You're an herbalist or a nutritionist going into private practice. Do you need a business plan? Nope. I don't think so. Listen to this episode to find out more & what you might do instead. Need help with some of these steps? You may want to consider my Roots course and/or a private mentoring session.
Transcript & notes available on my website.
In this episode, herbalist Lori Wroten shares a personal case study about an adverse reaction to herbs sold by a 3rd party seller on Amazon. If you have clients who purchase herbs or nutritional supplements from Amazon, it's incredibly important to provide education about the possible risks and where one can obtain supplements safely. Lori also shares how this experience led her to seek out additional training. She's now running a busy herbal practice; as a bonus, in this episode Lori shares some tips about how she's built up her practice, including one strategy that I've never heard of an herbalist using before :).
Additional resources and a transcript are available on my website.
You can find Lori online at Lifesong Holistic.
I often get asked whether it's reasonable to charge extra for setting up/administering payment plans. In this episode, I'll share why I don't charge extra. You can find a transcript and resources on my website.
Other links mentioned:
Practice Better (referral link)
My Grow course, which is starting soon!
Before you buy that super tempting program or course, please pause for a few moments to ask yourself whether this is something you truly need, have time for, and can afford. In this episode, I share several questions to ask yourself before you sign up for something new - whether it's a free course or a $5k course. Please have a listen before you sign on the dotted line! For notes and a transcript, please visit my website.
A lot of times, we get wrapped up in complex schemes for finding new clients without first having tried the basics. Today, I remind you about one of the simplest things you can do to let people know what you do and who you work with. This strategy won't get you clients immediately, and it does make a big difference in the long run. For notes and a transcript, please visit my website.
Also, if you're working to get more clients into your practice this year, do check out my Grow course that will be starting in late April/early May & sign up for the waitlist if it seems like a good fit!
Did you know that people who have had a hysterectomy (with ovaries intact) tend to go through menopause almost 2 years earlier than those who still have a uterus? In this episode, we'll talk about how the ovaries need the uterus to function optimally and how our various bits and pieces are - as usual - more interconnected than we had originally thought.
Please see my website for a list of references and a transcript.
In this visit, I share some things to think about if you're consistently going over the scheduled amount of time for your clinical visits. These aren't always obvious, and it's important to consider how your timing affects your clients physically, emotionally, and logistically. If you'd like to be part of a community of practice with other clinical herbalists/herbally-minded nutritionists, please consider joining us in Monday Mentoring. We'd love to have you when doors are open in April!
Transcript and show notes available on my website.
A paper I've been working on for years (!) has finally been published. Hear more about the research/publication process in this episode, and check out the abstract on PubMed.
Here's the full citation:
Cherpak-Castagna, C. E., Gafton, E. N., Nault, D., Van Lare, S. J., & Freeman, K. C. (2021). Cross-Sectional Survey of Graduate Clinical Nutrition Students Describing Dietary Choices and Recommendations. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 1–10. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/07315724.2020.1863282
Transcript and show notes available on my website.
When we're working with complicated clients, it can feel very important to have complicated solutions. In this episode, I make a case for keeping things simple when we can. Transcript and show notes available on my website.
Hey herbalists & nutritionists! Feeling confused about your target market and niche? Not even sure what the difference is between the two? Don't think you really need either of these? Listen to this episode to find out why it's so helpful to narrow these things down for yourself and to learn why it's okay - really! - if you're not quite there yet.
Need more help? Come to my free webinar on Narrowing your Practice Focus on 2/13 at 5 pm ET. It'll last about an hour, and I'd love to see you there.
Show notes & transcript available on my website.
Confused about what to do with money that you're making in your practice? I certainly was. In this episode, I cover a few key learnings from Mike Michalowicz's book Profit First (ugh, the title). These concepts clarified quite a few things for me, and hopefully they'll be helpful for you as well. Transcript and show notes available on my website.
Do you have a referral list? I find that many practitioners don't have one, or it's not up-to-date. In this episode, I share how I keep my list, who goes on it, and how I use it to build my practice and support my clients. Transcript and show notes available on my website.
If you're a new practitioner, you might be engaging in website perfectionism. It's easy to think that creating the perfect professional website will have clients knocking down your door. Learn why I don't recommend this in episode 11. Show notes & transcript available on my website.
Are probiotics safe to use in infants? Under which circumstances might be consider their use? I discuss my own interpretations of the literature and provide some food for thought for practitioners who wish to examine the potential risks and benefits. Transcript and show notes available on my website.
Working from home full-time and homeschooling is no joke during normal times; now it's a nearly superhuman feat. I share a few thoughts on how we're (imperfectly) making it work. Links to resources & transcript.
When you're working on building and growing your practice, it's important not only to be able to summarize what you do and who you serve but also to know how what you offer is shaped by your core values. In this episode, I share a quick question that can help you identify your core values. Learn more about the Roots course and/or share your own answers to the question in the episode.
If you're on the cusp of starting a new practice (congrats!), one of the first things you'll need to do is come up with a name. In this episode, I share a few things to consider as you make your decision. Find the show notes here, and feel free to submit your questions, comments, or the story of how you chose your practice name in the comment section.
If you're looking for a guided process as you work through getting your practice up and running, come join me in the 10-week Roots: Foundations of Clinical Practice online course. Each week you'll have a few simple tasks to complete, and by the end of the course you'll be ready to open your doors. Early bird enrollment is now open!
Have you ever felt a knot forming in your stomach when you review a client's intake form? You see a complicated mix of symptoms, diagnoses, and medications and start to wonder if you can help this person at all. Here I'll talk about coming back to the basics, grounding yourself in your philosophy of practice, and options for getting help if you need it.
Learn more about Herbal Observation Groups
Questions? Comments? Be in touch.
Testimonials make for compelling "social proof" in your marketing materials. As healthcare practitioners, though, there are some ethical considerations we need to be aware of before deciding to solicit and use testimonials on our websites or other promotional materials. In this episode, I cover some of the potential ethical concerns, and some tips to be aware of if you do decide to ask for and use testimonials. (Here is the link I mentioned to the free webinar on finding clients without social media where this topic came up). For comments or questions, please visit my website.
It's that time of year, folks. Violet time. Here I share how to make violet syrup, which is a fun project for those who have access to wild violets during the pandemic. Listen up for suggestions and my recipe for a fancy violet beverage. I'll be back to more clinical content soon. Stay safe! Written recipe here.
If you're moving away from face-to-face consultations due to the coronavirus, here are some quick tips for working with clients from a distance.
How to set up a Google Voice number
Practice Better (referral link)
Five Flavors Herbs Custom formulations
SendInc for sending secure emails
Have a question or need help getting started with your virtual clinic? Please reach out.
Welcome to episode 1! Today, I discussed whether fennel is safe to use during pregnancy & some of the evidence that informs my opinion. For a list of references, please visit: https://www.camillefreeman.com/intheclinic
Look for the first episode in March, 2020. Until then, check out this short trailer to find out what you can expect from this podcast. My hope is that the podcast will provide support, encouragement, food for thought, and ongoing education for herbalists and nutritionists. If you have feedback, topic requests, or questions, please submit them: https://www.camillefreeman.com/contact