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Carefully read my financial policies:

  • I have elected not to take any health insurance. For a detailed description of my Fees, please see this PDF document.

  • All fees are non-refundable. They cover my costs (time, equipment, supplies).


Fill out the online intake paperwork. Let me know if you have:

  • Seizure disorder,

  • Pacemaker or any other electrical implants,

  • Bleeding disorder (or taking anticoagulants/blood thinners), or

  • Damaged heart valves or any other particular risk of infection.

Patient filling out intake


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I usually begin with a Comprehensive Evaluation so:

  • You can learn more about my practice and treatment philosophy,

  • I can define the working diagnosis, and

  • We can agree on a tentative plan of care and an approximate number of visits.

Comprehensive Evaluation takes about 45 minutes and involves:

  • Going over the results of a health questionnaire (filled online),

  • Reviewing current diagnostic tests (if available), and

  • Hands-on exam, to include palpatory, abdominal, and electro diagnosis.

Be prepared:

  • Make sure you are well hydrated.

  • Avoid treatments after a heavy meal, when hungry, or when extremely tired.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.


Be on time:

  • If you can’t make it, please let me know in advance. My availability is limited – someone else could use the time slot.

Relax, breathe, enjoy:

  • Commonly, needles produce a pleasant sensation of heat, slight pressure, or aching. Most of my patients experience calm and relaxation. Some report mild euphoria or “needle high.”

Acupuncture needles inserted


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After the treatment:

To assimilate the acupuncture effects, take it easy for a few hours. Wait at least an hour to eat a full meal.



Many experience the most dramatic results during the first treatment. Other patients may not notice any effect until after several visits. That’s OK: acupuncture treatments are cumulative.

The number of treatments depends upon the severity, duration, and location of your condition. Two or three treatments may be sufficient for an acute condition, while a course of 6 to 12 treatments may be needed in a chronic case. Many degenerative conditions require ongoing “firming” treatments.

Continuing Treatment:

  • After reviewing your progress, I will commence the treatment (15 to 20 minutes). At the end of each session, I will answer your questions.

  • Your treatment response is reevaluated during each visit. More treatments are suggested only if we see results.


Missed appointments & no-shows:

  • By entering a therapeutic relationship, we both make a commitment: I commit my time and expertise. You, the patient, commit your trust, money, and time. If you consistently miss or reschedule appointments, I may decline further services.

Strong Man


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