Read more about how to prepare for your New Patient Visit
Thank you for being here! We’re looking forward to meeting you!
All New Patients will meet with our practitioner, Melissa, through video conference. After this initial session, you can schedule an in-person appointment at the clinic.
Our highest priority is your health and safety. As part of our COVID-19 policies, we will conduct your first visit virtually, since the majority of the time in your first session will be spent discussing your medical history and condition.
The goal for the first patient visit is to get to know your story. We will meet using a secure online video conference platform. For those not able to meet over video, we will conduct your session by phone.
After your virtual session, you can schedule a follow-up in-person appointment with acupuncture at the clinic.
If you scheduled your New Patient Appointment online, we will call you to confirm your appointment and to ask you questions about your chief concern and insurance information, if applicable.
Please fill your online medical history and consent forms through the link sent in your confirmation appointment email. These forms must be filled out prior to your first session. If they are not, we will need to re-schedule your appointment.
Please allow at least 30 minutes to fill out the medical history and consent forms.
Payments for visits will be taken in advance of your appointment.
When your appointment is booked, you will receive an invoice from Square, a secure payment system. Please pay this invoice to secure your appointment.
As a courtesy to other patients and to our practitioner, please notify us 24 hours in advance if you cannot keep your appointment. Please keep in mind that this time has been set aside for you and cannot be used for anyone else if you do not give advance notice. All missed appointments or cancellation notices given less than 24 hours prior to appointments will be charged be charged a $50.00 fee. Valid emergencies are, of course, an exception. Thank you for your understanding.
How to prepare for your Virtual Visit
You will get a confirmation for your scheduled appointment with a video link to click at the time of your visit. Please allow at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to test the link and check into the video conference.
Make sure you allow permission for your mic and video. You can usually find this under your settings on your phone or on your laptop.
You do not need to download the app to join the visit as long as you are accessing the link from your browser. If you are using Mac or iPhone, use a Safari browser. For PC or Android, it use a Chrome browser.
If you have any problems or have questions, please call our clinic as soon as possible.
What to expect at your Virtual Visit
During our visit, we will be talking about your health condition in detail as if we were talking in person. So please be in a private place where you can answer Melissa’s questions.
Part of Melissa’s diagnosis of your condition includes looking at your tongue.
Please send us a clear picture of your tongue under natural or bright light. 1-2 pictures of your tongue should be sufficient.
For Dermatology patients:
Before your scheduled visit, please send Melissa pictures of affected areas.
Please take clear pictures of the affected areas using natural light. Go near a window during the day to take pictures or under bright white light.
Take a picture of the affected area from different angles.
Please send enough pictures so Melissa can get a clear picture of your condition, but not too many.
After your virtual session, you can make an appointment for your in-person visit at the clinic.
Please read How to Prepare for your In-Person Visit.
Thank you and we look forward to meeting you!
Little Sage Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
2800 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806