Today we’d like to introduce you to Autumn Jensen.
Hi Autumn, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I became an acupuncturist after experiencing its remarkable benefits firsthand. I was living in Portland, Oregon, and had suffered a whiplash injury that put me in debilitating pain. At that time, I did not know anything about acupuncture so I tried common treatments like physical therapy, massage, and chiropractic but none of it was giving me long-lasting relief. Friends recommended acupuncture, but since it was foreign to me, I was hesitant. Eventually, I became desperate enough to give it a try and I was amazed at how much it helped. After a handful of treatments, my neck pain had vanished.
After acupuncture helped to heal my neck injury so quickly, I became fascinated by it and started learning as much about it as I could. I loved the approach of treating the body as a whole and finding the root of the problem instead of only treating the symptoms.
During my research, I found an acupuncture school in Boulder and decided to take the plunge. I grew up in Colorado and always knew I would move back one day. So, within three months of my first acupuncture treatment, I quit my job as a social worker and moved back to Colorado to start graduate school.
Now I am the owner of Key Element Acupuncture located in Westminster, Colorado. My goal is to help people feel healthy and pain-free to live life to their full potential.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I think, if you ask any business owner about their path, you will learn that there are always struggles, even under the best of circumstances. But covid made things especially challenging. At the beginning of the pandemic, the state required us to close for two months. It felt like the best decision to keep everyone safe, but it was not easy. Once we were allowed to open back up, it was at 50% capacity. We had to implement new safety protocols and follow strict guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients. Even though it was a lot of change, it was great to get back to work and help people again in an environment that felt safe for both my patients and me.
One of the best things that have come from living through a pandemic is people have reevaluated what is valuable to them. Health and wellbeing are higher on the list than they have ever been. When the world shut down, all people had was each other and their health. I have noticed more people are looking to use holistic approaches, like acupuncture, to take charge of their health and wellness.
As you know, we’re big fans of Key Element Acupuncture. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Key Element Acupuncture is a welcoming and safe space to let your guard down and focus on yourself. I find that so many people, women especially, tend to take care of everyone else and burn out because they are not making time for themselves. They have high stress, poor sleep, and no time. I love being their space — a place where they can come to relax and rejuvenate. My patients have often told me that their acupuncture treatment is the best part of their week.
I can relate to people in this situation. I have been the one burning the candle at both ends and not taking care of myself the way I should have been. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Hashimotos after a particularly stressful time in my life. Hashimotos is a fairly common diagnosis for women my age and it makes you feel perpetually exhausted. When I got the diagnosis, I was at a loss. I just needed someone to tell me what I needed to do to get back on track. After going through that experience, I can relate to what others are feeling and enjoy helping other women take back control of their health.
In addition to helping people feel good from the inside out, I enjoy helping them feel confident that they look their best on the outside. I am trained in microneedling and facial rejuvenation, also known as cosmetic acupuncture. These are gentle, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that treat skin concerns to create younger, smoother-looking skin. If you look your best, you’re going to feel great too!
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I feel strongly that any small business owner needs to have trusted colleagues with whom they can brainstorm. I would have never made it this far without a wonderful group of strong, talented women by my side. I feel so lucky and thankful to be part of a group of colleagues who support each other through the challenges of being both an acupuncturist and a business owner.
- New Patient: $125
- Follow up: $85
- Facial Rejuvenation: $110 (Ask about package prices)
- Microneedling: Ask about package prices
- Cupping: $45 (Cupping is a procedure that releases fascia and muscle adhesion to improve blood flow, facilitate healing, and increase muscle pliability.)
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- Website: https://www.keyelementacupuncture.com/
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