No. Chinese medicine usually treats the person, not the disease. That said, I've worked on people with allergies, autoimmune disorders, cancer, common cold, diabetes, digestive problems, drug reactions, glaucoma, gynecological problems, high blood pressure, infections, insomnia, mental health issues, pain (acute, chronic and post-op), pregnancy & childbirth, sexual dysfunction, skin problems, smoking cessation, stroke, and tinnitus. I especially enjoy working with teachers, therapists, caregivers, the recently bereaved, and performing artists.
Do you make housecalls?
Yes, I do. Please email me your address and a brief explanation for why you need a housecall. I have experience with home hospice, home births, corporate wellness, short/long-term disability, and elder care. I offer housecalls at my office visit rate plus a housecall excursion fee ($25 per 15-minute commute to/from the location).
Do I have to make an appointment?
Yes, please. Same day appointments are sometimes available if you text message me.
What modalities do you use?
Most frequently, a combination of acupuncture, kinesio-taping, far infrared heat lamp, and lifestyle suggestions. I also use contact needles, electro-acupuncture, fire cupping, herbs, lancet needling, moxibustion, and reflexology. If you have questions about these modalities, please email me.
What herbs do you use?
I prescribe Chinese herbs in patent and custom formulas. I use herbs, minerals, and animal products that are NOT endangered species. Vegan, organic, pesticide- and gluten-free options are available upon request. COVID-19 UPDATE: I am offering zero-contact local herb pickup/dropoff, and herb mailings via USPS.
Do you charge by modality?
No. My $100 in-person session fee is all inclusive. Herbs are $10 per bag and $20 per bottle. COVID-19 UPDATE: Remote consultations are available at $25 per 15-minutes.
Do you offer discounts, trades, or payment plans?
Yes! I take the 'no one turned away for lack of funds' (notaflof) part of my private practice seriously. Every day I am in practice I reserve pay-what-you-can appointments for people who need discount, trade, or complimentary sessions. If you cannot pay the full fee, please ask me about these special slots when we are scheduling your appointment.
Do you take insurance?
As of February 1, 2021, I no longer accept insurance. I do support patients who wish to claim reimbursements from their insurance by providing receipts, but I am an out-of-network provider. For some reason Anthem Bluecross and Aetna still have me listed online as an in-network provider. I hope that they will remove me from their listing soon. (They have not responded to repeated requests to be removed from their listings.)
Do you take worker's compensation cases?
Not at this time. Sorry, I tried and couldn't figure out the paperwork.
What happens if I can't make it to my appointment?
For cancellations, please call, text, or email me 24 hours before your scheduled appointment time. No shows and late cancellations will be charged in full, even if you booked a pay-what-you-can or complimentary appointment.