Your First Appointment
The first appointment will consist of a thorough review of your health history and a physical examination, followed by an acupuncture treatment. After the initial appointment, we will compose a treatment plan based on your individual needs.
During the intake, you will be asked many questions, some related specifically to you your complaint and others seemingly unrelated. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) requires the entire person be taken into consideration so we can determine the underlying root of the condition. We treat the whole person, no just the symptoms. Virtually every patient requires a course of several treatments to get the positive results they want from TCM.
One or all of the basic modalities of TCM may become part of your treatment plan and include acupuncture, bodywork, gua aha, cupping, and herbal medicine. The initial session will last 90 minutes. Follow up sessions will be 1 hour.
It is recommended that you eat something light before your treatment and not come on an empty stomach. You will be most comfortable if you wear loose clothing that can roll up past the elbows and knees.
Pre- Appointment Forms
I will send you an appointment confirmation email from our Electronic Medical Records system, Unified Practice. In this email there will be a link to your secure online portal where you can complete your pre-session forms online before your appointment. If you do not have access to the internet or cannot complete the forms for any reason, please let me know by calling ahead of time so we can make special arrangements for you.
Please also bring a list of any supplements or medications you are taking regularly, and copies of any relevant laboratory results or doctor’s notes.
List of documents you will find in the online portal:
- Patient Baseline Medical History form: Please complete this form with as much specificity as possible. This will assist us in recommending the appropriate treatment strategy for your issue(s).
- Informed Consent: Please review and sign the informed consent document as it provides important information about possible benefits and side effects of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
- Financial and Office Policies: Includes important information on payments, missed/ cancelled appointments, and more. This is important for you to read and understand so that expectations are clear in these key areas.