I offer a variety of services that come together to give you the care and comfort that you need.
New Patient Intake – $35
All new patients must complete a virtual new patient interview to reduce time their time spent in the Health Foundations clinic space or my time in their home as a safety measure. Please see the Covid-19 policy page for more information.
The new patient interview is a one-time $35 virtual appointment that allows us to go over your health history in detail.
Acupuncture – $75
Private acupuncture appointments are available at my Linden Hills office on Saturdays.
Home Visit- $95
Are you in the Minneapolis-St Paul area? I can come to you so you can relax in the comfort of you home. I will need your address before you can book, drop me a line with where you are so we can talk more.
You will need to complete a New Patient Intake if I haven’t seen you in any of my clinic locations before.
You can email me to see if a home visit could work for you by clicking the button below.
Community Acupuncture – $35-50 sliding fee scale
See this FAQ answer about the sliding fee scale for true pricing. Your sliding fee scale adjustment must be entered as a “tip” because of limitations with Acuity but are billed as a sliding fee scale adjustment on your invoice.
Community acupuncture is available on Wednesday and Friday nights from 5:00 to 8:00. Please note that community acupuncture is a shared space and you will likely be sharing the space with another patient at least briefly.
Community acupuncture is located at the Health Foundations Birth Center on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:00 to 8:00. Street parking. Please remove shoes at door.
Here’s what some of my clinic folks had to say…
“Working with Jess has been one of the best decisions I’ve made on the infertility journey. She’s helped me understand my cycle, and why things were not aligning. She’s given me tools to create the alignment and meditations to help me stay calm. Her treatments are easy and she has a bright, fun attitude!”
Preconception and Fertility
“My work with Jess has helped me to better understand myself and my body, and how my emotions, behaviors, and overall health are all connected. Her passion in acupuncture and Chinese medicine is apparent and she is very engaged in helping me reach my health goals. I’m grateful for the progress I’ve seen!”
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, single-use, solid needles through the skin. These needles are put in specific points located all over your body. The most common ones used in community acupuncture are in the ears, the arms and hands, and the legs and feet.
If you’re worried about the size of the needles, don’t be. They’re tiny. While most needles used in a doctor’s office are roughly a millimeter wide, acupuncture needles are only a quarter of that. They’re designed to be comfortable, not hurt.
For more detailed information on acupuncture and what to expect from an appointment, check out this blog post.
What can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture is part of a comprehensive system of medicine that has been used for over 5000 years. Before the development of modern medicine, this was Asia’s primary was to treat everything from minor bumps and bruises to managing the pain of Stage IV cancer.
So it can help with anything.
However, acupuncture and herbs are better for preventative and gentle interventions. It is not a substitute for Western interventions like chemotherapy or setting broken bones.
I see patients for fertility, menstrual regulation, postpartum depression and anxiety, discomforts of pregnancy, cervical ripening, after pains, musculoskeletal pain and so much more.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works by stimulating your nervous system, improving your blood flow and amplifying your body’s built-in healing capabilities. Acupuncture points tend to be located near “neuro-vascular bundles” (groups of nerves and blood vessels) or in muscle bellies.
Acupuncture can also release your body’s natural pain-killing chemicals like endorphins and enkephalins and stress-fighting hormones like oxytocin. This impact on the endocrine system is also how it helps with fertility, cervical ripening, and menstrual regulation.
For more information check out this blog post.
What do you mean, “liver qi stagnation?” What’s wrong with my liver?
Chinese medicine speaks in a different “language” than Western Medicine. For instance, we don’t diagnose disease, we diagnose patterns.
A disease is a disorder of structure or function that produces specific signs and symptoms and is not related to a physical injury.
A pattern is a constellation of signs or symptoms that form the root for many possible diseases, which arise before the disease manifests and can predict likely outcomes.
These patterns are often defined by categories of function: “organ” systems or qi, blood, yin and yang imbalances. So if your liver qi is stagnant, nothing is wrong with your liver. I’m categorizing you by pattern so we can treat you appropriately.
Read more about pattern diagnosis here.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not.
Community acupuncture only costs $35-50 (on a sliding fee scale) which is the cost of your average insurance co-pay WITHOUT having to negotiate with the company to have it covered.
But I do take HSA and FSA and, if needed, I can get you copies of your invoice to submit for reimbursement.
How does the sliding fee scale work?
My sliding fee scale is based off of Alexis J Cunningfolk’s method of sliding fee scale which can be found here. The sliding fee scale is currently only available for community acupuncture. The price points are as follows:
- The Actual Cost of Service – $42.50 This is the best price point for those who can get acupuncture appointments without hardship. Alexis defines this as:
- can stress about meeting financial needs but are able to make them
- has debt, but debt does not prevent patient from meeting financial needs
- owns or leases a car and has no difficulty with fuel
- has access to regular health care
- has access to savings
- has some expendable income
- can take time off without undue financial burden
- The Community Price – $35 Part of offering community acupuncture is recognizing that some members of our community cannot get care without hardship. This price point is for patients who:
- frequently stress about meeting financial needs and sometimes are unable to
- have debts that prevent them from meeting financial needs
- have unstable housing or rent lower end properties
- do not have a car or have trouble affording gas
- are un- or under-employed
- qualify for government assistance
- have no expendable income
- have no access to savings
- cannot take time off without financial burden
- The Pay-it-Forward Price – $50 This is the actual cost of service plus a few extra dollars to help those who are in need of care get the services they need. This is an opportunity for you to get your treatment AND help someone in the community.
And a few more kind words…
…because I have all sort of happy folks.
“After a thorough intake over the phone, Jessica had several practical recommendations for me to try with the goal of helping my body get through this process more easily. Within a day or two I noticed that I was feeling improvement in my energy, mental state, and physical symptoms.
Jessica is very genuine, personable, professional, thoughtful, and caring person. I highly recommend her to anyone.”
I started seeing Jess at the beginning of my pregnancy to ease my ongoing anxiety and help overall mental health. I visited her regularly throughout my 41 weeks and I am so happy I did…my anxiety subsided, I felt relief & my body was working more effectively as a whole.
I received acupuncture the evening prior to the 41 week mark & I began having contractions five hours later. Thank you Jess for helping me deliver my baby the way I WANTED to.
Prenatal and Birth Preparation