"My experience working with Melissa has been nothing short of outstanding. One of the qualities that I have valued most in my work with her, aside from the healing aspect of acupuncture, is her level of communication, both at the start of the treatment and throughout all sessions. She did a very thorough interview in the first session, asking lots of questions not only about my presenting problem but also about other aspects of my health and well-being. I started treatment just a couple of months after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder; despite being in the medical field myself, I was reluctant to use medication to treat my symptoms and decided to try acupuncture instead. Although Melissa was clearly interested in learning about the diagnosis, she was also very invested in understanding and addressing my specific symptoms. At her suggestion, we quickly moved into sessions twice a week given the severity of my symptoms - I was generally exhausted, and felt very foggy, with difficulties focusing and a feeling of heaviness in my head almost every day. I experienced a myriad of other symptoms (headaches, joint pain, muscle soreness, gastrointestinal problems), which all cleared up during the course of my treatment. We supplemented my acupuncture session with Chinese herbal medicine, which Melissa chose carefully based on my prominent symptoms. She was also very attuned to my specific needs (I’m vegan) and was able to custom order specific supplements for me. Within a few months, we started tapering the sessions and at this point, I am doing ‘maintenance’ sessions once a month because I feel fantastic. What is remarkable, aside from my increased level of energy and lack of symptoms, is that my bloodwork is no longer consistent with an autoimmune disorder. The results are in and of themselves, outstanding but my reasons for continuing to see Melissa versus seeking another acupuncturist who may be closer and more convenient to me is her ability to be fully present in her work, as well as her clear communication (about her approach, about the principles and theories of TCM, etc.). I would have no reservations about recommending Melissa to anyone in need of healing."