Laughing Buddha Community Acupuncture opened in the fall of 2008 in the midst of the economic downturn, which was challenging for the owner, Susan Engle; she persevered her dream of owning an acupuncture studio.
In the beginning, Susan worked out of the Yoga Off Broadway studio and then five years ago opened her own studio at the corner West Third and Highway 6. She says this is the best location for her business’s visibility.
When asked how she came up with the name, she said, “It was a somber time in the fall of 2008 and she wanted to lighten the mood, so Laughing Buddha was created.”
Ms Engle had long been interested in acupuncture and when her prior restaurant career ended she returned to school to earn her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in Portland. She also holds a certification from NADA (the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association), which enables her to support patients going through alcohol and drug detoxification.
Chinese acupuncture was developed over 3,000 years ago, but as it entered the Western mainstream it was too expensive for most individuals, as traditional health insurance plans do not cover it. Therefore, Susan created the ‘community acupuncture’ concept to make it more affordable.
Community acupuncture means that several clients may be in the room at the same time, but everyone has their own recliner and each patient receives Susan’s special attention and their own treatment plan. In this setting, patients do not disrobe and treatment is limited from the elbow to the fingertips and knees to the toes. She also maintains a private room for clients who need more extensive treatment.
The Western medical community has begun to see that acupuncture can compliment their treatments as it helps the patient to deal more effectively with the emotions or fear of a diagnosis while boosting immune systems. As more research is made available from these two medical communities, acupuncture should become more widely accepted as an alternative to modern medicine.
She sees continued growth in her practice as teenagers and young adults are beginning to experience the benefits of acupuncture for stress, athletic injuries, headaches and etc. However, she stresses that a healthy lifestyle is key to good overall health and that we should all be cautious of what we put into our bodies.
She and her husband relocated from Oregon in the fall of 2008 when he was recruited by CenturyLink to work at their Eagle location. While neither of them knew anyone in Eagle Valley, they have not looked back.
When asked what the Eagle Chamber could offer her and other businesses that it doesn’t already, she replied, “The chamber offers much, but I don’t take advantage of it. I particularly liked the Lunch N Learn series a couple of years ago, but the mixers are difficult for me as I’m usually in the studio until 7 p.m. or later.” She likes the concept of a Business Expo/Tabletop Showcase, as it would be good to showcase her business.
Laughing Buddha Community Acupuncture joined the Eagle Chamber in 2013 and became a Charter Member in 2014. For more information visit www.laughingbuddha-acupuncture.com or phone (970) 309-9253; office hours are Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 9-6 p.m., with a limited schedule on Wednesdays.