Acupuncture and Integrative Medical Center to Open New Clinic for Expanded Services
Dec 31, 2019 10:47AM
● By Annalise Combs
by Sheila Julson
Acupuncture & Integrative Medical Center (AIMC) plans to open a new, larger clinic in February. Founder Dr. Carlos Chapa, a licensed acupuncturist, says the goal is to provide a true integrative center that combines Eastern medicine with Western approaches. The new 20,000 square foot space, located just a few blocks from their current location in Irving, will specialize in treating chronic pain, neurological issues such as Bell’s Palsy, eye conditions and stroke recovery.
Chapa developed an interest in working with patients suffering from stroke and neurological conditions during college. He had the opportunity to study in China, where he worked at a hospital and saw how effective acupuncture and herbal medicine is for stroke patients.
The new clinic was formerly occupied by Centre for Neuro Skills, which specializes in spinal rehabilitation. “It’s a turnkey operation,” Says Chapa. “We want to offer rehab services and other aspects of stroke and neurological care, all under one roof for our patients.”
Chapa, along with his associates, Dr. Elisha Kao and Dr. Miranda Liao, will welcome two doctors from Cuba that will bring nonsurgical approaches such as acupuncture and nutrition counseling. “In Cuba, there is limited access to medications, so doctors there have to learn about nutrition to help keep people well,” Chapa explains. He will also add a physical therapist and a psychologist to help patients cope with the emotional aspects of stroke aftermath.
In addition, the clinic will expand their regular services such as acupuncture, laser acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, cupping, herbal medicine, naturopathic services and in-depth lab testing. Chapa notes that a large percentage of his patients are Spanish-speaking, so services are available in both English and Spanish. The new space also has a large community room with capacity for up to 100 people where Chapa and his staff will hold classes and events. “We will have weekly classes covering wellness topics about everything from diabetes to eye health,” he says. “
Chapa founded AIMC in 2009 with a mission of helping patients achieve total restoration of health through integrative modalities such as acupuncture. The clinic has two locations; Chapa states they will still keep their second clinic in Mesquite open to serve patients in that area. He’s excited about how the contemporary new clinic will make it easy and more affordable for patients to access all the care they need in one convenient location.
“With the doctors all in one place, they can talk to each other and communicate effectively about the patient’s care,” he concludes. “Patients won’t have to take the time to travel to different offices and pay separate co-pays for each physician. Everyone will be working together under one roof.”
Acupuncture & Integrative Medical Center is located at 9901 Ranch Valley Pkwy., in Irving; and 18601 LBJ Fwy., in Mesquite. For more information, call 972-444-0660, email [email protected] or visit AIMCDFW.com.
Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.