What is Direct Alternative Healthcare?

Its alternative healthcare at your fingertips. This model mimics the concept of the Direct Primary Care Model, accept it is for alternative modalities such as acupuncture & oriental medicine, naturopathic medicine, or functional medicine. Many of these modalities don’t take insurance for a multitude of reasons. Here, patients pay their physician directly in the form of a flat monthly or annual fee, as a replacement of traditional third party insurance. In exchange, they gain access to a variety of alternative modalities determined by the licensee’s qualification allotted to them via the state vs traditional medicine. 

What does it cost?

There is an initial setup fee of $100 plus whichever purchase option you choose; a monthly fee of $120 or a yearly fee of $1240.

How often can I visit?

As a Tru Access Member, you can visit as often as you like.


What is included?

  • Unlimited Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, & Functional Medicine Services

  • Unlimited Dietary, Nutrition, & Lifestyle Coaching

  • 20% discount pricing on Herb & Supplements

  • 10% discount in Boutique

  • 15% discount on all Tru sponsored workshops

  • 20% discount on other services

  • 10% discount on yoga drop in rate. Yoga Passes & Memberships are already at the lowest amount.


How do I schedule an appointment?

Once you become a Tru Access Member, you will open up access to your own set of appointments that will all start with Tru Access. These appointments can be schedule within normal business hours.

I am having troubles either purchasing my membership or booking my appointments.

At the first sight of any issue email us & we will get back to you as soon as possible.

How does the unlimited access work?

Once you become a Tru Access Member, you will be given access to a variety of special appointment options. It is preferred to book an appointment but for after hours, holidays, & weekends most calls, texts, & emails are answered within hours of receiving them, if nothing more than to let you know they were received. You are always welcomed to schedule a 15 min call by clicking here. Anything after 9pm will most likely be answered the following day. Anything over the weekend may take a few more hours but is usually answered within that day. If your physician is on vacation or in training, you will be notified of this & what response time may be. If anything is a medical emergency, call 911.

Can I cancel?

Yes you can cancel at anytime with a 30 day notice prior to your monthly renewal, with no fees to do this. Please see below for canceling in the middle of an annual membership.

Can I cancel my annual membership in the middle of it?

Yes you can but there are slight restrictions since this was a prorated membership. With a 30 day notice upon termination, the prorated amount reverts back to full price, and the remainder will be credited back to your account as no refunds will be issued. You will be able to use your credit as you see fit. No further charges will occur on your account. For example your monthly charge in the annual membership is a prorated amount of about $103 instead of $120. If you are 6 months into your membership and cancel, those 6 months revert to $120 (6x120=$720) and that amount gets deducted from the amount you paid which is $1240. The remaining amount that gets returned as a credit is $520.


Can I share, transfer, or pause this membership?

Unfortunately no

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is an alternative medicine that has a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. It is often combines with other modalities such as Acupuncture. It is a modality that bridges the gap between alternative and western medicine. 

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture points are specific areas on the body just beyond the surface of the skin. They have high concentrations of nerve endings, mast cells, lymphatic vessels, and capillaries. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, it stimulates the sensory receptor, which in turn stimulates the nerve, which then transmits impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system.


This complex system of interactions (often called a “feedback loop”) between the brain, hormones, and glands is responsible for regulating a number of bodily processes. Because acupuncture helps to regulate the various feedback loops in your body, it actually allows your body to heal itself of whatever is wrong. This amazing trait is unique to nearly every other medical system, and has sustained acupuncture as a complete system of medicine for over 5,000 years.


How often should you schedule appointments in order to get the highest value out of your treatments?

Acupuncture works cumulatively, and it is very rare that one treatment is all you will need to feel better. It is essential to get treatments close to each other at first because each treatment gains momentum on the last. If treatments are too far apart, we can lose momentum and erase the progress we've done through treatments.


Each person responds differently to acupuncture, so we usually won't know exactly how many treatments you will need until we've gone through a few sessions. A typical treatment course for chronic conditions may be around 10-12 treatments in 6 weeks, and for acute conditions it may look like 6 treatments in 4 weeks.


Because each treatment builds on the last, I expect you to feel slowly yet progressively better with each treatment. It is also important to schedule a session immediately if you ever start to feel yourself “backsliding,” and your next scheduled appointment isn't for a couple of days or longer.


Generally speaking, we will be able to space treatments further and further apart as long as you keep steadily improving with each treatment (and stay at that level between visits to the clinic). Maintenance sessions are often recommended every 4-6 weeks to keep your body in a healthy, joyful, and balanced state.

What to Wear?

Loose, comfortable clothing is always best for treatments, as it provides easy access to your knees and elbows, and it provides you an even greater chance for complete relaxation. Feel free to wear pajamas to your treatment, if those are what you feel comfortable in.


Please bring a change of clothes and provide yourself with enough time to change if need be.


Possible side effects of acupuncture?

Side effects of acupuncture are infrequent, but they can occur. They also tend to be very mild when (and if) they do occur. The most common side effects are explained below.



While most people notice a marked improvement in their symptoms following acupuncture, some feel worse before they start feeling better. This is sometimes referred to as a “healing crisis.” Because acupuncture works to get you “unstuck,” dormant physical issues can get stirred up in the process. As these issues are brought to our awareness, we are able to address them in the clinic so they can be handled and healed appropriately.

It is also very possible to feel wiped out after acupuncture. Acupuncture is powerful, and when things are moving... your body gets tired. This is never a cause for concern, and the best thing to do is re-fuel with nourishing snacks, fresh water, and relaxation time. It is also not uncommon to have an abundance of energy or vivid dreams after a treatment.


Body parts where acupuncture needles get inserted can feel sore after needles are removed. You also may experience muscle soreness away from the needling site if a trigger point was released during your treatment. Soreness from acupuncture typically dissipates within 24 hours. However, big trigger point releases can cause residual soreness that lasts a few days.


Although less common than soreness, bruising can occur at the needling site. Bruises usually last slightly longer than soreness from an acupuncture needle. Still, they generally are not anything to worry about beyond the aesthetic inconvenience.


Emotional Release


It is very possible to cry during or after acupuncture. Along with the physical parts of you becoming “unstuck,” emotions become free-flowing as well. The emotional release that can happen in acupuncture is often unexpected, but it is generally a very positive experience.

Feeling emotional during or after a treatment is a sign that the acupuncture is working in the emotional/mental department. Even if you’re seeking acupuncture for a physical ailment, increased emotional expression is an indication that healing is happening. From an acupuncture perspective, physical and emotional health are interconnected, so emotional shifts suggest positive physical changes as well.

While these side effects are rarely cause for concern, you know your body best. If any of these side effects feel like they’re too severe, too uncomfortable, or lasting too long—or if you notice any additional negative reactions to your acupuncture treatment—please let me know.


I know you have many options when it comes to your health, so thank you for choosing me as one of your healthcare practitioners.


If you have any other questions, comments, or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me.

What is Gu Sha?

Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Gua sha is defined as unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the skin. Modern research shows Gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single treatment, which is why is works well on pain, stiffness, fever, chills, cough, wheezing, nausea & vomiting, and more.

What is Cupping?

Side effects of acupuncture are infrequent, but they can occur. They also tend to be very mild when (and if) they do occur. The most common side effects are explained below.

What is light therapy?

Side effects of acupuncture are infrequent, but they can occur. They also tend to be very mild when (and if) they do occur. The most common side effects are explained below.

What is E-Stim?

Side effects of acupuncture are infrequent, but they can occur. They also tend to be very mild when (and if) they do occur. The most common side effects are explained below.