|About Don Thompson
Prior to practicing acupuncture, Don received a BS in psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
Following graduation, he worked as a mental health counselor in a community hospital. He moved to Washington, DC to attend graduate school at The George Washington University (GWU), where he was awarded a MA in education and human development. Following graduation, he worked for GWU law school in various administrative positions.
His first experience with acupuncture was following a shoulder injury he received while playing racquetball. He visited a traditional physician who had some training in acupuncture. She offered him medication for 10 days, or acupuncture. Out of curiosity, he tried the acupuncture and found that the pain was completely gone following the acupuncture treatment. He consulted an acupuncturist for other chronic health problems and experienced not only a relief from the problems, but an overall improvement in energy. After researching the profession of acupuncture, Don found that acupuncture addressed the whole person, i.e., mind, body, and spirit. He had found his passion.
Don has now been practicing acupuncture for over 14 years. He received his acupuncture training at the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Bethesda, MD. Following graduation, he established a private practice in Washington, DC and Leesburg, VA , where he practiced for several years. During this time he completed post-graduate studies in animal acupuncture at the TAI-Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland. After a move to Pittsburgh, PA, he worked as staff acupuncturist at Allegheny General Hospital's department of Integrative Medicine. While there he had the opportunity to work with physicians in various departments including the Gastroenterology Department (Functional Bowel Clinic), Pain Management Clinic, and Orthopaedic Surgery's Spinal Clinic. He also designed the acupuncture protocol for a study in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department to study the effects of acupuncture on post-thoracotomy pain. He delivered lectures to physicians, nurses, and other health care personnel on the use of acupuncture in medical settings. After a move to Columbia, SC, he maintained a private practice and participated in several studies at the University of South Carolina on the use of acupuncture to help conditions such as peripheral neuropathy and oral cortisol and immunity. A native of Abingdon, VA, Don has returned to be closer to his family and friends.
About the Practice
Abingdon Acupuncture is conveniently located at 966 W.Main Street in Abingdon, just off exit 14. Our office is a peaceful, safe, and beautiful environment created to facilitate healing and optimization of health. In addition to acupuncture, we offer high quality herbs and other supplements to help you achieve your goal of better health and vitality. We strive to bring you high quality service in a low-key environment. Of course, your feedback and suggestions are always welcomed.
Monday-Thursday 9:30- 6, by appointment
Saturday: By appointment
We offer a complimentary 15 minute consultation to discuss your specific health care concern and decide if acupuncture might be appropriate care for you. An increasing number of insurance companies are offering coverage of acupuncture services, including certain AETNA, Cigna, and Anthem policies. Worker's Compensation as well as most automobile insurance companies offer coverage for acupuncture services for injuries received as a result of work related injuries or auto accidents. We will provide you with a "superbill" so that you can file for reimbursement of your acupuncture expenses. Health savings accounts can also be used to cover acupuncture services. We accept checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover card for payment. Payment is due at the time services are rendered unless other arrangements have been made. There is a $25 charge for appointments missed or not cancelled by 6 pm on the day before your scheduled appointment.