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Business: Lilac City Acupuncture, Spokane, WA

Practitioner: Shauna Douglass-Parkin, L.Ac, EAMP, Dipl.OM, MSTOM

Specialty: Community Acupuncture

What is Community Acupuncture? It is the practice of acupuncture in a group setting where multiple people can be treated in the same room with overlapping appointments, allowing the cost savings to be passed on to the client.

Cost: $20 (+$10 for first visit)

What made you interested in opening a community acupuncture clinic in Spokane? I learned about this practice model while I was still in school many years ago, and it stuck with me. Most practices charge $60-$100 (or more!) per acupuncture treatment, and this is not very accessible for most people with average incomes. Also, acupuncture is most effective when it’s done regularly and, in some cases, pretty frequently. For example, if I’m treating someone who is in pain at a level of 7 or higher, I usually recommend they come to me at least 3 times a week, if not daily, until they notice a reduction in their pain (at which point we lower the frequency gradually based on their pain levels).

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Most people cannot afford treatment more than once a week at standard prices, but in my clinic those 3 treatments would be $60 total — which is often less than the cost of 1 treatment in a private clinic. I also love treating multiple people in the same room together — there is something really special and comforting about many people sitting quietly together with the shared goal of healing.

What do you most commonly treat?

Various pain conditions (back pain, joint pain, headaches, etc), stress/anxiety/depression, fatigue, digestive complaints, and insomnia.

What do your clients say about community acupuncture?

They like that it’s affordable, and they often comment on how comfortable the space is. Most people leave feeling extremely relaxed. They also love that it works!

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

I feel blessed to do what I do, because acupuncture is an effective treatment option for so many conditions, and it doesn’t cause harmful side-effects. I feel even more blessed that I am able to offer it at a price most people can afford.

Do you take insurance?

I do not take insurance, but I accept HSA cards. My $20-per-treatment fee is less than most people would spend on a copay, and because there is no middle-man, there are no restrictions on what I’m able to treat! (Most health insurance companies have very limited restrictions on acupuncture benefits, such as covering only a few types of pain, and often patients only get 12 visits per year, which is often much less than is needed for most chronic conditions.)

What do you like most about the Inland Northwest?

I love the surrounding nature — what a beautiful part of the country we live in! I also enjoy that we get four seasons (though I could do with a little less snow than we’ve gotten this year).

Contact Lilac City Acupuncture for more details