Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli

My Creative Life is a weekly interview, with the same five questions,
with folks who are living authentically, creatively, and making a living out of their passions.

This week I’m honored have Laura Chey-Warren of balance acupuncture in East Rochester. Her intelligence and deep wisdom is apparent when you’re in her presence. Plus she’s just a funny gal! Make a trip to visit her lovely, relaxing shop which sells herbs, soaps, and other healing/balancing products. Also offered is yoga, qi g
ong, and wellness classes.

1. What do you do? (career wise - whatever you want to share)

I am a licensed acupuncturist and nationally certified Chinese herbologist. I help facilitate people’s wellness. My husband Ric and I own balance acupuncture and wellness center in East Rochester, NY. Its a beautiful space- stop in to say hello!

2. How did you prepare for this career? (formal and informal education, books, workshops?)

I have a master degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine, ( MTOM). After graduating from William Smith College in Geneva NY with a bachelor of arts degree, I attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for a four year master level degree. In between my degrees, I worked on Wall Street for 5 years.

3. Besides living according to the values of creativity and independence, what other values are you honoring by following this path?

Authenticity. There is not a moment in my day that entails me to do something that is against my values. My work reflects the way I live, my belief system and the way I parent.

4. What struggles or challenges do you face, if any?

Having enough time in the day to pursue my interests and teach people about Chinese Medicine.

5. Can you give some advice to folks who would like to do what you do?

Go for it! Being an acupuncturist is not a traditional job in the U.S. but it provides a lot of flexibility in lifestyle. Ric and I work it out that we split up our time between our work and our kids in a balanced way. It allows us to share our lifestyle with others since it mirrors our belief in natural and holistic living. It is humbling practicing this medicine with such an incredibly rich history.