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Meet Jill Doan of To The Point Acupuncture

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill Doan.

Hi Jill, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was in high school when I realized I really enjoyed the Sciences: Anatomy/Physiology and Biology. I was considering becoming a Physical Therapist because I knew I wanted to work with people and the human body. I had applied to different colleges after High School and decided to go to the only college I applied to that didn’t have an Exercise physiology or Physical therapy program. I don’t have a good reason as to why I choose to do this except I think my life was being directed towards a path I was destined to take. While working towards my Bachelor’s in Biology, I began working part-time as a Chiropractic Assistant. During this time, I had met an Acupuncturist who was looking to rent space at the office I was working at. I was intrigued by her profession and inquired more about acupuncture. I was treated by this practitioner for allergies and neck pain. I was amazed at the results! My brother also sought out acupuncture care and had amazing results. I realized that this was it. This is what I wanted to do. I applied to The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in Massachusetts, which is one of the top-ranked acupuncture programs in the United States, and went there directly after graduating with my bachelor’s. I graduated from NESA in 2006 with a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I moved from MA to NC and opened the doors to my business, To The Point Acupuncture, a few months later. After working in the field for many years, I decided to further my education at the Pacific College of Health and Sciences where I received my Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I have a thirst for knowledge and a love for what I do and look forward to helping as many people as I can for many years to come.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There have certainly been a lot of bumps in the road along the way. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up so financially paying for my education was the first struggle I encountered. The biggest struggle I faced was the unexpected pregnancy with my first son during my first year of acupuncture school. We experienced several other personal hardships during that time and I had to take a year off. I went back to school when my son was about five months old. It wasn’t easy juggling a newborn and school. Luckily, my family was able to help me and give me the support I needed. After many years in practice, I decided to go back to school to obtain my doctorate. Trying to run a business and raise two sons together with my husband certainly left room for struggles, as well as the fact that we started emerging into a pandemic while I was finishing my degree.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
To The Point Acupuncture was established in 2006 and is located in Raleigh, NC. Traditional medicine is comprised of not just acupuncture but also herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, tui na, and gua sha. When you treat a patient with a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach, you don’t just treat the patient symptomatically, you treat the whole body. That being said, acupuncture and TCM can treat numerous medical conditions and ailments. I have treated a multitude of conditions such as: pain, migraines/neurological conditions, allergies, pregnancy/infertility, digestive disorders, and the list goes on. I see a lot of Veterans at my office so I treat a lot of chronic pain and PTSD. What sets us apart from others at To The Point Acupuncture is that we take the time to listen to each patient. We spend a lot of time on each patient’s initial appointment and make sure each treatment is customized to their specific medical condition and needs. You will never feel like you are just a number at the office. Your health and well-being is our number one priority.

Any big plans?
Being a small business owner of a health care facility during a pandemic has come with many struggles and has shaped the outlook of the future for many of us. I hope in the future to expand into a more integrative setting with other like-minded practitioners and therapists. No matter what the future holds, I will continue to treat my patients in an environment where they feel safe and comfortable without feeling like their health and safety are being compromised. I will always be attentive and take the time to listen to my patients, something I feel that has been lost for most, especially those with chronic medical conditions.

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