We had the good fortune of connecting with Marion Dunham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marion, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Starting my own business was something I always longed for because I saw it as an opportunity to create the space and atmosphere that I wanted for my clientele to be able to make the changes in themselves that they wanted to see. I had a lot of experience working with holistic medicine and herbs in a clinical setting, but with my business, I wanted to step outside of the clinic and bring my patients into a calm and tranquil setting where they could truly focus on the therapeutic elements of their treatment. I wanted my space to feel like a mini escape from the outside world, where the patient and I could collaborate on the shared goal of seeing them feel better, and make transitions in their daily life that would enhance well-being and deeply rooted energy and health. So really, it was about making a space that felt safe, and where the playing field felt equal.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Acupuncture is amazing for so many reasons. I mean, it’s been around for thousands of years and continues to make leeway in an increasingly science driven medical community. But from personal experience, having a practitioner feel my pulse, and know the subtleties of my health was all it took to convince me of the power of Traditional East Asian medicine. It was easy to make that leap towards becoming an acupuncturist, but it was no easy task and required years of school, working in herbal clinics, becoming a veterinary technician for a vet to learn more about the ins and outs of practice in a clinical setting, and pay for school. I just had to keep telling myself to keep going, and after 4 and a half years, I graduated!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love early morning beach days, and getting coffee at Dogtown before I go. I also love searching for pop up dining experiences like little fish in echo park. Living on the east side, eszette is one of my favorite spots, and I also like to go downtown to grand central market where you can get almost anything you might be craving.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
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