What to Expect

If you've not had Classical Five Element Acupuncture (CFEA) before, you're in for a new experience. This is a system of medicine that stands alone and is unlike other forms of acupuncture.  

Your initial visit is a 2-hour appointment. We'll do a comprehensive history, physical exam, explanation of the medicine and how we will work with it, and I'll answer any questions you have. I'll test for and clear energetic blocks and we'll do a full acupuncture treatment. This starts the healing process and gets your system cleared and set for further treatments. Ideally, I will see you initially 3-4 times, one week apart. This starts the healing process and sets a new course for your physiology. After the 3rd, visit, the number and frequency of treatments needed for your situation will be assessed.

We heal at the speed of nature. Some healing is quick; some is more methodical. I truly believe it is in your birthright to feel healthy, happy and whole. My goal is to help clear the impedances to your innate ability to heal so you can then take it from there. Some patients will see me a few times for acute situations and then check back in when new issues arise. Most of my patients, once they understand how powerful this medicine can be, continue to receive (less frequent) treatments for preventive health care and maintenance of physical, mental/emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The beauty of natural healing is that we become more authentically ourselves, with seemingly little effort, once those impedances are cleared away. This is the type of medicine that you get to keep; in other words, each session builds upon the last, and you incrementally create the internal pathways to a deeper capability. 

Please do not wear any perfume, cologne, strongly scented lotions or body products, and, if possible, refrain from wearing clothing dried with scented dryer sheets. No makeup is ideal, but at the very least, please skip the foundation and eye concealer. Wear comfortable clothing, but please go ahead and dress like you normally do! Follow your regular routines and take any medications you've been prescribed. 


Santa Monica office: Street meter parking is available on Olympic Blvd (closest) and also on Colorado Blvd. Some free spots are available on the west side of 11th street, but these fill quickly. 

For the Long Beach office, street parking is typically plentiful. There is a school nearby; between 8-9am and 2:30-3:30pm you'll need more time for parking.  


I'm so happy to offer my knowledge, skill and expertise, help, support, love and healing to you.