What to expect
During your initial visit, you will check-in and be asked to fill out a new patient intake form. Please make sure to bring your insurance card and driver's license with you, if you are of age.
While the clinic accepts insurance, not all insurance plans cover acupuncture. Please call your insurance plan ahead of time to see if they have acupuncture benefits; if so, ask what those benefits are and if there are any restrictions. Please also check to see if you have an HSA or FSA card, as acupuncture may be a covered health expenditure with these accounts.
Once you have finished your intake form, Dr. Alemi, D.Ac, will take you back to start the consultation and evaluation process of the initial visit, regardless of what service you receive.
Once your initial consultation and evaluation are finished, the treatment portion of the appointment will then begin. For acupuncture and cosmetic acupuncture treatments, please allow up to 90 minutes for the first appointment. For initial tui na, cupping/gua sha and facial appointments, please allow from 45-75 minutes for the initial appointment - depending on the service you choose.
You are encouraged to dress comfortably, in a way that the practitioner has access to your upper and lower extremities (i.e. two-piece apparel that can be rolled up). Please make sure to not skip any meals the day of treatment, avoid excessive caffeine consumption and all alcohol consumption the day of and increase your water.
Each session includes an individualized treatment, which will take place in a private, quiet room with heated tables and soothing music to help enhance the experience.
Some patients may feel a little tired after treatment while other patients feel a surge of energy. This is why it is recommended not to skip meals the day of.