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Conversations with the Inspiring Joyce Kawalchuk

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joyce Kawalchuk, L.Ac.

Joyce, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
From a young age, I’ve had the desire to work with my hands. I grew up in the family business and worked as a mechanic on turf, industrial, and construction equipment. I remember fondly disassembling and reassembling engines, electronics, and anything I could get my hands on. In addition to this, my early childhood was spent exploring tactile based skills such as playing piano, sewing, and drawing.

I’m very much a kinesthetic and visual learner. I am fascinated with human anatomy, physiology, and behavior, which led me to pursue an education in biology, and ultimately acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The human body reveals an enormous amount of information beyond what we can verbalize or even be fully cognizant of. For me, being a licensed acupuncturist is the perfect blend of art, science, medicine, and philosophy.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I worked part-time throughout my entire undergraduate education, which allowed me to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology and zero debt. What did that actually look like? Commuting to school full-time and working on weekends and holidays. Feeling easy breezy after college, without any debt, made it challenging for me to take the financial leap into my first student loan for my graduate education, but I felt confident that it was exactly what I wanted to do.

Larger financial leaps have served as an incentive for me to make things work and get creative with my means. It’s been frightening, but also exhilarating! My best advice to women at the beginning of their journey would be to capitalize on your current skills and use them to your advantage. Draw from your education, past work experience, creative hobbies and brainstorm how to blend your unique skill set into something useful, while still honoring your passion. Being resourceful with what you already have can save a lot of time and money, instead of thinking you need more credentials to be adequate in the workforce. Hit the ground running and take some advice from my favorite female role model, Amelia Earhart, who said, “the most effective way to do it, is to do it.”

What should we know about Joyce K. Acupuncture? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Being that I am a practitioner of Eastern medicine, balance is literally the principle of my profession. I believe that simple is sustainable. Treatments aren’t adding to or subtracting from an individual, they simply reorient what is already within; the innate ability to heal.

I’m a Licensed Acupuncturist and I own and operate a private acupuncture practice in Glendale, AZ called Joyce K. Acupuncture. I specialize in the treatment of orthopedic pain, digestive disorders, and hormonal imbalances. I offer various treatments that span beyond just acupuncture to promote healing. These include cupping, tuina massage, electro-acupuncture, Eastern dietary therapy, cosmetic acupuncture, and other complementary therapies.

People often come to my practice feeling low on hope and having “tried everything” that conventional medicine can offer. I offer comprehensive holistic healthcare that considers the context of an individual’s concerns and how it may impact their health and lifestyle. Treatments emphasize preventative care that minimizes symptom flare-ups and aims to create greater balance naturally within the body.

It’s important for me to be realistic with my patients. If you’re living and working in modern society, it’s likely that some issues will come up that didn’t exist centuries ago when this medicine first emerged. I take pride in making Traditional Chinese Medicine relatable and relevant to the people I am serving to demonstrate that healthy and wholesome practices still have a very significant role in our busy lives. If we think of our health as a vehicle that allows us to do all of the things that matter most, then it makes a lot more sense as to why we should serve our health more regularly.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
My mother and grandmother, without a doubt.

My mom is petite in stature and tenacious in work ethic. When I was younger, just the two of us would haul my go-kart and a bucket of tools to the local race track and she would be my little pit crew and cheer me on the whole way. Her unconventional style of parenting instilled a huge sense of self-acceptance in me. Her hardworking attitude taught me the value of my time and efforts. Her strength and resilience set an inspiring example of the great things you can accomplish if you put in the effort. All of these traits inspired my self-confidence, competence, and courage to tackle new challenges with enthusiasm.

As for my nan, having the opportunity to be nurtured by someone who has experienced nearly a century of life is valuable and inspiring beyond words. She has such a vast knowledge of so many different aspects of life and was a successful businesswoman herself. She taught me the value of my word and the power of now. Procrastination is not in this woman’s vocabulary. Her love is as fierce as her attitude.

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