New Patients


Hello! Welcome! I look forward to meeting you.

I have two offices.  One is in Boulder.  The other is in Lyons.  I offer private sessions in both locations.  The initial private session is 90 minutes and includes a detailed intake and treatment.  Returning patient treatments are one hour.  In Lyons I also offer community style sessions which means that there are two treatment areas, separated by privacy screens, in one big room.  The treatments are full body treatments using massage tables and are one hour long.  I book treatments every half hour so each person's treatment overlaps with the next person.  I work with each patient individually and while they rest with their needles in place, I start a treatment at the other treatment area. The community style treatments are lower cost, $30 to $50, and you decide what to pay.  I offer this in order to make acupuncture available to more people and to allow people to get enough acupuncture to treat chronic conditions or to enjoy the benefits more often.  I recommend that people with more complicated histories or conditions start with an initial private session in order for me to get all the information I need to give the most effective treatment. Often after the initial session, a person can come to the community style clinic if they prefer.  Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.  I will likely need  access to your hands, arms, feet, legs, belly and back.  Sometimes I will ask you to remove clothing (in order to access shoulders or hips) but you will always be covered with a sheet.  Your comfort is very important to me so please let me know immediately if you are uncomfortable for any reason. 

Please Note: If you need to change or cancel any appointment, please contact me 24 hours in advance. I will charge the full cost of your appointment for no shows.

New Patient Forms


Which clinic will you be visiting?

Please print and complete all forms before arriving at your first appointment.

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Private appointments


community Clinic

Frequently Asked Questions


How much does it cost?

Initial private sessions (90 minutes) are $120. Returning patients (60 minutes) are $75. Community style sessions (60 minutes) are $30 to $50, you decide what to pay.

Does it hurt?

No. Your comfort is very important to me because I want you to be able to relax during your treatment.  There may be sensations of a dull ache but I will ask you to communicate what you are feeling so that I can adjust anything that might be uncomfortable. You are the captain of your ship and I will respect your decision if you decline any of the therapies that I suggest.

Why do you use needles?

Needles are an extremely efficient tool to access and manipulate Qi (the body's energy system). There are other tools such as moxa and cupping (read more about these in the Services section) but needles are an important tool.

How big are the needles and how far do they penetrate the body?

The needles range in thickness and length.  The most common needle size that I use is 0.2 millimeters thick and 30 millimeters long. That's about the thickness of horse hair and penetrates about one quarter of an inch.  Some areas of the body require longer needles. For example, the gluteus muscles are underneath a layer of adipose tissue. If the gluteus muscle is the origin of the pain the needle may need to go through the adipose tissue to get to the site of the pain. The sensation to the patient is minimal.

How many treatments will I need?

Each case is different. Some patients will feel better after the first treatment while others will need a series of treatments to achieve the maximum benefit.  We can discuss your situation in your first visit.  In general, acupuncture treatments are cumulative. There may be lessening of symptoms in the first treatment but  subsequent treatments may provide longer lasting effects or better resolution of the problem.

Do I have to believe in acupuncture?

No. There is no belief system involved.  While it is always helpful to have a positive attitude, acupuncture is not magic.  It is a physiological therapy that happens to have its origins in a time and place that people described the inner workings of the human body in the same terms that they described nature.  Therefore terms such as heat, cold, dampness and dryness are used. These are real, physical phenomena described in simplistic terminology.

 

 


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