The ATP Story

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc This is the story of how we got started. It is about what we stand for, and how we discovered what we needed to do to best serve those who walk through our doors.  It is about realizing we needed to slow things down and pay better attention, being present with each client, to do our best job.  But it was also about making acupuncture…

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How did community acupuncture come to Edmonton? The ATP Story part 4

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Community acupuncture has been practiced intermittently in Edmonton over the last 10 or so years.  As a free inner city clinic at Boyle McCauley Health Centre, the Grant MacEwan Acupuncture Program was involved here to administer the “NADA” ear acupuncture protocol to people addicted to drugs as they try to come off their addiction.  Five years ago, I offered several community clinics at a church…

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Current trends with insurance and acupuncture

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Alberta healthcare does not cover acupuncture yet.  However, many private healthcare plans offer acupuncture-specific annual allocations, usually around $500 or so, or a health spending account which can be used to reimburse part or all the costs of acupuncture. Recently in 2010, the BC ministry of health decided to reimburse up to $23 per visit for acupuncture for a combined annual limit of 10 visits…

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Community acupuncture catches on in the USA with POCA

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc The idea of community acupuncture has really grown in the United States over the last decade.  I think this is because, unlike Canadians, American’s have less access to affordable primary care.  Community acupuncture seems to have filled a specific need in the US where people can look after their ailments more affordably and proactively.  More and more are routinely using acupuncture for prevention and relaxation…

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Roots of community acupuncture in China: moving Qi, but more!

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc In China, acupuncture was and still is practiced commonly in a group setting. On the way home after work or on your day off, you see the acupuncturist for a weekly tune-up.  Here treatments are performed efficiently on people in a group setting, sitting in chairs or lying down on tables, sometimes with drapes between, sometimes not. The origins of Chinese medicine  are founded in…

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“Cost: A big limitation of private acupuncture treatments… the ATP story part 3”

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc This is the next article in a series about ATP’s “turning points”.  I have described the beginning of our story – go here to read the series.  Our original dilemma was presented in the choice between offering clients a dedicated one-on-one service or a more cost-efficient multiple client model, in which  people are treated simultaneously in separate rooms in quick succession.  In these dedicated private…

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A healthcare dilemma: process efficiency or client’s needs first? The ATP story-part 2

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc This is the second part of a series that describes ATP’s “turning points”  — it’s about my insights along the way as we have engaged and participated with our clients in caring for their health.  Last time I introduced the idea of community acupuncture and how it is now integrated into the culture at ATP.  I see it not only as an alternative, but also…

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The transformation of healthcare – The ATP story part 1

Turning Points: The introduction of community acupuncture clinics to The Acupuncture Turning Point reflects not only a change for us, but also a significant transformation in this era of technological and material wealth, and personal choices.   Last year (2012) was a “turning point”; not only for us in how we practice, but also in how we have come to better understand the relevance in the shift occurring in knowledge, power…

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Voted Best Acupuncturist/Acupuncture Clinic in Edmonton

Thank you! Thank you to everyone for your support, and for being part of our growth over the 3 years we have been in business! We have been voted Best Acupuncturist/Acupuncture Clinic in Edmonton by Vue Weekly readers in their recent 2012 poll.  We are very proud of this accomplishment! Go here to see Vue’s BEST OF EDMONTON POLL for other healthcare businesses. We are in the process of expanding…

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Acupressure at 30,000 feet!

Our flight from Europe to back home to Canada was supposed to last 7 hours. We were boarding a huge aircraft which would carry us across the Atlantic Ocean: two floors and almost 500 people on the board. Being a former surgeon, I always think about medical emergencies which can happen during a flight and wonder how well the airplane is equipped with medications and what the first aid kit…

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