Poppy Field Wellness
Acupuncture . Herbal Medicine .
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
San Francisco, California
Hello & Welcome!
Samantha is a California State and nationally board certified (NCCAOM) acupuncturist and herbalist and a Certified Arvigo® Practitioner. She received her master's degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR. She has been working with botanical medicine for over twenty years, and is a Certified Women's Herbal Educator with her expertise in gynecological and menstrual health concerns based on advanced training from herbalist-midwife-MD Aviva Romm.
She began this journey as a health care provider after her own struggles with debilitating menstrual cramps and the physical sensations associated with anxiety. The modalities that Samantha offers are ones she has experienced relief from and ones that have been providing healing in her patients.
Her private practice is dedicated and passionate about bringing quality, holistic health care to the community, with a focus on mental/emotional health, utilizing Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®.
Here are just a few conditions I treat. I have a very gentle needling style and welcome Highly Sensitive People.
Mental & Emotional Health:
-Menstrual Cycle Irregularities
-PMS & Mood Swings
-Ovarian Cysts & Fibroids
Acupuncture . Herbal Medicine
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®
Acupuncture is a technique that has been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years to promote health, well-being and the healing of the whole person. By gently stimulating specific points on the body with acupuncture needles, a form of communication is taking place from one area of the body to another. What this connection strives for is to ultimately bring the body and mind back into balance so one can find relief to enjoy and manage their quality of life.
In California, an acupuncturist is allowed to engage in the practice of acupuncture, electroacupuncture, perform or prescribe the use of East Asian massage, acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, breathing techniques, exercise, heat, cold, magnets, nutrition, diet, herbs, plant, animal, and mineral products, and dietary supplements to promote, maintain, and restore health.
Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. It is used in all societies and is common to all cultures.
There are many different forms of herbal medicine that come from different cultures around the world. All these have the use of medicinal plants in common, but they vary in the plants they use, the way they prepare and use medicines from these plants, and the philosophy of their treatment approaches.
Herbalism is designed to use herbs to treat the underlying cause of disease in an individual. They are used in many traditions as a preventative action to boost immune function and promote general well-being before disease occurs.
Herbalists look at the whole picture, from lifestyle to mental/emotional stressors, in order to prescribe the best treatment to restore the body's natural balance.
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®(ATMAT)
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® are founded on an ancient Maya technique of abdominal massage.
This technique is performed externally by gently guiding and supporting organs back into their optimal position, allowing for improved functioning for optimal health and wellness.
Arvigo® Therapy is best known for addressing misalignment or congestion in the reproductive organs of both male and female bodies, as well as many common digestive disorders.
The techniques effectively alleviate tissue congestion and organ constriction to improve the vital flows of energy, blood, lymph and nerves in the abdomen. It addresses and can release emotional and energetic tension from the abdomen. This assists to prevent the progression of chronic disease symptomology while improving the body’s ability to self repair and balance.
*About, FAQs and what to expect During a Session, please refer to the Arvigo Institute.
-we do not currently accept insurance-
A superbill/itemized receipt can be provided upon request to those who would like to submit
to their insurance company for reimbursement if they have out-of-network acupuncture coverage.
All Rates Are Listed On My Appointment Scheduler.
I do offer a discounted rate when a a series of treatments are purchased at once in the form of a Treatment Package for the 60 Minute Follow-Up Acupuncture and for the Follow-Up Arvigo® Maya Abdominal Therapy. Each treatment builds upon one another meaning the more regularly you come, the more effective the treatments can be. I hope to make this medicine convenient for you to come on a regular basis so optimal outcomes can be achieved. Treatment Packages can be discussed and purchased at the time of your visit.
*All packages must be used within 6 months of purchase.
*Low Income Reduced Rate:
I hope to make finding quality healthcare for teachers, students, teenagers and to those that would struggle otherwise, more accessible by offering a reduced rate for Acupuncture sessions and Arvigo® Maya Abdominal Therapy.
*Please contact Samantha to discuss alternate payment options.
