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When he was 17, Terry’s mother was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Inspired to relieve her pain, Terry attended the Utah College of Massage Therapy. In 1999, he assisted in the creation of the first hospital-based Massage Therapy program in the state of Wyoming at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, WY. Four years later, Terry progressed into Acupuncture and earned his Master’s Degree from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2006, he moved to Fort Collins, CO and founded Artesian Spring Oriental Medicine.
Terry has served as Secretary for the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, was voted Best Colorado Acupuncturist 2015 and 2016 according to The Experience Pros radio show. He’s been featured in Northern Colorado Medical and Wellness Magazine and Regenerate magazine. He’s also been a guest on podcasts such as Intimate Conversations with Allana Pratt and A Dr.’s Perspective with Dr. Justin Trosclair. And, he hosts his own podcast, The Get Foxy Show – talking with other experts in Holistic Health, Natural Beauty and Passionate Living.
By cultivating their health and wellbeing, Terry helps women manifest their own inherent beauty and divine femininity – without succumbing to toxins, fillers, or scalpels. He is fostering a rebellion against our current “toxic beauty” culture. Terry believes each patient is a precious child of God and should be treated accordingly. Patients have described him as “knowledgeable, caring, and professional,” and he strives to live up to that description. Patients trust Terry’s expertise, gentle manner, and discerning intuition.
Terry lives in Windsor, CO. When not in the office, he spends time with his wife, two boys, and their pug. In his spare time, he reads sci-fi/fantasy novels, watches anime, and handcrafts liqueurs, cordials, and mead.
Where did the idea for Artesian Spring Oriental Medicine come from?
I grew up on a cattle ranch in Northern Wyoming. Certain areas there are pretty desolate. But in those areas, there are small pockets of verdant and abundant life. Often, it’s due to an Artesian Spring.
An Artesian Spring’s water comes from a pool deep underground. And, due to the pressure of rock above that pool, water naturally percolates up through the rock and soil to the ground above. Due to the natural filtration, this water is pure, healthy, and easily drinkable. It nourishes and enlivens everything around it. The plants are greener and fuller. From cattle to coyotes, animals are drawn to the area. The Artesian Spring is a place that refreshes and restores all who partake of it. I envisioned my business to be the same.
The Artesian Spring is a wonderful metaphor for Acupuncture. Your Qi (the energy that makes you a living being) is like the underground pool. My acupuncture needle taps that aquifer, creating a flowing spring of energy that promotes your vibrancy and vitality. It reconnects you to your source, returns your joy for life, and revives your spirit and vigor.
My Artesian Spring is a place of growth and abundant life. It’s a place to revitalize you, to refresh your weary mind and body. And, it’s a place to restore your health, naturally, without pharmaceutical intervention.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I’m out of bed at 5:30 am. I’ll move through the 8 Pieces Brocade or Wu Dang Hun Yuan Primordial Qi Gong in order wake up my body and get the circulation going. Next, shower. Then feed the kids and myself. As a husband and father of two active boys, there are plenty of schedules to juggle. To make certain we’re all on the same page, my wife and I utilize Google Calendar.
Once the boys are on the school bus, I make the 40-minute commute to my office. During that time, I’m listening to podcasts relevant to my business or personal development. At the office, I primarily see Aesthetic and Facial Acupuncture patients with the occasional Musculoskeletal Pain patient in the mix. I’ve learned that I’m more productive in the afternoon if I schedule myself a 15-20 minute powernap somewhere between 2-3pm. By doing so, I optimize my energy level and mood. For me, that little nap makes a huge difference!
On the commute home, I listen to energizing music or another podcast. Most nights I’m the one to cook supper. I do my best to keep my meal ingredients to organic whole foods. What you put into your body does make a difference in your health and energy levels. I read for 15 minutes before I go to bed. Being a big science fiction and fantasy nerd, I try to alternate between books for work and books for fun. Then, a solid 7.5 hours of sleep.
How do you bring ideas to life?
