Q and A: Celebrating 60 Days of Charity

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Q:  I’m sure new clients ask you this a lot; where did you come up with the name Zoi?

A:  “Well, I’ve been studying Greek now for four years, and I love the language, and ‘Zoi’ stuck out to me because it means life. I opened this clinic to support all things that are life-giving and make a positive impact in the lives of those I serve.:

Q:  What would you say is the focus of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine?

A:  “Quality is the central focus; having joy and fulfillment is really important too. Holistic medicine, especially TCM, is one of the most effective and incredible ways to change your entire life experience on every level. TCM is extremely life-giving and it’s not compromising in the way that we experience, often times, with pharmaceutical medicines that compromise parts of our bodies in order to help another.”

Q: Can you explain TCM?

A:  “TCM stands for traditional Chinese medicine. It encompasses acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Twuana, which is Chinese acupressure massage and dietary counseling according to traditional Chinese medicine. It’s the umbrella under which all licensed acupuncturist/herbalists practice.”

Q:  You opened Zoi in April 2015, and it’s just a year later. Most small business owners would be worried about the day to day, but you seem to be focused on charity and your clinics impact on the world. Where does that come from?

A:  “I’m really focused on helping people find a better quality of life. Whether it’s through our charity initiatives or on a more personal level with each patient that comes through my door. Most recently myself, and several volunteers, collected purses and filled them with toiletries and food for homeless women in the area. It was such a great experience because as soon as we put the word out we had almost more donations than we knew what to do with!”

Q:  What compelled you to take on that challenge?

A:  “I’m going to be consistently looking at our community and the needs that aren’t being met, and try to involve the Zoi Clinic in those projects and giving back. That’s why we’re helping to feed children starting in May and throughout the summer, because I’ve heard how many children are not getting meals consistently throughout that period, and schools often have the burden of providing those meals.”

Q:  So, your community is a big focus with your charity work?

A:  “Yeah, my plan is that we’ll help one international charity a year, and then every other charity throughout the year will be local.”

Q:  Tell me about your most recent charity?

A: “Right now, with the latest project, the 60 Days of Charity, we just finished raising money for the construction of a dormitory in Uganda, through a non-profit organization called ‘Come Let’s Dance’.”

Q:  And how did you come across the charity Come Let’s Dance?

A:  “It’s interesting that you use the phrase ‘come across’, because when I was in college, several of my friends went to Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe and while they were there they ‘came across’ 60 kids that were being taken care of by a man there. They learned that he had been protecting these children and keeping them from being forced into a pseudo-militant group known as the LRA, or Lord’s Resistance Army. When they returned to the States, they discussed what they had found and how they could help, and from those discussions Come Let’s Dance was born. It’s an organization that gives help and support to Ugandans. In the 11 years since its inception, “Come Let’s Dance” has grown into an organization run onsite by Ugandans that empowers those that they help by teaching practical skills for daily living, providing jobs that pay living wages and educating and housing the children; some of whom have gone to University. What started with 60 children has grown to over 200 and our 60 Days of Charity initiative will help to provide accommodations for them through the construction of a brand new dormitory.”

Q:  Having just completed the 60 Days of Charity, what’s next?

A:  “To follow up our 60 Days of Charity, for the entire summer, the Zoi Clinic will be donating to sponsor backpacks filled with food, that get refilled every week so that the children in South Austin can have access to the nutrition they need while school is out.

“I’ve always wanted to work to serve the community on the global scale, but I’ve found, since opening this clinic, that working with individuals was just as powerful because real change in the world starts with an individual. Helping people find a better quality of life and healing through treatment has been really fulfilling. By combining charity with the treatments we’re performing at the clinic, I believe I’ve a found a rare and rewarding balance in my life”