We had the good fortune of connecting with Katy Frame L.Ac. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katy, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am from all over! I was born in Canada and grew up in England and moved to the states at 13 years old. My mother is Scottish and my dad is Canadian. My mother was all into alternative medicine and I remember had us taking crazy garlic and fish oil pills which I hated. She introduced to me to Acupuncture when I was a teenager. I played tennis competitively and had chronic shoulder pain which resulted in a few surgeries. Acupuncture helped me for many years keep playing and also recover from surgeries. I didn’t know how it worked, just that it worked. After I was done with tennis and didn’t want to teach anymore I needed to make a plan of what was next. During that time my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer. My dad and I became her main caretakers as I lived the closest of my siblings. My initial intention was to go to physical therapy or med school. After being on this journey with my mother, spending time at hospitals and doctors offices with her I eventually took her to my Acupuncturist. At this time my mother was doing chemotherapy and had lost her hair.
I was in awe of how my Acupuncturist listened to her and gave her time and attention that her other doctors couldn’t give her based on their schedules. My mom relaxed, felt heard and the treatments worked wonders. She would say afterwards this is the only time I feel normal.
I was fascinated not only could this medicine help me with joint pain, surgeries and injuries it could help anyone not just physically but mentally and spiritually. This lead me to Acupuncture school and to be an Acupuncturist.
My personal journey led me to be here, practicing medicine and helping people.
What should our readers know about your business?
I have been practicing Acupuncture for 12 years, I have practiced in Malibu, Pacific Palisades, West Hollywood and now I am in Studio City. I treat a wide variety of patients. From infertility, digestive issues, anxiety, insomnia to sports injuries and pain. Acupuncture is a full medicine and can be used to help a wide variety of issues. I am so proud that I am getting share this amazing medicine.
Along this journey of practicine Acupuncture and running a small business I have learned the right patients find me and I find them. To trust myself and what I believe to be divine guidance. My mental and emotional and physical health directly effects my business and how busy I am. The more self love, meditation, and time I take to keep myself happy and healthy the more my business thrives.
I have recently also asked for outside help, I’m not someone to post a lot on social media or even feel confident in using something like Instagram. After some inspiring conversations with a few friends I went ahead and hired a social media manager. This was an expense I wasn’t sure would be effective. But I took the risk and after just a month my business has doubled! What I learned is social media is powerful, and hiring outside help was one of the best decisions I have made in regards to business!
Another aspect I needed to learn is that I am my brand. So who am I? My brand has evolved just like myself. I am an ex competitive athlete whose had 5 surgeries and used Acupuncture to heal from all of those surgeries, and I work with many athletes or weekend warriors now. I am sober and work with addicts, even sugar addicts! I have digestive issues, that have been an issue since childhood, this has sent me in a path of learning about foods and inflammation and taking my patients with me on this anti-inflammatory health journey. I am deeply inspired and motivated by feminine embodiment, intuition, spirituality, empowerment and bring that into my practice as well. I am also private and shy, sharing myself, my brand has been a challenge and I am getting better and stronger in that regard.
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?
One reason I love Los Angeles is how close we are to nature. I am an avid hiker and camper. My best friend lives in Texas, so if she came to visit I’d say lets get out and hike and visit all these amazing national parks/forests. First stop would be a natural hot springs near Kernville on our way to Sequoia national park, visit the huge sequoias and camp at Holey meadows.
Then travel over to Los Padres National forest to visit Rose valley and that amazing waterfall.
A little closer to Los angeles I’d take her to big bear and Idyllwild my favourite little mountain towns, visit my favorite coffee shops and hike.
Also I am a Swing dancer and would definitely take my friend to Joe’s great american bar and grill on a Monday night to see the Los Angeles swing scene which is very alive and kicking and some amazing live music!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother who inspired my health journey and career. All my supportive friends in Los Angeles that have become my family. And the book “You can heal your life” by Louise L. Hay, given to me by my mother many years ago, the book that started changing my thoughts and view on life.
Photos with class Jennifer Stockert