“It is so relaxing here…”
Is the common response once patients arrive. My goal is that you will feel safe, comfortable, and at ease in the clinic space. It is a private place you can be yourself without judgement or expectation.
Your first appointment will consist of a consultation discussing your history, condition(s) to be treated and treatment plan. My treatment philosophy is that an informed patient is a healthy patient. Along those lines, I may recommend lifestyle and dietary changes as well as educate you about the Chinese medicine view of your condition and what will help or hinder the healing process.
After the consultation, you will lay on the warm and cozy treatment table for your acupuncture session. Once the acupuncture points are set, I leave the room and you will remain for 20-45 minutes, at which time I return to remove the needles.
Once you are up and ready, we meet in the reception where you take care of scheduling and payment and any herbs or supplements are explained.
What to Wear:
Come as you are! If clothing is inhibiting access to a specific point, we can discuss your comfort levels of accessing the points and within your comfort.
Arrival and Parking:
Island Acupuncture is located on Blanding Avenue, south of the Park Street Bridge on the first floor of a red-toned brick building. In addition to driving yourself, the office may also be reached via BART and bus lines. Upon arrival, please follow the instructions on the text message you will receive approximately an hour before your appointment. You will enter through a security gate, walk up three stairs, enter the security code, and then enter the door to your left. Island Acupuncture reception is located to your left approximately 10 feet down the hallway.
A note about parking: There are three options, all within 3 blocks:
- 3 spots in the building driveway (just don’t block the ramp, please see picture below)
- On street parking (non-metered)
- Note about handicap parking: There are no designated spots for handicap use. If you are in need of a handicap space, you can note it at time of booking or call/email to let me know.
Island Acupuncture strives to be wheelchair accessible and is happy to accommodate individuals with mobility devices. I have provided photos of the doorways for your reference. If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please do not hesitate to contact me.
For patients within Alameda and nearby Oakland communities, I also offer house calls for added convenience. If you reside outside these areas, I will gladly assist you in finding a local practitioner who can better meet your needs. My priority is to ensure you receive the care you deserve, no matter your location.
Please reach out to me if you need any assistance or have specific requirements. I look forward to providing you with compassionate care that aligns with your unique needs and preferences.
Pictured here is the two-story building in which Island Acupuncture is located. There are three parking spots in the carport, with a ramp. The ramp is steep and I am available to assist individuals with navigating up and down as needed.
Upon navigation of the steep ramp (which I can help you navigate) there is a sharp turn to the left to navigate a hallway to the entrance doors.
Upon navigation of either the three steps up to the door or via the ramp, you will find a door with a keypad immediately to the right. Please follow the directions on the text sent to you prior to your arrival for code information.
You will enter door code here.
After the door code has been entered, you will hear a long beep and the door click to an unlocked position. At this point, please push the door open and you will see this hallway.
Several feet down the hallway and to your left you will find the reception door.
Open the door and you’re here! Welcome…
“Tracy listens to you. She does not start with preconceived ideas about your condition but starts each session with questions about progress since the last visit. She explains how our body and mind works. She is a great motivator and encourager, explaining the cycles that we go through in the healing process. What may seem a setback is the body’s way of letting us know that our muscles are being challenged as we move toward mobility. I have been improving steadily. When I compare my condition two months ago to today, I am amazed at the progress I have made.”
– Dorothy K., Berkeley