Can you be my Primary Care Provider (PCP)?
My main focus is in providing acupuncture and integrative medicine services at this time. I am able to prescribe Western allopathic medications and order lab tests, but I am not fully staffed or equipped to perform the procedures and management of all primary care concerns. It is important for you to have and keep your relationship with your PCP for acute needs, routine exams and screening tests, and ongoing management of your conditions and medications if you are taking any. I would love to work in concert with your regular doctor as a team to help you be the healthiest you can be, and will always be in communication with your PCP about your health goals and therapies we have discussed. I will be able to send my notes to your other doctors to keep everyone on the same page. I also am happy to see you over time to help with ongoing concerns and symptoms.
Do you take insurance?
Yes. At this time I am able to accept Medicare and am in the process of being credentialed with United Health Care, Providence, Moda, Cigna, HealthNet, Medicaid, Humana and Regency BCBS. Office visit co-pays are due at the time of the visit. Depending on your plan, acupuncture may or may not be covered. If you do not have acupuncture benefits, there will be a sliding scale fee to be paid at the time of service.
Does acupuncture have side effects?
Usually, no. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place.
Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days or general changes in appetite, sleep, emotions, bowel or urination patterns may occur. These should not be cause for concern, as they are indications that the acupuncture is assisting the body in starting to heal.
Do the acupuncture needles hurt?
People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted, or none at all, and there is no pain once the needles are inserted. Acupuncture needles are hair thin, solid, and made from stainless steel with a smooth point; insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections, which have hollow needles with a cutting edge. Thus the risk of bruising and skin irritation is less, and the needles are sterile and disposable, so there is no risk of infection from the treatments.