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Saying goodbye: Rochester ‘Community Acupuncture’ practice to close this weekend

Abundant Chi

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) -- The owner of Abundant-Chi Community Acupuncture Deah Kinion has been practicing acupuncture for 32 years and has helped people from all walks of life.

Kinion decided it's time to retire and move onto a new chapter of her life. Her practice will close on Aug. 15.

Kinion practices what's called "Community Acupuncture." Kinion said it's a movement that started in Portland, Oregon about 15 years ago. The concept was created to help everyone have access acupuncture, which is the traditional Chinese practice of relieving pain and stress. People receive services and pay on a sliding scale. They decide what they can pay.

"It's designed so the average person can get acupuncture," Kinion said. "Before I opened up Community Acupuncture, I was charging $50 to $75 a treatment. Then, I realized if I needed acupuncture, that's going to be pricey for me because we usually recommend a series of five to ten treatments."

During her time in Rochester, Kinion treated people from all backgrounds. She said many Mayo Clinic patients came to her as a way to complement their treatments at the hospital.

"It will be the end of a legacy for me," Kinion said. "I've been on this corner in Rochester for 10 years. I love my job. I love interaction with patients, and when they tell me how much better they feel. I love coming here and I'm going to miss that."

Kinion guessed she's treated about 20,000 people in her 32-year career.

Megan Zemple

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