Acupuncturist of the Month

“My biggest obstacle was learning the herbs. Then one day, it just clicked.”

Each month, ACE has decided to feature an acupuncturist to share his or her experiences, expertise, and knowledge of practicing Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Sometimes, the best way to grow within a profession is to learn from your fellow colleagues, and hear how they help and achieve results for patients.   Stay tuned for additional interviews with acupuncturists across the United States & Canada.

Interview with Trisha Phaklides, L.Ac

How many years have you been practicing acupuncture for? 
I started my first practice after I graduated in 2003. During my 15 + years, I performed well over 48,000 treatments.
What inspired you to become an acupuncturist?  
I worked so many dead-end jobs before finding Acupuncture. I was on my way to the university to sign up to be a western trained doctor when my POS car made an unexpected turn and I found myself in front of the Southwest Acupuncture College. She answered every question I had and the rest is history.
What is one thing about acupuncture & oriental medicine, that to this day, still amazes you?
It’s never ceases to amaze me how quickly the body can heal and how easy it is to heal and reverse the disease process.
On your journey to become an acupuncturist, what obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?
My biggest obstacle was learning the herbs. Then one day, it just clicked.
If you could give any piece of advice to younger generations in school to become acupuncturists, what would it be.
Find a good mentor. Figuring it all out on your own is great, but experience is invaluable. Save time, money, and help more patients by learning from experience. When you leave school, that’s when the real education begins.
What has been the most rewarding moment so far in your career as an acupuncturist & oriental medicine provider?
The rewarding moments are countless. The gratitude of patients who have tried everything else and nothing has worked. I tell them they could have saved a lot of time and money by coming to me first. Also, all of the children out there that I am partially responsible for.
We have all occasionally had a patient come into our practice who is upset, frustrated, and a little angry.  Maybe its from work, being stuck in traffic, or life in general – we have all been there! What advise would you give to fellow acupuncture students and/or colleagues on how to improve a situation like this?
Easy; Shenmen, yintang, fourgates, ST36, PC6, eye pillow and a blanket.
What condition or illness have you had good success in treating, and why?
I have had great success with all conditions, the question is which one is the hardest. That is the digestive system. You can not quit eating while the body heals, making it very difficult to get a handle on it.
Do you have any favorite acupuncture points?
Everyone gets yintang. There are 8 points around the belly button that are amazing for centering the patient.
What was the best thing a patient said to you recently?
Thank you. Thank you, thank you.
What was the funniest thing a patient ever said to you?  
Nothing comes to mind.
If you had to choose a spirit animal, what would it be and why?
I don’t really believe in spirit animals, I believe in God but if you turn that around, then I guess we are looking at a dog.
Tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind your book, “We Dream in Chinese”, and what it’s about. 
From a nightmare I had 3 times when I was 10 years old, I knew then there was something to it. It wasn’t until I was in Acupuncture school that I started putting it together. It is so simple and so many needed to hear why we dream. “Physician Heal Thyself.”
Where can people go to buy your book?
The book is in a rewrite. I am currently taking preorders.

If you are interested in learning more about Trisha Phaklides, L.Ac, check out her distance learning course, “We Dream in Chinese” today.