As some of you may already know, my partner Robert and I are expecting a baby boy in early July 2017! We’re both very excited to become parents and will be taking some time away from work to focus on our new baby.
When will I go on leave? And how long will I be out?
If all goes according to plan, I will begin maternity leave June 19th and return to work October 9th. Of course, babies often don’t arrive on schedule, so I may adjust those dates as needed (I’ll keep you posted if there are any changes).
Continuing care while I’m on leave
I won’t be working for the three months I’m on leave. If you’d like to continue taking Chinese herbs while I’m away, I would be happy to mix up a supply to last you while I’m out- please let me know prior to June 5, so I have time to mix it up for you. In addition to not seeing patients during this time, I also will be taking a break from email and voicemail. In case you would like to continue your treatment with another provider while I’m away, I wanted to provide you with some great practitioner options. Luckily, there are some wonderful acupuncturists in Olympia who will be available to see you during that time. Here are the practitioners I most recommend (in alphabetical order):
Michelle Bilodeau, EAMP - Michelle and I were classmates way back during our Chinese medicine training. Like me, she practices all branches of Chinese medicine: acupuncture, herbs, qigong, and nutritional counseling. Her practice is located in West Olympia, near the auto mall. She accepts most major insurance plans. She works afternoons and evenings during the week. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 360.754.1396
Rain Delvin, EAMP, LMP – Rain is a fantastic acupuncturist, herbalist, and Thai massage therapist. Her office is located around the corner from mine, at 2020 Jackson Ave in West Olympia. She is in-network with most major insurance plans (including Regence/Uniform). Email: email@example.com Tel: 360.754.1823
Denise Robison, EAMP – Denise is a long time practitioner of acupuncture and herbal medicine. She specializes in family medicine, women’s health and fertility, and pediatrics. Her office is located in West Olympia, near the auto mall. She is in-network with most insurance plans (including Regence/Uniform). She works evenings, Monday through Friday. Email: OlympiaFamilyAcupuncture@gmail.com Tel: 360.357.5353
Sarah Tung, EAMP, ND – Sarah is a great acupuncturist and naturopathic doctor. Her acupuncture style is very similar to my own. Her office is located in West Olympia, just off 101 on Black Lake. She is in-network with most insurance plans (including Regence/Uniform). She works mornings and early afternoons and also has some weekend hours available. Email: DrSarahTung@gmail.com Tel: 360.350.9014
Scheduling and office hours after maternity leave
Right now, I’m planning to return to work part-time in early October and slowly increase my hours back to full-time over the course of several months. At this point, I’m not entirely sure what my initial office hours will be. Some of that will depend on baby’s schedule and some of that will depend on child care. My plan is to send out another email and post an update on my website a few weeks before I return to work, letting you know about my hours, availability, and scheduling. So keep an eye out for that update.
Thank you for your understanding and support during this exciting time! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me (prior to June 19th)