Moira J McCarthy
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Acupuncture Wellness Center
Moira started Acupuncture Wellness Center in 1997. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Acupuncture Wellness Center?
My first career was as a Geologist in Houston, Texas, after graduating from the University of Texas in Austin. I was introduced to Martial Arts as a form of self-defense and was hooked! I went on to earn a Black Belt in both Tai Chi and External Martial Arts through the Wu Shu Kung-Fu Federation. I even fought in a Martial Arts World Tournament in Las Vegas. This experience led me to an interest in Eastern Medicine and how it differed from Western Medicine.
I learned of a school opening in Austin in 1989 that was offering a degree in Eastern Medicine and decided to attend their program. I moved back to Austin working as an Environmental Geologist for the State of Texas while earning my degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I continued to work as a Geologist until in 1994 the Texas Legislature passed a law that established The Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners which provided a path to becoming legally licensed to practice acupuncture under the Texas State Medical Board.
That is when I had to make the decision to launch a new career as a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) or stay in my current job with the State of Texas as an Environmental Geologist.
I loved the idea of working for myself and being my own boss but wasn’t sure where to start. I loved learning the art of acupuncture in school, but could I make this a full-time job? I had been employed as a Geologist for a big oil company for 10 years and then for the State of Texas for 6 years, was I capable of starting a business and working for myself?
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