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About - MICHELLE MARCOTTE  HHP, MSTOM, L.Ac in El Cajon, La Mesa. Santee, Lakeside, JamulPrivate Acupuncture $40

Private Senior/Student/Veteran Acupuncture $30

Community Acupuncture $20

My Mission

My mission is to make acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine as affordable as possible to my community and myself. And make a living doing it. My price structure reflects a commitment to offering this ancient and effective form of health care to those who are uninsured, under-insured and their supporters. This practice is a safe and welcoming space for all gender identities, races, sexual orientations, inclusive religious beliefs, socioeconomic classes,  trauma survivors, and their supporters, caregivers and families.

Your Practitioner

I have been committed to offering affordable acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine since I graduated, in 2006. In 2007, I opened my first clinic, a Community Clinic, after attending Lisa Rohleder's first CA training in the basement of her home in Portland, OR. Healthy Community Acupuncture, in downtown El Cajon, offered acupuncture in a group setting on a sliding scale for $15-35 a treatment on the honor system. That was a radical departure from the business model at the time and was not met with love from the greater acupuncture community. Today, community acupuncture is widely available and often many patient's only experience with acupuncture. We served the community through 2011.

Now, I have a hybrid clinic. What I found, is as I've aged and experienced some recent health, trauma, and financial challenges of my own, the traditional CA model no longer fit my health. Seeing patients every 10 minutes, with a space of 8 chairs, is very labor intensive. At 53, the question was, "How do I continue to do what I love, make acupuncture and TCM affordable, and make a living?" The answer, a hybrid clinic. Which means, the majority of my patient hours are private. And I offer CA, 2 shifts per week. I am also birthing a new idea... creating a fund for Trauma Survivors who can't afford regular treatment. 

It is 2018, and I am acutely aware people are struggling financially, much more since the crash of 2008. You are not alone. When I got my first acupuncture treatment, I was 18 years old, working full-time and still living at home. I paid $35 cash per treatment in 1980. I had no health insurance. And I could only afford to pay out of pocket, because I was still living at home. Today, if I charged by the rate of inflation, that same treatment would cost $112. I can't afford to see an acupuncturist at that price, today. And I don't have health insurance. My treatment plan back then was 3x/wk for the 1st month, 2x/wk for the 2nd month and 1/wk for the 3rd month. This was in addition to a complete lifestyle and diet overahual prescribed by my acupuncturist. I was a very sick young lady, with nowhere else to turn. But he promised me, when no one else could, that he could help me. But I would have to follow his treatment plan 100%. If I didn't, he could not promise me results. But if I did, he also promised, I would better. And I was, I healed dramatically. My experience with him and Traditional Chinese Medicine taught me how to manage my psoriasis, for the rest of my life. Without a dermatologist or drugs. Still, I was prescribed a maintenance plan that I couldn't afford after I lost my job. I had a bad flare the next winter, but could not afford to go back. I continued my prescribed diet, and the flares lessened every year. By the time I was 25, the flares were gone completely.

This story, my story- and it is the financial reality of more than 1/2 of Americans today who make less than they owe, and who are uninsured or under-insured- is why I choose to have an affordable acupuncture practice. It's not because I under-value myself, or because the quality of my care is less than others, or I'm less educated or qualified, or because I think Traditional Chinese Medicine is less valuable than modern biomedicine. It's because I think health care is a right. And it's because I know Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are elegant, affordable, powerful, and easily accessible healing tools that everyone deserves to have access to, if they want it. It is has so much healing to offer. And the most expensive part of this medicine, is me, rent and student loans. The rest- needles, alcohol, chairs, tables, etc.- affordable. So, I charge a 1980 going rate, and less. And I invite you to let me be your partner in healing. Let's help each other heal and make our lives more affordable. We deserve it.

The quality of a service is not equal to the value of a dollar.

It is my wish to be able to share the benefit of my professional education and experience  with you. I am trained, licensed and experienced not only in acupuncture, but in a wide array of Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities including herbal treatment, eastern and western nutrition and supplements, qi gong, moxa, cupping, gua sha and mindfulness techniques. I am an L.Ac, licensed by the California State Board of Acupuncture, hold a Holistic Health Practitioner certification, a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a BA from Smith College.

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About - MICHELLE MARCOTTE  HHP, MSTOM, L.Ac in El Cajon, La Mesa. Santee, Lakeside, Jamul

Michelle Marcotte Acupuncturist and Herbalist offers affordable acupuncture, community acupuncture in El Cajon, La Mesa. Santee, Lakeside, Jamul


Monday 9-5
Tuesday 9-6
Closed Wednesday
Thursday 9:30-5:30
Friday     11-7
Saturday  9-1
Closed Sunday

619-822-1330

michelle@marcotteacupuncture.com