First Time Patient Essentials: Preparation Cost Time Location

By Tona Marquez on Dec 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM in Santa Barbara Acupuncture

What First Time Patients Need to Know

Learn: about completing paperwork, what to wear, how to prepare, length of visit, cost, and location and parking details.


Please fill out as much paperwork online before your appointment. 

You want to provide your practitioner a snapshot of your curent problem as well as your health history. Your practitioner can then ask focused questions that will assist in developing an acupuncture therapy strategy that best suites your goals. Asian Medicine is different than most of the medicine we have experienced. Details about your health that seem completely unrelated to your current medical issue(s) are usually extremely importance to know about. Providing your acupuncturist with as many answers will mean you will get a better outcome from your therapy sessions. Answer more questions - get better results! So, take your time and be thorough.

Check your email for your appointment confirmation that contains a link to fill out paperwork online. (If you don't see the confirmation email, please also check your spam folder.)

What to wear

Please wear loose fitting clothing or bring a change of loose fitting clothing. Until April 3, 2023, we require masking while in the waiting room, hallways and restroom. We have comfy blankets to keep you warm during your acupuncture therapy session. But please feel free to bring your favorite pillow or blanket from home if you wish. 

No matter what or where your problem is located, your practitioner needs access to your legs from your feet up to your knees; and access to your arms from your hands up to your elbows. Your practitioner will explain the reasoning for this at your visit.

To aid in getting great acupuncture therapy, please dress with this in mind or bring a change of loose fitting clothes.

Perpare by eating a snack or meal

Eat something within 3 hours of your acupuncture therapy session.

Your body needs "fuel" to accomplish the work it will do to get better. Balance Method Acupuncture will help your body work smarter but it will need "fuel" to accomplish this work.  A light snack or regular meal is appropriate. 

First Time Patient Essentials: Preparation Cost Time Location

How Long Will My Visit Last

Your first visit can run as long as 1 hour and 45 minutes. This length of time helps ensure your best possible outcome from you first acupuncture therapy session.

(If Tona has seen you before at DCA then your first appointment will about 1 hour.)

How much does this cost

Your Neighborhood Acupuncture Sliding Scale is $45 - $70. This will sound unusual, but PAY WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU. You'll get the same service no matter what you pay. Accepted forms of payement are Apple Pay, Google pay, Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Personal Checks and Cash. Please be aware if paying by cash CHANGE MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE.

To learn how to best utilize your Neighborhood Sliding Scale please tap/click PRICING

First Time Patient Essentials: Preparation Cost Time Location
Neighborhood Acupuncture in Arrellaga Plaza


Neighborhood Acupuncture

601 E. Arrellaga Street

Suite 202

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Parking is located behind the building. Please use the driveway to the left of the building to access our parking lot. Please arrive at your scheduled appointment time.