Mask Policy Update 2022

We would like to announce that we are changing our mask policy.

We feel that, after being masked in the clinic for two years, current COVID-19 conditions, and a fully vaccinated and boosted staff, warrant a change in our policy. We are no longer requiring masks in the office. What does this mean for the clinic? 

While we are lifting our previous mask policy, masks are still available to anyone who prefers to wear one; and all of our staff and providers are more than happy to mask upon request. 

While masks will not be required we are continuing our cleaning, sanitizing, and hand washing practices and will revisit our policies as needed. 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

UPDATED COVID 19 Policy 2021-2022

Maryville Acupuncture COVID-19 Policy: 

Clinics will remain closed during any stay at home mandated by local or federal government with exceptions made on a case by case basis. We will follow any and all local and/or federal guidelines with respect to elective medical procedures. 

Employee Policies: 

  1. Each employee must wash hands when arriving for their shift and before and after any amount of patient contact. 
  2. Each employee must wear a mask during their shift.
  3. Self assess health before arriving at the clinic and do not report to work if you: 
    1. Have a fever over 100.4 degrees. 
    2. Have any COVID symptoms. 
    3. Have been exposed to COVID-19 and are symptomatic. If you are asymptomatic: 
      1. Vaccinated employee: You may return to work after a negative test
      2. Unvaccinated employee: required to quarantine per CDC guidelines. 
  4. Follow any updated CDC, local, or federal guidelines not covered by this document. 
  5. Minimize time patients spend in the waiting area. 
  6. All Employees and sublet tenants  must be vaccinated by 1/1/2022. Exceptions only allowed on a case by case basis following CDC guidelines. Exemption requests must be submitted in writing with necessary documentation. Regular COVID 19 testing may be required. 

Cleaning protocols: during the COVID-19 outbreak, strict cleaning protocols are to be followed: 

  1. All surfaces used are disinfected with a COVID approved cleaner  after each patient. This includes but is not limited to: 
    1. Treatment room door knobs
    2. Table and face cradle
    3. Call buttons
  2. Sheets are washed with Tide detergent on a hot cycle and changed in full between each patient 
  3. These and any other shared items must be disinfected with alcohol after every use and at the beginning and end or shift or before and after another staff member uses them: 
    1. Phone. 
    2. Ipad (also to be cleaned after each use by a patient)
  4. Wipe down these and other commonly touched surfaces with a COVID approved cleaner at least daily:
    1. Reception desk
    2. Bathroom
    3. Front door knobs/closet door knobs
    4. Kitchen and other staff areas

Patients will not be seen if they:

  1. Have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days
    1. If they are vaccinated and asymptomatic, they can be seen with a negative COVID test
  2. Have a fever over 100.4 degrees, or other COVID-19 symptoms
  3. Refuse to abide by clinic policies

Clinic Policies: 

  1. Patients are asked to arrive on time for their appointment to minimize time in the waiting room.
  2. Patients are asked to come alone to their visit unless they are accompanying a minor or on case by case expectations for other circumstances. 
  3. Patients and guardians are required to wear a cloth mask during their visit. 
  4. Patients and guardians are asked to wash hands with soap and water immediately upon arriving for their appointment. 

Kate is on Maternity Leave & Welcome Jennifer Broadwell, L.Ac.

Maternity Leave

Kate is officially on maternity leave as of last week! We would like to give a HUGE thanks to you, our dear community, for all the support and understanding as we move through this transition.

We are so excited to welcome Jennifer Broadwell- who will be covering Kate’s maternity leave! Kate’s online scheduler will be on pause and we anticipate her return mid-August with an adjusted schedule of evenings and weekends. She will focus on supporting established patients and start accepting new patients again in 2022. More updates and photos to come! 

Welcome Jennifer Broadwell

We would like to welcome and introduce Jennifer Broadwell. Jennifer is coming to us from Florida and will be covering Kate’s maternity leave. She is a state licensed and nationally board certified acupuncturist and herbalist since 2011, and has been a licensed nurse since 2000. She created and managed the acupuncture program at Boca Raton Regional Hospital in the Women’s Department and the Oncology Department. She is committed to providing the highest quality personalized  care to all her patients. She will be at the clinic starting Monday June 28- July 2. To schedule an appointment please call our office phone 865-315-3157 to get set up.

Please remember to wear a mask to your appointment.  We will continue asking pre-screening questions and taking temperatures.  With our new schedule please try to give us as much notice as possible if you need to change or cancel your appointment. This allows us to give those on the waiting list a chance to fill that appointment spot. 

Clinic Updates and Exciting News in 2021

We have a few exciting updates to share with you. By now many of you know Kate’s good news and we are looking forward to her baby boy joining the world this summer. As we get excited for that we are also looking forward to Alex’s graduation from her Acupuncture program this August. We are excited to announce that she will be joining the clinic once she is licensed.  During this time we are working hard to make these transitions are a smooth process so that we are able to continue supporting and serving our community. 

We also would like to take the time to welcome our new office manager in training, Elizabeth Newman. We are so excited to have her join the team. When you see her at the office please say hello and introduce yourself. She will be working closely with all of us as we adjust during this time. 

Please remember to wear a mask to your appointment.  We will continue asking pre-screening questions and taking temperatures.  As we continue to be flexible with the cancellation policy during this time, please try to give us as much notice as possible if you need to change or cancel your appointment. This allows us to give those on the waiting list a chance to fill that appointment spot. 

Cheers,Kate, Sarah, Alex and Elizabeth