Please download and complete the New Patient forms, email or print out and bring them with to your first appointment.
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How do I prepare for my new patient (first) office visit?
Go to “New Patient Info” on my website and download the new patient forms. Please fill these out before your office visit and email or bring them with. If we receive them before the office visit, it will give us more time for a treatment, if indicated, that day. If you are unable to download the forms, we can email it to you or you can come in 40 minutes prior to your appointment, to fill out the forms. Please also bring copies of your laboratory test results that you may have had over the past year. Your personal and medical information is confidential. We use it to evaluate your health profile to provide you with the most effective healthcare. Please be as accurate as possible to ensure the best outcomes.
What happens at the new patient (first) office visit?
The new patient (first) office visit will generally last from 60 to 90 minutes. During this time, an in-depth health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, sleep habits, emotional states, likes and dislikes, which all may offer insight into your health. An appropriate medical examination, pulse and tongue diagnosis is included. I then formulate a tailor-made treatment plan, according to individual needs. The patient could receive acupuncture, cupping, gua sha or acupuncture point injection therapy on the first office visit. Mostly patients will be prescribed homeopathic remedies, chinese herbs or nutritional supplements. Included may also be nutritional guidance, specific exercises or stretches. I guide and equip my patients with tools to prevent disease and towards living a healthy and happy life.
What happens in the follow-up visit?
After your first treatment, be aware of how you are feeling. It is important for you to be aware of any changes in symptoms or conditions, however minimal. Sometimes even the smallest details or changes are important to me in understanding your progress and future treatment.
Follow-up visits are generally 45 to 60 minutes. Questions will be asked about any improvement since your last visit. An appropriate medical examination, pulse and tongue diagnosis follows. The future treatment plan will be discussed again. The appropriate therapies will be applied.
For the best treatment results, keep the following in mind:
- I strive to provide each patient I serve with my full attention and to create a schedule that can accommodate you as efficiently as possible. When we make an appointment with you, it is a two-way commitment. Let us know in advance if you can’t make it, so we can offer your time slot to someone else.
- Please call ahead if you are running late. We will do our best to accommodate you, but will likely have to reschedule or shorten your appointment if you arrive more than 15 minutes late.
- One or two late patients cause the entire daily schedule to fall behind. This is an inconvenience to everyone. We strive to see every patient as close to their appointment time as possible.
- Email or bring in your filled-out forms to the clinic before or on the day of your new patient office visit.
- If you still need to fill out the forms, plan to arrive at least 40 minutes prior to your appointment time. If your forms are already filled out or emailed, also arrive 10 minutes earlier for administrative matters.
- Spend some time thinking about what you would like to achieve from your acupuncture treatment. What are your expectations?
- Wear loose and comfortable clothes. It is helpful if long sleeves and pant legs can be comfortably pulled up over your elbows and knees, and that your abdomen is easily accessible.
- Eat a snack or light meal before your visit.
- Refrain from overexertion, unnecessary exercise, drugs or alcohol for at least 24 hours after treatment.
- Unless otherwise indicated, heat treatments are recommended at home, like a heating pad.
- Follow the treatment plan and keep your follow-up appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous one.
- Taking your prescribed medicine as directed will ensure the best possible results.
- Discuss any questions or concerns with me.
What is your role in the healing process?
Please note that acupuncture and homeopathy is not a quick fix for any illness or imbalance you might have. It is ultimately your responsibility to work with me to help yourself. True healing takes time and dedication. You might feel better soon, or not. It varies, depending on factors like your current state of your health, age, how long you have had the problem to name only a few. After the acute symptoms are resolved, regular acupuncture or homeopathic appointments can assist in the maintenance of health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you make this part of your lifestyle, the more you will learn to nurture your body, mind and emotions.
My goal is to provide you with a safe, healing environment and to support you in your pursuit to optimal well-being based on the treatment plan provided.
RESTORING YOUR BODY’S BALANCE.