We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Orvieto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
In order to become a State and national board-certified Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, I went to school for 4 years to receive my masters, then an additional year to complete my doctorate, I had to complete over 3500 theory and clinical hours and treat over 250 patients in the 4 years. In addition, I took 4 different board exams. I also have to complete 60 continuing education hours to keep my national certification and 30 continuing education hours to maintain my state certification.
What should our readers know about your business?
My practice is patient-centered. We focus on the specific needs of each patient and customize each treatment plan based on their individual needs. I have a high success rate for treating patients because I explain to them what is going to be needed to get them to their goal (whether it’s pain-free, pregnancy, migraine-free, etc). It isn’t always easy, especially in the beginning, when some patients need to come in 2-3x week initially. It’s difficult for a patient to wrap their mind around acupuncture is not a quick fix and that in order to reach their goal, it is going to take a commitment on their end to improve their life. I have learned that if I am not fully honest and upfront from the beginning, the patient is less likely to commit to their treatment plan and in the end, improve. My practice prides itself on individualized treatment plans, focusing solely on what each patient needs. We don’t have a fixed “menu” because each person is so different, even when they are coming in for the same problem. We know each patient by name and give them the attention they need to feel comfortable and most importantly, feel well.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Most of my best friends live here, so for those that don’t I would definitely make sure they come hungry. I love good food. I would take them to Hollywood Beach because a lot of them don’t live in warm climates and those that don’t, they live by the Pacific ocean and it’s cold all year round! I would take them to the Yellow Green Farmer’s Market over the weekend. I would take them to Wynwood and Lincoln Road for some people watching. For breakfast, I would take them to the Bake Shack in Dania Beach, a must go! For coffee, I would take them to Cali Coffee in Hollywood. I would also take them to Sushi!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am part of an advanced group of Acupuncture Physicians throughout the world called the Renegades. We meet multiple times throughout the year to learn/teach advanced techniques as well as collaborate about business, marketing, and growing our practices.
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