Changes! Getting ready for 2019

You may have already noticed some of the changes brewing at Queenpin. Some of them are more behind-the-scenes: new treatment spaces, new staff, streamlined check-out, testing out new products and services, etc. Starting in 2019, we have a few more!

For private acupuncture:

  • To better serve you by providing more services, practitioners, and times, all private treatments will be $90. This includes acupuncture, herbal consults, foot soaks, and cupping. 
  • What are foot soaks, you say? We have been providing these for patients to use at home, but we want to make them even easier to use. We will have herbal foot soaks downstairs in the Community Clinic. The herbal blend is designed to reduce inflammation and pain, decrease stress, boost mood, improve circulation and harmonize nervous function.  They benefit patients with chronic cold feet/poor circulation, pain of the feet/legs/back, sciatica, neuropathy, weak digestion, skin issues, sports injuries, PMS, fatigue, depression, stress and more. These herbs are some of the Earth’s most powerful, stimulating, warming,  and healing herbs that help nourish the entire body. All you have to do is rest with your feet in some warm water for 30 min and go about your day! There’s more information on ingredients here: Foot Soaks.
  • As the benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, Queenpin will be offering 6 and 10 treatment packages for any private treatment at a 20% discount; saving you $20/treatment.  This encourages you to come regularly and save some money in the process.
  • To thank our current, amazing, patients we are offering a special 6 treatment package at the $65 rate to transition into the new year. Available through the end of the year!

For Community Acupuncture:

  • To simplify and continue to offer accessible, affordable, acupuncture, all community acupuncture treatments will be $35, and we will only be accepting cash or check. 
  • The community clinic will be consolidating hours to Tuesday & Thurs from 9am – 6pm, and Sun 11am – 3pm. 
  • Queenpin will also be offering a Community Membership for $105/month. This is a way to commit to your regular acupuncture visits, while saving 20% per treatment. The membership will be invoiced and due at the beginning of each month.  You’ll pay for 3 visits and receive the 4th one free! These can be scheduled anytime the community clinic is open and last minute appointments are available. Any additional treatments will be $30 (15% off).
    (Fine Print: The treatments are not transferable or refundable. You can cancel at the beginning of each month by contacting If you do not use the treatments, there is no refund, exchange, or roll over; think of this like a gym membership.)

Last but not least, we will be switching our dress-code and will be sporting scrubs!  Fashionable and comfortable.

We are so excited to continue working together, providing high-quality care and great results for you and the people you care about. If you have any concerns, questions, or feed-back, please get in touch!

Welcome our latest team-member: Emilce!

Queenpin is excited to welcome Emilce Sheppard to the team! Emilce will be joining us from Blacksburg on Wednesdays for private acupuncture starting Dec 5th. We already have plans to add days as the new year warms up, so don’t be sad if that doesn’t work with your schedule. While she’s new to Queenpin, she isn’t new to healthcare. She has been in practice as an acupuncturist for a few years now and has a background in physical therapy and yoga.  She’s the perfect practitioner for our weekend-warriors, athletes, any anyone with a shoulder/knee/hip that knows when it’s going to rain.


Emilce was born in Virginia, and raised in Japan – sparking her love of East Asian Medicine. She began her career in healthcare at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, going on to become a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Emilce added yoga to her tool-belt, becoming a certified Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, including specializing in Pre/Post Natal Yoga. She earned her four year diploma of Acupuncture from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. Her work now blends her background in physical therapy, yoga, intentional movement, and acupuncture. Emilce also specializes in Women’s Health, especially pre and post natal care. 

Emilce also loves getting out for a hike, and continuing her yoga practice. Make your appointment with her here!


Staying Healthy This Winter

It’s happening. The mornings are crisp. The leaves are changing. We’ve even had a couple of good frosts! It’s a good time to implement a few small changes stay healthy this winter.

Eat seasonally. mostly what you’d find at the farmers market. Skip the salads, and fruit of summer and start to make more roasted root vegetables, and soups. This food will support your body in transitioning to fall and winter.

Stay warm. Your body is adjusting to the new season. Circulation patterns change, your metabolism changes. Take an extra moment to grab a scarf, wear a jacket or pull on a hat. It will keep your lymphatic and circulatory systems working better through the transition of the seasons, which is how your immune system fights off bugs. There’s even some research that illustrates that keeping your body temperature up, helps your immune system function better.

Seriously. Wear a hat.


Soup’s on!












Get more sleep. It’s natural & healthy to want to hibernate as the days get shorter. Go to bed a little earlier, and skip the early-morning wake-up. This is a great time to start to slow down and take more time to rest.  (Check out last year’s seasonal blog “It’s Time for a Nap”) Recover from the busy, hot summer, and get ready for what can be a stressful holiday season.

Consider adding some supplements. Elderberry has been shown to be extremely effective for cold and flu prevention; extract it at home from fresh  or grab elderberry extract at the grocery or health-food store (Roanoke Co-op, Earth Fare and Nature’s Outlet will all have it). High dose vitamin D3 can also benefit mood, energy and immunity this time of year. Start with 5000 IUs daily and see how you feel!

Wash your hands. All. The. Time. Hand sanitizer is an okay substitute, but the safest, gentlest way, is good-old-fashioned soap. This also prevents creating strains of treatment-resistant bacteria with ‘anti bacterial’ products.

Get regular acupuncture. One of the easiest ways to keep your stress levels low and your immune function high is through regular acupuncture.

And if you do get sick, it’s okay. Getting a cold is also healthy, in its own way! Your body is mounting the appropriate response. Come in for acupuncture at the first sign and we can make the cold shorter, milder and get you back to feeling good quickly! We may even send you with some herbs.

BRAIN(s) and how to use them

Health care decisions are difficult. It can feel overwhelming & confusing. There’s pressure to act quickly. And many times there’s conflicting information out there! My dear friends at Third Coast Birth & Family introduced me to an acronym used for making decisions during pregnancy and even in the heat of labor that I want to share with y’all: BRAIN


When faced with a decision, ask yourself:

What are the benefits? Does this meet my goals and desires? What’s the best-case scenario? Is there evidence to support this?

What are the risks? What’s the worst-case scenario? Does that outweigh the potential benefits? Is there evidence to support this?

What are my alternatives? Do I have other options? Do I need to seek out other providers to find out what those might be (get a second opinion)? Do some of the other options have a better benefit/risk relationship?

What does my intuition tell me? What’s my gut saying? Sleep on it. See what settles in your mind and body after mulling the decision over.

And what happens if I do nothing? Is waiting and seeing a good option? Does this decision have to be made immediately? More information might arise and the path may become clearer.

This little acronym can help slow down and give some order to decisions that have far-reaching consequences. It also moves the decision-making from the provider, back to YOU. The person. It’s your body, your health, your decision to make. No matter how strongly presented, a treatment plan from even the most esteemed doctor, researcher, chiropractor, acupuncturist, etc. is just a suggestion. It’s their best theory as to what will work for you.  That decision can have a lot of factors: clinical experience, current research, cost, rules and regulations of their location (i.e. hospitals, clinics, etc), insurance coverage, education, the current standard of care for any given diagnosis, availability of accurate diagnostics… and even less desirable things like bias, stereotyping, burn-out, etc. It’s a lot. So remember it’s not carved in stone and there are usually more options than you think to any given issue.

And truly, this little gem could help with any important decision-making. Test it out. Lemme know what you think.


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