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Our Process

COVID-19 NOTE: Our first visit procedures have changed, as we are doing everything possible to keep you safe. For details on everything we’re doing at the clinic to minimize the risk of COVID-19, please click here
Your Free 15 Minute Consultation

Each new patient has the option of getting a FREE 15 MINUTE CONSULTATION. Due to COVID-19, we are now doing these by phone or online. In this consultation, you can meet us, ask questions about your situation and whether or not we can help with your health goals, and determine if it’s a good fit to work together.

Your Initial Intake & Treatment Plan

Once you decide you’d like to work with us, you’ll have an online/phone appointment first (~60-75 minutes long).  We’ll go through your intake questionnaire and ask you detailed questions about your medical history, symptoms, and general health.

If you have any recent lab or imaging reports from other health providers that might be helpful, please bring them along, email them in advance, or invite us to view your secure hospital medical record online (MyChart and MyUHN both allow you to add a user for shared access. You can add info@oncologyacupuncture.ca).

We’ll then do a traditional tongue diagnosis and ask if you have any questions or concerns about the treatment risks or benefits. If you are ready to proceed, you’ll sign the Consent to Treatment form. We’ll then propose a Treatment Plan made specifically for your own needs and history.

Depending on your goals, the Treatment Plan might include dietary, exercise, or lifestyle suggestions, herbal prescriptions, self-acupressure protocols, meditations, or more. We’ll also talk about how often you should have follow-up appointments, how long the follow-ups should be, and how many should be in-person versus phone/online sessions. (Our goal is to minimize your risk while maximizing the benefits you’ll get from treatment.)

Your First Acupuncture / In-Person Treatment (if applicable)

After our initial phone/online intake, if we decide that you need a combination of online and in-person sessions, you will come in for your first visit to the clinic. Please click here before your appointment to learn all our COVID-19 procedures, how to prepare for your in-person visit, and all the safety and hygiene procedures we’ll be following.

We’ll take your pulse and may also check your abdomen. You are welcome to ask questions at any point before or during the treatment, and if you ever feel uncomfortable, you can withdraw your consent to treatment anytime.  For those who are nervous about needles, we’ll start with very thin needles and gentle treatment. You’ll probably be surprised how painless it is! A few more notes for your first in-person clinical treatment:

  • It’s best not to have acupuncture on a complete empty stomach, if possible. Try to have a light snack or meal within 2 hours of your appointment.
  • Please do your best to be punctual, and we will do the same!

What to Expect AFTER the First Visit

If this is your first time getting acupuncture, you might notice feeling relaxed or a bit sleepy after the treatment. This is normal. If you need to drive, you might want to wait a bit before leaving. Let us know if you want some water to drink.

In terms of results, some people have a big reaction after the first treatment, but most people will notice gradual change after several treatments. 6-10 treatments is a typical number of sessions in the first series, and then we reassess your progress after that. Progress is usually up and down instead of a straight line upward, so when it dips back down, try not to get too discouraged. As long as the overall trend is in the right direction, that’s a good sign that we’re making progress.

THIS STUFF WORKS.

Our unique blend of holistic medical therapies gets ALL your body’s healing resources going in the same direction…

ACUPUNCTURE

HERBAL MEDICINE

NUTRITION

MIND-BODY MEDICINE

Your initial consultation is FREE. Come meet us and learn more, with no obligation to book

Or, just call 416-890-7770 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Read more about:  Our Team | Our Mission | Our History | Our Services | Frequently Asked Questions

* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied and your results will depend on many factors (full disclaimer)..

AN UNPARALLELED TRACK RECORD OF EXCELLENCE

Our mission is simple:

To empower you with tools for well-being, in any stage or situation.

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Your initial consultation is FREE. Come meet us and learn more, with no obligation to book.

Or, just call 416-890-7770 and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

Read more about:  Our Team | Our Mission | Our History | Our Services | Frequently Asked Questions

* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied and your results will depend on many factors (full disclaimer).

OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF LOVES WHAT WE DO

You’ll always feel welcome and cared for.

PAULINE SOK YIN HWANG, R.AC, R.TCMP

Pauline uses acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, self-acupressure and meditation to work holistically with people facing cancer as well as various other complex illnesses and conditions. In addition to her Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture diplomas, she has also earned a 3-year Master’s Degree in TCM Oncology from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, and an Honours Bachelor in Cognitive Neuroscience from McGill University. She is the founder and Clinical Director of Oncology Acupuncture Toronto and has been active in community health and social justice for over 20 years.

For Pauline’s full bio, click here.

RIAN ỌPẸ́IFÁ SCOTT, R.AC

Rian uses acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and sound therapy alongside West African indigenous healing and counselling methods to support and strengthen individuals, families and communities’ felt sense of health and wellness. In practice from 2014, he has a general family practice focusing on treating digestive issues, pain conditions, stress and anxiety, fertility and women’s and men’s health as well as spiritual concerns. Rian has also been successful in providing support for those receiving various forms of cancer care. He has also worked for a number of years as a teacher, caregiver and educator for children and youth in low income neighbourhoods.

For Rian’s full bio, click here.

MARIA DEL CARMEN URQUIZAR CONTRERAS, R.AC.

Carmen is a Registered Acupuncturist who works with her patients to develop comprehensive and personalized treatment plans that holistically restore their physical, emotional and mental well-being. Her professional background includes practicing as a Registered Nurse in Spain for over 10 years, during which time she offered her services to the oncology, cardiology, internal medicine, community health, and intensive care units, as well as volunteering in Africa (Guinea Bissau). Carmen aims not only relieve her patient’s symptoms, but treat the underlying root cause of the disease as well.

For Carmen’s full bio, click here.

Your initial consultation is FREE. Come meet us and learn more, with no obligation to book.

Or, just call 416-890-7770 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Read more about:  Our Team | Our Mission | Our History | Our Services | Frequently Asked Questions

* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied and your results will depend on many factors (full disclaimer).

CONVENIENTLY LOCATED

Making it easy for you to get the care you need. We have three locations to serve you (click for maps and directions):

(1) Midtown Toronto (Yonge & Davisville) at 112 Merton Street
(2) Vaughan (Keele & Rutherford) at 9131 Keele Street
(3) Northumberland County (Warkworth) at 616 Concession Road 6 East

Your initial consultation is FREE. Come meet us and learn more, with no obligation to book.

Or, just call 416-890-7770 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Read more about:  Our Team | Our Mission | Our History | Our Services | Frequently Asked Questions

* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied and your results will depend on many factors (full disclaimer).

Request your free consultation

Come in to chat, get to know us, and ask questions you might have. It'll take about 15 minutes, and you have absolutely no obligation to book afterward.