Happy Independence Day

Wishing everyone an early happy Independence Day. Our office will be open with limited massage hours on July 4. We return to our regular schedule July 5. Be safe and be well. #abwmassage #BMAM#BellinghamWA #Bellwether #chinesemedicine #health #acupuntura#wellness #massage

12 Years Strong in Bellingham Bellwether

Shannon Freeman and Judy Harvey

Today we signed a 2 year extension on A Better Way Massage & Acupuncture lease with The Port of Bellingham. This May 2017 will be 12 years strong in #BellinghamWA providing #Acupuncture and #MedicalMassage. Thank you #PortBellingham and our loyal patients/clients for being such wonderful supporters of #abwmassage. #bham #BMAM #Bellwether @abwmassage

Group Health PPO and Kaiser Permanente – Providers

Shannon Freeman, LAC

Shannon Freeman, EAMP, Dipl. AC (NCCAOM) (r) and Satori Hanson, LMP, are providers for Group Health PPO/Kaiser Permanente.  This insurance program includes the following plans accepted by our office:

  • Access PPO
  • GHO Federal
  • Omni PPO
  • Options PPO
  • Overlake Employees

Satori Hanson, LMP

Our office is working on adding more providers to the network.  If you have any questions regarding your plan and benefits, please call our office and speak to Tammy at 360-366-4216.  She is available to do benefit searches for our patients.  You may schedule your GHPPO acupuncture and massage treatments online at

Welcome to our Bellingham Medical Acupuncture & Massage Clinic


Our clinic is a beautiful Medical Massage and Acupuncture office with treatment rooms overlooking Bellingham Bay.  We provide patients with insurance verification status reports and we provide medical services for Personal Injury and Labor and Industry claims, and many In-Network insurance plans.  We bill at reasonable rates, following WA State L&I pay rates.

New Patient forms are available for download at 

A Better Way Massage & Acupuncture under Clinic Forms.


Bellingham Medical Acupuncture Clinic and Massage

Bayview Medical Center
12 Bellwether Way, Suite 201
Bellingham, WA 98225                              Office: 360-366-4216                F)360-778-1362

Providers on Staff:

Shannon Freeman, LAC, EAMP, LMP – Regence and GHPPO   –  Acupuncture Cethanie, Kaster, LMP


Jamie Mulligan, LMP


Anna Schemstad, LMP – Regence


Satori Hanson, LMP – Regence and GHPPO


Zach Smalley, LMP


Tammy Kelly-Hanson, Medical Office Administration

Insurance:  We are PPO providers for:

Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield Fedral Employee ProgramsBlueCard PPO/EPO and BlueCard Traditional network(s), ChoiceCare, Cigna, Commercial Insurance, Community Health Plan of WA (CHPW), Coventry Health, First Choice Health, Group Health PPO, Group Health Options, Healthways WholeHealth Network, Health Management Administrators (HMA), KPS Health Plans, Lifewise, Personal Injury Claims, Premera, Regence BlueShield, Soundpath Health, Uniform Medical, United Healthcare, Workman’s Compensation.  Prompt pay discounts available for Medicare patients and Uninsured patients.


weama-new-logoGood news!  L & I is beginning the process to add East Asian Medicine Practitioners as approved providers to serve injured workers in WA State!! WEAMA has been working with the Labor and Industries (L & I) on a literature review to provide evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture for five years. We narrowed the scope of the literature review to Low Back Pain as that is one of the highest incidents of worker injuries.

We received confirmation from Leah Hole-Marshall, L&I -Medical Administrator, that they are going to proceed with policy options for adding acupuncture for low back pain as a covered L&I service. This will initiate the agency rulemaking process. They will submit a CR 101 soon to start the official regulatory process. The process may take up to a year to complete.

They are still reviewing evidence and will have a more formal briefing ready within a week or so, but the upshot is that due to the evidence WEAMA provided a high-quality literature review, along with the AHRQ review, that shows low and moderate quality evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic back pain.  No significant adverse events are known, so safety was not a high concern.

labor-industries-l-i-washington-stateThey are also reviewing a high-quality purchasing strategy (Healthy Washington 20/20) to identify how acupuncture can fit in to both value based and best practice purchasing that ensures injured workers do not fall through the cracks. They will need to present their findings and recommendations to IIMAC and ACHIEV for their feedback which will be in January 2017.

Many thanks to Lisa Taylor-Swanson and Megan Kingsley-Gale, Jen Stone, Mercy Yule, Jacob Godwin and our whole cadre of reviewers/data extractors. We would NOT have crossed this threshold without each and every person!

The Washington East Asian Medicine Association Board