Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions do you treat?
What acupuncture styles do you use?
What training do you have?
Acupuncture Side Effects
Does acupuncture hurt?
How does acupuncture work?
What to expect at my first visit?
How many visits will I need?
Acupuncture treatment fees
Payment modalities
Cancellation Policy



What conditions do you treat?

Chronic and acute pain

Back and Neck Pain - Knee Pain - Foot Pain/Plantar Fascitis - Frozen Shoulder - TMJ - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Elbow Pain - Arthritis - Headaches/Migraines - General Pain Anywhere on the Body - Post Surgical Pain - Pain From Herniated Disks

Cardiovascular conditions

High Blood Pressure - High cholesterol - Chest pain - Poor circulation - Varicose veins

Autoimmune disorders

Allergies - Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis - Chronic Fatigue - Asthma - Chron's Disease - Lupus - Rheumatoid Arthritis - Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Skin Disorders (Psoriasis/Eczema) - Candida - Low Immunity/Resistance - Latent Viruses

Chemotherapy and radiation support

Nausea - Fatigue - Poor appetite - Immune support between chemotherapy sessions - Dry mouth

Weight loss

Metabolic boost - Cravings control. We have a comprehensive weight loss program.

Infertility and women’s health issues

Irregular cycle - Painful Periods - Frequent Miscarriage - Uterine/Ovarian Cysts - Endometriosis -Menopausal Symptoms - Sudden weight gain - Hyperthyroidism - Hot Flashes - Hair Loss - Postpartum Issues - Hormonal Problems - Chronic Urinary Tract Infections












Neurological disorders

Vision Loss - Macular Degeneration - Impaired Memory - Insomnia - Migraines and Headaches - Sensory Nerve Damage - Numbness - Cranial Nerve Dysfunction - Partial Paralysis - Nerve Impingement - Vertigo/Dizziness -Spinal Injuries - Nerve Degeneration - Motor Nerve Damage - Post Stroke Rehab - Problems Due to Head Injuries - Tremors and Involuntary Movement

Skin disorders and facial rejuvenation

Eczema - Acne - Fungal infections - Psoriasis - Skin rejuvenation

For dermatologic conditions we mostly use our own organic skin products.

What acupuncture styles do you use?

The styles I currently practice are:

Primary meridians acupuncture

Extraordinary meridians acupuncture

Luo meridians acupuncture

Sinew meridian acupuncture

Five elements acupuncture

Auricular therapy

Korean Sujok acupuncture

Pediatric Shonishin acupuncture

Depending on your condition, I will select one or more particular acupuncture styles. My practice is result oriented. Ultimately, all the styles of acupuncture that are based on the traditional model involving rectifying a disturbance in the flow of qi. If the qi circulation is corrected, the body can eliminate most symptoms and eventually—with proper diet, exercise, and other habits—overcome virtually all disease.

What training do you have?

I have a Master in Science of Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

Two years training in Classical Chinese Herbology with Jeffrey Yuen.

New York Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) - NY Office of the Professions since 2008

Nationally Certified in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Three years of Medical Qi Gong Training with dr. Steve Jackowicz in a formal Medical Qi Gong program at the Institute for Classical Asian Studies (2009-2011)

Acupuncture Side Effects

When performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner, acupuncture is safe and effective, free from adverse effects.

We use only disposable pre-sterilized stainless steel needles. We never use a needle twice. Immediately after use the needles are discarded into a "Sharps" container suitable for disposal of sharp medical waste. Organ puncturing due to improper needle insertion or improper needle depth is a very rare event and even more rare with practitioners that have extended formal training such as myself. Quite often, a sense of relaxation and well-being occurs during and after treatments. We recommend light activities after the treatment.

Does acupuncture hurt?

No. The sensations range from nothing at all, to mild tingling, to slight numbness/achiness, to electrical pulsations in areas distant from the site of insertion. Tingling, slight numbness or heaviness are favorable prognosis signs showing that the treatment is working well. All these sensations usually subside once the needles are removed. The needles used for acupuncture are much smaller that the standard hypodermic needle, do not draw blood and are solid, not hollow.

