Robert M. Thompson, MAOM, Licensed Acupuncturist
“If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always got,” said someone very wise.
A native of Boston’s South Shore, Robert Thompson is a graduate of Providence College with a B.S. in Business Administration. In the year 2000, after fifteen years in the financial services industry in Boston, New York and then Chicago, he decided to return home to seek out a new career path.
A year of concentrated travel and contemplation led Robert (Bob) to pursue an education in Chinese medicine and acupuncture. After a year of “pre-med” science coursework, he enrolled @ the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA); which is now part of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences- MCPHS. Bob completed the three year (nine semester) NESA curriculum and graduated in 2005.
It was while working in Chicago that Bob was first introduced to acupuncture and the depths of Chinese medical theory. In particular, he was thrilled to learn that this ancient system could explain the root cause of many health conditions in a simplistic manner and one that was not always consistent with the 'conventional' medical world. Bob saw this alternative-yet-complementary way as beneficial for patients.
With that wise thought in mind, “if you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always got,” he felt that a more cooperative approach would prove advantageous to a single approach. "Adding a new tool can make a difficult project much easier," is Bob's way of illustrating this same point.
Bob likens the way that Chinese medicine 'complements conventional medicine' to the way that a single new investment can 'complement those previously selected for a portfolio.' He also likens the disciplined approach of Chinese medicine to the way that his former Chicago company viewed investments.
Their methodology was a strict principle-based approach to avoid unnecessary risks while maintaining competitive returns. The organization created an educational program to instill this tactic. Investment portfolio managers from banks, credit unions and insurance companies learned the underlying mathematics (often “hidden” mathematics) employed by Wall Street. Maxims such as “Hindsight is 20-20, only if you look back,” aided clients in adhering to principled investing decisions.
Chinese medicine “looks back” through theory that is derived from data, amassed over thousands of years of trial, error and revision! It is the use of such a rich principle-based theory to help folks to improve their lives, that led Bob to choose acupuncture and Chinese medicine as his new career. “Repeating proven principles greatly improves the odds of favorable results,” says Bob, repeatedly.
Bob is very excited to be working with Heney Chiropractic Neurology Center, an organization committed to long proven, integrated and safe treatment options.
When he is not thinking about Chinese Medicine, Bob can be found:
"Hiking, skiing, camping, swimming, playing hockey, 'skating and biking Wompatuck' or running at Peggotty Beach," he says proudly, "in moderation," he adds, with slightly less bravado. In addition to his childhood haunt, Wompatuck State Park, Acadia National Park and its' neighboring restaurants, is a favorite getaway.