*October 2019 – Maternity Leave Update* 

Dr. Michele Fujii, is expecting a new member of the family soon!  She will be going on maternity leave starting mid-October and will be returning January 2020 (dates to be determined).  During this time, you will not go without care.  We are excited to have friend and colleague Dr. Corey Ojima, ND, EAMP substituting during this time.  Corey graduated with Michele from the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (SIEAM).  He will be treating patients on most Wednesdays.  You will still be able to schedule appointments online or via phone.  In order to ensure a smooth transition, he will be in constant communication with Michele during this time.  Read more about him here:

Dr. Corey Ojima is a licensed acupuncturist and naturopathic physician in  Washington State.  He earned his Bachelor in Computer Science and Bachelor of Arts and Philosophy at the University of Washington (UW); his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at SIEAM; and his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University.  He currently practices in Seattle at the Washington State Acupuncture and Chinese Medical Center (http://acupunctureomd.com/).  He is also an adjunct faculty member at SIEAM teaching Anatomy and Physiology.

Corey has always called the Pacific Northwest home.  In his last year at UW, he considered a career in food and nutrition, and after graduating from a local culinary school and cooking in several kitchens, he decided to pursue training as a healthcare practitioner.  Though in his spare time, he still experiments in the kitchen and cooks for family and friends.  His favorite treats to bring to potlucks are vanilla cream puffs and canelés.

Corey is passionate about integrating East Asian medicine and naturopatic medicine in his patient-centered approach, as he feels both have something to offer for everyone.  He feels honored and grateful when guiding his patients as they move toward wellness.

MISSION STATEMENT 

My goal is to help as many people as possible become healthy, stay healthy and live healthy lifestyles by providing high-quality individualized healthcare. I commit to always putting the needs of each patient first by providing any and all care necessary and by collaborating with other healthcare professionals.

I promise to provide a professional, safe, caring and supportive environment for every patient and their families. *It is the policy of Fujii Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine to treat all patients and not to discriminate with regard to disability, race, color, religion (creed), national origin (ancestry), age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

ABOUT US

Dr. Michele Fujii, DAHM, EAMP, trained birth doula

Michele Fujii is an Doctor of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and a licensed acupuncturist in the State of Washington.  She holds an accredited Doctorate of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (D.A.H.M) and a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (M.Ac.O.M) from Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (SIEAM).  SIEAM (http://sieam.edu) is renowned for its excellence in clinical experience and apprenticeship-style training.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon and has also completed birth and postpartum doula training with Carrie Kenner (https://bigbellyservices.com/carrie-kenner/).

Michele grew up in Poulsbo and loves the community.  She attended North Kitsap High School and was very active in the Sports Medicine program, which started her passion for medicine.  In 2008, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from The University of Oregon.  Upon moving back to Poulsbo, she was treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for the first time and knew that it was the path for her.  She continued work in the healthcare setting before attending SIEAM in 2013.  Working with acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, massage therapists, doctors, and nurses; she saw the effects of collaborative care in medicine.  She noticed when healthcare providers work together with the mutual goal of helping each individual patient, the effects can be amazing.

Michele is actively involved in North Kitsap and strives to help make the community a healthier place.  She is an active member of the Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club.  She also volunteers with Village Volunteers (www.villagevolunteers.org) locally and abroad. A portion of profits from Fujii Acupuncture is donated to supporting the programs of Village Volunteers.

TREATMENT MODALITIES

Acupuncture

Sterile, single-use, disposable needles are inserted into different areas of the body.  The location of the needles depends on each individual patient.  Traditional Chinese Medicine has mapped out hundreds of points over different channels and meridians that run through the body.  By stimulating specific areas and points on the body, acupuncture assists your body to balance and harmonize itself.  Your practitioner will determine what points should be needled depending on diagnosis and your symptom presentation.

Electroacupuncture

Acupuncture points are needled as described above, then certain needles are attached to a small device that generates small and safe electric pulses between pairs of acupuncture needles.  The frequency and intensity of the impulses can be adjusted depending on the individual patient and the condition being treated.  This can be added to treatments depending on the need of the patient.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is another valuable practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Formulas and single herbs can be prescribed for various health concerns and well-being.  Herbs can be taken internally and/or applied topically.  They may be incorporated into your treatment plan along with dietary and lifestyle suggestions.

Tuina

Traditional Chinese therapeutic form of bodywork.  Techniques can be used alone or combined with your treatment session to promote healing and circulation throughout the body.

Cupping

Using fire, suction is created in glass cups, then the cups are placed on specific areas of the body.  The cups can stay stationary for a period of time or the practitioner can glide them across the skin’s surface.  Flash cupping may also be used, where the cup is only briefly placed on the skin then quickly removed.  Unlike traditional massage where the practitioner is pressing into the body, cups gently pull the tissue outwards allowing for increased circulation through specific areas.

