suit my patients needs.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey to be where I am today has been over a decade of classroom & practical learning, working with patients in a clinical setting and from an office manager standpoint, and applying these practices to my own life. Altogether it’s been some of the hardest yet most exciting and enjoyable years of my life; a time in which I truly stepped into who I was meant to be. Having to officially start my business & open my own clinic in the middle of a global pandemic made this step more challenging indeed, but also more gratifying because each patient I’ve worked with has needed, benefited, and appreciated our work together. In addition to my personal clinical experience, I feel like I can speak for most acupuncturists in saying that following this career path is more than helping individuals with their health concerns. Yes, that is our daily MO; have all patients walk out feeling better than when they walked in! Big picture however, we are part of a collective effort across the industry, to improve access to & quality of healthcare for all. To some extent, we are working against the status quo of healthcare, by offering more than what is offered in conventional medicine. We often receive patients who’ve “been to all the specialists, tried all the medications, nothing has worked” so they are seeking out an alternative. Ultimately, I would love to see more collaborative work between alternative & conventional practitioners, or East & West if you will. Every approach has a time and place that is most appropriate; it is our duty as practitioners to discern what would benefit each patient the most.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take off for the mountains first; living in Northern Colorado grants me access to gorgeous areas for exploration in the Medicine Bow-Routt & Roosevelt National Forests. A few hours up to Steamboat Springs via the Poudre Canyon Highway is impressive in itself. We’d of course stop at the Mishawaka for lunch on the river deck, then Cameron Pass offers a view of the Never Summer Mountains that is absolutely breathtaking. In Steamboat, I’d pick out some hikes or possibly rent a couple mountain bikes for some higher energy activity, before spending a night out of service and soaking at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. From Steamboat we’d head further west then south to Grand Mesa for a night or 2 of camping and exploring the views. Further south to check out the Black Canyon of Gunnison, before looping back up through Colorado Wine Country in Delta county, because of course we deserve to reward all our exercise with some winery touring! A beautiful drive up and over Kebler Pass would land us in Crested Butte, the most darling CO mountain town with a lively night life. Depending on how much time we decide to spend meandering, I would make sure we have a couple days to get back to the Front Range for some live music and brewery touring! Being a NoCo girl, I love bopping around Fort Collins for a day hitting up Odell’s & New Belgium, grabbing lunch on the Avo’s patio, and a more elegant dinner at Cafe Vino. Depending on the schedule, a concert a Red Rocks would be a must to cap off an incredible Colorado week!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have a lot of people to thank for helping me get to where I am. Most importantly, my husband Matt was nothing but supportive & encouraging during the long days (and nights!) of studying, commuting, and complaining all through acupuncture school, and has held strong in his faith that I am following the right path in opening my practice, especially when I get hit with tough weeks in which my own faith falters. I have been blessed with a lot of teachers in my life, starting with my parents, who instilled in me that love and contentment are the most important things in life, beyond career success. I was never one to jump around jobs very often, so each employer I worked for I stuck with for at least 2-3 years, getting many lessons of hard work and consistency along the way. All of my professors who went above the time & energy demands of their own acupuncture practices, to share their wisdom with us. My schoolmates who I endured the journey of graduate school with, it was more often stressful and difficult than it was enjoyable, but it was our camaraderie through it all that made it bearable.
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