Acupuncturist Carol Levesque said she feels the move into her new office at 25 N. Main St., in the back of Braun Books, allows her to offer a better environment to her patients.
“This really is the heart of Cedar City,” Levesque said. “And essentially that’s what I am working on with people … So many of us are needing to heal our hearts from the stress that we live with.”
Many of her patients come to her with stress issues, and Levesque said the heart is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when looking to heal with Eastern Medicine.
“We are not taking care of a symptom or a disease,” Levesque said. “We are taking care of a human being, with all kinds of things going on … They are going to be cared for, they are going to be listened to, and (patients) are going to feel that way when they leave.”
In 2011, Levesque said she was recognized by Utah Small Business Development Centers for expanding her business opportunities through clinics and outreach within the community.
According to www.utahsbdc.org, since joining the network, Levesque has been proactive in attending workshop opportunities that teach her how to better develop her practice, and then implementing what she has learned.
“She has presented to schools and health fairs,” the website reported. “(She) has been involved in local panel discussions, (and) she is also working on community education seminars.”
With a Bachelor of Art degree in community services and sociology from Saint Martin's University, Levesque said she went on to become Nationally Certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork at the Green Valley Spa’s Sensory Development Institute in St. George.
Levesque said after she received her master’s in traditional Chinese medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colo. she wanted to learn more in a traditional setting, so she traveled to Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China.
Levesque said she has recently been contacted by the university and offered a three-year, “full-ride” scholarship to participate in their doctorate program. Though she said she really would like to take the opportunity, she said she feels her focus now needs to be “here at home with her practice and her family.”
Her community style of treatment offers an array of benefits for the patient, Levesque said. By treating many patients at once, she can allow families and friends to be treated together. This allows her to both maintain a degree of flexibility in scheduling, and work on a sliding scale so she can offer treatment at rates that meet the patient’s income.
None of this would be possible without the help of her five volunteers who help keep track of appointments, do building maintenance, greet patients at the door with a smile, and clean the facilities, Levesque said.
Most recently she said she partnered with Star Sign and Banner to write a grant to the city for a new sign and awning for her entrance in the parking lot behind Braun Books, which she received.
Brennen Wood, Cedar City economic development director, said the grant is funded to help small business owners who would like to open a space in the historic downtown area. He said Levesque met all the criteria of the business and the sign requirements.
Levesque said she has recently applied for another grant with the city in the hopes that she can get a bicycle rack and bench to go outside by the entrance.
“A lot of people ride the bicycle and they have no real place to put it,” Levesque said. “And sometimes they like to sit around and visit for a minute.
“Again, it’s all about making the customer feel as comfortable as possible,” she added.
More information is available at www.cedarcityacupuncture.com.