Entrepreneur: Jane Kelley, Body and Soul Acupuncture

Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The “Entrepreneur” section in the Post-Bulletin in Minnesota spotlights the brave souls who own and run micro-businesses in the Rochester area. A total of 70,075 Minnesota firms had four or fewer employees in 2015. That’s about 60 percent out of the state’s total 117,124 businesses. This is a Q&A with one of them, Jane Kelley, a, practitioner of Chinese medicine.

Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.

Question: Describe your business?

Answer: I’m a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. I help people for “complete wellness for body, mind and spirit.” This includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese massage, cupping, Chinese food therapy and Tai Chi. I help people feel better by inserting very small, sterilized needles into the body. This stimulates the body to produce self-healing chemicals that we already have and relieves a number of conditions, including pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression and digestive issues, to name a few.

Acupuncture helps prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune system and organ systems. And can be used for treating existing illnesses and injuries, preventing illness and improving overall health.

Question: What’s your title?

Answer: Licensed acupuncturist

Question: What drove you to launch your own business?

Answer: Personal experience. Fourteen years ago, I ended up with a large, herniated disc in my back that required surgery. Afterwards I tried to go back to work too soon and suffered from chronic back pain for three years. I was told that I would have to live with the pain, and I was determined to find pain relief. I discovered acupuncture to be very helpful, and I no longer suffer from chronic back pain.

I originally went to college to be a nurse, after I was put in a job that I didn’t like, due to the pain I was experiencing. I got into the nursing program, but it wasn’t for me. So finished up my undergraduate studies with dual associates’ degrees in arts and sciences, and then onward for master’s of acupuncture degree and an internship in China.

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