Clinic visits and insurance

Will my health plan cover acupuncture?

Many extended health plans cover acupuncture. It’s best to check with your employer or plan provider for details.

Will my health plan cover yoga classes?

Extended health care plan coverage specifically for yoga classes is not usually provided (as it often is for acupuncture). However, some extended health care plans have a flexible spending account option that enables you to choose how you wish to use a portion of your coverage. Yoga classes may be among your available choices. Again, check with your employer or plan provider.

What if I am late for an appointment?

If you are late for an appointment, we can proceed with your treatment in the time remaining. However, the appointment will still end at the designated time.

What if I have to change or cancel and appointment?

Your appointment time has been reserved exclusively for you. You can re-schedule or cancel your appointment a minimum of 24 hours prior to the appointment time. Failure to provide at least 24 hours’ notice will result in the full fee being charged.

Do you provide in-home treatments?

I can often provide in-home treatments, depending on your location. Fees for in-home treatments vary. Please contact me for details.

What are your fees?

For acupuncture, please see Fees. For yoga, please see Yoga services.

Do you provide sliding scale (lower cost) acupuncture?

If you are a student or senior, please contact me about sliding scale fees. I can also refer you to community (group) acupuncture services.

I’m a little bit afraid of needles. Can you do a treatment without using them?

Yes! If you don’t want to be needled, we can use one of the other modalities traditional Chinese medicine offers to address your health concerns. Some of the options include:

  • Acupressure – the same acupoints as used in acupuncture can be pressed with the fingers or special tools to create many of the same benefits as needling does;
  • Moxibustion (or moxa), a very warming and nourishing technique that improves circulation and immune function;
  • Cupping, in which we use silicone, plastic or glass cups coupled with massage oil to loosen tight muscles and provide relief of tension of all kinds;
  • Gua sha, which involves use of a massage tool to open up meridians, boost blood circulation and detoxify your body.