What We Do & How We Do It
Simple & affordable fee.
$20. Simple, easy. We accept cash, check, credit/debit card, and most HSA cards as well.
Insurance or a referral? Not necessary.
We exist to provide you with as much acupuncture as you would like to support whatever health goals you have in mind, and we will advise you on how to get started with that by giving you a written initial treatment plan at your first visit. We don’t deal with insurance and while we are very happy if your doctor told you to come here (lots of doctors send people here) you only need to want to try acupuncture to get treated here.
We recommend regular, frequent visits, especially in the beginning.
Acupuncture’s effects are cumulative – they build on the previous treatments as the body improves. Studies show that regular, frequent treatment is the best way to improve your health – in countries where acupuncture is very common, a person often gets treatment daily until they are much better. Unfortunately in the DC area the going rate for acupuncture is $140/visit (vs. our $20 fee), making frequent visits accessible to only the wealthy. Community acupuncture clinics strive to close that accessibility gap by making treatment affordable for most people.
We treat in a group setting.
The community acupuncture model gets back to the roots of how acupuncture has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years – in a group setting. Patients relax and nap in comfortable recliners, fully clothed, in a quiet, soothing community room. Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits: it’s easy for friends and family members to come in for treatment together; many patients find it comforting; and a collective energetic field becomes established which actually makes individual treatments more powerful. There is a beauty to a group setting. Have you ever felt the power of being in a group? In church? In a yoga class? At a football game? Group energy is inspiring.
Our goal is for the clinic to be a comfortable, safe healing space for all.
No matter your background, you are welcome here! Social justice is the foundation of the clinic’s mission – your life and your health matter and we want to help undo the societal, structural stresses that undermine health and wellness for each and every person who is treated here. Everyone receives the same high-quality acupuncture treatment. You can relax knowing that everyone is here to improve their health, and feel comforted by a setting that helps everyone feel less alone, less isolated, and part of a caring community.
We’re affordable and still make ends meet.
Revive is not a non-profit – we rely on community and solidarity to exist. As long as we see a strong volume of clients we stay in business.
Your First Visit
Come in, sign in at the desk, and grab a clipboard to fill out the consent form and health history. You’ll have a chat with the acupuncturist (Kim Deane, LAc.) about your health, and you will have a chance to ask questions. Then comes the good part – you’ll have your acupuncture treatment. You can stay and rest for as long as you like (we recommend at least 30-45 minutes). There is no undressing – please wear loose, comfortable clothing, we will be placing the pins in your arms (elbows to hands) and legs (knees to feet). When you decide to leave, we’ll give you a treatment plan and you can book your next visit.
Come in, sign in, and go grab an open recliner! Once you are ready (shoes & socks off, pants and sleeves rolled up) your punk will be over to talk to you about how you’ve been since your last visit and your treatment will start.
So many people with these conditions respond very well to acupuncture:
back and neck pain, sciatica, infertility, menstrual issues, stress management and relaxation, menopause symptoms, arthritis, anxiety, quitting smoking, allergies, sinus problems, insomnia, constipation and other digestive problems, depression, headaches, migraines, and much more.
Most people report that a sense of deep relaxation and calm comes over them during their acupuncture treatment, in addition to getting relief from their symptoms. For this reason many people use acupuncture as a tool to help manage stress on a regular basis. It is common to fall asleep when you’re getting an acupuncture treatment.
Please ask if you don’t see something listed that you would like help with, and we can give you more info. The great thing about acupuncture is that it seems to have general positive health benefits for most people – they leave feeling more relaxed and better overall, and that is good for everyone’s health!
How It Works
While the mechanism of how it works is still being researched, acupuncture seems to help stimulate your body’s ability to heal itself. It is natural and safe. It works best if you can get it regularly and frequently when you first begin. Most people to start seeing progress at their first visit or within their first few visits. It is very rare that someone comes in and sees no results or changes within the first few treatments. Many studies show that acupuncture has proven positive effects and benefits a wide range of health conditions.
Staff & Friends
Revive Community Acupuncture is owned and operated by Kim Deane, M.Ac., L.Ac., a graduate of Tai Sophia Institute (now called Maryland University of Integrative Health/MUIH) in Laurel, MD. She is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Maryland. Kim is a longtime resident of the DC area who first relocated here in 1990 to attend college. Her approach to acupuncture is a down-to-earth one. You won’t be lectured about your “lifestyle” (but you can ask whatever questions you’d like), you won’t hear any acupuncture jargon, and you will receive clear and accurate information about how acupuncture can help you. This no-nonsense approach is tempered with humor, in our relaxed community setting. Clients are made to feel comfortable and empowered by knowing how to utilize the clinic and acupuncture for their health and wellbeing.
About Kim Deane
Kim was born and raised in Rhode Island, the daughter of the late Arthur, a machinist and an Army veteran of WWII, and Rita, who works in finance. A longtime love of volunteering began for her in her mid-teens, and she completed more than 1,000 hours of service at the local hospital before graduating high school. College brought her to DC, where she attended George Washington University as a theatre major and fine art minor. She spent 15 years designing and building scenery and props for local and national theatre, film, and television productions, in addition to volunteering doing English and citizenship tutoring through UJA Federation, before turning her attention to a master’s degree in acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health (then called Tai Sophia Institute). In 2011 Kim signed the lease for Revive’s original location (a week before graduating!), received her acupuncture license, and opened Revive’s doors on August 11th. The last seven years have flown by, seeing thousands of clients, volunteering hundreds of hours to the Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture, and even spending some time volunteering at City Wildlife assisting in the care of injured animals. Kim lives in Northeast DC with her fiance, Charles, their 3 cats and 2 chihuahuas.
More about us
We opened in August of 2011, and since then we have provided over 10,000 affordable acupuncture treatments in our community. Treatments happen in an open treatment room in comfy reclining chairs. It’s like a big living room here, with relaxing lighting and plenty of blankets (we even have earplugs for extra quiet) – we want you to be comfortable so you can rest and have a break when you come in for acupuncture. There is no need to undress, you just take off socks & shoes and roll up your sleeves and pantlegs and, once your treatment starts, recline and have a rest.
Because we are a low-cost clinic, we need high volume to be “successful” – and what successful means to us is that we see enough clients to cover our expenses. We’re a social business, so anything beyond our expenses goes right back into the clinic to make it bigger & better with more acupuncturists (who we call ‘punks’), reception staff, and way more hours so it is convenient for people from all walks of life to come in. We’re not a non-profit, we do not get grants or funding, so we rely on word of mouth and minimal advertising to let people know we are here. So, we want you to come get acupuncture, and we want you to bring your friends, your neighbors, your boss, your mom, your grandma, her church friends, their kids, the guy who delivers your takeout food, your bus driver – we want everyone to try it and see what it can do for them.
Revive is part of a grass-roots revolution in acupuncture and healthcare. See our page about POCA for more information on this incredible co-op we belong to here.