Each week, get to know the fabulous practitioners at OurSpace Acupuncture. This week, get to know Farris Johnson, acupuncturist and executive director of our little clinic.
acupuncture, smiles ;)
Why did you choose your field?
I had a problem with frequent urination in my early 20s. After ruling out bladder infections and other potential causes, I asked a co-worker at my youth wilderness camp what he thought about it because he was also an acupuncturist. He treated me for a couple months with acupuncture and herbs and it got better - from that point I was hooked! He was nice enough to answer all my questions and even let me borrow a couple books. I decided that if I ever got the chance to go to school for it I would. I got that chance 3 years later and haven't looked back since!
What drew you to community acupuncture versus other ways to practice?
I read a book called Acupuncture is Like Noodles as I was finishing my clinical internship. Among the great points it brought up was the fact that the majority of Americans can't afford acupuncture. Since I got into this field of medicine to help people, I felt that I should set myself up to help as many people as possible. After all, acupuncture was known as "peasant medicine" long ago in China... community and affordability are the roots of acupuncture, and I'm proud to be a part of continuing that heritage.
What is your favorite dish your mom made growing up?
I can only pick one?! I literally (and quite happily) ate everything my moms (mom and stepmom) put in front of me. I guess I really looked forward to breakfast and warm meals in the winter time, so omelets, chili, and gumbo were a few dishes I could eat every day of the week.
Best thing you've learned since OurSpace opened?
The best thing I've been privileged to experience is that miracles are real and they happen everyday. In a world riddled with needless, self-inflicted pain and suffering, the limitless potential of group healing gives me hope :)