COVID-19 Reopening: The HOW & The WHEN

The HOW to reopen is becoming clearer – I’m collecting supplies and getting new systems in place for welcoming people back into the clinic in a safe way. The WHEN is still unclear. The numbers of daily infections statewide are increasing at an alarming rate still. Johnson County cases, however, seem to be slowing at the moment. In the upcoming weeks, I will continue to watch these numbers and start making plans to return to seeing patients in person at 30-50% capacity. I believe it is safe to do so with safety precautions in place. If the data changes for the worse, then we will reassess at that time.

I remain available for phone consults, distance treatments, and herbal support during this time. Please reach out to schedule a time to connect in one of these ways if you like.

Blessings in health and wellness,

Welcoming You Back: New Safety Precautions to Look For

It has been such a surreal time of unknown for the past two months. As we move forward through these days in May, what I observe most is how we seem to be adapting to new realms of normalcy.

In returning to the office to see you in person, here are some of the changes you will note during these initial stages of reopening.

  1. We will do a screening the day before via telemedicine. This will be a 15 minute online check in – how are you doing, what direction do we want to go with treatment the next day, are you experiencing any symptoms or been in contact with someone with symptoms? This will shorten the amount of time we are in the room together while I feel pulses and place needles. (If you have any symptoms or been in contact with someone with symptoms, we will reschedule you to another time with no late cancellation fee. I will be available for herbal consult if wanted.)
  2. I will meet you in the parking lot. If you arrive early, you can wait in your car until I come out to greet you. Through your car window we will do a temperature and blood oxygen screening. If temperature is elevated or blood oxygen levels are low, you will be referred to your primary care physician and encouraged to quarantine until symptoms are improved.
  3. The waiting room will not be open to others during your treatment.
  4. I will be wearing a mask, and if you would like to come inside, you will be wearing a mask.
  5. I will escort everyone in and out of the clinic and treatment rooms so that door handles will remain untouched.
  6. Upon arriving, unscented hand sanitizer or use of the bathroom sink to wash hands will be available.
  7. There are HEPA air filters in each room and windows will be opened between each treatment along with standard disinfecting with high quality, unscented sanitizer in each room.
  8. All credit card payments will be handled through Square Invoicing or a card on file to avoid unneeded cross contact. Cash or check will still be accepted as forms of payment.
  9. Table linens will be converted to easily cleaned surfaces, lined with exam paper.
  10. Blankets will no longer be available for draping around needles. Please dress with layers that are easy to adjust around legs, arms, and abdomen. I will keep the rooms warm to help with comfort levels. 

I look forward to seeing you again.


An Update from Deep Roots with COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to unfold through the region with initial cases of community wide spread appearing, we will plan to move currently scheduled appointments to phone consults or an online telehealth platform (in the works).  If you have an appointment scheduled in the upcoming weeks, we will be in touch to reschedule.

Online scheduling is unavailable until after we have a chance to work current cancellations back into the schedule.

In the meantime, I continue to offer care via the phone, and as I have systems setup, support through an online telehealth platform.

Services still available from a distance include:

Bottom line, we may not be able to meet in person until there is more clarity about the progression of the coronavirus, but I remain available. Our sessions are often more than just the needles. There’s a lot we can still do over the phone if you are interested. Please let me know and we can schedule a time.

Ways to support us during this time if you are able:

This is a very interesting time. Breathe deep, stay in the present moment, and I’ll see you on the other side! Let me know how I can be of service to you.


Keep Your Germs At Home AND I’ve Got Herbs for That!

Tis the season of colds and flu’s circulating through the community. With a little care and attention, you can shorten the length of your cold and reduce the severity of the symptoms. Sounds good, hmm?

Step One: Radical Rest

One of the best things you can do for yourself when fighting a bug is getting radical rest. I mean Radical Rest. Recently, I was running a low grade fever – I went to bed on Wednesday evening at 6:00 and got up on Friday at 11:00. I was up for an hour here and there, but then went right back to sleep. We often feel like we have to keep on going, and sometimes circumstances do get in the way, but in whatever ways possible, Radical Rest lets your body dedicate all of its energy to the immune system fighting the viruses and bacteria.

