Re-Opening June 1 in Fairhaven!


We are so incredibly happy to report we will be re-opening on June 1, 2020.  We will be in a brand new office location in FAIRHAVEN!!!  Below are some important points. (I work better with bullet points than long drawn out paragraphs :P)


Office Hours Update – COVID-19

A Better Way Massage & Acupuncture would like to extend well wishes to our patients during this time. It is important to our community that we follow the guidelines regarding staying home, to stop the spread of COVID-19, so we can all get back to our lives.

We, Shannon Freeman, Madalin Guisewite and Tammy Kelley-Hanson, have closed our treatment doors due to the #COVID-19 outbreak. We seek to support the efforts to end the spread of the outbreak and protect the lives of our patients, our family members, and our friends, some of whom are immunocompromised and/or breathing compromised.

Our office will reopen for treatments on April 13, 2020. Tammy will have limited hours, however we are always available via phone messaging and email.

We look forward in seeing you all again very soon. We can do this together. #aworldofhearts

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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


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