People come to me because they want to get healthier and look younger. By being fully present with my patients, I bring those ideas to life. Using the skills of a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, I formulate a plan of action to manifest their vision. From there, I’m simply a facilitator. We use Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Massage Therapy, Dietetics, and Qi Gong Exercise to stimulate their body’s innate capacity for healing and rejuvenation. With treatment, patients have more energy, less pain, and better sleep. They look youthful and vibrant. Because of the work we do together, my patient’s ideas become manifest in his or her own body. I have the pleasure to listen, facilitate, and witness the transformation. Ideas become physical manifestation through Traditional Chinese Medicine.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Right now there’s a trend in skincare called Clean Beauty. In general, this applies to beauty products. But, it’s also affecting skincare services. In Clean Beauty, consumers are looking for products and treatments with natural, non-toxic ingredients. More women are beginning to shun traditional cosmetics and Botox® treatments because they’re learning that these may contain carcinogens and are toxic. They’re more conscious about their health, what they put in their body, and put on their face. And that’s a beautiful thing! Clean Beauty and “No-tox” are the next big thing in the Aesthetics field.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I read daily. And I read varied subjects – business, personal development, spirituality, science fiction, biography, and fantasy. I learn something from everything I read. And each something adds to my repertoire as a human being. In my opinion, a good entrepreneur relates well with other human beings. And in my interactions with other humans, I apply what I’ve learned with love and kindness. This, in turn, is often reflected back to me. My patients love me and tell others. It makes for a fulfilling business.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Have more faith in your own abilities. You are more powerful than you realize. Listen to your intuition. Make the leap. Kiss the girl. You don’t have to work for anyone else. You can be your own boss. Own your awesomeness.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Rocky Mountain Oysters are best when fresh and cooked over an open fire.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Qi Gong exercise. “Qi” is the body’s vital energy. “Gong” means “to become proficient with.” There are many forms of Qi Gong. However, it is essentially a series of gentle body movements coordinated with the breath. Some folks call it Taoist Yoga. Regular Qi Gong practice helps increase flexibility, muscle/tendon strength, and oxygenation of the blood. It’s also quite meditative. It allows you to ground your energy, calm your mind, and settle your spirit. When you’re able to approach your business from this place of tranquility, good things happen. And when stress does hit, Qi Gong helps your body adapt to and that release anxiety.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Public Speaking has helped me grow my business.
The idea of Acupuncture is intimidating. You don’t want just anyone poking sharp bits of metal into your body. You want to know the person who is performing the treatment. You want to know that they know what they’re doing. And most importantly, you want to know that you’re safe.
Though Public Speaking, I’ve been able to develop a relationship with several people at once while demonstrating my expertise. By speaking candidly and authentically, I address their concerns. And they get a taste of my personality. I foster their confidence in me as both a person and a practitioner. Public Speaking allows me the chance to create a solid rapport with potential patients. And once I’m in rapport, selling simply becomes serving. And serving, well, that’s easy-peasy!
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Frankly, I’ve failed (and continue to fail) on daily basis. The majority of those failures come from Bad Money Stories – the false, self-limiting beliefs I hold about money. These Bad Money Stories have kept me from playing big, meeting high caliber people, and earning the income I truly desire.
To overcome this faulty programming, I hired a Money Coach. And because I had a bad story about how I couldn’t afford to invest in myself, I fought the idea for years. But, finally having that coaching has been one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I’ve grown as a person and an entrepreneur. I recommend this kind of coaching to anyone who owns a business. Don’t let you talk yourself out of investing in a Business or Money Coach. It’s completely worth it.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
If I had a clone, I’d want them to open up a Medicinal Food Café and Herbal Elixir Bar. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a way to use food as medicine. I think it would so cool to see a Café where one could arrive, receive a TCM diagnosis, and then eat a dish specifically prepared to support their individual health needs. Also on the menu would be a variety of Medicinal Herbal Liqueurs and Elixirs that promote the health of their body. Food and drink to nourish mind and body, cultivating health and wellness.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Recently, I spent just a little over a $100 on a monthly Mastermind group. From the ideas that were generated in that group, I made an extra $500 that month. And those ideas will continue to generate income over time. Definitely a good return on investment!
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
It may be a bit cliché, but Google Calendar has been quite useful in helping me organize both my business and personal schedules. Knowing when my wife is working, where my kids are going, and whom I’m meeting becomes much more simplified. I don’t have to carry multiple calendars or cram all that information in my head. I just tap the Google Calendar app on my phone. So simple!
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
“The Ranger Way” by Kris “Tanto” Paronto.
In his book, Mr. Paronto teaches the ideals and philosophies that make the Army Rangers so formidable, dominant, and successful. Defining your mission, setting goals that are in alignment with your values, and developing a battle plan that maximizes your chances of success, are just a few things taught in the book.
“Tanto” teaches about service and self-sacrifice, how to recover from mistakes, and how to see the opportunity in every obstacle. This book is an inside look at the mindset held by a true American hero. As a business owner, I found the information in this book invaluable. I bet you will too.
What is your favorite quote?
“Economy is the basis of society. When the economy is stable, society develops. The ideal economy combines the spiritual and the material, and the best commodities to trade in are sincerity and love.”
– OSensei Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido
• Optimize your lifestyle to fit your unique body type and energy level. This will allow for more ease and success in your business.
• Engage in regular practice of Qi Gong to strengthen your body and calm your mind.
• Invest in a Business or Money Coach to improve your bottom line.
• Read “The Ranger Way” to learn how to recover from your mistakes and find the opportunity in each obstacle you encounter.
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