How does acupuncture work?

Please visit our Acupuncture section to review the classical mechanisms of action described in ancient texts.

From modern biomedical perspective, the primary signaling system affected by acupuncture is the nervous system, which not only transmits signals along the nerves that comprise it, but also emits a variety of biochemicals that influence other cells of the body, therefore triggering healing responses.

What to expect at my first visit?

What to wear

It is best to wear loose fitting clothes that can be rolled up to the knees and elbows.

If other points are to be involved, such as on the back or neck, you may be asked to partially disrobe (privately, of course) and lay under a clinic blanket or to wear a hospital style gown.

Eat something

Do not eat a large meal just before treatment, but don't come with an empty stomach. Your blood sugar might drop, especially if you are a bit nervous, and you might feel slightly faint for a few minutes during your first treatment. Should you forget to eat something, we usually have a fruit snack around for you.

Take a walk before you drive

Treatments tend to be so relaxing that most patients fall asleep on the table. Even if you don't fall asleep, a deep level of relaxation after the treatment can hinder your ability to drive safely for a very short duration. Again, this sensation of "grogginess" passes, just as it does when you wake up in the morning. Just in case, you should take a walk around the block before stepping out into the hectic traffic of the city.

Arbitration and Informed Consent Forms

At your first visit you will be required to sign an Informed consent form and an arbitration agreement. It is now standard practice in many alternative health clinics to require new patients to sign these forms.

The informed consent form simply states that you are aware that the practitioner will be using needles as well as other modalities to treat you, and that although an accident is rare, it is possible.

The arbitration agreement simply states that should you decide to sue the practitioner for any reason involving malpractice, you must use arbitration. Arbitration does NOT take away your right to sue! It simply means that both sides would present their cases to a judge or panel of judges, who would then make a leally binding judgment on the case. Arbitration is cheaper and much faster than going through a regular jury trial. That is why the malpractice companies require it, because they typically are paying the court costs.

How long will my first visit take?

Please allow one hour and a half for the initial visit, that consists in a detailed physical exam. If we examine you and feel that you would not benefit from our care, or that you would be better off seeing another type of health practitioner, we will tell you upfront and not waste your time.

The follow-up usually takes around 45 min

How many visits will I need?

During the initial exam we will discuss the treatment plan, including how many visits we think you might need to see results and what results you should expect to see.

For acute problems, fewer visits are necessary, while for chronic conditions more visits are usually needed.

Acupuncture treatment fees

We are currently accepting the following insurances (in network):

American Specialty Health Network
Anthem Blue Cross
Health Plus Amerigroup
Out of network: United Healthcare

25% discounted programs for GHI/ Emblem Health and other plans available

Each plan is different so we will have to check if you have acupuncture benefits before we schedule a visit. Please have your insurance card handy when  you call to schedule an appointment. Please note that we can only bill your insurance for acupuncture services. For all other healing modalities, as well as for those who do not have insurance coverage, please consult our service menu price list.

Before beginning treatment at Quintessence, all patients are evaluated using a comprehensive medical exam that utilizes both Eastern as well as Western assessment techniques. This initial assessment is the most important visit of all because it is used to determine:

1. Whether or not we can help you.

2. What type of treatment plan would be the best for you.

3. How long it will take for you to expect to see significant improvements.

Adult fees:

Initial assessment: $ 90

Includes: complete physical exam, patient history, report of findings, nutritional/herbal evaluation and treatment plan recommendations.


Follow-up: $ 75

Depending upon your unique health care needs, follow-up visits may include a combination of nutritional therapy, acupuncture, moxibustion (heated herbs), cupping and Chinese herbal formulas, massage and other techniques.


The cost of supplements and herbal remedies is not included in the office visit fee. If it is deemed to be appropriate for you, most of our supplement and herbal programs cost from $30 to $80 per month.

Child, student and elderly fees:

First visit: $ 60

Follow-up: $ 50

Payment modalities

We accept cash and personal checks for co-pays and service fees.


Cancellation Policy

24 hours in advance notice required when canceling, but 48 hours appreciated.