CommuniChi Update June 10, 2020

Dear Friends, Thank you for your patience as I work to reopen the clinic, taking care to balance public safety with the health and wellness needs of the community. Acupuncture and natural medicine are powerful tools for living in balance, free from disease.  Now more than ever, we need to come together and support one another, to recognize how we are all interconnected and find a path that supports all life on the planet.

July 1st reopening. Safety for everyone is my first priority. l plan to reopen the clinic on Wednesday, July 1st. Although there is much enthusiasm and political pressure to get back to “business as usual” as quickly as possible, please pause for a moment. Take a breath in….and out. We know there can be no more business as usual. Risks are everywhere – not only due to COVID-19, but for black, indigenous, and POC, queer and transgendered people from police violence and systemic racism, hetero-orthodoxy, and for all of  us due to the accelerating climate emergency.  Healing on a planetary level will require each of us to commit to educating ourselves about these risks and doing our part to advocate for needed policy changes.

New Clinic Policies: Regarding health and safety around COVID-19, there will continue to be a risk of transmission, quite possibly for another year or two, with the possibility for spikes as people begin to congregate and become more casual regarding safety.  Before treating you in the clinic, I will ask you to sign a release form, acknowledging the risks of COVID-19 and consenting to elective treatment. If possible, please read, print out, sign the form here and bring with you, or complete when you arrive at the clinic, preferably with your own pen.

If you have or have recently had a fever, cough, flu-like symptoms, or have been in contact in the past 14 days with anyone known to have an active case of COVID-19, or, in the past 14 days have traveled by plane, train, or bus, please do not make an appointment. If you are unsure, please call me so that we can discuss the details.

Please try to be on time. At this time, I can not guarantee treatment for walk-ins. Please try to make an appointment online. I can only accept two clients per hour (one in each room) for the foreseeable future, so if you are late, it will impact others.  Please put on your mask before walking up the driveway and wait outside before entering the clinic. I will take your temperature with a non-contact thermometer and ask that you either wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. I will ask you questions about possible recent COVID exposure and ask that you sign a release form. If you forgot a mask, I can sell you one for a modest fee. Please do not drink anything hot or cold immediately prior to your appointment (it affects the accuracy of the thermometer). If you have a fever of 100.4 or greater, I will need to reschedule your appointment. I ask that you keep your mask on for the duration of your visit.  As previously noted, I will provide clean (unused) sheets for every client visit. Please do not bring blankets from home. I will provide freshly cleaned blankets as needed and will set the room temperature according to your needs. I will also wear a mask.

Payment. If possible, please pay in advance online using the Paypal link on my website.  Or, you can bring a check, but please bring your own pen in order to minimize any chance of viral transmission. Before, during, and after the treatment, please limit talking to communicate only essential information, as this will limit respiratory droplets in the shared airspace. Although the prolonged closure and reduced capacity of the clinic going forward will likely significantly impact me financially, I am hopeful that I can continue to serve the community for years to come. Recognizing that many people are out of work, I plan to keep my sliding scale unchanged for at least the remainder of this year – $25 to $75.

I’ve probably missed something in here and may need to edit this post a few times before getting it right (feel free to let me know). We are moving through an unprecedented transition, birthing a world of equity and peace. Be unafraid and embrace the moment! The darkest moment is always right before the dawn. I look forward to seeing you soon. If you are interested to know how I’ve been keeping myself busy, come see my garden. And check out the video from an action I led out on the Salish Sea for World Ocean’s Day last weekend. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Peace and health,





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