What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Initial visits are typically $100 and follow-ups are $75, however for Thumbtack leads I wave the initial consultation fee, so the first visit is $75.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
My goal in working with an patient is to stay focused on the patient's goals. No two people are the same, and neither are their health needs or personal goals. To much of health care today is cookie cutter and assembly line. When I have a patient come through the door I'm going to spend the time it takes to get to know them well so that we can work together to build a program of holistic wellness that will encompass all of their goals. I'm also going to make sure that I not only perform a treatment, but give them the tools they need to take control of their health in their day to day lives, because what they do every day will always have the biggest impact on their health.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. I am Nationally Board Certified in Oriental Medicine which includes acupuncture and herbology. I have also studied with the Healing Tao Institute of Medical Qigong and am Nationally Certified in Medical Qigong. I have do additional training in Tai Chi, Qigong, Pulse Diagnosis, Facial Rejuvenation, and Sports Medicine. I have worked as the Associate Dean and Director of Clinical Studies for the Healing Tao Institute of Medical Qigong, and am currently faculty at the Academy of Oriental Medicine Austin, the #4 school of Chinese Medicine in the nation.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started studying Tai Chi and Qigong when I was ten with my father. Throughout my life my interest in the body's energy continued to grow as well as my interest in medicine. I studied massage as well as martial arts, and worked in Western Emergency Medicine in Wilderness Rescue. After my Bachelors Degree I enrolled in a school of Traditional Chinese Medicine and began practicing after graduation.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with a wide array of patients. Because of the holistic nature of Chinese Medicine there isn't really a particular field of work that defines any one practitioner, because we treat people, not diseases. However, I worked for a long time with an integrative Western Medicine group that focused on Thyroid and other Endocrine disorders so I have a lot of experience in that area. I have also worked with a number of Chronic Lyme patients. I have built a relationship with several therapists as well and work extensively with mental health issues ranging from anxiety, to depression, and bipolar.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Take your time and find the right one. There are more and more acupuncturists out there, and not all of them are good. In addition there are a lot of approaches to Eastern medicine, find out what works for you.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The biggest thing for you to decide is what you want out of the treatments. Some people come in with a very specific issue- shoulder pain for example- and simply want relief from that concern. Others come in with a broader goal, of overcoming a long term health issue, or even just getting their health balanced. It's important to know where you are in that health journey. I always encourage people to look to the longer health goals, because that's where longevity and quality of life really come in, but not everyone is ready to engage on that level and it's important to know.