Dr. Bella Fooksman, D.Ac., L.Ac.
I came to Bella by way of personal introduction, for treatment of migraine headaches that have plagued me since adolescence. Having already seen a plethora of medical doctors including general practitioners, neurologists and headache specialists over the last 30 years, I reluctantly agreed to "preventive medication" about five years ago that has in fact made my headaches "manageable".
Little did I know when I started seeing Bella early this past summer (2009) that she would be treating so much more than just my headaches. My first session with Bella was a true revelation. I remember feeling a little apprehensive about my decision and more than a little nervous about the needles. Bella began our session with a series of questions, but mostly she listened. Something I would say would generate another question, more listening, and so on and so forth for over an hour. I talked, I relaxed, I cried… I almost completely forgot about the needles! I distinctly remember the feeling the very first time she held my hand to take my pulses: both body and soul were in very good hands.
To this day, that is precisely the moment in each treatment when I instinctively take my first deep breath. I saw a dramatic improvement in my headaches (both frequency and severity) about six weeks into treatment. Since then, I have entered treatment feeling completely exhausted and left utterly exhilarated. I have arrived in the grips of migraine pain and left completely pain free. I have laughed, I have cried, and I have come to understand that my emotional well-being and my physical well-being are forever dependent on each other. Bella has helped me slow down and identify the warning signs my body sends before the migraines arrive, and she has treated my body for optimal energy and balance in my fight against them -- and anything else that ails me. It is both an honor and a pleasure to be in Bella Fooksman's care.
I have been going for acupuncture to Bella for almost a year now. Since then I have accounted some major changes in my life...during this time, there have been times I was not sure about my capabilities and if someone told me a year ago that so much would change in one year and I would feel the way I do now (which is ready) I would think they were crazy.
Bella has known how to support what I needed at the time that I needed it. Whether is was to stand up for myself, test anxiety, letting go of something, or taking everything in, I benefited from the treatment. In addition, I received unconditional support from her and sometimes that's what I needed most. Although in the treatment room, Bella was the practitioner, I felt like I was with another person rather than a “doctor” or someone that was telling me what to do. She provided a mutual partnership, and understanding
I don't really know how to begin to thank you for all that you have done for me over the last several months...although according to you, I do all the work, you just help me to get it done :). When I first came to you...I was experiencing a lot of physical pain and discomfort. I had major pain and extreme tightness in my left shoulder, high blood pressure, aching in my feet, fatigue, lack of stamina, and in March started with chest pains and anxiety. I've always known that suppressed emotional have a tendency to show themselves as physical ailments, but until I started meeting with you...I really had no idea how detrimental I was being to myself...Our treatment sessions have been so eye opening to me. As we've talked I've realized emotional issues that I thought were long gone, were not, and a lot of times, were the cause of my physical pain. You have been so patient, so understanding, and you've always made me safe enough to be able to be completely vulnerable in our sessions. You have always listened without judgment, guided with words of encouragement, and the pride and love you have for your profession shows in every single visit.
You always take the time to answer my million questions about what treatment you are using and why. Through my treatments you have helped me to become very aware of my own body...my shoulder pain is completely gone. The most important lesson that I've learned from you Bella, is that it's ok to cut myself some slack.
...My sessions have helped me: to get my body back on track - to be more aware of my body and the things going on within it - to know what triggers the physical pains I've experienced, and to deal with them before they once again become serious issues - to just take time to breathe and be still - and when all else fails...come back to see you when I need it.
Again Bella, I can't thank you enough for everything you've done for me, and for everything you've helped me do for myself. You are a gifted practitioner and I feel extremely blessed to have taken the first step to come see you. Physically I feel so much better (no more chest pains or anxiety!), but more importantly, emotionally I feel more at peace and grounded than I have in years and years.
Prior to coming under Ms. Fooksman's care, I had seen another acupuncturist, with whom I had a very clinical and often detached experience. From the very beginning of meeting Ms. Fooksman, however, I felt cared for, as a patient and as a person. From the first appointment, she was warm, welcoming and gentle with me.
...If I were not as familiar with acupuncture as I am, I would think Ms. Fooksman was working magic with those needles. Being familiar with acupuncture, however, I know that what Ms. Fooksman is doing is listening to me, meeting me where I am, gathering the symptoms that I present with, and finding the best points with which to treat me. She explains her intentions for the treatments to me and reminds me to take what gifts I gather in the treatment room and explore them within the context of my life.
Ms. Fooksman always lets me know that she is only a phone call or an e-mail away if I need her. A few weeks ago, when I did have a great need to be seen in between my appointments, she made certain that I was seen as soon as possible. Having that appointment was critical for me. Knowing that Ms. Fooksman is there for me in those times of great yet unexpected need is such a comfort.
When I talk to people about acupuncture, be they friends or strangers, I tell them about Ms. Fooksman...I recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone who might be interested in exploring the joys and benefits of acupuncture." -