Want to spend more than 15 minutes with a health professional and know they are treating you, specifically — not a condition or disease that may manifest in other people in a different way for different reasons?
An acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner is one choice. There is a new one in Enterprise.
Jamie Slagel has begun treating clients at her business, Eagle Cap Wellness in the old Stage One at 119 E. Main St., Enterprise
Wallowa County is alternative medicine-friendly. Medical doctors occasionally include acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in a treatment regimen.
“Most providers want people to have acupuncture as an option,” she said.
Slagel has been trained to work in conjunction with providers from every other discipline. In China, practitioners work in conjunction with doctors, physical therapist and mental health professionals. Slagel spent three months working in Chinese hospitals alongside medical professionals.
“I get referrals from doctors here in Wallowa County and want to reach out to everyone,” she said. “Ideally, I would send back a very extensive letter with my diagnosis and findings and we can work together.”
She’s not the only acupuncturist in town and that’s fine — even good, she said.
“Every acupuncturist has a different style,” Slagel said. “You have to look around, and if you click with someone, you click.”
Slagel’s style includes an extensive in-take interview and treatment that includes wellness counseling, herbal or vitamin prescription as necessary, massage and acupuncture –– it takes about an 75 minutes for a treatment.
She is a graduate of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, has a bachelor’s degree in pre-med and spent four years in acupuncture school, served an internship and residency, and then went to China.
She says she has special training in acupuncture for women’s health, pregnancy and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
But she also has a mission to wean patients off pain pills.
“I especially enjoy treating pain,” she said. “But I enjoy everything because it is so incredibly interesting — if there is something I don’t know, I research a solution.”
Research is her “hobby,” she said. She reads medical textbooks and studies Chinese Medicine and acupuncture every day.
“Chinese medicine has a plethora of herbal formulas, all plant-based and no synthetics, that have been developed over the last couple thousand years, and they are specific to each person’s specific condition,” Slagel said. “I cannot prescribe a Chinese herb unless I do a full intake. Everyone presents in a different way, how (and where) they feel issues in their bodies.”
It’s important to know that acupuncture works on a momentum principal — the more you do it, the better the results. She recommends you give it 12 treatments initially. That may sound like a lot, but it will cost you about the same as a full panel blood test — and your insurance may cover it.
Slagel accepts many insurance plans and can accept OHP with a doctor’s referral. Motor vehicle insurance can also be tapped for acupuncture following an accident, even a minor accident.
Hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and she is on call for emergencies. The EM&M building elevator is also available for folks who need it.