Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Johnson.
Julie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve had a non-linear career journey. Reading tutor. Office administrator. Music teacher. Grant writer. Acupuncturist and herbalist.
What has been linear in my life, however, is a growing passion about health which ultimately inspired me to study acupuncture and herbal medicine. It all started many years ago during a time of crisis in my life. As I neared the end of high school, my mother was diagnosed with terminal lung and brain cancer, and I watched her mind and body deteriorate in a pretty brutal way over the next year.
It was extremely difficult to witness, and I lacked helpful coping skills at the time. My response was to bury myself in a hefty academic load and to push myself to the brink of exhaustion with late nights of studying and very little sleep.
By the time my mother lost her battle with cancer, I was a wreck: physically, emotionally, and mentally. I knew I needed to rebuild my health, so when I left for college I made some major changes. I started seeing a grief counselor, attending yoga classes, meditating, learning about nutrition, and, of course, making a point to get enough sleep. I slowly felt more balanced, and over time self-care and wellness became some of my deepest core values.
I became interested in women’s health a few years later when I suddenly developed debilitating menstrual periods. I visited my gynecologist, and I was shocked when she had little to offer me in terms of a satisfying diagnosis and treatment. She suggested hormonal birth control, but even then, I understood that the Pill would only mask my symptoms, not heal my body. So I began seeking answers in the realm of holistic healthcare.
I was fortunate to meet an acupuncturist who not only set me on the path to healing but also inspired me to pursue a degree in Chinese Medicine. I felt a resonance with its holistic philosophy, and what really grabbed me about acupuncture itself was how it made me feel. I was surprised to feel a profound depth of calm, peace, and relaxation that I had not anticipated. Though I had sought help for painful periods, what I was receiving was so much more than that.
It became my mission to be a resource for people who are suffering, and I now own my own clinic where I help people thrive in body, mind, and heart. I love what I do. I feel so grateful that I get to spend my days helping people feel better. It’s rewarding, it’s an honor, and there’s nowhere I would rather be. It is my greatest wish that my clients achieve their best health and become empowered to live their most vibrant, healthy, and joyful lives.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My dad was diagnosed with cancer a few months before I started my master’s degree and lost his battle less than six months later. It was very difficult to lose my second parent before the age of 30, but it also softened my heart and gave me a great ability to sit with people when they are suffering. Other people’s grief, emotions, and tears don’t make me uncomfortable, no matter what they are struggling with. I often tear up too, and I understand that not everything in life can be fixed with words or be made whole again. Sometimes all you can do for someone is to share space with them with an open heart and bear witness to their experience.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I named my business Seven Seeds Acupuncture because I’m a plant-lover and I like to use the metaphor of a thriving garden to represent flourishing health. In Chinese Medicine, we see the body as a mini-ecosystem in which every part is related. We see connections everywhere and distinguish patterns among symptoms which may on the surface seem unrelated–such as back pain, poor concentration, and digestive upset. We are trained to discern these underlying patterns and then treat the body holistically to return the “ecosystem” to harmony.
I help people with a wide variety of issues including chronic pain, anxiety, mood swings, stress-related ailments, and women’s health concerns. In terms of women’s health, I help women with PMS, painful periods, infertility, pregnancy wellness, and postpartum care, and I am a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, which means that I have advanced training in the treatment of infertility.
Regardless of what I am targeting with treatment, it’s gratifying to help people break down the barriers that are keeping them from being at the top of their game and living the life that they want to live.
My proudest moments are the times when I help a client truly get their life back. One recent example was a 39-year-old woman who had recently suffered a very bad concussion, and a month later was still having debilitating headaches, fatigue, and brain fog, so much so that she could barely function. She came to see me, and after three acupuncture treatments, her symptoms were 80% better and she remarked that even her husband said that she “seemed like herself again.”
Another recent example was a client who came to me with ongoing fatigue since her second pregnancy. She was suffering from postpartum exhaustion for over two years. With weekly acupuncture and daily herbal medicine, she had regained her energy in about two weeks and came in overjoyed that she felt “normal” again. Because she was so depleted for so long, she will need regular acupuncture and continued herbal medicine for several months to maintain her progress long-term, but she has been endlessly grateful already that she has her clarity of mind back and the energy to play with her kids again.
Stories like these continue to inspire me year after year, and I think they beautifully demonstrate the healing power of Chinese Medicine.
What were you like growing up?
As a kid, I was pretty introverted. I spent most of my time reading books and I loved just about anything from detective stories to fantasy. I adored Jules Verne. I was also conscientious and had a big heart. As soon as I found out about recycling, I made my family start a recycling bin. And I remember that I used to cry when my mom would kill a spider. I was always interested in plants and bugs, and my dad was sure that I was going to become a botanist or an entomologist. I also spent a lot of time playing piano and flute, and I was actually a music teacher before I went back to school for acupuncture.
- Initial Consultation & Acupuncture $125
- Acupuncture Follow-Up $75
- Address: 5455 W. 38th Avenue, Unit C
Wheat Ridge, CO 80212
- Website: www.sevenseedsacupuncture.com
- Phone: 303-549-6517
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Krista Johns, Nick Johnson