A Passion For Patient Care:
Rebecca Staska Jankowski, acupuncturist at the Institute for Women's Wellness
Rebecca Staska Jankowski, licensed acupunctuist at CSM's Institute of Women's Wellness.
Although Rebecca Staska Jankowski has worked with Columbia St. Mary's for five years, she hasn’t always worked at the Institute for Women's Wellness, home to many of CSM's programs and services for women, located at 2350 N. Lake Dr. in Milwaukee. In 2005, while studying for her Master’s degree at Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, Rebecca worked in the Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee ER as an emergency services coordinator and then at the Office Center as an administrative assistant to the department of Clinical Excellence. After passing her national board exam and becoming a licensed acupuncturist, she started her private practice, Orchid Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, on Milwaukee’s south side. Her familiarity with the Columbia St. Mary's system, coupled with her interest in and educational focus on women's health and wellness, led her to pursue a relationship with the hospital as an acupuncturist.
Since joining Columbia St. Mary’s Institute for Women’s Wellness last July, Rebecca has provided much needed relief to patients who strive to manage their pain or alleviate the often debilitating side effects of illnesses or medical treatments.
“Acupuncture, a 2,000-year-old Chinese therapy, is a wonderful complement to traditional, Western medicine because there are few, if any, adverse effects or reactions to receiving acupuncture treatment while taking medications or pursuing other treatment options,” says Rebecca.
Cancer patients, in particular, can benefit from acupuncture treatments.
Because of acupuncture’s ability to help offset the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, it has been available to Columbia St. Mary's Hospital cancer patients for quite a while, but it was only recently added to the roster of services available at the Institute for Women's Wellness.
Through use of hair-thin needles inserted at specific points on the body, acupuncture aims to restore the body's balance and regulate its functions. This makes it particularly helpful in alleviating the nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, lack of energy, bone pain, anxiety, depression and hot flashes associated with cancer fighting medications and treatments.
Acupuncture can also be used to manage pain and treat a host of diseases and conditions, including:
Rebecca stresses that acupuncture is a therapy and most conditions do require a series of treatments. For more acute conditions, a couple of treatments may be all that is necessary while more chronic issues may require one to two treatments per week for several weeks.
“Relief isn’t always immediate,” says Rebecca, “but patients will usually feel better and see progress within a short period of time.”
Although acupuncture is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid, patients should check with their insurance carrier as some do provide coverage. It is eligible for the health care spending reimbursement.
Acupuncture services are offered at the Institute for Women’s Wellness in Water Tower Medical Commons, just across from Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee on Lake Drive and at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee. Call (414) 270-4801 for more information or to schedule an appointment.