Your First Visit
- Please download, complete and sign the new patient forms and bring them with you to your first appointment. Click on this link: New Patient Intake Forms
- Bring copies of any prior laboratory testing you’ve had in the last year or any significant findings from the past.
- Copies of any pertinent medical records.
- Bring nutritional supplements and prescription drugs you may be taking.
- Please allow approximately an hour and a half for your first visit.
- Wear something very comfortable and loose fitting.
The office is located at the Sierra Holistic Health Center, 587 Hammond Street in Bishop, California, 93514. Phone: 760-914-1639.
Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday and Saturday by request. Closed on Sunday.
Many insurance companies cover acupuncture. Every plan is different, so call your insurance company and find out what acupuncture benefits are provided. I will bill your insurance company and collect a co-payment at the time of service after you have met your deductible.
Payment is due at time of consultation. Methods of payment are: Personal Check, Cash, Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
Patients are subject to a $50 cancellation fee for missed appointments or cancellations 24 hours prior to the appointment. Patients who no-show or cancel less than 24 hours be responsible for the full service fee of the appointment and will be billed. Prepayment of fees are required to re-book after rescheduling with less than 24 hour notice or one no-show.
What should you expect at your first appointment?
Your first appointment starts with a complete health history and inquiry about specific ailments and lifestyle habits. You may be asked questions about energy level, sleep, emotions, quality and location of pain, eating habits, elimination, or (for women) gynecological concerns.
A physical exam includes an analysis of the pulse and tongue. The color and texture of the tongue can show how the body is functioning while your pulses show the strength and the balance of your organs and energy. These are ways in which the body tells what is happening inside the body at a root level and aids in diagnosis.
How many treatments are needed?
As part of your first visit, a proposed course of treatment will be discussed. The number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient and depends upon the duration, severity and nature of the complaint.
Acupuncture works best when you are treated frequently and regularly because treatment effects are cumulative—they build upon each other. While a single treatment can provide short term relief, regular treatments are best for long term benefit.
Generally, for cases of recent injury or illness, you will experience the best benefit from multiple visits in a short period of time. We usually recommend two to four treatments per week, for a couple of weeks. By this time, you should feel much better and we can determine if further treatments are needed.
If you have a long-term problem or chronic problem, it is usually best to start with a series of treatments close together, usually twice per week, for a period of time and then gradually increase the amount of time between treatments as your condition improves.
The ideal approach to illness is to begin treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you seek help, the easier it is to treat.
Most patients see changes within the first 4 treatments, however, results can very from patient to patient due to different physiological reactions–your body chemistry, your particular problem, and the length of time that you have been sick all play a part in this. If your response to treatment is not satisfactory, we may need to consider further diagnostic exams, modification of the treatment plan, or referral.
Achieving significant healing requires a commitment on your part to maintain compliance with the suggested treatment plan. To simply maintain good health, you may come in for a “tune-up” when the seasons change or monthly if you have a tendency towards health problems.
What should you expect after treatment?
Your relief may be immediate, delayed for a few hours or even develop after 1 to 3 days. The relief may last for a few hours on the first visit and then last longer with each successive treatment. Or, relief may last from the first treatment until your next visit. It is important to recognize that we are all individuals and response to treatment varies.