COVID-19 General Safety Precautions
As a small private practice, I'm the staff and the only person you'll be in contact with. All appointments are confirmed the day before with a symptom check and exposure inquiry. Face masks, hand sanitizer/washing and temperature checks at each visit are required for everyone's safety. The treatment room is continuously purified with a medical-grade H13 HEPA air filtration system and all common surfaces are disinfected between appointments. Please stay home and rest if you're feeling ill.
Acupuncture ・ Herbal Therapy ・ Clinical Nutrition
Carla San Diego, L.Ac.
First established in New York City in 2013, Treat Acupuncture is a small private practice offering acupuncture, herbal & nutritional therapies. The main clinic in Norwalk CT supports the health & wellness needs of Lower Fairfield County. A second location in Hoboken NJ serves Hudson County as well as New York City. All services are provided by Carla San Diego, L.Ac.
Carla San Diego, L.Ac.
Licensed & Board-certified Acupuncturist CT∙NY∙NJ
I completed more than 3,500 hours over 4 years of didactic and clinical training in acupuncture, herbal medicine and bioscience at the Pacific College of Health and Science in NYC. Shortly after graduating valedictorian with a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine, I earned national board certification and licensure to open my first private practice in Manhattan. To my great fortune, I also studied with Dr. Ken Andes, L.Ac, a gifted practitioner and my mentor for several years early in my career. I've since opened clinics in Hoboken, NJ and most recently, Norwalk, CT.
While always still learning and evolving, I practice a distinct style that blends traditional Chinese and modern sports acupuncture techniques with herbal medicine, clinical nutrition and applied kinesiology. Even though it's a system focused on the whole person, not just symptoms, the bulk of my experience has been with chronic pain, women's health issues and anxiety-related conditions. Having personally dealt with all of the above, I tried acupuncture over a decade ago as a last resort. Since then, this medicine's remarkable power and sensible approach to health has been my first choice and I look forward to sharing it to with you!
Pre-dating modern science, acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 4,500 years. It's part of an ancient system of medicine that includes natural therapy with herbs, nutrition, massage and exercise. The basics of it haven't changed much over time, but since it's personalized, treatment is easily adaptable to changing modern needs. Essentially, sterile needles made of stainless steel are swiftly inserted through the skin at specific areas of the body to produce a therapeutic effect. While it may sound odd, it's simply a different way of seeing things to achieve the same goal - healing. Acupuncture is widely recognized throughout Asia as a therapy for common ailments and often integrated into national healthcare systems. It continues to gain popularity in the U.S. and is now covered by most health insurances as well as Medicare. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture in its review of over 200 controlled clinical trials proving acupuncture effective for over 100 conditions, including most listed below. As a true holistic therapy, it looks at the whole person and can help with both chronic and acute symptoms as well as get to the root of the problem. But even if you don't have any complaints, acupuncture is also preventative care to help you stay well physically and mentally. So whether you're here because nothing else has worked or just looking for a more natural approach to healthcare, acupuncture may be your solution.
Acupuncture can help with...
Chronic & Acute Orthopedic Pain
Low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, headaches, strains, sciatica, TMJ dysfunction, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, postoperative recovery & rehabilitation...
Asthma, eczema, shingles, rhinitis, dermatitis, itching, hives, rashes, seasonal allergies...
Women's Health Issues
Irregular or painful periods, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, IVF support, morning sickness, labor pain, malposition of fetus...
Indigestion, bloating, gas, acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, ulcerative colitis, abdominal pain...
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, grief, moodiness, brain fog ...
“Carla is an amazing professional and such a wonderful person! I had always been very skeptical of 'alternative' treatments, but after trying all conventional resources to solve a chronic nerve pain on my knee following two surgeries, it was a big surprise to see such positive results. I also had a foot fracture that took much longer than normal to heal and with the expertise and care of Carla, I recovered in a very surprisingly way! She is very patient, kind, shows deep knowledge of her area of work and helps you understand the acupuncture process. I totally recommend her services and will miss her care in the NY office. I wish I could keep my treatment with her for other issues like stress, muscle pain, etc. I can easily say that she is the best!”
— Suzana F. (NY.2019)
Acupuncture can create an almost immediate healing effect, providing natural symptom relief while balancing your system on a deeper level for lasting results. Treatments are customized to your needs and comfort level offering a range of techniques that include gentle needling, stronger qi stimulation and trigger-point acupuncture, aka dry needling.
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Are you taking new patients?
Yes. New patients are accommodated based on schedule availability. Please use the contact form at the bottom of the page, text or call to request an appointment. Once you're on the schedule, please complete your New Patient Registration securely online by clicking below. If you prefer not to do it online, alternative options are available.
Do you take insurance?
Yes. I work with all major insurers including United Healthcare, BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation. Many, but not all plans cover acupuncture. Whether you have acupuncture benefits or aren't sure, if you wish to use insurance to cover your visits, verification of coverage is required prior to your first appointment. Please submit a secure online Insurance Verification Request or contact me with your insurance information so we can clarify all your policy details ahead of time.
What If I don't have insurance?
I offer affordable rates if you don't have insurance coverage and will be paying out of your own pocket. Cash, personal checks with valid ID, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, HSA/FSA debit cards, Apply Pay and Google Pay are all accepted. Payment in full is due at time of service. Please call to learn more.
Are you taking any extra precautions for COVID-19?
As a small private practice, I'm the only staff you'll be in contact with. To minimize risk, new patients are asked to complete required forms online prior to your first visit. All appointments are confirmed the day before with a symptom check and exposure inquiry. Face masks, hand sanitizer or washing and temperature checks at each visit are requested for ongoing safety. The treatment room is continuously purified with a medical-grade H13 HEPA air filtration system and all common surfaces are disinfected between appointments. Please stay home and rest if you're experiencing flu-like symptoms.
What happens if I don't show up for my appointment?
When you make an appointment, time is set aside just for you. I confirm all appointments the day before so if you miss your appointment or don't contact me to cancel or reschedule, I'm unable to fill your time slot. This lost time equals lost income and unless I can fill your slot, my policy is to charge full rate for missed appointments and cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice. Thank you for understanding.