FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

How do I schedule an appointment?

Call 608-335-9298.  You can also schedule a FREE 15 phone consult to determine if this is a good fit for you.


 How should I prepare for my first appointment? 

Once your appointment is set up, you will receive an invitation to the  privacy-protected Patient Portal where you can find the initial paperwork.  Please fill out the questionnaires  at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.  

For your appointment:

  • Bring any recent lab work
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
  • Eat 2 hours prior – not a hard and fast rule but you don’t want to come hungry or overly full for acupuncture
  • Try to avoid caffeine or alcohol prior to treatment
  • Come ready to relax

What can I expect at my first appointment?

We will extensively discuss your health concerns, medical history, and current state of health. You will then receive an acupuncture treatment.  I will first  feel your pulses, look at your tongue, and put light pressure on different acupuncture regions. Using both your verbal story and the physical assessment, I will create an individualized acupuncture treatment to support your current condition. To read more about the treatment click here. At the end of the appointment we will discuss individualized naturopathic recommendations, which may include nutritional supplementation, botanical medicine, homeopathy, diet and lifestyle optimization, lab recommendations, and other support. 


How long are appointments? How much do they cost?

ADULTS:
Initial appointment (Naturopathic and acupuncture): 120 minutes - $220
Naturopathic and Acupuncture Follow-up: 90 minutes - $165
Naturopathic Follow-up: 60 minutes - $125
Acupuncture Follow-up: 45 minutes- $85

PEDIATRICS:
Initial appointment (Naturopathic and acupuncture): 90 minutes - $165
Naturopathic and Acupuncture Follow-up: 45 minutes - $85
Acupuncture Follow-up: 20 minutes - $40


Does acupuncture hurt?

For most people, acupuncture does not hurt and is a comfortable experience.  Japanese acupuncture, which I use in addition to Chinese techniques, is extremely gentle. The needles are very thin, about the diameter of one or two human hairs, much thinner than hypodermic needles. Some people experience a sensation around the needle described as an aching, a throbbing, warmth, or tingling. For those patients who are extremely sensitive, I can provide a comprehensive and effective treatment that uses no inserted needles.


Kids can get acupuncture?

Yes! I perform Shonishin, a therapeutic Japanese pediatric acupuncture. It is non-invasive and does not involve inserting needles in the skin but rather using various metal tools to stroke, scratch, press, and tap on different parts of the body to support each child. It is not painful or scary and most children enjoy the treatment. I have been treating my son with Shonishin regularly since he was a few weeks old, with great results. 

Common conditions treated include: asthma, eczema, allergies, hives, digestive complaints, ADD/ADHD, colds, ear infections sleep disturbance, bed wetting.


I’m pregnant, can I get acupuncture?

Yes! There are certain acupuncture points to avoid during pregnancy but acupuncture can be very beneficial for many pregnancy-related complaints including nausea/vomiting, body pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, stress, and many more.


Do you do home visits?

I can do home visits within a 20 mile radius of the office.  Call for more details. 


Can I get acupuncture or take supplements if I am taking pharmaceutical medication?

Yes.  Acupuncture and Naturopathic therapies can complement other forms of treatment and each recommendation is tailored to you based on your current condition, which includes the medications you are taking.  Any supplement that is recommended for you, will first be cross-checked with any medication that you are taking to ensure safety.  Always monitor conditions that you are medicated for with your prescribing physician. Acupuncture and Naturopathic therapies can lead to improvements in some of your lab values that would require you to lower your dosage of medication (ie. Blood pressure or blood sugar regulation).  


Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurance plans will cover acupuncture. The best way to find out is to contact your insurance provider.  Many Flex Spending accounts include acupuncture in their coverage. I don’t work directly with any insurance companies but can provide you with a “Superbill” that will include all the information needed to submit the claim to your insurance company. 


Where can I park?

There is a parking lot in the back of the building that you are welcome to park in. 


What if I have to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

I request that you provide me with at least 24 hours of notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.  Late cancellations will incur a $50 fee.