Ella treats patients using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, including herbs and dietary recommendations. In some cases she is supporting patients as they navigate serious health conditions, and in other cases she provides more of a “tune-up” to help people maintain optimal health and well-being.


Ella always holds an Initial Treatment appointment with new patients. This initial consultation includes a review of the patient’s health history, current symptoms, and related issues. Following the intake conversation and assessment, patients receive an acupuncture treatment to begin addressing their current symptoms immediately.

Subsequent Follow-up Treatments are held as needed. Some conditions require repeat visits (frequency and duration can vary), whereas other conditions can be resolved in just a few visits. As patients feel better and their symptoms subside, the need for ongoing acupuncture treatments can shift to an “as needed” status. After experiencing the results, patients themselves can determine how frequently they want to have appointments to maintain their improved state of health.

Herbal Medicine

Ella prescribes herbal formulas for most patients. The herbal medicine component of Traditional Chinese Medicine considers the intrinsic healing properties of the chemicals found in nature, most particularly plants. Chinese herbal medicine uses carefully composed formulas. They are dispensed in a dried whole form and/or ground to fine granular form and/or compressed into a tablet.

Ella’s training required completion of an exceedingly thorough course of study in herbology and pharmacology. Indeed, mastery of the Chinese herbal dispensary was a requirement for all students, as was a detailed understanding of the interactions of pharmaceutical drugs and herbal medicines.

Note: If patients are under the care of a Primary Care Provider, we request they inform their Primary Care Provider about any herbal medicines they are taking.

Dietary Wellness

The importance of food as the first line of “medicine” fits perfectly with the practical approach so often associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine. In fact, in China when someone was ill, a medicinal meal would be prepared (often a soup) to include herbs and other ingredients that held nutrients with the qualities that would help resolve the health issue.

So many of our current health symptoms can be linked to digestive patterns and the foods we eat. Dietary wellness is a very customized treatment approach. While there may be some general recommendations, Ella will also make some very specific suggestions, unique to each individual. She often prescribes eating and/or avoiding certain foods to help support a particular focus of healing.

Ella takes a collaborative and educational approach to dietary wellness. She often requests patients keep a food journal to aid in gathering information and insight. She may suggest certain foods be added and/or eliminated, and then perhaps reintroduced if the goal is to clarify a food sensitivity. She also incorporates concepts of pH (looking at the acid-alkaline balance in the body), and adequate intake of protein, supplements, and vitamins into her patient education and treatments.