Step Two: I’ve Got Herbs for That

At the very early stages of not feeling well, foods and herbs can be really helpful for fending off a cold or bug, reducing symptoms, or shortening the length of being sick.

There are a number of fabulous foods and herbs with strong anti-bacterial and antiviral properties. Garlic, elderberry, echinacea, goldenseal, olive leaf, and honey are some of the common ones that people may be most familiar with.

There are several fabulous Chinese herbal blends that I work with all the time that are absolutely fantastic for cold symptoms. These include ingredients like indigo, cinnamon, forsythia, or honeysuckle.

Favorite Go-To Blends

Gan Mao Ling: At the very first stages of a cold – swollen glands, or general body aches, and malaise. In combination with rest, this one can be really helpful for keeping a cold at bay.

Cinnamon Twig Soup (Gui Zhi Tang): This one is excellent when your nose starts dripping – you know that moment when its as though a faucet is turned on and you can’t even really blow your nose ‘cuz it just keeps on running? And maybe you’re a little bit chilled as well. This one has cinnamon, of course, and dates, date seed, ginger, and licorice root (but it doesn’t taste like licorice, more like cinnamon!)

Yin Qiao San: This one is for when you have a firey sore throat and are feeling a little feverish. Forsythia and honeysuckle help to vent heat out of the body while fighting the bugs.

What to Do?

Aside from clearing your schedule and embarking on some Radical Rest?

Give me a call and let’s get you some herbs that would be the best match for your symptoms. Or if you would like to have a bottle on hand for when the unwelcome bugs first appear, let me know. We can arrange for you to pick up a bottle here at the clinic!

Immune Kick Start Kit

More details to come – but I’m working on a kit with a mix and match of good herbal first aid blends to choose from – buy 3 for $5 off. Contact me here for more information.

And, lastly, thank you for keeping your germs at home!

Illness is the best reason to not come in for a treatment. My 24 hour cancellation fee is waived for illness – especially if you have projectile snot or a hacking cough. Thank you for helping to keep the clinic space germ free for others and for helping to keep me well enough to keep on treating everyone on my schedule! We’ll get you back in the schedule as soon as your symptoms have calmed down a bit. Questioning whether you should come in? Give me a call or send an email! I look forward to hearing from you!


Nourishing Soups for Winter

As we move into the cold season, our food choices can shift alongside the weather.

I love those moments when someone tells me they are trying to eat well, but they just don’t feel like eating a salad every day. The only time, I say, to be eating a salad, especially in the cold weather, is if you are craving a salad. The myth of a salad every day being the healthiest thing for you is my favorite one to shatter.

If you are looking for yummy ways to cook for this season, think about the warming soups and stews, using produce that is harvested in late fall – the root vegetables and the winter squashes. Your body spends less energy breaking down and digesting food that is warm and cooked. The natural sugars in these foods are so good for the body, and what your body actually needs when you are craving sweets.

One of my favorite recipes is an Autumn Vegetable Soup by Mollie Katzen from her cookbook Still Life With Menu. You may be familiar with her most well known book, The Moosewood Kitchen.

The beauty of this soup is that any of the vegetables can be switched out for any others. Ingredients of your choice can be added to make it into any kind of dish you’d like for deep winter nourishment. This soup is essentially how I start any recipe these days, and you wouldn’t necessarily recognize the end product anymore.

