New Year Updates: increased hours, pricing changes, broth, and more!

Happy New Year!

Wow, 2016 was a doozy, wasn’t it? Full of changes and challenges, this last year has encouraged many people to re-examine their value systems, the ways they engage with their communities, and their self-care strategies.  We all have much work to do in the coming year and beyond, to heal as individuals and as communities. I have the deepest gratitude to my patients, mentors, and teachers for giving me the opportunity to spread my wings as a new acupuncturist in this last year. I am humbled to have participated in the healing journeys of my patients, and for the incredible lessons I have learned along the way.  The work of healers is more important now than ever, and I am honored and humbled to be doing this work in the here and now.

It’s also a time of fresh starts and new goals. What do you want in the next year? How about in the next three years? Or five, or ten? Achieving future goals starts with the choices you make today. For me, it looks like  focusing on my health and well-being. I am committing to making time for physical activity that feeds my soul and helps me feel strong, flexible, and grounded. I want to get back in the kitchen and make more time for cooking the food that I know keeps my vibe high and my digestion in-check. And I am also feeling excited to carve out time for meditation and spiritual reflection. And trust me, I’m not doing it alone! I am grateful to have awesome healthcare providers supporting me on  my health journey. We all need support on our wellness journeys.

If you want help finding ways to achieve your health and wellness goals, I’m here to help.

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And now, on to the updates!

Integrative Health Fellowship & Pediatric Acupuncture Services

Since July 2016, I have been completing a unique 6-month intensive Pediatric Integrative Health Fellowship, in partnership with University of Minnesota and Northwestern Health Sciences University and studying under Lynn Gershan, MD, CM and Barbara Gosse, LAc. During this fellowship, I have been providing acupoint therapy and integrative care modalities to pediatric patients in inpatient Medical-Surgical, Hematology-Oncology, NICU, PICU, and CVICU departments at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital (UMMCH), as well as at Journey Clinic, an outpatient continuity care speciality clinic. I also collaborated on a pilot project with the NICU to offer community-style acupoint therapy and integrative care for families of admitted NICU patients and hospital NICU staff. Additionally, I have been researching acupuncture-associated vasovagal responses. and am the lead author on a forthcoming paper about updated terminology and hospital experience. I’ve been busy! The fellowship ends this week.

During my time at UMMCH as a student intern and now as a Fellow, I have worked with youth of all ages, ranging from premature infants to young adults. Infants, children, and teens, are incredibly responsive to treatment with acupuncture, acupressure, tuina (Chinese medical massage), Shonishin (Japanese needle-free acupuncture), and other integrative interventions, for a wide range of acute and chronic health and behavioral issues. With my increased knowledge of pediatric care, I plan to expand my clinical offerings here at Constellation to include pediatric services. Stay tuned for updates! In the meantime, feel free to contact me if you are interested in pediatric services.

Clinic Hours Updates

Now that my six-month Integrative Health Fellowship at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is nearly complete, I am able to increase clinic hours. Thank you for being flexible and understanding of during these months of changing schedules!

New Clinic Hours 

  • Wednesdays: 9 am – 12 pm
  • Fridays: 2 pm – 7 pm
  • Saturdays: 9 am – 5 pm

Planned Clinic Closures — and Exciting News!

  • Clinic will be closed Friday, February 3 – Friday, February 10. Regular hours will resume Saturday, February 11.
  • Clinic will closed for most of April and early May, due to speaking engagements and three weeks of academic and clinic study in Zhengzhou and Beijing, China. I am excited for these academic opportunities, and look forward to increasing my experience as a presenter and as a  clinician. Referrals for continued care will be made available to patients while the clinic is closed.

Pricing Update

Starting 2/1/2017, an additional $10 charge will be added for cupping provided during Acupuncture & Integrative Therapies visits, to be paid at time of service.  Instead of cupping services being automatically included in the cost of Acupuncture & Integrative Therapies visits, it will now be charged as an add-on service. For example, if cupping is performed during a 60 minute Acupuncture & Integrative Therapies visit, an additional charge of $10 will be added to the $70 base cost, for a grand total of $80.

Why is the price increasing for cupping?
I am making this pricing change for several reasons. Providing cupping in acupuncture visits increases the amount of hands-on time during the appointment, and leaves less time for necessary charting and record keeping during the visit.  Cleaning cups is also incredibly time consuming — to be in accordance with nationally recommended standards for cup cleaning, I hand-wipe cups for several minutes each with broad-spectrum sanitizing wipes and rinse with water.  After a full clinic day of several cupping sessions, this can add 30-40 minutes of clean-up time. Additionally, offering cupping as a $10 add-on charge for Acupuncture & Integrative Therapies visits is more comparable to the already established cost of the Cupping & Tuina only visits. And finally, this price change is more in-line with similar services provided by acupuncturists in the Twin Cities area.

Are other prices increasing too?
No, I am not increasing rates for other appointments or services at this time. However, as I continue to assess my clinical offerings, prices may change accordingly. I will give advance notice of pricing changes as they occur.

Thank you for your understanding, and please contact me if you have any questions regarding this change in pricing. 


Recipe for a New Year: Magic Mineral Broth

Need a digestive system reboot after too many sweets, holiday beverages, and heavy meals? Me too! Focusing on a diet of easy-to-digest, cooked foods is an easy way to help your body re-calibrate. Choose options like warm, cooked vegetables, soups and stews, whole grain dishes, legumes, and proteins such as eggs, free-range chicken, grass-fed beef, and wild-caught salmon. Limiting sugar and sweets, dairy, cold and raw foods, caffeine, and alcohol — even for just a few weeks — can help your body find balance. Give it a try and see what you notice! Food is the best medicine we have.

One thing I’m making this month is Magic Mineral Broth. Developed by Rebecca Katz, this broth is full of nourishing vitamins and minerals that your body can readily absorb. It is perfect as base for soups and stews, as a simmering liquid for vegetables, or as a warming beverage. Head on over to her website, and check out the recipe!


Be well, and blessings to you in the New Year!


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