It’s a normal Tuesday over here.


We’ve played, gotten changed, and had breakfast.  This is rapidly becoming my new favorite breakfast:  toast with eggs, Soy Chorizo, spinach, and mushrooms.  So spicy.  Oh, and leftover cranberry sauce.


Then, it was the doggies’ turn – food, playtime outside, gentle pets from Henry.


Although I’m hanging out at home today, I thought it would be a good time to take you on a virtual tour of the Holistic Wellness Center of Charlotte’s new office space.  We have been seeing patients in the new space for a few weeks, and it’s such a big difference for the entire family (my husband, father-in-law, and sister-in-law also work at the clinic; I’m essentially the office manager). 


Our old space was about 900 square feet and included two tiny treatment rooms.  Parking was horrendous and confusing for our patients.  And the secretary’s space was literally bursting at the seams (we keep about 1,000 supplements and herbs in stock).  It was definitely time to move up.  And move up we did!  The is the common foyer space that leads to the office:


All pictures courtesy of Sean Busher


I was in charge of decorating the office – which was loads of fun and furthered my Home Goods obsession – and had a blast putting together the waiting room.  We actually have two waiting spaces because the main one only holds four chairs.  The overflow waiting room is around the corner in the hallway.  But the main space is the prettiest.  Check out that sign!


Fun story behind the sign:  You might remember my race medal display – it’s by a company called Allied Steel, a small American-owned business that specializes in metal fabrication and retail displays for companies like Nordstrom.  They started doing race medal displays as a fun little side business a few years ago, and I love mine so much that I’ve featured it on my HTP Holiday Gift guide every year. 


Allied Steel makes everything from shoe stands and jewelry trays to large table fixtures and other over-sized clothing displays; they also do structural steel, residential/commercial handrail, and metal awnings.  When they heard we were moving to a new clinic, they offered to create a waiting room sign for us.  Isn’t it beautiful?  They did such a good job with the design – which was harder than it looks; our name is so long! – and I’d recommend them to any small business looking for a display or sign.  If you want to buy a race medal display – or even something bigger – use the coupon code HTP12 and get 10% off through January 2012.


Back to the office… Here’s the Husband’s new treatment room (he’s a certified acupuncturist and herbalist who specializes in the treatment of autoimmune conditions, especially thyroid disorders).  On the right – outside of the picture – is his acupuncture table; if you’re curious about the acupuncture side of things, check out this post


You may recognize that lamp hanging over his desk – it used to be in our living room!  We figured it was the most un-child-friendly thing in our entire house and rehomed it in the office.  That coffee table is also from our living room <—cheapest way to decorate a new space!  On the opposite wall are the rest of his degrees, licenses, and certifications.  He has a million (okay, not a million, but definitely more than a dozen – I can’t even remember them all).  


I wish I had a good picture of my father-in-law’s treatment room, but it’s equally snazzy.  And the secretary’s room is HUGE!  All of  our supplements and supplies have a home now.  No more mess!  Oh, and the shared parking lot has 42 spaces, so that’s not an issue anymore.  Whew.


Another wonderful aspect of the new clinic is that it’s SO big that we could bring on two new practitioners.  Debra is our massage therapist who also does therapeutic one-on-one yoga, and Misty specializes in organic beauty treatments, especially facials for cancer patients.  Fun fact: This is the first time in the business’s ten+ years that we’ve brought in non-family members.  Here’s the whole team…


Moving the office sure was crazy (really and truly crazy) but it is so worth it.  There is so much more space now, and it’s great to have other practitioners in the office.  Now, if I can just find a new lamp and side table for our living room… It’s looking rather bare in there.  Winking smile



  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 27, 2012, 11:36 am

    Looks amazing! Beautiful and relaxing. Congrats on all the hard work paying off!

  • Whitney November 27, 2012, 11:42 am

    Congratulations on the move! It looks very nice and professional. 🙂

  • Sunny November 27, 2012, 11:43 am

    Very Nice Office!

