A Frederick acupuncturist has placed third in a competition for women-owned businesses.
Jessica Feltz, owner of The Turning Point: A Community Acupuncture Center, at 243 W. Patrick St., took the third slot in the StartRight Women's Business Plan competition.
The program drew 39 entries from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. To be eligible, the businesses had to be two years old or less and were judged by an independent panel.
Feltz was recognized for her community approach to acupuncture, offering services on a sliding scale of $15 to $35, as opposed to boutique clinics that often charge more than $100 per treatment.
"The Turning Point's services fill a utilitarian need within the community for affordable health care services," the statement from Startright said.
The center's lower cost gives those without insurance an alternative for health care. Patients remain in an open room, where they remain fully clothed and lie on comfortable reclining chairs, Feltz said in a recent interview.
"Tall screens and large plants provide a sense of privacy," she said.
Feltz holds a master's degree in Oriental medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine and a bachelor's degree in social welfare and psychology from the University of Wisconsin.
She received $1,250 and three months of a customized virtual office solution services from The Intelligent Office as her prize.
The Turning Point tied for third place with Syan Biosciences of Baltimore, which is developing technology for advanced laboratory diagnostic analysis that could be used in non-laboratory settings.