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August 20, 2018 Class of 2018

40 Under Forty: Jennifer Caron, 39

Photo | Erika Sidor Winners of WBJ 2018 40 Under Forty award (from left): Jessica Morris, Jared E. Gentilucci, Jennifer Caron, Mark A. Borenstein.

Owner & licensed acupuncturist

Body Therapeutics, Worcester

Lives: West Boylston

Birthplace: Worcester

Colleges: New England School of Acupuncture, Assumption College

Caron opened her business in the height of an the Great Recession in 2009, but Body Therapeutics weathered the storm and helped Central Mass. residents unwind from the stresses of the financial crisis. The company was successful from day one and has grown in revenue, profit and customers each year. Body Therapeutics has been nominated for Worcester Magazine's Best of Worcester in the Yoga/Holistic category every year since its opening -- including winning Best Holistic Care Center of Worcester in 2018 -- and some of Caron's staff has won Best of Worcester in their own disciplines. More than 10,000 people have enjoyed Caron's services, which range from acupuncture, massages and chiropractic work. The company is built on the foundation of holistic medicine. She launched her business immediately after graduating from the New England School of Acupuncture. It wasn't always acupuncture and holistic medicine for Caron, who began her professional career as a certified public accountant. However, her passion for holistic medicine drove her to make the career change, and she did so while raising a family, volunteering and completing two marathons and an Olympic triathlon. She served on the board at the nonprofit Zen Training Center, where she worked as a martial arts instructor and director of the children's martial arts program.

From 40 Under Forty judge Michael Arnum: “At the cutting edge of holistic health care, Jennifer's business acumen and community engagement are truly inspiring.”

What do you want people to say about you after it is all said and done? I was kind, adventurous, helped others and always worked to better myself.

What movie character would you be? Katniss Everdeen from “Hunger Games” because she's gutsy, puts her family first, is a fighter for the people and a badass!

Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty 

Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance

Che Anderson - City of Worcester

Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.

Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.

Sam Bitar - Webster Five

Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP

Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives

Derek Canton - paerpay

Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.

Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics

Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching

Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm

Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting

Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.

Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning

Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College

Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering

David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care

Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank

Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill

Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.

Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority

Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp

Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions

Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants

Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank

Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.

Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective

Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester

Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency

Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP

Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities

Jessica Morris - MCPHS University

Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)

Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central

Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.

Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System

Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.

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