Autumn Vegetable Soup

by Mollie Katzen, Still Life With Menu

2 tablespoons of butter
1 1/2 cup chopped leeks
1 1/2 cup quartered Brussels sprouts
1 large carrot chopped
1 stalk of celery chopped
1 large potato chopped
1 cup peeled chopped acorn or butternut squash
3/4 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
cayenne to taste (but not too much!)
2 large crushed garlic cloves
3 cups stock or water
1 cup spinach (Mollie uses Swiss chard or collard greens)
1 large firm tomato chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon basil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup of sour cream or yogurt (optional)
sunflower seeds (for garnish)
minced fresh parsley (for garnish)

  • In a large pot cook the first 11 ingredients over moderate heat (covered) for 10-15 minutes, stirring intermittently.
  • Add stock or water. Bring to boil, lower to a simmer. Cover and let cook slowly until everything is tender (20 minutes)
  • Add spinach (or greens) tomato chunks, and chopped bell pepper. Simmer 5 more minutes.
  • Add herbs, soy sauce, and lemon juice and continue to simmer another 5 minutes.
  • If you choose to add in the sour cream or yogurt, stir in just before serving. Garnish each bowl with sunflower seeds and parsley.

Yields 6 servings.

As I said, I make this all the time, but it doesn’t actually look anything like the original recipe anymore. Have fun adapting it to the vegetables and seasonings you enjoy most!


Celebrating a New Logo

What better time to change one’s logo than when one is also changing one’s location, address, business cards, letterhead and all the rest, right?

The vision for this new logo arose last fall and I’ve enjoyed the process of working with a graphic designer to turn it into what it has become.

My previous logo was one I designed back in 2005 when I was starting my first private practice in Brattleboro, VT. The image of sitting in meditation, finding the stillness and quiet within, listening for the inner voice of internal guiding wisdom spoke to me at that time.

My practice these days has been holding a different message. More often, in the work I am doing with individuals, we are moving from places of stuckness, stretching into new growth, embracing new aspects of life, and growing into one’s full potential. This is beautiful work that I get to witness on a regular basis. The previous logo doesn’t communicate that as well.

One of the things I’m enjoying with the new logo is all the different aspects that people are seeing in it. A good logo, I believe, has many levels of meaning. What do you see? I look forward to hearing how it speaks to you.

Open House Celebration ~ You Are Invited!

September 22, 2019

1222 Rochester Avenue

I look forward to sharing the new home of Deep Roots Acupuncture with you! Please come to an Open House on Sunday, September 22 to see the space and celebrate the move!

There are three portions of the day – come for all of it, or just for part. It will be a joy to see you.

2:30 Supporting the Immune System in Preparation for Winter

In what ways can we prepare for cold and flu season starting now? How can we nourish and support our immune system so we are less vulnerable to the bugs surrounding us? Seats are limited, please RSVP here.

3:30 Tour & Refreshments

Drop in anytime and see the space, enjoy some nourishing snacks! Celebrate!

4:30 Mini-Treatments

Anyone who would like to a relaxing and grounding treatment using auricular (ear) points, can come by. This is a simple set of points to help with deep relaxation and grounding. Seats are limited, please RSVP here.

Changes are Coming at Deep Roots Acupuncture

1222 Rochester Ave,
a new home for Deep Roots.
Doors opening August 12, 2019

In mid-August, Deep Roots Acupuncture will be moving to new space just across town. I will be packing up my books, treatment supplies, and herbal inventory and we’re headed over to the east side of town to a quiet little neighborhood on Rochester Ave, just a couple blocks east of Governor St, tucked in between Glendale and Bloomington Sts.

A Healing Space

I have often thought of my current space as a nest for my practice, one of the first places I settled into when I returned home to Iowa and started my practice back in 2015. When I first walked into this room, I could feel the richness of the energy in the space and what could be possible for my future clients. I recall someone coming to meet me and as she stepped into my room, she burst into tears and said, “Oh, I could heal in this room.” Her words confirmed the feeling that I often had of the sacred space for healing that existed here.

Growing Pains

For the past couple years, however, it has felt like I have outgrown the space. I had been struggling with what to do about that, how to support the growth of the practice (thank you for all your referrals – keep sending people my way!), how to hold the growing herbal inventory, how to better attend to the practical aspects of running a business and the administrative tasks that entails. Sometime last fall, as I was really pushing hard, trying to find some solutions, I found an internal shift. I decided to surrender into the unknown, to stop chasing a solution, but just get my “ducks-in-a-row”, so to speak, so that when the right opportunity would arise, I’d have the information I needed in order to make the necessary moves.