APPOINTMENTS

  • Initial Visit.  Your first visit will last 60-90 minutes.  It will include a treatment and a detailed health intake of your main concern and health history.  It will also include diagnostic techniques such as physical examination, Chinese pulse, tongue and abdominal diagnosis, range of motion testing and more.  After the examination and intake, we will go over and start the treatment procedure(s) that will be most beneficial to you.
  • Return Visits.  Each returning visit will last 45-60 minutes.  We will reassess your current condition and continue treatment as needed.  The total number of visits needed will depend on you as a patient and how quickly your body responds to treatments.

Communication is key.  You know your body best.  As a practitioner, I cannot feel what you are feeling in your body so I depend on communication with each patient.  I am constantly looking for feedback from each treatment so we can make sure that all your needs are met.  During each visit, I strive to make sure any and all your questions are answered.  I am constantly researching and communicating with other practitioners to make sure I provide the best quality care for each patient.

FEES AND INSURANCE

Insurances accepted: Regence, BCBS, Premera, Lifewise, Aetna, Group Health PPO (not HMO), United.  If you don’t see your insurance on the list, we can still check to see if you have out-of-network benefits.

Out-of-pocket fees:

  • Initial visit: $90.00
  • Returning visit: $75.00

Ask about our specials:

  • Multiple visits scheduled and paid in advance
  • Active military and veteran (proof of ID required)
  • Senior (65+)
  • Family packages

Cancellation Policy: There is a cancellation fee of $45.00.  We understand that life happens so if you need to reschedule your appointment please call within 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment time.  If due to a medical/family/life emergency this fee may be waived and I will review on as needed basis.

Waiting List: If you are not able to get the appointment date/time needed, please let me know and I will add you to a waiting list and call if cancellations or reschedules happen.  Please check back frequently to see if any time slots have become available.

TESTIMONIALS

“Michele was excellent. I suffered from chronic shoulder soreness and stiffness for years, but thanks to her help I have become pain-free and recovered full mobility. She was an excellent listener and made me feel relaxed and comfortable for what were my first experiences with acupuncture.” -D. Kohl

 

“I’ve had back problems for over 15 years (from sports and heels). I’ve seen a few different chiropractors and have been to physical therapy but no treatment lasted. I have been seeing Michele for 2 years now and I look forward to my appointments!  Acupuncture has been the best and longest lasting treatment. I’ve especially enjoyed having Michele as my acupuncturist as she is very knowledgeable and answers all my questions. There have been times I’ve had to see other acupuncturists and it just wasn’t the same as when Michele did it. I highly recommend Michele. I honestly cannot imagine life without acupuncture with her (cheesy I know, but my back is thankful for her every day).” -K.Boltjes

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Does it work?

The short answer: yes. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been around for thousands of years successfully treating various health conditions.  Each individual patient is different and skilled practitioners will tailor each treatment to the individual’s need to get the most benefit from the treatments.

 

Does acupuncture hurt?

People have varying ideas about what acupuncture needles will feel like and each person’s experience may be different. Depending on the condition and the patient, needles are inserted relatively painlessly and once inserted there should not be any discomfort.  Sensations may or may not be felt by the patient, such as warmth, heaviness, spreading down the channel, etc.  The practitioner will always be communicating with the patient to determine what the patient on what is appropriate.

 

Is it safe?

Licensed acupuncturists are trained in safety and hygienic techniques.  Needles used are sterile, disposable and single-use.  In the state of Washington, licensed acupuncturists must also maintain CPR certification and have completed and passed the Clean Needle Technique course.  See “How do you become an acupuncturist?” for more details on schooling requirements and certifications.

 

What conditions are commonly treated?

Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat numerous health concerns including (but not limited to)

  • Acute and chronic injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Pain management
  • Women’s & men’s health
  • Prenatal, pregnancy, post-partum
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Allergies and respiratory
  • Sleep disorders
  • Emotional and psychological concerns
How many treatments will I need?

There is no magic number. This depends greatly on factors such as (but not limited to): type of injury (acute vs. chronic), the specific health condition, body’s response to treatments, patient’s lifestyle and diet, etc.

 

How do you become an acupuncturist?

In the Washington State, the practitioner must graduate from an approved school. The education completed is a post-graduate master’s degree (usually a minimum of three years).  The practitioner must pass exam modules administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Washington state requires a minimum of: 450 hours in basic sciences, 750 hours in East Asian Medicine science, 500 hours in clinical training. 

MAIN LOCATION

 

Downtown Poulsbo within Vera Massage & Day Spa.

390 NE Hostmark St, Poulsbo, WA 98370

Mondays 8am-7:30pm, Wednesdays: 8am-6:00pm and alternating Fridays: 10am-3pm.  Late evenings and weekends available by special request.

Parking is available in the private lot off of Fjord Drive or any public parking in downtown Poulsbo.

For appointments call, text, email or schedule online:

Phone: (360) 434-6468.  Please leave a message with your name, number and availability.

Email: info@67.227.157.216

Other locations:

Dr. Michele Fujii, DAHM, EAMP, LAC

5050 NE State Hwy 303, Ste 101A, Bremerton, WA 98311

Please contact Bremerton Wellness at (360) 627-7408 to schedule.