Dear Patients Returning and New,

I am currently accepting new patients. If you are new or returning and are having trouble finding a slot in the online booking system, contact me and I may very well have something available that isn't showing up there. I am now working in Northampton on Fridays also!

 

I feel blessed to work with you all. I look forward to going into winter together.

My Brattleboro practice is located at 190 Main St., Suite 205, in Brattleboro, VT. In Northampton, I am located at Clinic Alternative Medicines at 98 Main St., downtown.

 

Feel free to call or email me with any questions. It may take me a few days to get back to you as I'm still with my two young children most of the time. If it's been over 3 days, it's ok to give me a nudge! There's a lot to keep track of these days and try as I might I sometimes forget. 

Please read my message below for more information regarding office procedures during Covid-19.

Ocean Rocks

Dear Patients,

One thing this pandemic has asked of us is to increase our flexibility in all that we do and expect. This has been challenging as a healthcare practitioner in that I need to constantly update my policies and communicate about how I'm dealing with the risk of Covid in my private practice. In Vermont our community transmission of Covid and its variants is currently considered a substantial risk and the information below is current as of 11/1/21. I'll update it if anything changes.

 

This letter outlines everything I am doing to keep us as safe as possible while maintaining a therapeutic, relaxing setting. I am confident that acupuncture and herbal medicine are important modalities at this time to strengthen the immune and nervous systems, to help heal from the trauma of the last year plus and to keep us strong and healthy as we move forward- in body, mind, and spirit. I also encourage everyone to visit the vermont.gov website (if you live in VT) and the CDC website as they are both doing an incredible job of presenting the facts in easily digestible ways. While we still need to use caution, we must be mindful that reducing stress, building our immune systems, and balancing our bodies physically and energetically are also important ways of protecting ourselves against Covid-19.

 

Perhaps it is wise at this juncture to accept that Covid is something we will be living with for a long time in its many manifestations. In Holistic medicine, we are not separate from our environment and all aspects of our health work in tandem; body, mind, and spirit are not separate. The health of the community is directly reflected in the health of the individual and vice versa. It is our duty to keep ourselves as healthy as possible in all of the ways; this includes being socially connected with each other. The health of our environment is directly reflected in the health of the individual and the community, so we must all devote some energy or resources toward healing our planet, whatever that means to you. 

 

My office procedure is as follows:

 

1) This pandemic has been going on long enough that I trust in your common sense concerning possible recent exposure and staying home if you are sick. 

 

2) If, within 24 hours before your appointment, you have any concern about new symptoms that may be Covid-19 related, there will be no charge for the late cancellation. 

 

3) My practice in Brattleboro is at 190 Main St., Suite 205, Brattleboro, VT 05301. When you arrive please wash your hands well for 20 seconds with soap and water. Then proceed to the comfy colorful couch and I will be out to greet you. I personally feel that, at this time, if you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask. In either case, I am happy to wear a mask if you wish and you are welcome to wear one, too. Please remain aware of any symptoms you might be having that could indicate an infection and communicate those with me prior to your appointment. 

4) My practice in Northampton is located downtown at 98 Main St. There are lots of signs in place there for hand washing, sanitizing, and masking. I do not dictate policy at this practice so follow whatever the signs say at the time. 

 

5) Both of my locations have several air filtration systems, including a HEPA and a UV filter as well as it's own mini-split system which also works to filter pathogens in the air and increase air quality.

 

6) Payments can be made by cash, check, or Venmo- but not credit or debit cards. Cash is strongly preferred at this time. 

 

I hope this letter helps clarify procedures so that you know what to expect and feel safe.

 

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you all!

 

Emma Lee, LAc