About Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Chinese Medicine is a time-tested, effective, and truly holistic system of medicine that can safely treat a wide range of conditions, without side effects. This is accomplished when the practitioner finds the root imbalance that is resulting in the patient’s condition, and then treats that root imbalance through acupuncture, herbs, and other modalities. In addition to correcting the underlying imbalance, regular acupuncture can greatly alleviate the resulting symptoms. Chinese Medicine also works wonderfully to prevent disease, and to promote general wellness and vitality. Thus, a person does not need to “have something wrong” in order to benefit from this elegant form of medicine. While I successfully treat a wide range of conditions, I specialize in treating mood disorders/emotional imbalances and women's health for all cycles of a women's life.
Chinese Medicine is comprised of five different healing modalities, or "branches". I use all of these branches in my practice:
*Acupuncture: the insertion of single use, sterile needles into specific points to promote healing. Acupuncture sessions may include moxibustion, a form of heat therapy. *Herbal Remedies: traditional Chinese herbal formulas prescribed in pill, powder, and extract form. In addition to traditional Chinese herbs, I am trained in, and will often prescribe, western herbs. *Qigong: a gentle form of exercise that strengthens and moves the internal energy--the Qi-- of the body. *Nutritional Consultation: individualized dietary recommendations and recipes are given based on the patient’s specific health concerns and body constitution. *Bodywork: the use of specific tools, as in cupping and guasha, to promote circulation and reduce pain, as well as hands-on massage.
In addition to these modalities, I also offer:
*Women's seasonal healing circles. These beautiful circles of sisterhood incorporate simple elements of ritual, meditation, guided journaling, and sharing (and sometimes singing!). These circles follow the flow of the seasons, the teachings of the Five Elements, and archetypes of the sacred feminine.
*Educational health talks for the public
*Gentle and personalized cleanse programs (every Spring and Autumn)
*Lifestyle/spiritual consultation. Beyond nutritional and herbal consultation, I also go a little deeper in what I suggest, when I sense that there is an openness and need in the client. One thing that clients have told me sets me apart from other practitioners they've worked with is that I take time to really talk to, and be present with, my clients. I suggest what shifts they can make and what practices they can do to live a more balanced inner and outer life. I often will offer some kind of inner "homework" to this end, so that the healing extends outside of the treatment room and into one's daily life. For this kind of work I draw upon both my intuition as well as the many different wisdom traditions I've studied over the years: the Five Elements from Chinese Medicine, Buddhism and mindfulness, nature-teachings and seasonal alignment, and body-based awareness practices, including qigong. Lifestyle and/or spiritual counsel is often included in my acupuncture sessions, but it can also be scheduled as a stand-alone in a consultation session.
Location My clinic/healing sanctuary is located on a beautiful and serene piece of land in Happy Valley, a rural region just outside of midtown Santa Cruz. Many clients report feeling like their healing actually begins with the scenic drive to my office! As a healing practitioner, I feel grounded and strengthened by doing my work so close to nature, especially since the philosophy of Chinese Medicine is based on observing and aligning ourselves with nature. I am also grateful that my patients get to experience their healing process in such a peaceful and inspiring setting.
Acupuncture and Massage Rates Initial Acupuncture Session (a 1.5 to 2 hour session that includes full health history intake, tongue and pulse diagnosis, acupuncture treatment, and personalized nutritional, herbal, and lifestyle consultation): $160 Follow-up Acupuncture Sessions (a 1 hour session that generally includes 30 minutes for consultation and 30 minutes for treatment) : $80 50 Minute Massage: $80 80 Minute Massage: $120 80 minute "combo session: (follow-up acupuncture session with half-hour massage): $120 Package of four hour-long acupuncture or massage sessions: 300 ($20 savings) Package of four 80 minute sessions (acupuncture with half-hour massage): $440 ($40 savings)
Payment: I accept cash, check, credit card, or Paypal as payment. I am no longer in network with insurance, but can provide clients with a super bill, which they can submit to their insurance providers for potential reimbursement.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please do so within 24 hours to avoid a $40 cancellation fee. No-shows will be charged the full cost of the session. Thank you for your understanding!
Sickness Policy: To protect the health of my clients and myself, I do not treat clients with signs of an infectious illness (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, etc.). While acupuncture and modalities can help speed healing and reduce symptoms, I want to keep my clinic a safe place for wellness, and not a place for potentially spreading contagious illnesses to other clients or myself. Instead of coming into my clinic, clients with these kinds of signs can schedule a video visit with me, in which we can discuss the appropriate herbs, foods, and self care practices you can do to heal from your illness more quickly.