    We just ordered a medal display from Allied per your recommendation. I cannot wait to get it, we ordered a large trailscape one with 3 rows for my husband and I!

    • Caitlin November 27, 2012, 11:44 am

      That’s a lot of medals!

  • Alison (Fueling for Fitness) November 27, 2012, 11:49 am

    Wow – I’m thoroughly impressed! The space looks amazing. Congrats on a job well done!

  • Laura November 27, 2012, 11:58 am

    It looks beautiful! Thanks for the tour :). I hope the business continues to grow and thrive.

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action November 27, 2012, 12:04 pm

    That space looks absolutely beautiful. And I love that you brought in someone to give facial treatments to cancer patients- what a great way to make someone feel better!

    Congratulations to the entire family. I love hearing about small businesses succeeding!

  • Monica November 27, 2012, 12:17 pm

    Wow! Congratulations! Looks great! You are a very talented decorator!

  • Stephanie November 27, 2012, 12:19 pm

    Congratulations! Centers like this are so important in the community! Great job!

  • Abby November 27, 2012, 12:19 pm

    Everything looks so nice! I consider myself to be home decor challenged so I’m impressed! You did a wonderful job!

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras November 27, 2012, 12:20 pm

    It looks so elegant! I can’t believe how fancy that looks – if I were a client I would be super impressed!

  • Hallie@ChasingHallie November 27, 2012, 12:21 pm

    LOVE the new office. Looks awesome. Was curious if your husband and team have ever considered bringing on a chiropractor. My husband is a chiropractor and is wanting to establish this same kind of multi-disciplinary holistic practice. Just curious!

    • Caitlin November 27, 2012, 12:36 pm

      My father-in-law is actually a licensed chiropractor. He does some chiropractic work but focuses mostly on other things.

      • Hallie@ChasingHallie November 27, 2012, 1:03 pm

        Oh, very interesting. I will have to show my husband the office space and tell him about that.

        Congrats on the new space!

  • Amy November 27, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Wow, it’s very classy and I just love the sign. Great job on decorating and congrats on the new space!!!!

  • Cat November 27, 2012, 12:37 pm

    I loved visiting the new office!! It was open, bright, & very welcoming! Also, the parking lot was a plus 🙂

  • Reenie November 27, 2012, 12:42 pm

    Very nice.
    …who specializes in the treatment of autoimmune conditions, especially thyroid disorders…. oh how I wish I were close to you, I’d give that a try. 🙂

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 27, 2012, 12:43 pm

    What a beautiful space. You did a great job!

  • Peggi November 27, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Beautiful! Interesting that your husband treats autoimmune issues like thyroid. I have thyroid issues plus was diagnosed with Lupus about 3 months ago 🙁 Too bad y’all weren’t in Texas…..

  • Laura @ She Eats Well November 27, 2012, 1:02 pm

    Congratulations! I want to visit your clinic 🙂

  • KaraHadley November 27, 2012, 1:08 pm

    That office is gorgeous! Having a well decorated reception area is so important because it’s often how I judge a doctor first and it definitely dictates whether I go into the appointment feeling calm or wary. And you have such a cool array of services now!
    Awesome job! (And now you’ve got me googling where the closest Home Goods is.)

  • Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons November 27, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Love it!!!!!!!! I’m a big fan of shopping various rooms in the house for furniture/art/etc… that will look better in a different room — It totally makes sense to snag the lamp for the new office =)

  • Rebecca November 27, 2012, 1:12 pm

    Yay for new office space!

    I bought my dad one of those medal racks last Christmas (the one before??) after reading about it here. It’s hanging in our basement bathroom, lol. I might have to buy him another one, because it’s getting a little full…

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human November 27, 2012, 1:26 pm

    It looks beautiful! I love that you’re the only one wearing color in the picture 🙂

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt November 27, 2012, 1:43 pm

    Congrats!!! It looks like a beautiful office, I wish you the best of luck there 🙂

  • Sri November 27, 2012, 1:47 pm

    I really wished someone told me this before my thyroid got out of whack – Don’t eat so much SOY!

