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Meet Deborah Rinehart of Willow Tree Acupuncture & Wellness

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deborah Rinehart. 

Hi Deborah, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I am originally from Ohio, and I have lived in Seminole for the past two decades. I spent over twenty years as a registered nurse in the local hospitals of Tampa Bay and Pinellas County. I worked with some of the best in the business and specialized in critical care, pediatrics, and transplant. I enjoyed nursing and the ability to grow and learn but, as I moved thru my career I started becoming burned out and had a desire to know more and dream bigger. Then in 2014 I had a knee injury and sought treatment with acupuncture, massage, and rehab. I loved the acupuncture treatments and as my knee healed, I started to notice my anxiety and sleep getting better. I bent the ear of my acupuncturist and wanted to learn everything about this medicine and how it could continue to help my body heal. 

I eventually sought out further schooling for acupuncture and in 2018 and received my master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Fl. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
When I started the business, I continued to work as a nurse and had doubts wondering to myself, what are you thinking? Was I was going to leave a secure job, benefits, insurance, and a steady paycheck? I think for most people who start businesses and create a vision for themselves do have some insecurities, but I was willing to take the risk. 

Running a business has been trial and error for me and I am grateful for all the advice along the way. I have had mentors assist me, a good group of friends and fellow business owners to bounce ideas off. 

I was starting my third year in business when Covid hit, and I shut down for about 6 weeks. I had my moments of fear, but my inner voice said just keep going! This time inspired me to work on a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and I even took an acting class to keep my mind occupied. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Willow Tree Acupuncture & Wellness ?
I founded Willow Tree Acupuncture & Wellness in 2018. My mission is to provide a quality integrative approach to health and wellness with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. 

My background in nursing helps me produce a well-balanced treatment plan for my patients. I also rely on my western medicine background to meet the needs of the individual. I have a large referral base ranging from MDs to mental health practitioners and other specialties. I believe that a patient may need more than one modality to heal their chief complaint. 

Acupuncture is best known and often pursued for pain issues. I do treat a lot of pain, but it is also very effective for treating other ailments like anxiety, stress, women’s health, fertility, neuropathy, and sleep. 

I offer a variety of services including acupuncture, herbal formulas, cupping, ear seeds, & light therapy. I start with a consult to evaluate the patient for the best treatment option, and I see a wide range of patients from teens on up for a variety of reasons. 

My specialty is cosmetic facial acupuncture and micro-needling. I first learned about this in school and slowly gained more interest and knowledge. I see a void in this area for more natural beauty options and want to raise awareness about this holistic approach to beauty, aging, and well-being. 

I really love what I do and seeing the effects of the treatments in a patient’s life is a big reward. My hope is that more people find this medicine as valuable and helpful as I do. 

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc.?
I feel like I am always learning about acupuncture and now more facial rejuvenation as ways to improve my knowledge and skills. So, for me, I read a lot about my profession or business. 

I do enjoy reading about cooking or watching cooking shows. I am more into cooking to be healthier, and I find it cathartic. I recently watched Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy and I highly recommend it. 

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