A Different Kind of Doctor

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Specializing in Chronic Pain Management, Neuropathy, Migraine Headaches, Fertility Acupuncture, and Complex Chronic Conditions in Bothell and the surrounding Seattle area.

"I should have started treatments months ago!"

A local Doctor provides truly compassionate care and proven solutions for chronic pain and complicated conditions.

Care Rooted in Empathy and Experience

Do you ever wonder what it is that makes some Doctors so incredibly compassionate while others have a bedside manner better suited for the DMV?

In the case of Dr. Ellie Heintze at Starting Point Acupuncture, it is a case of true empathy. “I suffered from chronic pain and digestive issues in my early 20s.” I was under chronic stress completing my masters in Chemistry at the time and developed IBS symptoms." The pain, fatigue, and constant discomfort affected every aspect of my life and I felt physically sick."

Being that IBS is one of those complicated conditions not fully understood, Dr. Heintze was dismissed by several Western Medicine doctors who told her "all your tests are normal" and "there really is nothing we can do."

“It was no way to live,” she shares “I was young and should’ve been living a bright, vibrant life. Instead, I was in constant pain."

It wasn’t until she decided, as a last-ditch effort, to seek another opinion from a local Naturopathic Doctor and acupuncturist in the town she was living at the time, that she found hope. "This was 20 years ago and at that time naturopathic medicine and acupuncture in addition to food allergies were not mainstream." This doctor spent time with me, used a holistic approach to care and we discovered I had some food allergies that were causing my IBS symptoms. But uniquely, he used acupuncture as one of the treatments to help reduce symptoms right away while we were working to identify the root cause.

"This is why I often refer to my practice as ‘The Last Resort With The Best Results.’

You’ve been everywhere else and been given the same disheartening prognosis, prescribed the same medications and told 'this is just something you're going to have to learn to live with." Soon after her incredible experience with naturopathic medicine and acupuncture, she made the life changing decision to change her career path from a chemist to pursue her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Master's in acupuncture, “acupuncture quite literally saved my life and I wanted to share that with the world,” she proclaims.

This "last ditch effort" saved my life and changed the course of my career." "I knew this was how healthcare should be and I wanted to help others know there is hope for their complex conditions."

Specialist in Chronic and Complex Cases

Understanding that Eastern Medicine excels where Western Medicine fails, Dr. Heintze set forth to develop treatment protocols for all variations of Peripheral Neuropathy (including diabetic and chemotherapy-induced) and now has a 90% success rate in treating this once difficult to manage condition.

“I was tired of seeing the older generation suffer unnecessarily,” shares Dr. Heintze. “Diagnosing them as ‘just getting older’ and giving them a treatment plan of ‘you’re just going to have to get used to it’ has never sat well with me so I wanted to offer them a real option for treatment and care.”
Dr. Heintze has designed similar treatment protocols for other complicated, chronic conditions including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, IBS, post-shingles pain, even chronic migraines. While each patient plan is tailored specifically to that patients concerns and goals, all of her treatments are based on a framework that's years in the making.

In addition, Dr. Heintze isn’t opposed to more modern medical solutions.

“It’s in blending the time-tested science of acupuncture with recent innovations in medicine that get me the best results.” One of those advancements is ATP Resonance BioTherapy™, originally developed by NASA it aids nerves in regeneration by providing them the nutrients they need to repair and renew, “very similar to what water does for a plant!”

Acupuncture for pain management

The Magic of Compassionate Care

And what do those in her care have to say?

“Dr. Heintze looked me in my eyes and wanted to know about me, not just my condition. I feel like a person, not just a patient,” shares Perry. “In fact, I don’t think she ever used the word patient.” Others proclaim, "she saved my life", "her neuropathy treatments gave me my life back," and "it's a miracle she treated my fibromyalgia, I don't know how else to explain it."

Dr. Heintze has a long personal history in complicated, difficult to understand conditions and understands how tragic it can all be if left untreated.

“I have sat where my patients sit. I’ve experienced their pain and suffering in a very real way. I know the frustration of feeling hopeless on an intimate level. It's why I practice the brand of medicine I do and why I've made it my life's mission to treat the 'untreatable.' It brings me such incredible joy when I get to say, ‘I can help you!’”

Furthermore, Dr. Heintze has surrounded herself with staff that embraces this same approach to patient care. "You can ask any one of my patients and they will tell you that their favorite part about Starting Point is my staff."

"Starting Point Acupuncture has helped me improve my physical, mental and emotional health. I have been coming here for two+ years and can’t imagine going anywhere else. The staff is always welcoming and kind too!"

Dr. Heintze and her staff specialize in treating chronic pain, complicated neurological conditions, and autoimmune diseases that other professionals scratching their heads.

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Meet Dr. Ellie Heintze

Dr. Heintze is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist in Washington State.

  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
    Bastyr University
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
    Bastyr University
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Northern Arizona University

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I have been treated for hip pain issues. I have found that the acupuncture has helped to control the pain and discomfort that I have been experiencing. I would recommend Starting Acupuncture if you are looking for relief that you have not received with other forms of treatment. - S.F.

I'm impressed. Dr. Ellie is an excellent provider. She successfully relieved a migraine in progress. The ones in between are usually less severe than they were. That's why I sought out Starting Point. A side benefit has been better sleep and reflux relief. - A.S.

I was recommended to Dr. Ellie by my neighbor. I can't thank her enough. I have had several acupuncture treatments over the past four weeks and the results are miraculous for my allergies. I expect to continue on to wellness treatment. The office is peaceful, very clean and operated in an extremely professional manner. - D.C.

I am a believer in Acupuncture, I have chronic Neck and arm pain and the treatments I have received have made the pain go away. I started my appointments in so much pain I could not lay down and relax so I started using a chair. By the 5th or 6th appointment I was able to relax and lay down. It's not an overnight treatment but I would suggest to anyone to try this and highly recommend Starting Point. - W.M.

Dr. Ellie was great. I came in to see her with a foot issue and I was also very stressed out. Her ongoing acupuncture treatments really helped with my foot and especially with my stress levels. She is professional offices were comfortable I enjoyed every time I went in.I would recommend her anytime. - D.D.