Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does Kari accept my insurance?
I am an acupuncture provider for Excellus, MVP, Cigna, VA insurance (TriCare North), & Aetna. To find out if you have acupuncture coverage, I would encourage you to inquire with your insurance company. They will confirm whether or not you have coverage, and if so, they will give you the details of your coverage. If your acupuncture benefits are subject to your deductible, payment is due at the time of your visit. Flexible spending and HSA funds can be used to cover your acupuncture treatments.
If your insurance does not cover acupuncture, then payment is expected at the time of visit. Cash, check or credit cards are accepted for payment. You may use your Flexible Spending account and your Health Savings account for acupuncture services. Sliding scale available.


How does acupuncture work?  

Acupuncture works by increasing the activity of the nervous system and the immune system.  This is done by stimulating specific points along the body. The body's response is then to release pain-killing endorphins, which allows the body to heal itself naturally. Kari's approach is whole person based. Using the information gathered at the Initial Consultation, coupled with pulse and tongue diagnosis, Kari will design a specific treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.  Lifestyle issues will also be addressed along with each treatment.


What should I expect from my first visit?

The initial consultation is a one and a half to two hour consultation, which includes a medical and social history interview, followed by pulse and tongue diagnosis and your first treatment.


How often will I come for treatment?

In order to receive the greatest benefit from your acupuncture treatments, you should plan to come for treatment once a week for the first six to eight weeks.  At the six to eight week point, we will assess the benefits that you are receiving and then plan for future treatments, and begin to spread the treatments out to once every two weeks, then once every three weeks, and eventually once a month or longer.  Acupuncture is commonly used as preventative medicine.


When should I begin to see results? Does Kari use other modalities?

Typically you will see most of your symptoms shift within the first six to eight weeks of treatment.  Kari uses acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping for chronic muscle tension, dietary, lifestyle and herbal suggestions. Moxibustion, which is the application of Mugwort (an herb) to the skin, is used on specific points for building blood and qi.


What is Qi and what effects my Qi?

Qi or vital energy, runs throughout the body in pathways called meridians, which run up and down the body between anatomical structures such as bones and muscles.  There are 12 main meridians used, and each one correlates to a vital organ.  The acupuncture points tap into the meridians.  Qi is measured in quantity and quality through pulse diagnosis and tongue diagnosis.  Stress, chronic pain, diet, activity and emotions are just a few of the things that influence the balance of qi.


Do the needles hurt? Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture needles are very tiny, in fact, they are the width of two human hairs.  The needling sensations vary from person to person, ranging from slight tingling to a dull ache.  Once the needle is in, the sensation will quickly dissipate.  All needles are sterile and disposable, used only once and then discarded.  Yes, Acupuncture is a natural and very safe form of medical care.

What are Kari's office hours?

Mondays, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Tuesdays, By Appointment

Wednesdays, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Thursdays, 9:00 am-9:00 pm

Fridays, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm

Saturdays, By appointment