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Old 04-10-2010, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, Ca
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I just finished graduate school and will be moving soon to start the next phase of my life. I've been investigating areas throughout CA, but am overwhelmed with choices. I'd like some suggestions from out there about places you think might be a good fit for my professional and personal life.

About me: I'm a 39 yo single female who is a newly licensed acupuncturist. Been living in Santa Cruz for the last 4 yrs. This is a second career for me, as I spent the 12 yrs prior in Denver/Boulder doing public health research. I'm unattached (no partner and no kids) so where I move is unrestricted. Ideally, I'd like to find a place where:
1) There is need for my healthcare services (markets not oversaturate with acupuncturists)
2) Is a pleasant place to live with outdoorsy activities nearby (without being too rural)
3) Opportunities to meet other singles of my age group (rare, I know).

Areas under consideration:
Walnut Creek/Concord/Danville/Pleasanton area
Petaluma
Marin County
SV/Los Gatos/Campbell
San Diego/Carlsbad
North Carolina

Any other ideas or comments on what I've already checked out? I will consider places in CA as well as out-of-state. (PS - I grew up in Kansas and Oklahoma and I do not want to live in similar places again).

Many thanks!
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Old 04-10-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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1) There is need for my healthcare services (markets not oversaturate with acupuncturists)
How would we find where this demand is?
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Old 04-10-2010, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, Ca
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yes, that would be difficult for people not in the industry to know. Sorry for not clarifying. I've been comparing state licensing info, google searches, and checking with other practitioners. Here's what I've found so far:

Over saturated: Santa Cruz, Berkeley, Oakland, SF, Palo Alto area, many parts of LA, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol (I think).

Although I've found it interesting that I continue meet people in Santa Cruz who don't know about acupuncture, as it has one of the highest # of LAcs (Licensed Acupuncturists) per capita in the U.S. Maybe "oversaturation" has a subjective component as many people don't choose an LAc from the phone book, they'd prefer a personal recommendation from someone they trust (family, friends, another healthcare provider).
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:59 PM
 
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Every area you listed, with the exception of North Carolina, is very expensive... have you considered that? With at least 3 of those you can't touch a home for less than half a million.
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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I just finished graduate school and will be moving soon to start the next phase of my life. I've been investigating areas throughout CA, but am overwhelmed with choices. I'd like some suggestions from out there about places you think might be a good fit for my professional and personal life.

About me: I'm a 39 yo single female who is a newly licensed acupuncturist. Been living in Santa Cruz for the last 4 yrs. This is a second career for me, as I spent the 12 yrs prior in Denver/Boulder doing public health research. I'm unattached (no partner and no kids) so where I move is unrestricted. Ideally, I'd like to find a place where:
1) There is need for my healthcare services (markets not oversaturate with acupuncturists)
2) Is a pleasant place to live with outdoorsy activities nearby (without being too rural)
3) Opportunities to meet other singles of my age group (rare, I know).

Areas under consideration:
Walnut Creek/Concord/Danville/Pleasanton area
Petaluma
Marin County
SV/Los Gatos/Campbell
San Diego/Carlsbad
North Carolina

Any other ideas or comments on what I've already checked out? I will consider places in CA as well as out-of-state. (PS - I grew up in Kansas and Oklahoma and I do not want to live in similar places again).

Many thanks!
Unless you're a really skilled "self-promoter", unsure how you intend to establish yourself "from scratch" in any of those markets. But if helpful, in my limited experience with acupuncture, the most successful practitioner I know started out by renting a private space at a local suburban health club, where she slowly gained the business (and word of mouth) of members.

Understood re: your analytical "method" and intent, but California is such a huge and varied state, and perhaps you might be putting the "cart before the horse", especially without visiting here. Aside from the practical issues, what do your needs (and instincts) tell you about the sort of place where you'd actually like to live? Urban/suburban/small-town, coastal/inland, conservative/liberal, weather, local culture, affordability, etc.? That might help folks give you some more specific recommendations.
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