First, I would like to thank the Juneau Empire for the Nov. 27 article profiling the addition of custom ski boot fitting to my business, Alaskan Acupuncture and Massage. After receiving calls from some of my patients, I realized some clarification was needed, as the article gave the impression I only offered acupuncture and massage in the summer.
My business operates full-time, year-round. November through January tend to be my slowest months, so adding ski boot fitting dovetails nicely with the seasonal fluctuation, while offering additional services for both my patients and the community. Acupuncture and massage continue to be offered as always.
The article also referred to me as an "acupuncture technician." The state licenses acupuncturists and requires by law that we use the professional designation of "Licensed Acupuncturist," and I failed to explain that to Ms. Chandonnet.
All acupuncturists practicing in the state of Alaska must obtain master's degrees in acupuncture and/or oriental medicine and pass national boards before receiving their licenses.
Thank you for the opportunity to clear up any misconceptions.
Valerie DeLaune, LAc
Alaskan Acupuncture & Massage