Do you accept insurance?
Yes. I'm in-network with Cigna and United Healthcare, and Blue Shield, Anthem, and Aetna PPO policy holders can often receive acupuncture for only your co-pay (after meeting your deductible). Sometimes massage is covered as well. Regardless of which plan you have, I'm always happy to check on your coverage.
Simply email the following information and my medical biller will investigate your benefits:
-your name as it appears on your card
-date of birth
-insurance company name and phone #
-insurance ID #
What if my insurance doesn't cover all anticipated costs?
Though it's rare, this sometimes happens. An insurance company may reject a claim or decide that a treatment is not medically necessary according to their guidelines. If the insurance company does not cover anticipated costs, the patient simply pays the cash rate for the visit as listed in the online scheduler.
Do you have parking at your office?
Yes, there is ample street parking on 17th Ave as well as Madison and Monroe with no time limit.
What can acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as being effective for this long list of conditions. I have experience treating pain of all kinds (neck/back/shoulder/jaw/carpal tunnel/sciatica/plantar fasciitis/psoas), Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Bell's Palsy, gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, insomnia, anxiety, depression, addiction, irregular menstruation, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and more. Feel free to email or call if you’re wondering if acupuncture is right for you.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Most people are surprised to find that acupuncture doesn’t hurt at all. There might be a slight pinch when a needle is inserted, but more often people don’t notice, or the sensation is much different than expected. After a needle is placed, people often feel warmth in the area or a pleasant kind of dullness or achiness. Certain areas of the body — especially the ears, face, and parts of the hands and feet — are more sensitive and needles placed in those areas might be more noticeable.
How many acupuncture treatments will I need?
This varies widely from case to case. I’ve seen many acute conditions resolved with only one treatment, whereas more long-standing issues can take more time to address (5 to 10 treatments or more). Many people find that they like to come in on a weekly basis because of how great they feel when getting regular acupuncture. Some benefits that people don’t expect but commonly experience include feeling more grounded, sleeping more soundly, and having a more robust immune response.
How long does an acupuncture treatment last?
Visits are typically 45-60 minutes, with the needles retained approximately 20-30 minutes. During your first visit, there will be a thorough health history along with any relevant orthopedic exams.
What type of massage do you provide?
I incorporate elements of acupressure, swedish, deep tissue, and trigger point techniques depending on your needs and requests. Cupping therapy may also be used. If this is your first time getting a massage, you can read more about what to expect here.
What if I don’t see an appointment time that works for me?
I know scheduling can be tricky. Feel free to call, text, or email so we can find a time to get you in.