Getting Treated at PCA

  • $30-$50 per treatment — $45 for the first visit .
  • No income verification; Pay what you can afford.
  • If you have insurance, we’re happy to give you a receipt to submit. We do not bill insurance.
  • People are treated in two large treatment rooms.
  • Wear loose clothes so you can push up your sleeves and pant legs. There is no disrobing.
  • Collective energy of group treatments enhances benefits. 
  • Families and friends can come together (but you don’t have to sit together!)
  • Once your pins are in you’ll stay for up to an hour. We’ll help you figure out what’s best for you.
  • We primarily use distal point treatments meaning we use points mainly on the arms and legs, hands and feet.
  • We don’t have to stick needles in the area where the problem is located for the treatment to be effective. 
  • Your practitioner will discuss a treatment plan with you. This may change over time. 
  • Acupuncture is a therapy and often requires a series of treatments to see the best results. 

What We Need From You:

Responsibility

  • As licensed acupuncturists we do not provide primary care or diagnose medical conditions. However we can work with you to offer complimentary care for conditions that require a physician’s attention. If you have a serious medical condition, for example, an infection, growth or injury that won’t heal, we want you to see a primary care doctor (MD, DO, ND.)
  • Please call or leave us a message at least 12 hours before your appointment if you need to cancel or we will charge a $20 missed appointment fee.
  • Get yourself ready for treatment by choosing a recliner, removing shoes and socks, pushing up your sleeves and pants before the acupuncturist greets you at the recliner you’ve chosen.
  • Feel free to bring your own light covering, earplugs or headphones if having those will make you more comfortable.

Community Mindedness

  • We all create our quiet peaceful setting by speaking softly, and not too much. Please completely silence your cell phone.
  • Strong scents, perfumes, aftershave, body care/hair products, and detergents trigger allergic reactions and migraines for some people.  Please minimize your use of these products before treatments.
  • Wear shoes in the clinic.
  • Following clinic protocols helps things run smoothly.

Commitment to the process of healing

Acupuncture is a process. Every now and then, acupuncture will act like a “miracle cure”, and a person will have all of their symptoms disappear after only one treatment, but that is rare. Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s own self-healing mechanisms; it is gentle and safe and usually gradual. Almost everybody who gets acupuncture will need a series of treatments to get good results, which is one big reason we came up with our sliding scale. If you don’t come in often enough or long enough, acupuncture probably won’t work well for you. Your acupuncturist will suggest a treatment plan to you, meaning, how many treatments we think you will need to get good results. Please let us know if you have any questions about your treatment plan, and please stick with it to the best of your ability.

Our acupuncturists 

have completed the required training and certifications for acupuncturists and are licensed by the state of Rhode Island to practice. Please note: RI’s licensing titles for acupuncturists: “Doctor of Acupuncture” or D.Ac. and “Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine” or DACM, are unique.  In most states our title is simply Licensed Acupuncturist or L.Ac.

We are NOT medical doctors.

Ana Calla (She/Her)

Ana  is licensed as an acupuncturist by the state of Rhode Island and completed her education at NESA in Boston, MA.

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Cris Monteiro (She/Her)

Cris  is licensed as an acupuncturist by the state of Rhode Island and completed her education at ACTCM in San Francisco, CA.

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Mary Guenther  (She/Her)

Mary is licensed as an acupuncturist by the state of Rhode Island and completed her education at the Finger Lakes School of AOM in upstate NY. 

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Tanuja Arany (They/Them)

 Tanuja is licensed as an acupuncturist by the state of Rhode Island and completed their education at OCOM in Portland, Oregon. Tanuja no longer has regular shifts  at PCA but you will occasionally see them subbing.

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