Services and booking
I offer a variety of services that come together so you get the care and comfort you need.
New Patient Interview
This virtual appointment gives us a chance to go over your intake forms before you ever come into the office. Gone are the days of 90 minute appointments that are mostly talking! Cozy up with a cup of your favorite hot beverage and let’s chat about what I can do for you.
After completion of this appointment, Acuity will automatically send you an email with an access code to the patient portal.
These appointments are available to be booked during your new patient interview or by referral from Health Foundations Birth Center.
Home Visit – $95 and up
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.
Private acupuncture – $75
Private acupuncture appointments are available at my Linden Hills office on Saturdays.
These appointments give you one-on-one attention and support, so that we can do a deep dive into your case. We have ample opportunity to explore other areas of support including:
- herbal therapies
- dietary therapies
- meditation techniques
- and qi gong
Community Acupuncture – sliding fee scale $35-50
Community acupuncture is an affordable alternative to private acupuncture trading 1:1 care for a shared healing space.
Please note that community acupuncture is a shared space and you will likely be sharing the space with another patient at least briefly. I cannot guarantee that we will have time to discuss adjunct therapies such as herbal remedies or dietary prescriptions.
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.
Are you looking for body work or energy work?
Once you’ve completed the new patient intake, you’ll get an email from Acuity with the password to access the patient portal.
This will allow you to access massage, cupping, and reiki appointments, the Wellevate online supplement dispensary, and the online herbal dispensary (coming soon!).
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 ART 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!”
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.
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.
How big are the needles?
You can fit 10-40 acupuncture needles inside the tip of the average hypodermic needle (you know, the kind they use for vaccinations). These single-use, sterile needles are designed to be as painless as possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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, labor prep, and cervical ripening
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