We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenny, how does your business help the community?
One of the guiding values of my work is to have a positive social impact which can occur in the one on one healthcare I provide to my patients and also in the larger scale projects I coordinate and organize. In itself, the holistic healthcare I provide to patients through Traditional Chinese Medicine helps to relieve individual suffering, which can have larger impacts on families and communities. Acupuncture and TCM Herbal Medicine promotes physical, mental and emotional healing for complaints and symptoms across the board, from chronic illness to stress relief, leaving people feeling healthier, more empowered in their bodies, more relaxed, and with a feeling of wellness.
In my five years of private practice I have also devoted part of my work to making the holistic healthcare I provide accessible and relevant to some of the communities most impacted by systems of oppression. Unfortunately, economic, racial, immigration status, and gender based injustice (among others) greatly impact our health and determine the amount, accessibility and quality of care we are able to receive. For several years I have worked with two Department of Mental Health agencies – Alma Family Services and the Animo Program of St. Joseph Center to provide Acupuncture to their clients – who are Latinx, immigrant, mostly mono-lingual Spanish speaking, and working class/poor. It is important to me in this work to continue to bridge mental health, physical health, the social determinants of health with the holistic care Traditional Chinese Medicine has to offer.
For the past few years I have also been active in organizing with other healers who want to have a larger social impact and contribute to movements for social justice to form community programs and networks and provide services in ways that contribute to this vision.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started Jenny Garcia Acupuncture five years ago, building step by step, adding one patient at a time. When I first began I didn’t have any experience or training in business. I followed my instincts and always the next logical step to me. My practice has grown over time with hard work and also the support of other professionals who have helped me manage finances, network, get referrals, and do some marketing. Today I have a full and thriving practice and I love my work even more!
For the first 4.5 years of my practice I had a cute and small office in the Palms area near the 10 freeway. In November of 2020 I saw an opportunity to move offices to an ocean front location. Although the move involved a lot of risk, change and a big investment I decided to take the plunge. I am so happy that I took the risk. I now practice in a beautiful, ocean front office which I dreamed of and built out in Marina del Rey, steps away from the water. When I first began my practice I never would have imagined I would be able to work in such a beautiful place, and offer my patients the healing and restorative setting of the water and the sunlight.
I continue to love what Traditional Chinese Medicine offers in terms of holistic healthcare, offering patients both a holistic analysis of their bodies and their mental and emotional experiences as well as natural treatment that feels good (Acupuncture bliss). As I continue to practice, I become more and more confident in TCM’s ability to improve and manage so many health conditions.
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?
There are so many places I love in LA! As an LA native many of them also hold a lot of history for me. First and foremost I love Venice Beach. I think it is such a unique place, offering both the beautiful and usually sun filled calming effect of the fresh air, and salt water, but also the cool vibes of LA youth culture, with crafts to buy, music to listen to, and performances to watch. Recently, since moving to my Marina-front practice in Marina del Rey, I’ve spent more time at Fisherman’s Village and Burton Chase Park, which have beautiful views of the Marina and where seals and sea lions love to hang out in big communities. I also think Korea Town in LA is really special. Getting Korean BBQ and having Korean Shaved Ice afterward is one of my favorite things to do with friends. When theaters were open before the pandemic I used to love catching improv shows at UCB or stand up comedy at the Comedy Store or Laugh Factory. I also love hiking at Griffith Park or Temescal Canyon.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I acknowledge and thank all my teachers and mentors for your contributions, guidance and support! Victor Shibata, DC was my biggest influence, shining light, and the game changer in my life path, towards pursuing healing. As a chiropractor and energy healer he took me under his wing, sharing his deep talents with me with utmost generosity when I was in my early twenties, looking for direction and guidance and looking for a life path. He stepped up and became an impromptu mentor, teacher and friend when I needed it most.
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