WANT TO WORK WITH ME?
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DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
Yes and no.
I provide insurance-based acupuncture visits at the University of Minnesota Physicians Park Place East Clinic and Behavioral Health Clinic for Families. Some private insurance plans cover acupuncture for a select number of conditions. When you call to schedule an appointment, the scheduling staff will collect your insurance information and check for coverage prior to your visit. Naturopathic visits (which include functional medicine visits) are not currently covered by insurance.
All virtual services are cash pay. Payment is due at the time of our visit (see Appointments for a list of fees). Many of my patients pay for visits using funds from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flex Spending Account (FSA). For those experiencing financial hardship, I reserve room on my schedule for a limited number of people needing a sliding scale fee. To inquire about availability and determine fees, I require prospective patients to schedule a 10-minute complimentary consult so we can discuss fees and whether my approach is a good fit for you.
WHAT WILL MY FIRST APPOINTMENT BE LIKE?
Prior to our first visit, I will send you an intake and consent form, which needs to be completed prior to our scheduled appointment. For those unable to complete the forms online, paper copies can be sent via mail by contacting email@example.com.
The first visit usually lasts about 90 minutes. During this time I will review your intake, and gather more information about your health concerns, as well as other parts of your life and history that are relevant to your health. In most cases, I will make time to do a brief physical exam, and for those requesting it, I can leave time for an acupuncture treatment. At the end of our visit, I will provide a plan that outlines the following:
Other recommended support/referrals
Follow-ups generally take place 4-6 weeks after our first visit (for chronic health complaints), and biannually for those wanting preventative care without any health complaints.
Follow-ups can be done in office, by phone or video.
DO YOU ORDER LAB TESTS?
I use physical exam findings, conventional and functional diagnostic lab tests and imaging, and Chinese Medicine diagnostic tools (pulse, tongue, odor, sight, sound). At our first visit, we will discuss which tests may be appropriate for you. Prospective patients have asked if I can give them a list of tests to run before our first visit - I cannot do this without seeing you in person and discussing your history first.
Examples of tests I may consider when consulting with a patient include the following:
Blood work (including inflammatory, endocrine and cardiometabolic markers)
Serum testing for dietary triggers of inflammation (IgG4-mediated)
Comprehensive Stool Analysis to evaluate microbiome/pathogens
Organic Acid Testing
Urinary Pyrroles Testing
Serum, Salivary and/or Urine Hormone Testing
Salivary Cortisol/HPA/Adrenal Testing
Blood & Urinary heavy metals testing
Environmental Toxin Testing
WHAT THERAPIES DO YOU USE?
I take the time to listen to you and your body's unique needs, in order to understand what therapies are best for healing. I aim to be open-minded about what each person needs, whether that is a therapy I offer or something requiring a referral to another provider. I believe the body is always evolving, and thus therapies need to evolve with the body's needs. Below is a list of therapies I consider when working with individuals.
Diet & Nutrition
Focused nutrient supplementation
Western Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Exercise & Movement
Holistic Pelvic Care
Mayan Abdominal Massage**
**These are therapies I do not provide - referrals to providers who offer these are provided as a part of a treatment plan.
CAN YOU PRESCRIBE PHARMACEUTICAL MEDICATIONS?
I cannot currently prescribe pharmaceuticals in the State of Minnesota. I'm happy to collaborate with prescribing providers to meet your healthcare needs, whether it's to ensure you are:
Not taking supplements or herbal formulas that interfere with the efficacy of your medications
Supplementing deficiencies that result from taking medications
Increasing the benefit you receive from your medications.