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Conditions we treat

Here is a list of common conditions we can help you with at Cedar Grove Community Acupuncture Clinic in Thunder Bay:  

  • Pain:  back pain, shoulder pain…you name it!  Acute pain and chronic pain.
  • Problems with digestion: heartburn/reflux, gas & bloating, stomach pain, IBS, irritable bowel disorders and more.
  • Quitting smoking
  • Headaches
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sinusitis
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Allergies
  • Cold & flu
  • Depression
  • Menstrual problems & PMS
  • Fertility and pregnancy care
  • Menopause symptoms
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Feel free to call us and ask if we treat the conditions you are struggling with.

Prices

Sliding scale
$20 - $45
Pay what you can afford.

(plus a $15 one time intake fee)
Cash and cheque accepted

What is Community Acupuncture?

Community Acupuncture provides acupuncture in a group setting making treatment more affordable. Cedar Grove is proud to be Thunder Bay's first community acupuncture clinic!

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a key part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a system of treatment that has been effectively used to treat many health conditions over the past 4000 years.

Acupuncture involves the placement of needles in specific points on the patient’s body, corresponding with the health concerns being addressed.

Opening Hours

Monday: 1-5
Tuesday: 2-7
Wednesday: 3-6
Friday: 9:30-1:30

Last appointment 1 hour before closing

The medical grade needles used in acupuncture are thin, strong, and sterile. Although the majority of patients do not experience pain when acupuncture needles are inserted, mild sensations may be felt depending on the patient and the acupuncture points targeted in each treatment. These sensations could include a dull ache, momentary stinging, burning, or tickling. 

Acupuncture is effective, non-invasive, and does not interact with herbs or medications. 

Although patients may experience immediate relief from stress or pain, acupuncture is most effective and long-lasting when frequent & regular treatments are received.

 

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or phone: 807 - 286 0118

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Group setting  

Many people who receive acupuncture are treated in private rooms by their health care practitioner.  The Community Acupuncture model is different, because treatments are done in a group setting.  Reclining chairs are set up around a large room where multiple patients can receive acupuncture at the same time in a quiet peaceful atmosphere. You are encouraged to bring friends or family members with you, but keep in mind that a quiet, relaxing environment is appropriate for this type of therapy.

 

Affordable

Since Community acupuncture is done in a group setting, it can be made more affordable.  Pay between $20 and $45 per treatment.  We do not ask you about your income or financial situation.  You decide what you can afford based on how many treatments you wish to receive and what your budget is.  If you want some extra guidance on how much to pay, please feel free to call us to discuss.
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Other suggestions and reminders

  • Please refrain from wearing any perfumes or other strong scents.
  • Turn off your cell phone
  • Blankets will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if that’s more comfortable.
  • Calming music is played throughout the day at the clinic, but feel free to bring your headphones or earplugs if you prefer.
  • Wear loose clothing. The areas that will need to be accessible will be your lower legs and arms, just up past the knees and elbows.
  • It’s important to not be overly hungry, so have a small snack before coming to your appointment.
  • Please bring cash or cheque for your payment and an additional $15 for your one-time initial intake fee.
  • Note that there is a cancellation fee of $20 for missed appointments, so please call us 24 hours in advance to let us know if you can’t make it.

What to expect


Your first visit

Community Acupuncture clinics operate differently than a traditional health care office. One example of is the invisible receptionist style of making payments and booking appointments. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to fill out the intake forms and to allow yourself a bit of time to get acquainted with the setting, and to learn the Community Acupuncture protocols.
Please have a look at the intake form and print it if you wish. That way you can fill it out ahead of time.

What is an Invisible receptionist?

An invisible receptionist is the system we use to make payments and book appointments. It’s simple, confidential, and efficient. It also allows us to keep costs low, in order to provide the community with more affordable access to acupuncture. It’s an easy process only requiring a brief orientation. There will be clear instructions provided if we do not have someone available to greet you right away. If you have any questions, please wait and someone will be with you shortly.

What happens next?

Once you’ve paid and your intake forms are filled, your practitioner will take a few minutes to go over your health history with you in private. You will discuss your primary complaints and a treatment plan will be determined. Finally, your practitioner will set you up in a comfortable recliner in the group treatment room to begin your acupuncture treatment. Be prepared to relax in an atmosphere of deep rest. This type of group setting provides a very tranquil environment during your acupuncture sessions. Don’t be surprised if you fall asleep. It’s a very common occurrence and you won’t be the only one! The needles can stay in for as long as you want, although usually it’s somewhere between 30 and 75 minutes. We will check on you on a regular basis to be sure that we know when you are ready.
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Practitioners


Carrie Johnsen, B.A., Dip.Ac

Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Carrie has been a registered acupuncturist with the Canadian Society of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture since 2010. She graduated from the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, Ontario and has 5 years of clinical experience using acupuncture to help people address their health concerns. Carrie is passionate about all things relating to the well-being of people, communities and our planet. She practices at Cedar Grove Commmunity Acupuncture Clinic and Gleeson Clinic in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Sarah Watts, DTCM

Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Sarah graduated in 2004 from the 4 year Traditional Chinese Medicine program at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, B.C. She has provided Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Thunder Bay community since 2005, specializing in acupuncture and Qi Gong. She currently practices at Cedar Grove Community Acupuncture Clinic and Alignment Chiropractic Clinic.

Jessica Carfagnini, ND

Naturopathic Doctor
Jessica completed the 4 year Naturopathic Doctor program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2011 and co-founded Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic.  She has a passion for bringing safe & effective forms of natural medicine such as acupuncture, to as many people as possible.

Tracy Cook, ND

Naturopathic Doctor
Tracy has enjoyed a successful practice serving the community in Thunder Bay for the past 11 years.  She uses Traditional Chinese Medicine such as herbs and acupuncture to help her patients regain their health. Tracy co-founded Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic and also practices at Cedar Grove Naturopathic Clinic.

Jordan Sokoloski, ND

Naturopathic Doctor
Jordan is a strong advocate of acupuncture for its role in the treatment of many health concerns, including pain management. He is excited to be practicing acupuncture at Cedar Grove as well as maintaing a private practice as a naturopathic doctor at the Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic.

Kim Traverse, ND

William Porter, DTCM


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