For new patients within driving distance of Boulder or patients who are willing to travel to Colorado, please read carefully the notes below. Both my time and your time are valuable. Reading this will help clarify some of the questions you might have and what is required of you to be ready for our appointment.
After you schedule your appointment you will receive an email through our electronic health records system to confirm the appointment. If you click on the “Manage my appointment” button you may change your appointment.
Cancelling or rescheduling an appointment needs to be done at least 24 hours in advance. If cancelled within 24 hours, you will be charged the full amount of the session (except for true emergencies, like heavy snow, ER visit, flu, etc.).
Filling out initial paperwork
Within the same email from Unified Practice, when you click on the “Manage my appointment” button, you can fill out the electronic paperwork.
Depending on your type of appointment, you may receive a second email from me with more detailed paperwork (through a system called Living Matrix). This is usually common for the functional medicine coaching appointments, but in some cases for acupuncture as well. This intake is extensive; most people take 90 minutes to 2 hours to fill it out.
The paperwork doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting. The system conveniently saves your intake and you may go back and finish it as your time allows. You will receive automatic reminders to finish filling out the paperwork at least 48 hours before your appointment. This is because I need time to review it for our appointment.
Labs to review prior to appointment
If you have any labs that you would like to send me to review prior to your appointment, please fax them to 303-389-6954. If you don’t have a fax, email me so I can tell you how you can send them electronically.
Preparing for your acupuncture sessions
There are a few things that you can do to best prepare for your acupuncture sessions:
- Don’t brush your tongue the day of the appointment. I will look at your tongue as a diagnosing tool, and the thickness of your tongue’s coating gives me essential information.
- For the same reason, avoid colored candy or other colored foods at least 2 hours prior to your appointment.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes. If that’s not possible, we have gowns.
- Stay hydrated and eat some protein within 2 hours of your appointment, so you don’t get lightheaded during or after the treatment
When coming to the center
I own Corca Center for Sleep and Radiant Health and I share the space with a dozen other practitioners. The center is located on Iris Avenue, the three-story building (across from the daycare). We are on the second floor.
When you come in, please use the iPad found at the front desk to check in; it will notify me that you have arrived.
There is tea, water and snacks. I will come get you as soon as I am done with my previous patient. I am almost always on time, but sometimes may run 5 minutes or so late.
King, the therapy dog
My sweet yellow lab is with me at work most of the time. He is calm and gentle, and people love having him around. However, if you have any allergies or would prefer not to have him there when you come, please notify me ahead of time.
You may resume your activities as usual after acupuncture. However, it’s best not to engage in strenuous exercise or activities that make you sweat. Light exercise after acupuncture is okay.
You may feel a little groggy and relaxed. Enjoy that feeling! If you need to go back to work, you will be able to. The fresh air will help you perk up and feel focused.
Some people feel energized and invigorated after the session.
Rarely, some patients feel relaxed but tired; honor that feeling and see if you can adjust your schedule to get some extra rest that day.
I always check in by phone the next day after your initial appointment, to see if there are any questions or concerns that have come up. You are always welcome to email or call too.