Then, The Ducks Arrived

And then in April, the ducks started showing up in my yard at home. At first, I thought nothing of it – just that it was odd. There’s no water in my neighborhood and I wondered what brought them through. And then there was the morning a few weeks later when a mallard duck was perched on the roof of the neighbor’s house looking in my bathroom window, watching me. I’ve never seen a duck on a roof before. When a few days later, a duck flew up out of the lily patch along the edge of my yard, I paused. There seemed to be a theme here. What was the message of the ducks?!

One of my dear roommates from a previous chapter of my life used to watch for signs – her sign was three red cars. If she saw three red cars in a row, it meant pay attention! Something important is about to happen. I thought of her and these ducks and wondered if there was something trying to get my attention. 

I went into a meditative space and it popped up loud and clear in my mind. “YOUR DUCKS ARE IN A ROW! IT’S TIME! GO EXPLORE!” So I hopped online and saw a space available that caught my attention and went to visit it. The building itself is a little quirky. I walked into the space inside and felt a promising energy of what could become a home for the next phase of my practice moving forward. Every cell of my body has said “Yes!” to the possibilities of what could become in moving to this new space.


It Is A Quieter Neighborhood 

The space is further from the trains and the ambulance sirens and the continuing neighborhood development in this end of town (oi, the jack hammers!). 

Restful Treatment Space

My administrative space will be separate from the treatment room. This means there will be more restful space for you while needles are in. And I will be right there if needed, able to pop in with ease.

Additional Appointment Availability and Flexibility

There will be an additional treatment room, opening up flexibility in scheduling. I look forward to being able to have more time available in my schedule to more fully meet the needs and schedules of those I am working with without having to raise my fees as often in order to meet increased overhead expenses. 


It has been wonderful sharing space and practicing alongside Maureen, Therese, Anita, Sam, and, when she was here, Helen at 720 S. Dubuque St. There is, of course, sadness, in leaving this space and the collegiality of working alongside other practitioners. It has been a rich and supportive environment to build a practice.

And, the time feels right to step out into new directions.

I hope that you find the new space as rich and promising as the current space for you to move through your own healing journeys in partnership with the acupuncture and herbs at Deep Roots Acupuncture. I look forward to our continued work together.

1222 Rochester Ave.

Scheduled treatments will continue at 720 S. Dubuque Street through August 9. Doors will open at 1222 Rochester Ave. on August 12. I look forward to seeing you there!

If you would like to schedule a time to come in, feel free to reach out via phone or email or visit the online schedule here: SCHEDULE ONLINE


And a Save the Date!

An Open House Celebration will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019 2:30-5:00. 

More Details:
You Are Invited To An Open House Celebration
Information & RSVPs here!

Welcoming the Darkness

sun-and-moonIn the dark of this longest night of winter, I take a moment to honor the presence of light. There are many who struggle with the cold and darkness during the winter months. In the past, I have found myself bogged down during these months, struggling with melancholy and a sort of darkness of the spirit within, holding my breath waiting for spring to come.

Taking time to honor the shift in light has become an important ritual for my winters in recent years. When I have made time for this, my spirits have flourished in a different kind of rhythm and energy through the winter, instead of shutting down in attempts to maintain a status quo.

What does it mean to welcome the darkness?

I honor and recognize the rhythms of the seasons,
the cycles of the sun,
the movement of the Earth around the sun.

I honor and recognize
the long nights
as part of our planet’s journey
in space and time.

I honor and recognize
the shift of the natural world.
I watch the animals as they prepare for winter
and enter in hibernation.

I invite space and time
for deep rest and hibernation
in my life in these upcoming months.

I honor and recognize the parts of myself that
shy away from touching the darkness
of the emotional being that I am.
To step away from the unknown,
that which cannot be seen.

I welcome that I am a whole being,
honoring the joy and the sorrow,
the ease and the struggle of
this journey called life.

