Today we’d like to introduce you to Abigail Klerowski.
Abigail, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I actually started out studying Marine Science. I love nature, and thought I would pursue a career in oceanographic research. But it didn’t take long to realize that I wanted to work with people more directly, so I started a Pre-Med minor during my sophomore year of college.
I job shadowed all sorts of practitioners- from physical therapists to physician assistants- learning about the health care field. I knew that I wanted to help people, but wasn’t exactly sure in what way. I remember my mom kept suggesting I meet with her acupuncturist. It actually took a little convincing to get me there, but after spending just a day with her I was looking into applying to acupuncture school. Sometimes mothers know best!
I knew I wanted to apply to the specific program that this acupuncturist had completed, due to the dual-Masters opportunity offered in conjunction with Tufts School of Medicine. This program allowed me to follow my desire to work one-on-one with people as an acupuncturist, while also delving into the more research-driven, Western medical side of pain management at Tufts.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Looking back, I don’t know why I thought it would be a good idea to pursue two Masters Degrees simultaneously while also working part time! It was probably the same part of me that thought it would be a good idea to complete all three of my national board exams while still in school, so that I could start interviewing and have a job lined up when I graduated. It wasn’t the easiest path, but I was determined to succeed.
That experience prepared me well for my next adventure- opening my own business. You have an endless to-do list when you run a small business, and you just do it! I feel so fortunate for all of the support I’ve had from family, colleagues, and the Greater Newburyport region. With the support of my entire community, I am blessed to do what I love!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about North Shore Acupuncture & Wellness – what should we know?
In acupuncture school, I was trained as a general practitioner. But I have an additional degree in Pain Research, Education, & Policy from Tufts, and I have done additional training in direct Orthopedic and distal acupuncture styles of treating pain, so initially I specialized in pain management.
I enjoy offering pain relief and most people know about acupuncture treating pain, but I do not limit my practice to pain patients. Recently I’ve had great success treating a lot of hormone-related problems, and am really enjoying working with this population. Acupuncture is great at regulating the endocrine system. This means that symptoms like hot flashes and PMS, and conditions like hypothyroidism and PCOS respond really well to acupuncture!
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I believe that listening is an important part of health care. I think we often get sent to different specialists, and we rarely have a person who hears our whole health story. I want to offer patients a safe, nurturing space where they leave feeling heard and cared for.
I think my patients trust me, and really feel and understand how much I want to help them feel better. But at the end of the day it’s the acupuncture that works. People leave feeling better, and want to come back and share this medicine with their loved ones.
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