We had the good fortune of connecting with James Baltz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi James, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
The value that means the most to me is integrity, always striving to live up to my upbringing of honesty, morality, and respect for all people, whether in my business or in casual relationships. It is rewarding to help people feel better, either in the office with acupuncture or herbs or a qigong exercise, or in a spontaneous interaction and a smile with someone you just met.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My Practice is called Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Center. I’m happy to say we’ve been serving the community of West Hollywood and beyond for over 7 years now. It’s a small office, so we provide very individualized care and treatments. My background is in self-healing exercises called Qigong, which I incorporate in treatment to give patients tools for self healing, as well as acupuncture, custom herbal medicine, and nutrition advice. When people find relief, they are so thankful and appreciative and usually tell people about it. That is how most people find us. Acupuncture and herbal medicine have tremendous history and are so effective at alleviating complex issues that are often not well addressed by conventional medicine. The things I work on everyday with patients are the same tools that help me overcome challenges and succeed when things are overwhelming. Nurturing a calm state of mind and also feeling an abundance of energy is what I strive to embody as well as help patients achieve. I have a fascination with the medicine, so I am always learning and striving to learn more. I’m not a businessman at heart, but I am able to continue doing work that I care about and helping others resolve health issues by applying some business principles, and that is rewarding. Call and make an appointment! Our office is conveniently located on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d try my best to get them to try surfing one day, or everyday if they wanted to continue! I think Roma Market in Pasadena is worth the drive for “The Sandwich”, which the owner has been making everyday since 1950 as he will remind you in person if you say hello. The Formosa has finally reopened on Santa Monica and Formosa Ave, and it is right across the street from my office, so that would be a given. It has a lot of history and there’s a train car inside the restaurant. You’d have to visit the neighborhoods like Venice, Downtown, Hollywood, Beverly Hills. Hike out along the Palisades trail and see the view of the whole bay. It would be nice to imagine seeing a concert again at the Hollywood Bowl.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I had an excellent teacher that not only taught us Qigong and Tai Chi, but also lectured on basic eastern medical theory as it applied to martial arts. That was an important nudge in the direction of dedicating myself to deep study of oriental medicine. My loving and supportive family have always encouraged me to seek a path that is fulfilling, and there are quite a few educators and medical professionals among them.