I recognize that I find discomfort in being present with sorrow and struggle
and in this discomfort tend to seek comfort in other directions.
I turn to food, distraction, television, movies, books, fantasy.
I lose sight of center, inspiration, my creative being.

I ask myself to step into the discomfort
to learn to trust its gift
To feel the depth of what feels painful
To find space for the tears, for the extra hours
curled up in bed, numb, quiet, still.

For on the other side of this, I always find there is light.
There is beauty in this space.

In the words of Barbara McAfee from Minneapolis,

“Every time I step into the darkness, I return with fistfuls of jewels.
Midnight Velvet wraps all around me, Stars glitter brilliant above.
Dreaming Darkness, Dreaming Light.”

Yes. Yes. Yes.

“I return with fistfuls of jewels.”Healing Hope

I move forward with tenderness,
permission to be broken,
and in this brokenness, to be whole.

More whole than I had been as
I chased “okay-ness”
holding together with
distractions – the television, the Netflix binge,
even the long hours refusing to put down the novel.

In this tenderness,
I see the world with fresh eyes.
There are treasures all around.
The light glimmers off the trees, off the clothesline,
off the old iron pump above the empty birdbath.

I think back to times in my life when darkness was not a thing to hide from.

When I was 16, I spent my summer in the woods of Vermont. Every night we’d go from the main lodge down the twisting, root-filled path to the cabin. By the end of the summer, we’d know every root along the path, being able to anticipate each step with ease as we walked back in the full dark.

At 28, as an outdoor educator, I explored in the woods with 5th-8th graders every day teaching forest ecology, wetland ecology and more. Nighttime ecology included night hikes, walking a section of trail without the assistance of light. We taught students how to relax into their senses, trusting a different part of their awareness to be able to guide them along the trail in the dark.

We would quote Wendell Berry,

“To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.”

We got a lot of practice ourselves on how to follow even the trails with twists and turns in them. The ground along the trail was firmer, more compacted by frequent travel, than the soil alongside it. The leaf litter was broken down and scattered along the trail. As soon as we stepped just off the edge of the trail, the leaves and soil would let us know and send us back to the center. Our peripheral sensory awareness became much more heightened as we learned to trust the receptors in the periphery of the eye to bring in the low-level light.

When I moved to Vermont in 2004, I joined a group of friends for a hike up Mt. Monadnock, a heavily traveled mountain. We chose to hike a side trail off the main track in order to steer clear of the crowds. We had a lovely time meandering our way up the mountain, stopping to identify mushrooms, to admire a wasp’s nest, to enjoy the stream in the fall sunlight. We got to the top in the late afternoon, and joined the crowds of others looking out over the vistas. Two falcons circled and danced in the air currents above our heads. We enjoyed the peace of the summit.

And then we realized we were starting to enjoy the sunset and most of the crowd had dispersed already. Not anticipating being out after dark, none of us had flashlights, but three out of the four of us in the group had experience hiking in the dark. We made it 2/3 of the way down the mountain before darkness fell. By this time we were well off the main track again, approaching the section of trail that ran in the dry stream bed filled with rocks and boulders. Moving slowly, trusting the sensation of the ground and rocks under our feet and our awareness of the space around us, we made it back to the road through the shadows cast by the glimmering light of the moon.

None of these experiences have ever held
any aspect of fear, worry, or struggle.
They have all been magical and safe.

I call on this knowledge of the darkness to keep me company
in these long winter nights to come.
I invite it’s gift to know the light more intimately
with my willingness to step into the unknown,
to welcome the darkness within.

A haiku for this season, a part of the spiritual practice of the daily haiku:

Standing in Darkness
I Wait. I Breathe. I Feel.
Opening Into Trust

Haiku for this season

Once upon a time, I had a practice of writing a daily haiku. It was a form of returning to the present, capturing a snapshot of moment, and cultivating mindfulness.

These days, I’ve been writing seasonal haikus. Here’s one dedicated to the fall equinox.

sap rise & sap fall
as sap returns deep within
I drink sun, rain, wind