New Patient Procedures

Welcome to our practice!

Your initial appointment is focused on gathering and analyzing new information, introducing you to acupuncture, and creating a plan to help you achieve your goals and to obtain maximum therapeutic benefit. The initial appointment is longer than follow-up treatments because we really take the time to get to know you, your concerns, and communicate how we can help.

Assessment & Consultation:

We will review your intake paperwork and ask detailed questions about your health concerns, current symptoms, and health history. Also since Chinese Medicine focuses on you as a whole being, we will also inquire about your overall health status, diet, and lifestyle.

Physical Examination:

We will guide you through a Chinese Medicine physical exam where your pulses are felt, your tongue is examined, and your body's muscles and meridian channels are gently pressed. The pulse and the tongue examinations are unique to Chinese Medicine. They give information about the internal state of health of your meridians and organ systems.

Role of Acupuncture:

We will explain how acupuncture fits into your care plan: how it can help, expected outcomes, and efficacy based on research studies. We will also explain our therapeutic process and the changes you may observe over the course of treatment.

Acupuncture Treatments:

You will then receive a treatment based on your Chinese Medicine diagnosis. We will carefully guide you through every step so you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Treatment Plan:

Finally, we will recommend the best course of therapy for restoring you to better health. This plan will include recommendations for an initial series of acupuncture sessions that is right for your condition, age, and overall health. This may also include lifestyle and dietary modifications, as well as supplements or herbal products to complement your wellness plan.

How to prepare for your first treatment:

  • Schedule an appointment online or by phone.
  • Fill out the appropriate New Patient under Download Forms.
  • Submit your insurance information for us for verification prior to your appointment.
  • Review the Types of Care section, so you know what to expect.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing that can easily be rolled up above your elbows and knees
  • Eat a good snack or meal with protein 1-2 hours before your appointment.

What Patients Are Saying...

  • “ I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Kelly and often ask her to commute to Ventura County so we can continue to work on our cases together. She is an excellent healer and will be a true asset for any organization.”
    Sonia Kacker-Devgan, MD
  • "Everybody get on over to AK-U-Puncture Global Wellness and spread the word on all the good medicine being practiced there. Dr. Ata Kelly is the best acupuncturist I ever went to see."
    Steven B.
  • “I am currently being treated by Dr. Kelly after a car accident.  She is simply a blessing!”
    Natalia B.
  • “Exceptional. Skillful. Compassionate. Pain free for many years since I saw Dr. Kelly. The best!”
    Tom L.
  • “ To be honest, I don’t like needles, but I still go, because she really helped me.”
    Michael D.
  • “Dr. Kelly is committed to the health and well-being of her patients”
    Rachel S.
  • "Over the years I have sent many of my patients to Dr. Kelly and worked closely with her functional medicine and acupuncture practice…Dr. Kelly is well respected by her colleagues and loved by her patients. She goes above and beyond to help her patients to live happy and healthy life…on a personal note, I don’t believe there is more skilled, compassionate and knowledgeable doctor of Chinese Medicine with such a solid base of Western Medicine."
    Irina Feldman, MD
  • “Dr. Ata Kelly is very gentle, highly knowledgeable, intuitive, thoughtful & non-judgmental. She has a caring heart, amazing energy, solid clinical skills and a full understanding and appreciation of the energetic system of the human being. You would never leave her office without feeling better, more relaxed, refreshed and grounded. Dr. Ata truly believes that healing on physical, emotional and spiritual levels is in fact possible.”
    Olga S.
  • “I recommend her to everybody because I trust her. She has a gentle, holistic approach to health care. She treats problems, not symptoms.”
    Andrea S.
  • “I was in pain for 6 years. Only few visits and I am a human again. I can’t believe it is possible.”
    Diane M.
  • “Dr. Kelly is a wealth of knowledge. Western or eastern medicine, nutrition, herbs, healthy cooking, growing a garden, psychotherapy and spirituality - she can help with her advice.”
    Charlotte S.