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

Hi Candace, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think it is important to distinguish between a true risk that puts you in danger and the “feeling” that something is risky because it is asking you to TRUST in your own ability. It is never wise to risk something you can not afford to lose, such as your life, your health, or the well-being of anybody you love. Having sai My first career was in the film business. After applying myself very aggressively in that career for many years. I faced the choice to let go of something I knew well, was good at, and paid well to pursue an interest that meant going back to school. All signs were my success was on an upward path and within a year I’d be buying a house. Letting go of that to respond to a deeper soul-driven desire felt a like I was opting to jump out of an airplane without a parachute. But I wasn’t really jumping out of an airplane. My life was not really in danger. I was going back to school to study Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine and become a holistic healer. I was simply choosing to risk letting go of something known and predictable for something in line with my heart. At the time the risk of following my heart seemed both stupid and something I had to do. It became clear as I established my practice that this is the work I am meant to do. So I am very happy I overcame the fear of risk that threatened to stop me. Sometimes risk makes you focus. To put it another way – in a sink or swim situation you WILL do everything possible to swim. However, you do need to know your own limits and the only way to find your limits is to test them. Avoiding risk is avoiding life. I recommend you become skilled at Risk/Benefit analysis and learn how much Risk you can comfortable manage.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Deciding to follow my passion and throw aside ten years of work in my prior career was difficult but I absolutely love what I do now and my patients tell me it shows. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and how I practice this medicine has three strengths. These are 1) TCM never separated the body from the mind, 2) it views human health holistically looking at the relationships between organ function in a integrated way, 3) it has been using and cataloguing natural substances that repair and balance the body for 2000 years. This makes TCM a holistic, functional-medicine system with a deep pool of clinical experience. The more modern research digs deeper into this both the herbal medicine and the acupuncture the more scientific verification we have that it does work and causes little to no side effects. My approach is the take everything TCM has to offer, pair it with Yoga and Buddhist philosophy, while keeping in mind science and tenants of Western medicine. This a full-spectrum approach that allows me to work in tandem with other health care practitioners while addressing all five of a patients bodies (spiritual, mental, emotional, energetic, and physical). I’m also different because I write custom herb formulas for my patients. I do this because the more tailored an herbal formula is to a patient the more positive effect it has. A well-written formula will support your body in achieving peak function while also correcting your chief complaints. And finally, beyond using acupuncture to relief pain and balance mood like most acupuncturist , I use it to reverse the negative effects of stress and emotional trauma out of the body. Working this way allows me to transition people through both profound grief and menopause; to correct GI issues and chronic fatigue, and to address anxiety/depression. Chronic conditions that are not responding well to western approaches is where I shine and whether it’s a syndrome or a sensitive constitution patients gain quality of life even if they need to remain on medications. To make what I’ve learned to those without health issues I’ve developed a workshop to guide people into a rediscovery of their Authentic Self, the part of them that allows Joy to flow.

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.
Shaka Shaka – Burgers in Santa Monica This little unassuming burger place has been a favorite place for me and my son since elementary school. Surf themed setting, grass-fed burgers, and awesome fries on the corner of 17th street and ocean park. Trippet Ranch, Topanga Cyn – One of many favorite hikes this one stands out for the epic views and the ease of the hike itself. Because the path is not overly steep it is easier to cover many miles AND there are many miles to walk within this park. Stray Cat Thrift Store – While exploring a new neighborhood I found this gem!! This is thrift heaven!! Vintage dishware, costume jewerly that makes your eyes pop and some very cool home goods. There is clothing there as well but I never made it that far. The proceeds go to support cats in need of care and homes.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this with gratitude to all my teachers, patients and students; past, present and future.

Website: www.onespiritofhealing.com
Instagram: @candace_veach
Facebook: @OneSpiritofHealing
Other: email onespirit@candaceveach.com

Image Credits
All the pictures are mine or I have paid for the rights to them.

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