In-person Acupuncture Appts are back!


We are excited to say Christina is ready to start seeing patients in the office who have a deep need for acupuncture treatments with pre-screening and updated safety protocols.


What’s a deep need?  First of all, if we can treat you via telemedicine 2-way video, that is definitely the lowest risk.  If you do want to come in for an acupuncture treatment, we’ve implemented many more safety procedures to make our environment as safe as possible. Here’s a little “lay of the new land” to help you start to decide what feels comfortable for you.

Requirements for In-person acupuncture Appointments

Every patient will be screened before their appointment to keep our clinic and us as safe as possible. In order to be seen at the clinic, each patient must:

  1. Not have a fever or feel feverish for 2 weeks. Please confirm ahead of time by taking your temperature. We’ll also take your temperature upon arrival for our records.
  2. Not have any upper respiratory symptoms or other possible COVID-19 symptoms for 2 weeks. We can’t treat anyone in the clinic who is sneezing or coughing for any reason because of the increased risk of them spreading respiratory droplets.
    1. These symptoms include: cough, shortness of breath, sneezing, chills or repeated shaking, sore throat, congestion, loss of taste or smell, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, diarrhea.
      1. We know that allergies can cause these types of symptoms, but because of the difficulty in differentiating and the fact that anyone could be an asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier, we can’t treat anyone in the clinic who is sneezing or coughing at this time. Christina has an arsenal of herbal support for allergies though!
  3. Not have had contact with anyone who has been sick or with possible COVID-19 for 2 weeks. Due to so much unknown at this time, we consider this to include people who you are interacting with closely who have not been following social distancing recommendations or have travelled on airplanes or long-distances within the past few weeks.
  4. Wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask as it’s required for entering public buildings at this time.
  5. Don’t come in with wet hair.
  6. Wear loose clothing so you do not need to disrobe. Also, please bring only what you need into the office with you, so you have less items to manage. You can store your credit card number safely through Square, either in advance or when you pay an invoice.

When you arrive for your appointment, you must confirm that Numbers 1, 2 and 3 are still true.

  • We’ll take your temperature for our records using an infrared forehead thermometer.
  • We’ll measure your blood oxygen with a sanitized finger oximeter.

If anything changes with your health, your exposure, or your comfort level about coming to the clinic, don’t hesitate to cancel your appointment. We’re not charging the late cancel fee at this time for any of these reasons.

What else we’re doing to keep us all safe as possible

  • We’ve moved the reception area to the front room and adjusted our schedule so there will always be a private room ready for you when you arrive for your appointment.
  • When you arrive we’ll take your temperature, you’ll be asked to wash your hands, and go to your private room. Christina will measure your oxygen level.
  • Please don’t arrive to your appointment more than 15 minutes ahead of time or bring any guests into the office.
  • If there is a patient in the front room, please wait outside.
  • Christina will be wearing a mask and protective eyewear. Jules will be wearing a mask. We have an herb pick-up station and credit card reader on the shelf in the lobby so you can stay 6 ft away from Jules as she checks you out and schedules future appointments.
  • We’re sanitizing the treatment room and any other part of the office used after each patient.
  • We are providing hand sanitizer and paper towels for patients to use throughout the office.
  • We have disposable cups if you need water. Please don’t refill your personal drinking vessels.

We’ve changed many things in the office to make them extra sanitary. For example, we have HEPA air filtration in each treatment room, the sheets and needles are now stored in closed containers, we have a touchless soap dispenser in the bathroom, and many other details you may or may not be able to see.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, our online scheduler has been updated to reflect our schedule changes, or you can call or email us. (Don’t forget to click CONFIRM in the confirmation email for the online scheduler, otherwise we won’t know you tried to make an appointment.)

If you would like to discuss your needs and whether it makes sense for you to come in, email or call so we can have a conversation.

If you are immune compromised, over age 65, or have any other risk factors for COVID-19 (chronic lung disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes with complications, neurological condition that weakened the ability to cough, Kidney or Liver disease, extreme obesity), please contact us before booking so we can talk and help you make an informed and safe decision.

Keep Taking Care

Don’t forget your common sense when it comes to staying healthy.  Keep limiting your possible exposure by avoiding unnecessary human to human interactions, increasing your hygiene and sanitization, and washing your hands before and after touching your face.  It’s still vital that we limit the possible spread of the virus to others by wearing a mask and being mindful of our proximity when going into public places. And remember to spend some time each day picturing your good health, drink lots of water, eat nutritious foods, prioritize getting good sleep, get some movement, and make time for laughter.

Here’s to a health and resiliency for you and our community!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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