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

Hi Lindsay, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
From a young age, having my own business always appealed to me. I had one parent thriving in corporate America and another an independent contractor. Both of my parents had successful careers, however, the appeal of creating my own schedule, services and being independent appealed to me more than the other benefits of being employed. I had many ideas of what I wanted to do, but I knew that however I would shape my career I wanted to be able to support myself and my family financially, I wanted to help people, and I wanted tone intellectually stimulated. Opening my own acupuncture practice checked all the boxes and has given me more than I could have imagined.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started working in an acupuncture clinic in 2007. I had just returned from a semester abroad in Madrid and was looking for a new type of work. I didn’t know much about acupuncture, but I started to love the medicine and the atmosphere of the clinic. It was such a welcoming place, and patients were always happy to come and go. I graduated from SDSU during the recession, and jobs were limited. I saw the clinic grow and thrive during that time, and it was a convincing factor to enroll in the local acupuncture school. While in school, I fell in love with Chinese medicine. I worked in many clinics while studying full-time. I learned insurance billing, practice management, and got a massage license so I could start practicing. I followed and assisted senior acupuncturists in their clinics for many years, too. While there are many forms of acupuncture practices, I specialize in Balance Method acupuncture. Through my studies, I found this form of therapy to be the most effective for a wider population and for many physiological and mental-emotional conditions. Balance Method is famous for garnering instant results. As a distal style of acupuncture, we do not place needles in the affected area, thus we can see improvement immediately. For example, if you have back pain while walking, needles can be placed in such a way that you can get up, walk, and see right away that your pain and discomfort reduce. I have treated people of all ages (newborn to 100), in all conditions (professional athletes to hospitalized persons to patients with acquired and developmental disabilities). There are few limits to the people I can help with acupuncture, and that is just one service I provide in my office.

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?
My favorite place to start in San Diego is Little Italy. I’ve loved watching the neighborhood grow over the years. The food is excellent, it’s a lovely walkable area, and I can never say no to gelato! From Little Italy, you can walk to the harbor and see the tall ships. If I’m with young children, we like to go to the Waterfront park. I also love taking visitors to Old Town, and Casa de Reyes is my favorite dinner spot there. The plaza is vibrant and exciting with the live music and interesting shops. My favorite beach is La Jolla Shores and my favorite hike is Stonewall Peak.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Three mentors inspired me to be where I am today. Lisajeanne Potyk, Lac of The Balance Center Acupuncture clinic was the first acupuncturist I worked for, and she persuaded me to pursue this career. Through her I met Dr. Eileen Han of Essential Health Acupuncture, who has been my mentor for the past six years, and Dr. Richard Tan, the creator of the Balance Method and who taught us all how to become incredibly effective practitioners.

Website: www.level-acupuncture.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aculindsay

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-trottier

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aculindsay

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/lindsay-trottier-dacm-lac-level-acupuncture-spring-valley?osq=Acupuncture

Youtube: Lindsay L. Trottier Acupuncture https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYR3NGrXK7vcyiQkDz8vRXw

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