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Welcome Nora to CHAC!
Please welcome CHAC's newest practitioner, Nora Madden! Many of you may already know Nora as the owner/pracitioner from our sister clinic, Detroit Community Acupuncture. Nora has more than a decade of experience doing community acupuncture and is an active member, volunteer, and organizer for the Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture. She is originally from Lansing, MI, and studied acupuncture in California at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, and passed the stringent California Acupuncture Licensing exam in 2002. She then moved to Santa Cruz, where she founded one of the earliest Community Acupuncture clinics, Grassroots Acupuncture Project, with three delightful colleagues. She moved to Detroit in July, 2008, and opened DCA. She lives in the city with her wife, baby, and various critters.
Now Open Every Thursday, Saturday
We are delighted to announce that, with Nora on board, we will be able to open our doors EVERY Thursday and Saturday rather than alternating Thursdays and Saturdays. There will of course be some exceptions for national holidays, like July 4th weekend and Memorial Day weekend. I know many of you will be very happy with this arrangement! Starting July 10th, Nora will be working Thursday afternoons from 2:30 - 6:30 and Nora and Darlene will alternate working Saturdays with Nora's first Saturday on July 12th. Her schedule is open online for you to book now.
Driving around CHAC
You've probably already noticed that the City of Ferndale has done some work to the sidewalks and repainted the streets around the clinic to accomodate a bike lane and more on-street parking. Presumably, this will attract new businesses to Livernois Street and will help slow traffic and encourage pedestrian and bike traffic. We want you to know that you should not drive in the bike lanes or the buffer zone next to it (marked with white lane stripes and hashmarks) unless you are parking or turning right. Please be on the lookout for bikers and pedestrians, and give them the right of way as much as possible.
At CHAC we operate a community style clinic, meaning that we treat people in recliners in a room together. We are able to take care of lots of people efficiently this way; each of our practitioners typically perform 75 -100 treatments per week. Efficiency of treatment means we can be very competitively priced. We charge on a sliding fee scale of $15 - $35 per treatment, based on what is comfortable for you, with no income verification required. This is important because most insurance plans do not cover acupuncture, so people typically have to pay out of pocket for treatments.
Since acupuncture usually requires a series of treatments to be effective (a typical course of treatments is twice a week for 5 weeks for a total of 10 treatments), it is out of reach for many people at conventionally priced private room clinics, which usually charge $80 to $180 per treatment. This is only affordable if you have a high paying job and/or lots of disposable income. We aim to serve people of average means who have to be careful with their money!
To do this, we need to be busy helping lots of people so that affordable acupuncture at CHAC is also sustainable acupuncture (for both clients and practitioners) and to guarantee that we will be around for a very long time to provide it. To do this, we rely almost entirely on our patients telling friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances, doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, and any one who will listen about our clinic.
How You Can Help
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Call the clinic at 248.246.7289, or sign up for an appointment online here.
Community Health Acupuncture Center is a proud member of the People's Organization of Community Acupuncture
Community Acupuncture is a movement within the acupuncture profession to provide easy access to affordable acupuncture by removing barriers, especially with regard to cost. CHAC aims to serve the people of Ferndale, Berkley, Birmingham, Center Line, Clawson, north-central Detroit, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Troy, and Warren with effective, affordable, community-style acupuncture.