Pain Management / Surgery Preparation

I am writing on behalf of Cate Stancer Bransfield, RN LAc, and the acupuncture treatment that she rendered to me prior to the removal of a kidney at Shands Hospital due to kidney cancer. After a discussion and prior to the surgery Ms. Stancer Bransfield administered acupuncture treatments.

I feel that because of the acupuncture treatments the outcome was much improved in that my energy level was reset more rapidly. I had no pain management after the surgical procedure. I was able to recover quite rapidly and return to my work much more quickly. This treatment also decreased my anxiety level regarding the surgery as well as during the recovery period.

I often discussed this method with my clients who were facing surgery as an alternative method of pain management as well as to improve the outcome of what they were facing. I have become a believer in alternative approaches to medicine and continue to educate myself and others because of the experience that I had.

Respectfully submitted.

Karl D. Jones, M.D.

Pelvis Pain

I sustained a broken pelvis and 7 months later was still experiencing moderate to severe pelvic pain. I had x-rays, scans, MRI, etc etc and the doctors told me I was healing well but couldn't identify what specifics were causing the pain. I have been told I have a high tolerance for pain but I was tired of it. Luckily I was introduced to Cate while attending Relief at Hand Physical Therapy. I had never tried acupuncture but due to the pain and the limitations it caused, I was open to the suggestion. Cate is extremely professional and caring. She put me at ease by distracting me with conversation and explained the "points" and what areas were being affected. Cate treated me several times in a month-long timeframe in which I saw significant improvement. By the end of my time with Cate and PT, I was pain free ... awesome after seven months with orthopedics and no other medical options other than drugs. I am so grateful. I would highly recommend her. You will find that Cate gives you her full attention and is equally as happy for you when you leave pain free.

Mary Beth Scanlon

Pregnancy Sciatic Pain

I met Cate in the middle of my second pregnancy. I had sciatic nerve pain with both of my pregnancies, but it was much worse the second time around. I tried several therapies (including massage, ice, heat, stretching, etc.) but nothing was effective for more than a day or so.

By the time I was finished with my first acupuncture session with Cate, my pain had decreased tremendously. I was able to work, pain-free, the remainder of my pregnancy and I know this was largely due to acupuncture therapy. I was so inspired by this, I decided to do a "pre-birth" series with Cate to help ease and shorten labor as well as minimize potential delivery complications. I must say, the difference between my first and second delivery was INCREDIBLE. I never thought that was possible.

Cate is a very knowledgeable and skilled acupuncturist. She has a kind soul and truly cares about her patients, which in my mind, makes her the best! Thank you for the great experience, Cate!!!

Kellin Girard

Acute Stress

My trial partner died suddenly. I closed out our trial practice by trying eleven first degree murder cases in eight months, (twice the normal pace).

Due to the symptoms of stress caused by this schedule I diagnosed myself with acute and post traumatic stress disorders. I was extremely sensitive and had mood swings, anger and depression. I could no longer practice law with equanimity.

The N.A.D.A. treatment sessions were pleasant, meditative experiences. They created a progressive calming of my distorted emotional state. I felt the depression and anger relax and dissipate. The treatment is very worthwhile.

Richard N Watts

Chronic Pain

Dear Cate,

I can't thank you enough for your help in turning my health around. I was doubtful at first that acupuncture would help me, but after the first session, I was without pain for the first time in months. Now after just three sessions with you, I have my effervescence back.

I feel I have been reunited with life; I am actually laughing and smiling again. But even more, I feel like I am spiritually connected again; something that chronic pain had robbed my soul of.

There are those who claim to be acupuncturists and then there are people like you who really are. I am so thankful I found my way to you and so extremely grateful to you for all your help. You are truly a miracle worker.

So sincerely yours,

Carla Wormington


Dear Cate,

This is the letter I have been intending to write for a year. It was about a year ago that I mentioned to you that, at the suggestion of my primary care physician, I had scheduled an appointment with a surgeon to examine me before doing an inguinal hernia repair operation. My appointment was set six weeks out. You suggested that you might be able to help me through acupuncture. I thought I had nothing to lose and certainly would like to lessen my discomfort while waiting for surgery. Your weekly treatment did, in fact, lessen my pain and at the time of the appointment with the surgeon, .... the doctor stated that I did not need surgery .... my problem was minimal. I can only ascribe this fantastic improvement to your treatment.

Since that time, I have had you treat me regarding a number of issues and have ALWAYS seen improvement! You treated me pre and post operatively when I underwent surgery on my eyes. The doctor said that he had rarely seen anyone recover as quickly, with as little bruising as I experienced. He stated that it was even more incredible considering my age....nearly 60. I will continue to seek your help and have every faith as to the efficacy of acupuncture...especially when treatment...especially yours.

Thank you Earl Waters