Big News: First Visits Are easy Again

Acupuncturist Ren treats a volunteer at BAP while another volunteer reclines in the background. All 3 are wearing masks.

For the past year, our New Patient Process has involved a tele-health intake followed by an in-person visit.

As of June 2021, tele-health visits are optional! NEW patients can book a first visit, online or by phone, and come to the clinic in person to get acupuncture right away.

For those who need a more in-depth, intensive discussion of their health concerns, we recommend still booking a tele-health intake.

Keeping Our Doors Open – How You Can Help

Community acupuncture would not exist without you, and your participation.

Headline in purple: How Community Acupuncture Works. Top box in orange says: 1 acupuncturist, 1 patient, $120. Image shows acupuncturist with pale skin and gray hair next to one head/torso representing one patient. Middle box in Blue says: 1 acupuncturist, 2 to 4 patients, $30 to $60. Image shows acupuncturist with dark brown skin and black hair with 3 heads/torsos representing 3 patients. Bottom box in green says: 1 acupuncturist, 5 to 8 patients, $15 to $25. Image shows acupuncturist with brown skin and brown hair with 6 heads/torsos representing 6 patients.

Boston Acupuncture Project works to make acupuncture more affordable and accessible, so we can make a difference in people’s lives! But we need your help. The way we keep our prices low is by giving a LOT of treatments.

Telling others about Boston Acupuncture Project is the #1 most helpful thing you can do to help us stay open. (After making sure you get enough acupuncture yourself, of course.)

Here are a few other things you can do to help:

  • Tell your other health care providers how acupuncture is making a difference for you. (We want them to send more patients here.)
  • Give BAP a good review online, to tell the world about why they should come here for acupuncture!
  • Share our posts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. (Yes, it makes a difference!)
  • Bring your own blanket(s) to your treatment to help us save on laundry time and money.
  • Pay for your treatments with cash, if you have the means.
  • Throw in a few extra dollars if you pay with a credit card. (Every credit card payment sends a slice of that money to the processing company.)
  • Slide up the scale – but only if you’re able to do this and still get enough treatments to feel better. If you’re paying online, consider buying yourself “gift certificates” of $30 or $40 per treatment.
  • Make a one-time or recurring donation to Boston Acupuncture Project – these general donations will help us cover rent, electricity, supplies, and other basic expenses.
  • If you have pre-paid treatments you’re not using, consider letting us know you want to Pay It Forward
  • Let your family and friends know that acupuncture can help them just like it’s helped you. You can even book a Bubble Block appointment to come in all together.
  • Come in for acupuncture! Don’t forget about how great you feel with regular acupuncture treatments.

Thank you for participating in community acupuncture!

Our New Patient Process

Pastel boxes going left to right with icons labeled 1-4. 1 is blue and has icon of phone and computer. 2 is green and has icon of fingers typing. 3 is yellow and has icon of person and video camera in phone. 4 is pink and has recliner.

UPDATE AS OF JUNE 14, 2021: tele-health intakes are currently optional. New patients can come in and get acupuncture right away. Book your first visits online or by phone and come in for your intake AND first treatment in person.

Are you new to Boston Acupuncture Project? Welcome! We’re so glad you’re here and we look forward to being your partner in health.

Here’s how our New Patient process works:

Blue box that says New Patient Process Step 1: Book your telehealth consult. Icons of phone and laptop. Text says: book online, call, or text 617-506-3868!
Just get in touch. We do have some times on the online scheduler, but really, feel free to give a call or a text. We can book your first in-person visit at the same time.
Green box says New Patient Process Step 2: fill out paperwork. The link is in your confirmation email! Icons of smartphone and hands typing on keyboard.
(We also know not EVERYONE has email. Just let us know when you call so we can figure something out.)
Yellow Square says New Patient Process Step 3: Have your telehealth consult. We prefer Zoom or Doxy - but can do phone, too!
After your acupuncturist reviews your Health History and Consent forms, you will meet virtually to talk about your health concerns, and what to expect at your first visit.
Pink box says New Patient Process Step 4: come in for acupuncture! Icon of recliner.
Finally, get your first treatment at Boston Acupuncture Project! Talk about your treatment plan and figure out when you’re coming back. You will be able to book all Return Visits online.

Pay It Forward Treatments

Big glittery letters say PAY IT FWD in alternating red and blue. Below this is a single alphanumeric code hand written in red marker on a piece of paper and attached to the wall with a push pin.

We are formally offering pre-paid Pay It Forward treatments for those who cannot afford to pay anything at all.

How will this work?

To donate a Pay It Forward Treatment, you can:

  1. Use your own pre-paid “5 for $85” package or any remaining gift certificates on your account – just email or call, and let us know that you would like your remaining treatments to be paid forward.
  2. Make a donation online and – after you hit the “donate” button – select “Pay It Forward” from the dropdown menu.
  3. Make an extra cash payment in the clinic, and write “Pay It Forward” on the envelope.

To receive a Pay It Forward Treatment, you can simply take a card down from the Pay It Forward wall near the payment station, write your name on the back, and place it in the payment box.