From 5 Patients/Week to a Month-Long Waiting List 5/5 (61)

trainingMany of you have known me for a long time. I’m always amazed when I travel and run into people who follow me because of the work I do with Miridia Technology. When Adrian hired me, so many years back, he told me that beyond doing research for our products—I had the ability to uniquely create my position into whatever I envisioned.

Since you are an integral part of this story, I’d like to share what’s happened over the years.

The biggest thing is that I have GROWN.

I started out as a pompous TCM know-it-all.

I had tunnel vision.

I didn’t understand that there are many different styles of acupuncture. I thought what I learned from school was the end-all-be-all.

What Changed

Since then I have studied SOOOO many different forms of acupuncture. I have learned, through experience, that classic TCM style acupuncture does not bring amazing results. Once I changed my treatment strategies my whole world as an acupuncturist changed.

I went from treating 5 patients a week to an absolutely fuller-than-full schedule, with a one month waiting list for new patients.

Patients are willing to wait to get in with me because I get good results and they trust my unique style of diagnosis and treatment. In the beginning I hoped that someday I’d be successful. There were so many starving acupuncturists in the world when I graduated college and I didn’t want to be one of them.

Now, I run a cash practice and patients pay up front for six visits at a time without batting an eye. Talk about growth!

My own personal growth was the driving source behind the metamorphosis of the position I hold now. What started out as a simple research job to earn a few extra bucks while I was building my practice turned into a mission to help other acupuncturist to become successful.

I wear a lot of different hats at Miridia now—blog posts, Acupuncture Today articles, graph analysis, new product development, writing, practitioner consultation and mentoring, interviews, college liaison, social media moderator, teaching videos, monthly webinars, and LEARNING.

trainingI Love LEARNING!

Honestly, the drive to continually learn has been the key to my success.

There are two kinds of learning.

One is reading articles, searching blog posts, watching online training videos and trying to find that one needle in the haystack–that one piece of actionable information you’re looking for amidst all the fluff.

You’ve done that too, right?

We all do it. But there’s something missing from the “sit in your chair at home in your pajamas” type of learning experience.

You just can’t google your way to becoming an amazing acupuncturist. 

The other type of learning is real life, face-to-face learning. This type is my FAVORITE.

Here’s my list of top 4 reasons I prefer live training over anything online:

  1. Changing your environment clears your mind. The magical learning happens when you walk away from your clinic, your house, your family, your life. You have to take time for yourself and create an empty space in your brain for learning something new. 
  2. Live interaction is key to learning. How many times have you watched a video, read a blog post, and still had questions? Live interaction lets the flow of learning become unique to your own needs. When I learn from a teacher personally, I REALLY learn. 
  3. You can’t learn touchy feely stuff by watching a video. Hands on practical learning is so key to developing technique. There is nothing like experiencing the results happening right under your fingertips when practicing on a demo patient. I remember so many experiences of learning to feel qi under my fingertips while practicing in a classroom setting with an instructor by my side. You just can’t do that with a blog post or a video or even a phone conversation. 
  4. Colleagues make you stronger. There is something extroardinary that happens when you submerge yourself in the amazing spiral of energy that happens when a bunch of healers come together in one place. It’s magical. It’s powerful. When you leave the training event, the power and magic comes with you. I have met some of the most incredible people over the years. They have helped me become who I am today. 

Like I said, the magical learning happens when you walk away from your clinic, put your butt in a seat, rub shoulders with other practitioners, ask questions, and get answers that are very specific to your needs.

You can’t get the hands on, practical “touchy-feely-try-it experience” unless you show up and submerge yourself.

You can’t just keep dipping your toes in the water if you want to get better results. You have to do something different.

I’ve been showing up to the live events for years. That is how I have met so many of you. It’s why I have amazing mentors. It’s how I have learned to become my very best version of me.

The bottom line is if you rely on the internet and never show up, or take your training to that next level, you are absolutely missing out on learning what is actually holding you back from reaching your goals.

You can’t keep doing the exact same thing and expect to get the same results. You’ve been to many of the other trainings year after year. It’s time to make a change in the right direction. The Acupuncture Growth Symposium is different.  We will give you information that is applicable, practicable and ACTIONABLE.

Acupuncture Growth Symposium

Do you guys know that I’ve been pushing for us to have this LIVE event on the west coast for YEARS? When I meet you in person during my travels, this question has come up SOOOO many times:

“When are you coming to the west coast?”

We are finally doing it! This symposium is EXTRA special. We have an amazing mix of practitioners coming–some of the brightest stars in the industry! And, you’ll get to meet the Miridia team you’ve been talking with on the phone for years!

Now you get to meet us LIVE. 

Personally, I’m extra excited. I feel responsible for making sure you get everything you are looking for. When I first started teaching with Adrian, I would teach for one hour of the whole weekend. Now I am teaching every single day. I really do feel like I am on a mission to help other acupuncturist to become successful. 

Everything I teach is based on real life conversations I have with practitioners over the years. When you ask questions, I search for answers. It doesn’t matter where you are on your journey, I can help.


Question: “Kimberly I’m a new AcuGraph owner. I am excited and I want to learn. How do I get up and running quickly? Can you teach me how to understand what the graph is saying? Can you teach me how to talk to the patient? Can you teach me how to set it up in my clinic and adjust to a new flow?”

Answer: YES!


Question: “I’ve been an acupuncturist for years and I’m getting a little bored. Some things just don’t work. I want to expand with new tools, but I don’t know where to begin. Really, I just want to be more effective in treating patients. I’m interested in new tools and techniques. Can you help me? “

Answer: YES!


Question: “I’m good at what I do, but sometimes I struggle with difficult patients. Do you have ideas or strategies that work?”

Answer: YES!


Question: “Kimberly, can I come and shadow you in your clinic? I want to learn from you personally.”

Answer: No…but I have a BETTER idea!


Your Invitation

I am offering you a personal invitation to come to the Acupuncture Growth Symposium. Do yourself a favor and invest in your personal growth.

Acupuncture Growth Symposium Website >>

I can promise you, based on my own personal experience, it will pay off.

I will teach you personally.

It is going to be fabulous.

We will rub shoulders.

We will practice skills.

We will learn together.

We will laugh.

We will hang out.

Our energy will connect.

We will grow.

You will get EXACTLY what you are looking for.

If you have any questions I can answer for you about the symposium, please feel free to email me at, or give me a call at 208.846.8448. I’d love to chat!

I will see you in September!

Best, Kimberly


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Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac. is a US licensed acupuncturist in the state of Idaho and certified in the treatment of acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Chinese herbology by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Kimberly wears multiple hats in the acupuncture community. She owns her private clinic, Meridian Family Acupuncture. She has spent the last 10 years working for Miridia Technology as an acupuncture Research Analyst–where she helps plan, develop, and integrate modern diagnostic and treatment tools for the ever-evolving scientific world of acupuncture. Kimberly is a world-renown teacher, blogger, columnist, and mentor in the acupuncture community.

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