What’s in a name? (Part 2)

In 2011, my vision became reality.  Kitsap County has the strictest zoning laws in the state.  The requirements for a doctor meant that the majority of options are outrageously expensive properties, medical buildings, or strip malls in poor condition.  I had always wanted a house that could be converted into an office, not far from the freeway or busy area of town but also off of the main roads.  I wanted a space that conveyed comfort, healing, and an overall organic and holistic outlook.  When it came down to it, we got lucky.  My husband just happened to find a property listed under residential even though it had been turned into commercial zoning in order to assist the planning of Home Depot nearby.  It was an arduous year of planning and remodeling but it truly embodied my entire vision.

jpchirobuildSo now what to call it?  I knew that it was not just going to be my chiropractic office, as I was entering midwifery school at this time.  I also knew that at some point I would most likely open the space for others to use part-time.  I wanted a name that represented what all of the different work inside that office would represent.  Specializing in maternity and pediatric care, in both chiropractic and midwifery, I always felt that I was helping families start out right, or perhaps giving them a new start with the tools necessary to begin or further a holistic lifestyle that supported their physical and emotional growth.

Epoch  – ep·och /ˈepək/

  • a period of time in history or a person’s life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics
  • the beginning of a distinctive period in the history of someone or something

 I fell in love with Epoch Wellness Center.  I hope that for many, the care and education given will allow for a change.  A change in health, perspective, and understanding.  I want my office to be a part of the shift that is happening in our world, that understands that our health in a large part is what we make of it, is impacted by how we live, is not something we are just victims to.  When it comes to pregnancy and pediatric health, our choices and perspective don’t just affect our immediate health but the life and long-term health of our children and families.  So let’s open our minds to the possibilities and the consequences of our choices.  Let’s remember that our bodies are capable of incredible things when they are supported and strengthened as a whole instead of neglected or reduced into pieces and treated as though they are misbehaving.

 One of my favorite quotes is by Susanne Arms:

“If we hope to create a non-violent world
where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred,
we must begin with how we treat each other
at the beginning of life.
For that is where our deepest patterns are set.
From these roots grow fear and alienation
~ or love and trust.”

jpchirosignI would add that how we treat our bodies and that of our children from the beginning, has the ability to root strength, vitality and optimal health or encourage weakness, dysfunction and illness.  We can’t control every little thing that impacts our health, but we can control a lot by the choices we make, particularly in the beginning.  It is my hope, that you will be given tools and education at Epoch Wellness Center to help you do just that.  Let this be a time of change, a time of growth, and a time of a new beginning in health.

Dr. Joella

What’s in a name? (Part 1)

How important are names to you?  Do you put much thought into them?  Did you spend hours looking up the meaning of baby names, requiring a ‘good’ meaning in order to even consider a name for your own child?  Did you and your partner debate for months over what was an acceptable name?  I always felt that choosing a name, whether for a person, business, or product was important and would in someway embody the gifts and characteristics of that person or thing.  Here is a look into my thought process and how my practices came to be.

jpLogo_MedIt doesn’t take long for people to figure out where I came up with the name JP Chiropractic.   It probably seems unoriginal, boring, and maybe even vain if you feel that about anything named after the person who created it.

When I finished chiropractic school and began contemplating what my practice would look like, I envisioned how I would practice, the location and style of the office, the atmosphere within my office, what type of care I would provide and what type of clientele would most benefit from my work.  Lastly, I came up with a name that I loved and felt embodied my entire vision.  Then the reality of practice came.

I delivered my first child just days after finishing chiropractic school.  I graduated and moved back to Washington when he was 3 months old.  I really wanted to work part-time and mostly be with my babies when they were young so my goal was to just have an office out of or attached to my home the first few years.  This would allow me to be with my children as much as possible and keep my expenses as low as possible so that I could just take on more patients as I chose and not feel like I had to bring in a certain amount of money just to keep my doors open.  I talked to the different community development offices throughout Kitsap County and found out which ones would allow me to do this.  We found a house and moved in when my son was 5 months old.  I was now ready to start practicing.

I called up the county again to verify that I didn’t need any extra licensing or documentation before I started and was told, “I am so sorry, I don’t know who you talked to before, but anyone can work out of there home in Kitsap except a doctor of any kind.”  I was completely thrown into a roller coaster of emotions.  I may have cried and yelled a little bit.  I had no idea what I was going to do.  There was no way I wanted to leave my baby and work full-time or even a normal part-time amount of hours for that matter and work for another doctor in an office that didn’t fit me.  I didn’t want to leave my baby and struggle into opening my own full-time office.  I just wanted to be with my baby and take care of other moms and kids from time to time.  Once, I calmed down and had time to think, I came up with a plan.  I found a local doctor, who was also a member of my church, and asked if I could see my own patients out of his office.  He kindly agreed and with only a small fee, I was able to do it.

services300However, this office did not fit the vision I had created in any manner whatsoever.  It was in a strip mall that was old and not well cared for.  The office was not very family-friendly, though the staff were.  And let’s just say that decor and ambience were not high on this doctor’s list of priorities for his office.  I was grateful for the opportunity but when it came to applying for my business license the name I came up for just didn’t feel right.  It didn’t fit.  I came across a business that used initials, mulled the idea over for a bit and realized that would work.  My practice doesn’t have all the bells and whistles to excite or pamper you.  It’s just me.  My knowledge.  My experience.  My philosophy on health and healing.  My heart and my hands.

Even though I eventually built the office of my dreams and vision.  It is still just me doing what I can to help those that walk through the door.

Dr. Joella