Julie Hutsell-Starling

“When you work with Julie, you will receive whole body care to feel energized, improve your digestion, say goodbye to the migraines, and get a grip on those crazy emotions of stress and anxiety. You will be amazed at how good you can feel!”

Julie Hutsell-StarlingI started down the road to comprehensive Whole Body Wellness when I was working as an acupuncturist at Triangle Acupuncture Clinic. After treating hundreds of patients over the years, I started to notice something very interesting. My patients who were the most compliant and followed my diet, supplement and lifestyle suggestions were the ones who got BETTER and went on to lead transformed lives. Whereas, the patients who weren’t really interested in making changes in their diet or lifestyle, did notice definite improvement from when they started working with me, but they usually didn’t become 100% well and happy. I was intrigued.

I yearned to be able to work more with the patients who truly wanted change, and were willing to make the necessary changes so that they could feel like they were THRIVING. That is why I started Exponential Wellness. So that I could focus on helping women like you take control of their health and of their lives, and watch them transform exponentially…

When we work together, I emphasize that this is a team effort. I use the tools I have in my toolbox (acupuncture and Chinese medicine; health coaching; medical qi gong; food and nutrition therapy); to help you and your body overcome the health challenges you are experiencing. As such, I encourage you to make some changes to help you take ownership of your healing- yes you CAN take some control back in your life- I promise! When you work with me you get my guidance, support and love, and an accountability partner to hold you to the things you say you are going to do. I am your cheerleader, your coach, and your confidante…

My journey

Overcoming pain and finding a gift…

My journey in the health and wellness field began in 1999 when I developed severe tendonitis in my elbows and wrists from repetitive computer use. The intense pain forced me to quit my job because continuing the computer work I was doing was just too painful. I discovered acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as a last resort- my doctor referred me after I had tried everything else.

Guess what? After months of continuing pain, in just a few acupuncture treatments the pain started to improve, and eventually, it went away. I was sold on acupuncture. So much so that in 2001, I decided to learn more about Chinese medicine and become an acupuncturist and Chinese medical practitioner, by enrolling in the 4-year Master’s Program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. From the moment I stepped foot into the treatment room where I knew this was what I was meant to be doing. I had found my path! And at that moment, I was grateful for the months of pain that had led me to this place.

I have been in practice since 2005, first in San Francisco, CA and then since 2007 in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For seven years I worked with Triangle Acupuncture Clinic in Chapel Hill and in Raleigh before going out on my own in April 2014.

I am trained in several styles of acupuncture, including the traditional Chinese medicine style, however, I primarily practice Classical 5-Element Acupuncture, which has a focus on the mental/emotional aspects of well-being. In this style, practitioners use a needle technique that is very light and delicate (called the feather technique), and the needles are used to bring energy to the point. Different from other acupuncture styles, the needles are only occasionally left in the acupuncture points, once the energy has been brought to the point. As a result, patients leave feeling relaxed, grounded, and alert.

My education/background

I did my undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, where I achieved a Bachelor’s of Arts, and I attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego for my Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. I have my holistic health coach degree from Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I am nationally certified by the National Certification Committee for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and I maintain acupuncture licenses in North Carolina and California. I am a member of the North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I am also certified by the AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners).

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