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Shawna is golden lady! She is very knowledgeable, compassionate and takes the time to hear your concerns and address them. I can't recommend her more, you need her in your life.Oct 14, 2019Verified
Shawna is truly amazing. She is sympathetic to my concerns and is very thorough in order to help me in the best way possible. She is very thoughtful and caring in the way she interacts with me. Although one session isn't enough to cure all ills, I feel as though I'm on a journey with her on my way to full health. Can't say enough nice things about her!Sep 21, 2019Verified
I would highly recommend working with Shawna-- she is extremely knowledgable and professional, as well as friendly and warm, and very easy to communicate with. My treatments have been really helpful so far, and I'm looking forward to continuing to work with her. Thank you, Shawna!May 13, 2018Verified
Too much to say at this point but the lady is nothing short of amazingMar 29, 2018Verified
Was impressed in our first meeting with Shawna. Looking forward to seeing her againMay 1, 2018Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I am in network with Blue Shield and bill most other PPO plans for out of network insurance benefits. Most PPO plans cover acupuncture out of network and I can check your benefits to see how your plan would help pay for our sessions. New patient appointments are $175 (90 min) and follow-up appointments are $115 (1 hour). I don't see other patients during your visit. To encourage students to care for their health, I have a student price of $85 per treatment (student ID required).
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?The emphasis of your first appointment is on understanding your health history, assessing your present condition(s), and setting goals for your care. We may discuss nutrition, lifestyle, stress, exercise, sleep, and lab work. I'll take your pulse and may look at your tongue or palpate your abdomen to help diagnose your pattern of imbalance and determine the best treatment. Our discussion and physical diagnosis is followed by a tailored treatment that includes acupuncture and contact needling (needles that do not penetrate the skin). In many cases, moxibustion is a helpful addition to treatment. In some cases, additional manual therapies such as massage, cupping, or guasha may be beneficial. There is plenty of time to discuss your questions and no modalities will be used without your understanding and permission. Depending on your needs and based on discussion together, you may be prescribed herbs or supplements, which are the only additional charge to your services. At the end of your first visit, we will have created a plan to work together to reach your goals including how many sessions and how frequently to schedule them as well as the opportunities you have to provide new information and check in on progress.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I seek out research-based continuing education courses to stay on top of the latest breakthroughs in effective treatment for conditions that affect my patients. I vary my continuing education on women's health concerns with courses on trauma and pain management as well. I recently attended the annual Integrative Fertility Symposium (April 2019) and took 3 full days of courses on both classical and research-based women's health, from treating preeclampsia to preparing patients for labor, working with IVF clinics, etc. I earned my acupuncture license from the state of California and am also a NCCAOM National Board-Certified Acupuncturist. After four years of graduate study and clinical experience with 500 patients, I graduated magna cum laude from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley (AIMC Berkeley). While in the masters program, I was one of the first four students in the externship program at Mission Bay’s UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital where we treated doctors, nurses, and other staff members in community-style treatments and as a result had productive conversations about how this medicine really works and can be an asset and ally to Western methods. I studied abroad both in China, shadowing stroke recovery treatments in the renowned Tianjin Hospital (as seen in the documentary 9000 Needles), and in Japan where we practiced gentle Japanese techniques from moxibustion to facial rejuvenation at Shikoku Medical College. I studied with Ikeda Masakazu Sensei, a master and continuing interpreter of Japanese medicine, as he taught around the world and still use much of his advice and insight.