Currently our treatment staff consists of one acupuncturist, Bob Conrique. Bob is a nationally board-certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine and an Acupuncture Physician licensed to practice acupuncture in the State of Florida.
What About Bob?
Bob migrated to Florida from Pennsylvania where he had the privilege of practicing acupuncture at Philadelphia Community Acupuncture. You guessed it, the same Philadelphia Community Acupuncture where portions of the documentary, The Calmest Revolution Ever Staged, were filmed! If you haven’t seen it, we urge you to check it out – it will explain a lot about what we do. Back in PA, Bob also provided affordable housecalls to the homebound and others in need, and aspires to do the same in Orlando.
Bob has volunteered at a variety of community clinics and events providing free acupuncture over the years and most recently worked in affiliation with a nonprofit disaster relief organization, Acupuncturists Without Borders, to establish numerous private and community clinic locations in Orlando offering free Stress & Trauma Relief acupuncture treatments following the Pulse nightclub tragedy.
Bob also performs community outreach in the form of lectures and presentations about Chinese Medicine, Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture to local community, professional and student groups.
Bob is a proud member of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), has received specialty training as an Acupuncture Detox Specialist at the Lincoln Recovery Center in the South Bronx, NY, and Disaster Field Clinic Training through Acupuncturists Without Borders.
Curious to know what brought Bob to acupuncture? (click to expand/collapse)
Well, my first exposure to acupuncture was a last-ditch effort to make some real progress in my lifelong struggle with sinus and bronchial problems. I’d love to say I was always a big fan of acupuncture, but truth be told, I was on the fence for quite awhile as to whether acupuncture was a sham or not. One thing I did know, however, was that I wasn’t in a position to pay close to $800 or more for the ‘discounted’ ten-pack of acupuncture treatments that I was told I would need in order to find out.
Then, about a month after an especially brutal sinus infection, and another round of amoxicillin plus the intense dry-mouth side effects which often seemed just as nasty as the sinus symptoms I was taking it for, I heard about a local acupuncture school providing treatments for less than $30 a pop and decided to give it a try. Like many who try acupuncture, I was a skeptic, but a desperate one. I was in search of real relief and long-term prevention instead of a band-aid. Then, while driving home from the 3rd or 4th treatment, my head starting clearing up like a foggy windshield with the defroster on. I had become so accustomed to the heavy, foggy and congested feeling that I had forgotten what it was like to breathe clearly and experience a day without headaches. I was amazed! With additional acupuncture treatments, the head and lung-clearing effects lasted longer and longer and were soon replaced by a desire to bring this amazing therapy to others. However, having been raised by a single working class mother, I recognized that the high cost of acupuncture made it unaffordable to most people I knew and also discouraged many from even trying it. For this reason, it was imperative that I find a way to provide acupuncture at a more affordable price so working class folks, including skeptics like myself, would be more able and willing to try it.
Soon afterwards, I watched the Calmest Revolution Ever Staged documentary and learned about the Community Acupuncture Network, the predecessor to POCA. I was hooked. What other folks were doing in community acupuncture clinics around the country to make acupuncture more affordable resonated with me immensely so I decided to enroll in the local acupuncture school.
I confess I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started acupuncture school and despite how profoundly acupuncture helped me personally, I remained a bit skeptical as to how much, and to what extent, it could help others.
Within weeks of starting acupuncture school, I was astonished to hear the experiences my classmates had to share about acupuncture doing the unfathomable. My classmates shared their acupuncture success stories with things like infertility, debilitating back pain, migraines, gynecological irregularities, auto accident injuries, recurring digestion problems, anxiety, insomnia and cancer treatment side effects. After hearing their stories and witnessing similar outcomes in the student clinic, there was no doubt that making acupuncture accessible to the masses was my mission. I'm extremely excited about Accessible Acupuncture and treasure the opportunity to work towards fulfilling that mission to make acupuncture and herbal medicine more accessible to my neighbors in Orlando and Central Florida.
Could our 2nd or 3rd Acupuncturist be you?
As our clinic grows we anticipate the need to bring on additional acupuncturists in order to further our mission by expanding our clinic hours and developing the other branches of our vision such as Affordable Housecalls, Community Outreach, Educational programs and Satellite Clinics. Sound interesting? Think you may want to join our team? If so, just Contact Us and introduce yourself!
If you haven't even started acupuncture school, but you're considering it, make sure you check out POCA Tech, the first acupuncture school dedicated to training acupuncturists in the community model and keeping their tuition costs significantly more affordable than the other options out there. Check it out - it’s a game changer!