Frequently Asked Questions
Your First Visit
A lot of people have questions regarding what to expect on their first visit. I've listed and answered some of the most common questions below...
It depends on which appointment type you choose. If you are coming in to the office for an acupuncture session, you's first visit will be close to 2 hours. If it is your first virtual appointment, your visit will be about 90 minutes. For neural manipulation all of your visits will be 1 hour in length.
Forms will be available online and a link is sent to your email address. Providing the correct information is important here because your forms and log-in information is based on your email. The forms and instructions are easy to follow and can be completed on your phone, tablet or computer.
Yes, parking is located off of Georgia street, through the alleyway that runs parallel to El Cajon Boulevard. The driveway located off of El Cajon Boulevard is actually the parking lot exit, and to enter you have to go around to the alleyway entrance off of Georgia Street. If there is no parking in the lot, there is plenty of parking on Georgia Street and the surrounding area.
Wear loose fitting clothing that can easily be rolled up above your knees or elbows. Depending on what points I need to use, I may need access to the back or chest as well. Sports bras are not recommended unless they can be undone in the back. Leggings are also not recommended as they can be too tight to pull above the knees. Obviously, I will still be able to treat regardless of what you are wearing, and these are just recommendations so I can best serve you.
It shouldn't hurt. You may feel a dull sensation around the needle, or a strong sensation of the muscle or fascia in NM, but no pain. If something is painful you can communicate that to me and I can adjust.
I don't bill insurance. Look at the FAQs about fees and payment to learn more.
In the in-office session, first part of your visit will be a detailed health and social history followed by the actual treatment. For virtual sessions, it will be similar, only I will be instructing you on acupressure points to press on yourself, using a kit that I send you before your appointment. After the treatment, we will talk about treatment plan, herbal recommendations and lifestyle recommendations. I might even give you some "homework" for the next visit. After that, we book future visits and take payment. That's it!
This is THE most common question, and I am all about transparency. My prices will be listed in here and below in the pricing table. Below are a few more questions that have come up that I'm happy to answer below...
For Acupuncture your initial fee will be $200 and follow-up visits will be $100
For NM your visits will be $100
For Virtual Appointments your initial fee will be $155 and follow-up virtual appointments will be $75
The cost of herbs depends on what is prescribed but on average can cost about 40/month for ongoing therapeutic dosages. This is a conservative estimate and could cost more but probably less.
Methods of payment accepted are cash, venmo, zelle, paypal, all major credit cards, FSA and HSA accounts and checks.
Prices increase 5% yearly to offset increasing costs due to inflation.
Short answer, No. Insurance is not billed, nor am I in-network with any providers. A super-bill can be provided after you pay for your visit for you to submit for re-imbursement.
A reminder is scheduled to be sent 48 hours before your appointment to remind to to reschedule or cancel if you can't make it in. For late cancellations or missed appointments you will be charged the cost of your appointment. If this fee is not paid within 60 days of your missed appointment the invoice will be sent to collections. Thank you in advance for respecting our time together!
Payment is expected after your treatment. I don't hold credit or prepayment for services, nor do I offer packages. You just pay at the end of your session. You can refer to the above question on forms of payment.
Information on Covid 19 protocols
***Please note that even though San Diego has lifted the mask mandate for public spaces, that has not included medical offices. We will continue to wear masks until numbers stabilize for an extended period of time. Some more information below...
We are following the safe practice guidelines listed out by the California Department of Public Health as well as the CDC recommendations. That means, masks, social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitizer, air filters and purifiers, and proper antiseptic practices between patients.
If you've been in contact with others in the days leading up to you feeling symptoms, I would go get tested and then immediately go home and get some rest. If you need herbs I can mail them or drop them off!
As of right now, Yes. San Diego County still requires masks in medical settings and technically this is a medical setting, and the office is located in a medical complex. Until the mask mandate is fully lifted, and rates of exposure to the virus and it's variants start to decline and stabilize, I will continue to require masks. If you don't have one, I can provide one.
Acupuncture Initial Session
Your first In-Office treatment with me
Acupuncture return Session
After your first In-Office treatment with me
Initial Virtual Consultation
Your first Virtual Session with me
Virtual Returning Session
Your Virtual treatments after your first session
Your In-Office NM Sessions