AIMC Berkeley’s talented Clinic Intern Practitioners provide in-person appointments with the highest quality care under the supervision of licensed faculty. We treat a variety of conditions including (but not limited to) pain management, fertility, women’s health, colds and flus, digestive issues, stress, mental health, autoimmune conditions, aging support, pediatrics, and immune support.
You can be sure that you will be taken care of by distinguished faculty, experienced supervisors, hardworking staff, and innovative intern practitioners.
Please note, we are screening all patients for symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot treat patients with new, acute symptoms of COVID-19. If you have chronic symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing, nasal congestion, or headaches due to a chronic condition and not COVID-19, you may notify the Front Desk & submit a negative COVID-19 test in order to be seen in our clinic. To contact the Front Desk, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are experiencing a new cough, fever, new loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 associated symptom, please schedule a Telehealth Consult rather than an in-person appointment.
We have carefully re-opened our doors to Acupuncture treatments by aligning our protocols with the recommendations of the CDC, the State of California, Alameda County and City of Berkeley to allow our patients to receive the benefits & care of in-person Chinese Medicine treatments.
Face coverings, physical distancing, and site-specific protocols and procedures are all important parts of our safety plan.
You will receive a call from our front desk personnel within 24 hours of your appointment to ask pre-screening questions about possible COVID-19 exposure. We require anyone coming on campus to sign a COVID-19 Self-Assessment & Consent to be on Campus form each time they arrive. If you are able to print this and sign before arriving, please do so. We will have copies available on campus.
Our campus is open by appointment only & our front door is now locked. Please request entry by ringing the doorbell or joining the queue 6 feet from the person in front of you if a line has begun to form. Someone from our Clinic Team will come out shortly to do a no-contact temperature check and to check that you are wearing an appropriate face mask. We require a mask which covers the nose and mouth in a form-fitted way & does not require the individual to touch the covering. Examples of unacceptable face coverings include bandanas, scarves, or valve-equipped masks. We will offer disposable face masks for those in need.
Upon entry, you will be required to use hand sanitizer provided at the entrance & sign the COVID-19 Self-Assessment & Consent to be on Campus form if you have not already done so online.
Your Clinic Intern will lead you directly to the treatment space. We are utilizing our classrooms as spacious treatment rooms to allow for physical distancing during the intake process and to have adequate airflow. Your team of two clinical interns & their supervisor will be wearing face masks as well as face shields for the duration of your treatment. During your treatment, your oxygen saturation will be checked with a pulse oximeter.
There are designated, single occupancy restrooms just for patients; ask your clinic team where to find them should you need one during your time on campus.
Please leave the building through the designated exit. Your Clinic Interns will complete a thorough disinfection of all surfaces and the treatment space in preparation for our next patient. Our safety plan includes a comprehensive protocol for communication & contact tracing should someone on campus test positive for COVID-19. Per our Self Screening & Consent to be on Campus Form, if you, someone in your household, or someone you are in close contact with shows signs of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider or visit the Alameda County Public Health Department website to schedule a free COVID-19 test. Please notify the AIMC Clinic Director, email@example.com, of your symptoms, date of onset, and intention to test for COVID-19. Your personal identification information will be kept private from the wider school and public as our Clinic Director privately identifies & notifies the interns & supervisors potentially exposed so that we can enact isolation & protective measures immediately.
Appointments range from 1 to 2 hours long. During your first visit, our Clinic Intern Practitioners will complete a thorough health history & examination of your primary concerns. Using this interview as well as an assessment of your pulses & tongue, your Intern(s) will craft a Chinese Medicine diagnosis & treatment plan.
Once the diagnosis & treatment are approved by the shift supervisor, your practitioner will share the plan with you & invite you onto the treatment table. You’re encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing for the treatment. You may be offered a gown if your practitioner needs greater access to your acupuncture points & meridians.
The Intern will locate & clean any acupuncture points that will be used during treatment. You may notice that the treatment begins even just by this process of touching & palpating the points.
Your practitioner may use a variety of tools & practices during your treatment:
If there is a particular style or method of treatment you’re interested in, ask your practitioner if it is right for your case.
After treatment, you may experience a sense of relaxation, bliss, or higher energy depending on the nature of your treatment. It is helpful to the course of treatment for you to drink water & get enough rest. It is possible though rare to experience some soreness or bruising after treatment. Cupping & gua sha treatments create dark marks that look like bruises but are usually not painful. They may take up to two weeks to fully disappear. Feel free to contact your Practitioner or Supervisor if you are curious about an experience after treatment.
AIMC Berkeley’s highly talented and professional Clinic Intern Practitioners are a multifaceted team of compassionate and motivated individuals ranging in age from twenties to sixties and possessing diverse backgrounds and professional goals. Each Intern has more information available on our booking platform, Jane, if you’re curious about their individual backgrounds & clinic curiosities.
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