NADA Ear Acupuncture (Discontinuing June 28th)

Book a NADA ear acupuncture session 


THURSDAYS 3:00 – 7:00pm **Discontinuing June 28th!!**
Please note, last session available 30 minutes before the end of the shift.


David Gillese, R.Ac.

About NADA

A 5 point ear acupuncture protocol for addictions, stress and trauma.
Sessions are offered seated in a supportive group setting.

Sessions are 30 minutes
$15-30 sliding scale. Pay what you can afford.

We prefer cash & debit, BUT if you must, credit is OK too.

Benefits of the NADA protocol

NADA ear acupuncture is an adjunct therapy which is clinically effective, cost-efficient, drug-free and compatible cross-culturally. It has easily incorporated within a variety of models and settings including behavioral health, addictions or disaster relief settings or in any location that a group of people can sit together.

These sessions are intended to provide additional access to treatment for individuals who need short notice appointments at a lower cost and can be utilized alone or in addition to our Community Acupuncture sessions.

Aside from NADA’s benefits for addictions recovery, it has a wide spectrum of applications and is commonly used to whole system rebalancing, nervous system regulation, hormonal and digestive conditions.

The history of ear acupuncture & the NADA protocol

The ear much like other areas of the body (ie. the foot in Reflexology) is a microsystem.
Paul Nogier (French neurologist) was the first to define the ear as a microsystem, publishing his results in 1957 with Treatise of Auriculotherapy or Ear acupuncture. Microsystem theories state that the whole body is reflected in a small part.

Developed in the 1970s at Lincoln Detox (Bronx, N.Y.), the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol was originally used as a supportive component in drug and alcohol treatment settings. 

And while the story of how acupuncture came to be a widespread treatment in the United States—sometimes associated most commonly with privilege—begins nearly 50 years ago, in New York’s South Bronx, with a subversive alliance of Black and brown activists.

On November 10, 1970, more than two dozen members of the Puerto Rican activist group Young Lords, alongside members of the Black Panther Party, occupied the sixth floor of Lincoln Hospital, in the South Bronx. With heroin devastating Harlem and the South Bronx, the protestors demanded a long-promised drug treatment program, staffed by former users, that would “serve the community effectively and be run by the community.”

The following day, the People’s Program was informally established, and within hours, 200 people had formed a line outside the building seeking methadone, an opioid that helps ease the symptoms of heroin withdrawal. After days of tense negotiations between the Young Lords and hospital administrators, the drug detoxification program was granted funding and recognition.

Learn more about Lincoln Detox & history of the NADA protocol.

Cancellation policies

We are accepting cancellations up to 12 HOURS BEFORE your appointment.
Missed appointments or late cancelations (less than 12 hrs notice) will be subject to a $35 fee

Exceptions granted to the following unforeseen and/or emergency situations:

  • Illness or accident
  • Personal or family emergencies
  • Childcare conflicts
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or awaiting test results

Please provide advanced notice, so there is adequate time for another client to fill your timeslot.
Up to 12 HOURS BEFORE, you may cancel your appointment via:

  • Online through (preferred)
  • Email,
  • Phone, 250-590-3185 – at this time, our capacity to answer the phone will be limited

Our JaneApp system sends email appointment reminders 36 hours before.
If you do not use or regularly check your email, please put systems in place to remind yourself of the appointment you have booked.

PLEASE NOTE: we always do our due diligence to contact you if you miss an appointment. Failure to follow-up with us will result in your online booking being disabled until your $35 fee is paid.

Be accountable for the timeslot you have booked, as our scheduling is limited.
Help us help you get the acupuncture you need.

How to use our sliding scale

Our sliding scale is in place so we can treat people from a wide spectrum of financial situations, which is why we want to keep the bottom end of our sliding scale as accessible as possible. If you are tight for money, pay at the low end of the sliding scale, but those of you who have extended healthcare benefits or those of you that find the higher end of the sliding scale within your means, we encourage you to pay more.

To keep rates affordable and our clinic running efficiently, we ask our client-base to participate in the following

  • Book online – we may not always be available to answer the phone. Please make the effort to book your appointment online. This reduces the amount of time spent on the phone if the acupuncturist on-shift so they can focus on client care.
  • Leave a voicemail – we are not always available by phone. If you want us to return your call, please make the effort to leave a voicemail.
  • Be punctual – we rely on high volume to keep our rates affordable, therefore, we rely on everyone arriving on time so that the acupuncturist on-shift can stay on track. Commencing Nov 1, 2021, clients arriving 5+ minutes past their appointment time will be subject to a $2 late fee.
  • Be accountable to the appointment you have booked – adhering to our cancellation policies and ensuring you keep track of the appointment(s) you have booked. When you book an appointment and not show, you are taking a timeslot away from another client in need of care.
  • Paying it forward – if it is within your means, esp individuals who have extended benefits, by paying on the higher end of the scale you are investing in clients who have less financial privilege and is the basis of mutual aid.

To learn more, READ HERE.

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