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Please fill out the forms in our patient portal Acusimple (create an account, Forms tab).  They may require 15-30 minutes to complete them thoroughly.  Some questions may seem unrelated to your current health challenges, but even subtle cues about you provides meaningful information.

Insurance Verification

If you would like to use your insurance, please enter the following information directly into our secure patient portal using this link, ('Forms' tab, click to edit insurance information) or you can call our office 218-670-0599. 

  • name
  • date of birth
  • phone number
  • insurance company
  • subscriber/member policy number
  • group ID
  • provider services phone number (usually on the back of the card)
  • condition/s for which you are seeking treatment

We no longer accept Automobile Injury or Workers Compensation insurance. I can provide you a super bill for which you can apply for reimbursement. 

Your First Visit

Please arrive for your acupuncture appointment having consumed a meal within the previous few hours. I will review your intake form, discuss your condition, your goals, and ask some clarifying questions. Then you will lie comfortably on a massage table.  The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition, but you can expect about 20 needles.  Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to rest comfortably for 25-30 minutes with the needles in place.  You will have a call button if needed, but it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time. 

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Some first-time patients are jittery about needles.  Acupuncture needles are sterile, single-use, flexible, and hair-thin.  You will feel a slight sharp sensation with insertion, and then your body normalizes the presence of the needle such that you may have awareness of it, but no pain. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative. For acute conditions you can expect to have 5 to 12 treatments.  Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition.  We can work on several complaints at the same time, but will target your identified priority.  Many patients like to schedule preventative treatments or treatments for general well-being; these may be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

How Safe is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has a strong record of safety, and millions of Americans receive sessions every year.  But as with all things in life, there are some attendant risks, These are outlined in the Consent Form, and I am happy to answer your questions in clinic.  Acupuncturists undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. I have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and am licensed by the Minnesota Medical Board. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your safety.

Aitkin Acupuncture at Riverwood Healthcare Center
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601 Bunker Hill Drive, Aitkin MN

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