Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture ~
accessible, patient – led, holistic care for our communities.
The Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture and Holistic Health Centre is conveniently located on Highway 3 – in downtown Keremeos – in stunning Similkameen territory. Find us on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at 623 7th Ave, Keremeos BC. (Additional hours to be added soon!)
Laurel is very self aware about the knowledge and skills she offers and simultaneously demonstrates a great respect for community approaches to health, especially through valuing the opinions of those who may have different life experiences. She is able to engage with the diverse populations who access our Society in a nonjudgmental and approachable way. Her openness and willingness to adapt her treatment plans demonstrated a great sensitivity and deep understanding of the complexity of working with people living with HIV as well as the social and structural determinants of health.
~Elgin Lin, Director of Health Promotion, Positive Living Society of BC
Community acupuncture means multiple people receive acupuncture at the same time and pay on a sliding – scale basis. By offering group sessions, patients are supported in an accessible environment with their peers. Treatments take place in a relaxed setting while the patient is fully clothed. Because more people can be seen in the same amount of time as a private session, we can charge less. People of various income levels can access services, and increased affordability also allows for more frequent visits, resulting in improved cost-effectiveness and better, longer-lasting therapeutic results.
What is a sliding scale?
This clinic charges a sliding scale of $20 – $40 per session. There is a one-time $10 paperwork fee for your first visit. You decide what you can afford. There is never any need to prove your income. You will be given a receipt you can submit to your insurance provider or MSP (if applicable) for reimbursement.
Community acupuncture clinics use a sliding scale because we want all kinds of people to be able to receive acupuncture treatment, and we want you to be able to come in for acupuncture as often as you want. We know that the key to success with acupuncture is frequent, consistent treatment.
Laurel is also a Clinical Herbalist trained in Eastern and Western herbology and nutrition. Herbal consultations and custom remedies are offered on a sliding scale basis. Consultations take about an hour, and fees are $20 – $40, pay what you can. Herbs can augment acupuncture treatment or be used on their own. Consultations and remedies are available at the clinic or via the online store (coming soon).
Services in the South Okanagan
Laurel is available for acupuncture and herbal consultations and services in Oliver and Osoyoos BC at the South Okanagan Physiotherapy and Active Wellness Centre. Please contact their clinic for more information.
“I have been seeing Laurel for acupuncture twice a week for around 2 years. I have been suffering from neropathy and nerve wasting which causes me a great deal of pain and loss of energy. I can not believe the difference that Laurel has made in my life. Many, many times, far too many to count, I have walked into Laurel’s office in tremendous pain and left feeling like a new person. It is difficult to even find the words to describe how much Laurel has helped me. If is wasn’t for Laurel, I am certain I would not be in as good of health that I am now, both physically and mentally. If you have never tried acupuncture, Laurel will make you a believer!”
~MS, long term patient
Laurel has also provided mobile outreach health service in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side and at several locations around the Lower Mainland. OSCA can travel to service provider locations where clients and even program staff and volunteers, can participate together in group acupuncture sessions, at no cost to people in need. Acupuncture is subsidized through MSP or private contributions. For group members, sharing healing space within a group of peers can be a valuable way to receive treatment. Offering a mobile service offers the added crucial benefit of reaching people where they are at.
In the South Okanagan and Similkameen valley, acupuncture outreach has been offered at Portage in Keremeos and Desert Sun in Oliver. More outreach acupuncture groups are in the works. Please contact me if you are a community group or organization and would like in-house, subsidized acupuncture services for your members.
For more information, to book an appointment or consultation, or to get involved, please get in touch.