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  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 27, 2012, 3:13 pm

    That’s great you were able to bring on new practitioners, I’m sure it will help the business grow!

  • Emily November 27, 2012, 3:36 pm

    You have a heart cut out of your toast!

  • Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer November 27, 2012, 5:31 pm

    Oh – I had no idea he specialized in thyroid disorders! Does he have any information available online? I have Hashimoto’s and would love any info on holistic treatment!

    • Caitlin November 27, 2012, 6:08 pm

      Check out the blog!

    • Janna November 27, 2012, 6:51 pm

      Was just about to say the same thing as I also have Hashimoto’s! Checked out the website and I’m going to read the blog – looks very informative.

  • Amber K November 27, 2012, 6:24 pm

    WOW! It looks gorgeous and relaxing.

  • jacly November 27, 2012, 6:59 pm

    Cool! Beautiful new space! I wish I lived in Charlotte so I could get some of those treatments!!

    What does Sophie do in the practice??

    • Caitlin November 27, 2012, 7:22 pm

      She’s the secretary 🙂

  • BroccoliHut November 27, 2012, 7:06 pm

    I’m with Courtney–I am very intrigued that your husband specializes in thyroid disorders. I have hypothyroidism and am always looking for more natural ways to improve my hormone levels.

  • Elisabeth November 27, 2012, 7:45 pm

    Congratulations on the new office & the growth of your practice! The new space is beautiful 🙂

  • Ashley @ This Is The Place November 27, 2012, 7:56 pm

    I never realized the husband specialized in thyroid disorders! I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and went gluten free (Hashi’s causes 95% of hypothyroidism and is triggered by gluten) – it got my thyroid back on track in just a few months! Unfortunately, my doctor doesn’t believe that’s why my levels normalized without medication.

    I live in the D.C. area (Falls Church VA). Would Kirstien have a recommendation for holistic/thyroid doc in my area? I want to meet with a doc who is open to the idea of treatment of the thyroid disorder rather than just medication of the symptoms…

    Thanks!! :wanders over to Holistic Wellness Center website:

    • Caitlin November 27, 2012, 8:35 pm

      Check out – I think they have a recommended practitioner section.

  • Kris @ tryingtotri November 27, 2012, 8:04 pm

    The new office space is gorgeous, and thank you for helping me finally pull the trigger to order a medal display hanger… our custom display hanger should arrive in a few weeks, and all our medals can come out of the drawer they are stuffed in!

  • Nina November 27, 2012, 9:00 pm

    Where was Pippa’s turn meow!

  • Luv What You Do November 27, 2012, 9:58 pm

    What a beautiful center! Wishing you many happy and succssful years in your new space. I wish I lived closer and could come in for a visit!

  • Laura Ann November 28, 2012, 12:34 am

    Office looks beautiful – good work! Cool to hear he specializes in autoimmune disorders. Does he work with people who have Rheumatoid Arthritis? Just curious as I am trying to learn more about my options and haven’t seemed to find any acupuncturists that specialize in it.

    • Caitlin November 28, 2012, 5:40 am

      Yes! You really want to look for a functional medicine doctor. Good luck!

      • Laura Ann December 1, 2012, 1:29 am

        Wow, I never knew such a thing existed. Thank you so much!

  • Abby November 28, 2012, 3:32 pm

    I’m catching up on posts as we speak and this is so exciting! Congrats to you and your family, the place looks amazing!

  • Brandi November 28, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Beautiful! And so glad the parking issue is resolved. Your father-in-law used to treat my little girl, and you’re right – parking was so confusing!

  • Jolene ( November 28, 2012, 10:19 pm

    What a great space! Very professional.

  • Julie November 30, 2012, 5:00 pm

    You’ve done a beautiful job!

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