We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Cooley, L.Ac. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, how do you think about risk?
I have always been a risk taker. Life is so beautiful, and I only get this 1 chance in this body to live it. I would hate to live an ordinary life just because I was too afraid of taking risks. I also see life as a ‘choose your own adventure’ book, where no choice is the wrong choice, and I strongly believe in following my intuition. It took me 3 years after I became an Acupuncturist to start my own business. I didn’t have the confidence to take that risk at 1st. I worked for other people and was always booked, but the scary part of diving in & opening my own doors seemed like such a BIG step. I was afraid it would take years to build a clientele and I wouldn’t be able to provide for my family. But the moment I took that risk I watched my business grow from just a few patients a week to a fully booked clinic 5 days a week within 9 months. I’ve followed my passion, my dharma, I get to live it everyday, and I wouldn’t have been able to do that without taking risks.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the proud owner of Nalu Healing Arts, an Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Clinic. I’m located right across the beach in North PB, which is great because people come in after a nice beach walk, or they head to the beach right after a treatment as if it’s a part of their self care day. My treatments include a mixture of what the patient’s mind & body need that day and what their body constitution needs. It can include Acupuncture, Cupping, Massage, Gua Sha, Crystal Singing bowls, Oracle Card readings, Herbal Consultations, Nutrition and Lifestyle advice. After I graduated with a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, I started out working for 2 other clinics to gain experience and have a steady schedule. Just last year I opened my office & worked 6 days a week at 3 different places. It took less than a year for my office to be fully booked 5 days a week. I didn’t realize I would be able to have such a successful business so quickly, but I like to say “If you build it, they will come”. I truly believe that I manifested this. I worked so hard, blood sweat and tears, with 8 years of schooling, being a single mom while getting a masters degree, and all of it was so worth it. The journey was an amazing experience that gave me lifelong friendships I call family, and my clientele are my favorite people in the world. Everything happens for a reason, and the people who find me are meant to be on my table. I only want patients who really want to heal, and who are willing to do the work with me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ok, I have to say it’s kind of my favorite thing to play tour guide in San Diego, because I get to do all of my favorite things in a short amount of time when someone comes in town. Here’s a part of my itinerary, I can’t reveal all, because the hidden spots are the best spots and sharing them would be against my local girl code… Wonderland in OB is my favorite restaurant view. Sunset cliffs are my sanctuary. La Jolla cove to see the sea lions. Surf lessons by me at my neighborhood beach in north PB. Paddle boarding on the bay. Acupuncture treatment at Nalu Healing Arts (obviously). Aerial yoga at Trilogy Sanctuary. Soulshine for delicious vegan food. Copper Top Coffee for coffee & donuts. The Holding Company for live music. The Grass Skirt is my favorite tiki restaurant & bar.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without the love and support of my PCOM (Pacific College of Oriental Medicine) family. We spent 4 years in grad school together, and the next 4 years still completely connected by an 8 year long text thread. They’re my family, the people I go to when I need to bounce ideas off of, whether it be about business advice, acupuncture protocols, or life in general, they are my lifeline. & I have to give a shoutout to my patients. If you’ve ever had a treatment from me you know how easy it is to open up and connect while healing. 95% of my patients are all from word of mouth, and I wouldn’t have grown in my own business if my patients weren’t so loyal and amazing.