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Karen Hayberg is a Licensed Acupuncturist and the owner of Hayberg Wellness at 139 Walnut St. #103, Corning, NY 14830. She can be reached at (607) 346-7857 and (607) 346-2900 (c). Visit her website at www.HaybergWellness.com for more information about her services and her specialties.
Karen Hayberg has been in business since 1994 with a practice in Acupuncture. What differentiates Hayberg Wellness from other practitioners in her field is her background as a Respiratory Therapist for 18 years before earning a Master’s Degree. Karen knew there was more to medicine than just Biology because of all the trauma she had to attend in the intensive care unit and emergency room. In her quest to find a way to get to that, Karen thought Chinese Medicine understood a little bit more about subtler energies that she seemed to be able to sense.
One of the things in Chinese Medicine that she had seen in regular medicine (working in Intensive care and ER’s) was the connection between the Body and Mind. In Chinese Medicine, different organ systems are affected by different emotions. “I witnessed that. I didn’t exactly know what I was witnessing but when I studied Chinese medicine, I said, ‘OMG, I saw that’.”
As a Respiratory Therapist, Karen knew grief weakened the lungs; liver damage brought on anger and on and on. It was just talked about in a different way. It was a connection she made. Karen became more interested in the Chinese Medicine Body/Mind connection based on her 18 years experience in Western Medicine.
“I got into Chinese Medicine because of seeing/knowing about the subtler connection I had intuitively. I wanted to know more about it. I knew from a young age that I would be a healer. I needed something that would bring me to the people”.
“I needed to be a Healer. I became a Respiratory Therapist. I was involved in all of the Trauma and Emergencies and big, heavy duty stuff and because of that, it actually stretched my intuition a bit. I knew there was more to medicine. I knew that Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and Qi (CHI) was something a little more subtler and something that I was witnessing”.
What is your biggest stumbling Block (Personally/Business)?
When I first opened up in 1994, my biggest stumbling block was teaching people what Acupuncture was all about. That it wasn’t as scary as people thought. Religious beliefs at the time were so conservative, some people thought I was not a healer – I was doing ‘other’ work. It was hard to get through all that.
Lately, my stumbling block has been technology. I am in to ancient, ancient medicine and I like my ancient medicine. I’m really having trouble doing Facebook and trying to figure out how to advertise and not have it cost an arm and a leg. Even if I do use technology to advertise, I don’t even see it because I don’t know how to get to it.
At one point you said you don’t want to get overwhelmed (have a huge practice), so do you want to advertise?
When I had a practice in Elmira and corning for 10 years, I did get overwhelmed and I needed a break. It’s why I sold it. When I came back I knew I was going to have a smaller practice, I was going to do it my way, yes. That is a problem now. I still need that little step to let people know I am here.
I don’t do a ton of advertising because I do count on Word of Mouth. But still I think I need to know a little bit more about Technology. Facebook is still way over my head. I have been in practice 22 years and I don’t want to spend my extra time pushing my business forever.
Do you know anyone to do it for you?
Would you pay someone to do it for you?
Depends. My practice is so small. It would push into my overhead. Maybe doing a trade. I don’t want to have a practice where I am working on 2 patients at one time. Don’t want to do that anymore.
Do people have any misconceptions about you or your practice now?
Not quite sure. People look at me odd sometimes but won’t say.
When I put the needle in for the first time, they are anxious but then they say “Is that all”?
I don’t like needles. I don’t want people coming at me with big needles. I make sure I use really tiny needles and they’re really thin. I can take the end of my needle between my thumb and finger and pull it like you would a ribbon and you can curl that needle. I put my needle up against my cat’s whiskers and my cat’s whisker is twice as wide as my needle.
If you could have a Do-Over on anything, what would you do differently?
I think I would get a little more education on how to have a business in the beginning. I think that was part of my being over-whelmed in the beginning. I had a belief that it was going to be hard and so it got harder and harder. If I had someone say to me that this was going to be easy, I probably would have handled it better.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
“I’d like to do more with Acupuncturist Without Borders. It’s a group that goes to places that has had emotional trauma and treat the people there. They also use and teach EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique (Meridian Tapping) for handling emotional pain. They’ve helped in the USA after floods, tornadoes and some mass shootings. Also they have been in South America and Nepal after earthquakes. I’d love owning a small trailer to travel around the country to be able to go to places to do that, but also go internationally.”