Angela Sinnett and Andrea Allerton treat common health ailments with the one thing many people fear most — needles.
That's because they are trained and licensed acupuncturists.
"When people hear 'needles' they tend to think of a shot like they do at the doctor's office," Sinnett said. "But, the first thing they say afterward is, 'Oh, that was easy,' or 'I didn't even feel anything.'"
The duo have combined their practices, Sinnett's Magnolia Acupuncture and Allerton's Modus Acupuncture, to launch Community Acupuncture, a reoccurring event at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays at Studio Seaside, Corona del Mar.
The event aims to bring low-cost sessions — $25 for about 45 minutes — to those who otherwise could not afford it.
While Sinnett and Allerton accept insurance, many providers do not cover acupuncture. Both businesses' services normally run about $125 for the initial consultation and $80 for subsequent treatment sessions.