Welcome!

Feel Better Community Acupuncture is a clinic in Southeast Portland offering affordable acupuncture in a group setting. We use a sliding scale to make acupuncture accessible to more people, regardless of income. Treatments cost $15-$50: you decide how much you can afford to pay, no questions asked.

This clinic is a hate free zone.

 

What to Expect

We provide acupuncture in a group setting. Patients remain fully clothed and are seated in zero gravity reclining chairs. We ask that you roll sleeves up to the elbow and pants up to the knees if possible. Normally we place needles below the elbows and knees, and in the head, but if you have clothing that makes this impractical, we can choose different points to accommodate whatever you’re wearing. If there are any parts of the body you do not want touched or needled, please let us know.

Treatments normally last about 45 minutes. Some people feel like they’re ready to go sooner than that. If you’re one of those people, or if you need to be up by a certain time, just let us know and we’ll remove the needles when you request it.

Many, but not all, people fall asleep during acupuncture treatments. This means sometimes people snore. If snoring bugs you, you might want to bring earplugs just in case.

There is quiet music playing in the treatment room. If you prefer your own music, ocean sounds, spoken word poetry, or any other soundtrack to help you relax during treatment, you can bring headphones and listen to whatever you like from your mobile device. Please make sure that your headphones don’t broadcast sound — if other people can hear your music that won’t really work.

We have blankets to keep you warm and cozy, but if you have a favorite blanket from home you’d like to bring, please do! Whatever makes you the most relaxed. Autistic folks: you can bring your weighted blankets, but we might need to prop them up a little above needles in your feet to keep the needles comfortable. We’re very happy to experiment with you on the best setup for your comfort.

Pricing

Sliding Scale

We use a sliding scale of $15-$50 for acupuncture treatments. There is no new patient fee.

You decide how much you can afford to pay. No income verification is required.

You decide each time how much you’d like to pay. This allows you to adjust the amount based on your current circumstances (cash flow, how many treatments you’re getting, other variable expenses, etc.) without worrying about being able to pay for your acupuncture treatment. So for example, maybe you normally pay $20, but this week money’s a little tighter or we’ve recommended you come in several days in a row to help your twisted ankle — pay $15 instead. We don’t ask questions, we just give you acupuncture. 🙂

The price you pay does not affect the length of your treatment, the number of needles we use on you, or anything else other than our checking account (and yours!).

Anxiety Adjustment: For many people, thinking or talking about money can trigger anxiety. Having to decide what to pay each time causes some people to get a little surge of stress right before their treatment. Yuck! We don’t want to make anyone anxious or stressed, we want to reduce anxiety and stress! If you get an anxiety surge when we ask how much you want to pay, we can skip it. Pick the price you’d like to pay each time, and we’ll note it in your chart so we won’t ask you again. If your circumstances change and you’d like to pay more or less in the future, you can do so at any time, just let us know.

Insurance

We do not bill insurance. If we did, our prices would need to be higher, so this is not going to change.

If you have insurance that covers acupuncture, we would be happy to provide you with a receipt containing the proper billing code so that you can submit it for reimbursement on your own.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel an appointment, please give us 24 hours notice so that there’s time for someone else to take that appointment slot.

Appointments canceled with less than 24 hours notice will result in a $15 cancellation fee.

Specials

Baker’s Dozen: Acupuncture works best when it happens regularly, and people are more likely to make time for acupuncture if there’s a regular appointment already in their calendar. If you book a series of twelve recurring appointments once a week, we’ll give you a 13th appointment for free that you can use yourself, give to a friend, or donate to someone who can’t afford acupuncture. Note: you do not have to pay for all 12 appointments in advance.

About Us

Accessibility

ADA/Wheelchair access: Feel Better is ADA-accessible. There is a marked handicapped parking space right in front of the clinic, with a ramp for sidewalk access. Doors are 36″ wide, and the bathroom meets all ADA requirements. If you prefer to receive treatment in your wheelchair, we have space in the treatment room for this.

Limited Mobility: If you require assistance to get in and out of chairs, or to remove your shoes and adjust your clothing, you are welcome to bring an attendant with you. We are not able to provide these services, so if you require such assistance but have no attendant, we will simply place needles in areas already exposed and skip over the feet and covered areas.

Inclusivity

Most inclusivity statements have a laundry list of all the things they won’t discriminate against: gender, religion, race, sexual orientation, disability, income level, nationality, etc. At Feel Better, we won’t discriminate based on those things, either. More importantly, we want to make it clear that we not only welcome the people protected by such anti-discrimination statements, we will safeguard our space to make sure that it remains welcoming.

Any action or speech by patients or visitors that is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, ableist, body-shaming, or otherwise derogatory or hate-based will not be tolerated in our clinic. This includes clothing and tattoos: if you are wearing language or symbols that promote the disallowed categories above and disrupt the space, we will ask you to leave the clinic and only return when you can leave such symbols behind.

 

Staff

Jen Mylo, LAc graduated in the inaugural class from POCA Technical Institute, the graduate acupuncture school created by the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) and focused on liberation acupuncture. Her internship was through Working Class Acupuncture (WCA) and included providing acupuncture at student clinics at WCA Lents, CODA Portland Recovery Center (buprenorphine program), and WCA Rockwood.

Before becoming an acupuncturist, Jen worked in the tech industry for 20 years, 8 of them with the WordPress open source project. Her undergraduate work involved dual concentrations in American History & Media Culture and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. In the 1990s, Jen went to East-West College of Healing Arts and served on the board of People’s Co-op here in Portland. She lives in the neighborhood with some rescued cats who are super cute and fuzzy.

Make an Appointment

Ready to make an appointment? Great! Use this handy form to choose your date and time.

If you’d like to come with a friend and want to book for both of you, check the appropriate box under “Add to your appointment” when you are choosing the date of your appointment. We’ll go ahead and block out enough time for both of you without your friend having to set up the appointment separately.

For new patient appointments, please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to fill in the new patient paperwork.

Note: Missed appointments or appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will result in a $15 no show/late cancellation fee.