Modern Acupuncture has built a foundation for success and is positioned to be one of the fastest growing franchises in the U.S. in the next 12 months. The company has awarded 280 regional developer licenses and 66 franchise licenses in 17 states with several more in final contract negotiations.

As with other alternative medicines, unethical or naïve practitioners may induce patients to exhaust financial resources by pursuing ineffective treatment. Professional ethics codes set by accrediting organizations such as the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine require practitioners to make timely referrals to other health care professionals as may be appropriate. There is a risk that an acupuncturist whose approach to diagnosis is not based on scientific concepts will fail to diagnose a dangerous condition.

Modern Acupuncture is the first franchise to deliver the natural health and cosmetic benefits of acupuncture to the masses in first class shopping centers alongside national brands such as Starbucks, Chipotle, Massage Envy and Whole Foods. The company’s franchise offering presents a ground floor opportunity for experienced multi-unit franchises and acupuncture practitioners to be a part of the fastest growing segment of alternative health care.

A review found 295 cases of infections; mycobacterium was the pathogen in at least 96%. Likely sources of infection include towels, hot packs or boiling tank water, and reusing reprocessed needles. Possible sources of infection include contaminated needles, reusing personal needles, a person’s skin containing mycobacterium, and reusing needles at various sites in the same person. A review stated that the reports of infection transmission increased significantly, including those of mycobacterium. Although it is recommended that practitioners of acupuncture use disposable needles, the reuse of sterilized needles is still permitted. It is also recommended that thorough control practices for preventing infection be implemented and adapted.

“As a current area representative of European Wax Center, I am extremely familiar with a recurring revenue business model and what it takes to successfully execute and market this type of business,” said Yvette Beaulieu, a new Modern Acupuncture franchisee. “I was extremely impressed with the diverse backgrounds of the Modern Acupuncture leadership team and the fact that they have already sold hundreds of licenses in a matter of months.”

Beaulieu and her partner Kipp Kreutzberg recently committed to develop six Modern Acupuncture locations in Los Angeles and San Francisco County over the next two to three years.

The company has selectively and strategically awarded regional and franchise development rights to proven operators of similar health, beauty and wellness franchise concepts. Anne and David Glover are former multi-unit franchise owners of Massage Envy in Houston, operating the highest sales volume location in the country prior to selling their six locations.  The Glovers are the current regional developer for The Joint Chiropractic in the state of Texas, where they have opened over 60 units in five short years, earning them the regional developer of the year award. LS and Elizabeth Carper are Modern Acupuncture’s co-regional developers in Colorado, South Carolina and North Carolina alongside the Glovers. The Carpers are also multi-unit franchisees of The Joint Chiropractic in two states. LS serves as president of the National Franchise Advisory Board for The Joint and was named franchisee of the year for operational excellence.

“Our regional developers and franchise owners have incredibly successful backgrounds with parallel health, beauty and wellness related concepts in the franchise sector,” said Chad Everts, chief development officer of Modern Acupuncture. “Between their combined franchise experience, passion for the acupuncture profession and confidence in our mission, we are certain that Modern Acupuncture™ will be making people’s lives better nationwide very soon.”

Modern Acupuncture has awarded licenses to other regional developers as well, all with extensive franchise and membership model backgrounds Michael Fluegge (Massage Envy, The Joint, Hammer and Nails) acquired the regional development rights for Florida and Georgia. Duane Cantrell (LA Weight Loss), Barry Goodman (LA Weight Loss) and Mark Payne (Massage Envy) are the regional developers in Tennessee; Goodman and Cantrell along with Courtney and Ryan VanderPol (European Wax Centers) are also the regional developers in Missouri and Kansas. Dallas and Judy Humble (The Joint) acquired the regional development rights in Louisiana; Chad Meisinger (The Joint) owns the rights in Southern California (Orange County, San Diego County, Inland Empire), while Todd Welker (The Joint) owns the rights to the remainder of the counties in California. Lance O’Pry (Massage Envy) is the regional developer in New Jersey and has also acquired five franchise licenses in Houston. Wynn Payackapan, Kevin Kelly, Faith Clinkenbeard and Fred Auzenne, who are multi-unit franchise owners with Planet Fitness, will develop Washington State.  Shane and Sheri Sender, Arizona and Las Vegas regional developers, are highly experienced franchisees with Subway Sandwiches.

Modern Acupuncture offers an enhanced acupuncture experience that utilizes needle therapy on nodes to increase blood flow, but unlike traditional acupuncture, does not require the removal of any clothing to access full-body health. A visit to Modern Acupuncture feels like a relaxing retreat, where guests can unwind and possibly even fall asleep, zoning out to peaceful music all while experiencing the healing and/or cosmetic benefits of acupuncture. Sessions are typically 30 minutes or less, and walk-ins are welcome. 

Modern Acupuncture is a franchise concept transforming the alternative medicine market and acupuncture industry. Offering an approachable, natural pathway, validated by thousands of years of practice to better health and wellbeing, Modern Acupuncture is the first franchise to deliver the natural health and cosmetic benefits of acupuncture in a retreat-like setting in highly accessible neighborhood locations across the country. Founded in 2016 and based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Modern Acupuncture currently offers area developer and franchisee opportunities to qualifying entrepreneurs. ACU Development, LLC is the franchisor of MA Modern Acupuncture™ franchise locations and an operator in some states. In California, Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington, ACU Development, LLC and its franchisees provide management services to affiliated professional acupuncture practices.

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