Robert & Nancy Evans, Founders and Directors
When Robert first learned about the national Community Acupuncture Movement he said he thought he'd found the best playground ever!
A longtime community organizer with both nonprofits and for-profits, Robert quickly recognized how that grassroots health care movement was making history - i.e. in how it was successfully making quality health care services accessible and affordable all across America. And so it was an easy decision for Robert and his wife, Nancy, to launch Fort Collins CommUnity Acupuncture, now known as Thrive CommUnity Acupuncture.
A serial entrepreneur and social entrepreneur, Robert has served on numerous nonprofit, governmental and business advisory boards related to health and human services as well as education reform. Serving on the executive team of Larimer County government's Community Action Board, Robert was instrumental in introducing William Edward Deming's manufacturing-based Total Quality Management principles to the world of health and human services organizations on a national level. He has received a number of awards and recognition for his community service work, including Outstanding Small Business of the Year for National Philanthropy Day through the Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations (CANPO), a write-up in United Way's national magazine, and distinguished service recognition by Larimer County's Community Action Board. Robert is currently an Advisory Board member to Front Range Community College's Holistic Health & Wellness Program.
Robert was also a certified instructor and local leader with the Re-evaluation Co-counseling organization, an international grassroots peer-counseling modality that fosters community empowered wellness. Currently Robert teaches a variety of meditation and spiritual self-discovery classes with Nancy, as well as offers private Energy Healing services.
For many years, Nancy has held the vision for a wellness center where practitioners would come together to offer truly collaborative health care. This dream is now a reality carried out by all of the practitioners at Thrive CommUnity Acupuncture.
A Registered Nurse for over 30 years, Nancy moved to Fort Collins in 2004 for love and she and Robert recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary! Retired from nursing, Nancy launched a career in the new field of Brain Integration Therapy in 2005 and created Open Pathways to Learning with Robert's support. Over the 16 years she has helped hundreds of children and adults overcome symptoms of learning disorders, stress, anxiety, and depression. Nancy loves working with clients to help them emerge into their greatness! She also loves teaching and creating new classes and adventures with Robert!
Nancy also oversees the clinic operations and pitches in where needed. She is honored to work with the wonderful team we have at Thrive! CLICK HERE to learn more about Nancy's work.