"I started seeing Samantha after an irregular menstrual cycle. I've been seeing her weekly with acupuncture, cupping, and Maya Abdominal Therapy. The essential oils are also a nice touch! Not only did she help me with my menstrual cycle, I also feel more relaxed. I grew up going to acupuncture and this has been the best experience I've ever had with a practitioner. I'm so grateful to have found Samantha. She has such a warm and gentle energy that you instantly feel comfortable working with her. She listens to you and let's any treatment plan be an open discussion, with your desires in mind. I would highly recommend Samantha to reach your health and wellness goals." -------Alisha, patient
"Samantha is absolutely amazing! I reached out to her when an issue that I have had since I was a teenager took a turn for the worst. Before Samantha, I had worked with several other health practitioners but none have helped me as effectively, quick, and sustainably like the herbs that she has prescribed. Within a week, I started to notice a positive change and I am continuing to see the changes. Samantha's genuine and caring personality combined with the helpful herbs have helped me through some very challenging times in my life. I would recommend Samantha to anyone in a heart beat. Give yourself and her a chance to help you heal💙."-------Saveena, patient
"I saw Samantha during a stressful period in my life with much uncertainty to my condition. Not only did she help me tremendously with the Maya Abdominal Therapy, she showed me self-help techniques that were very effective. Samantha is an authentic, kind and skilled healer." -------Jan, patient
"I had been in search of a natural medicine/herbalist practitioner for awhile and after a couple of sessions with Samantha, I knew my search was over. A trusted friend recommended Samantha and I am so glad I consulted her. She is an intuitive and insightful healer. I have been working with Samantha for about 3-4 months and my health has improved drastically. I have been struggling with Women's health issues for many years and I've tried various healing modalities/herbs and consulted a number of practitioners but I have never made as much improvement as I have since working with Samantha and that too in such a short time. Beyond the herbs she recommended, she is very compassionate, gentle and thoughtful. I feel very supported under her care."------Aanchal, patient
"Samantha is absolutely amazing - her healing has changed my life. I have gone to many acupuncturists over the last 5 years to treat my IBS and get my menstrual cycle back to normal and I have never felt so healed as I do with her. She combines her expertise in Chinese medicine with her gift of healing. Samantha is extremely in tune and knowledgeable - she treats with a personal touch, takes time to listen and really understand your needs, what's going on mentally and physically, and bring it all together for your treatment. I have been struggling with IBS, anxiety, insomnia, and an irregular cycle for 10+ years, tried everything under the sun, and only with Samantha's care have I seen significant improvements to the point where my symptoms are gone. I can't express how grateful I am for Samantha and how she has changed my life. She even checks in on me, reaches out when I have forgotten to book an appointment, and truly cares for me as a whole person. Not to mention her caring, gentle, adventurous, knowledgeable, and beautiful soul."-------Lily, patient
What Patients Can Expect
Poppy Field Wellness has made some changes to our appointment and visit process to enhance the comfort and safety of our patients and staff during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Please read carefully prior to your appointment and alert me, Samantha Avnet, L.Ac, to any questions or concerns:
24 hours before your appointment you will be contacted about your recent travel history as well as any flu-like symptoms you or any members of your household have experienced in the past two weeks. These questions are mandatory from the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health Officer Directive. This will be sent via email in the form of a Mandatory COVID-19 Pre-Screening survey that is to be filled out and submitted prior to your visit.
Prior to entering the office, all patients and staff will have their temperature taken via touchless thermometer, be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, and must wash/sanitize their hands.
Patients, staff and visitors must wear a facemask (cloth is fine) upon arrival and throughout the entire duration of their visit. They must also practice social distancing until closer contact is required to carry out the purpose of the visit/treatment.
Due to the very small size of the office space friends and family should not accompany patients to visits unless it is necessary. This is to reinforce the practice of social distancing. Please notify me in advance of who will be accompanying you.
Unless an in-person visit is necessary, I will continue to provide services via telehealth for herbal consultations. All NEW patient appointments are broken into two appointments, with a Virtual Consultation and then an in-person treatment (booked separately).
Keeping you and our community healthy is my top priority. To further minimize exposure risk I will be limiting the time I am in the treatment room with you during your treatment. I will be staggering patient appointments with thirty minute intervals to allow for additional cleaning, disinfection and ventilation time. I will also be reducing my work hours to restrict daily patient traffic. I will have the HEPA air purifier on throughout the work day, provide hand sanitizer, and use contactless payment procedures. Sheets, as ALWAYS, will continue to be changed between every patient and professionally laundered.
Although I am taking many steps to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19, it is important that you know that any in-person interaction, including at a medical/acupuncture office, may increase potential exposure to COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults (65 and older) and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If you or a member of your household is at higher risk, you may wish to postpone some routine and/or elective medical care. Please discuss with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
Although some aspects of your visit may be different than we are all used to, my dedication to providing you with excellent care remains the same. I am so much looking forward to seeing you.