Genuine Care - Exceptional Results

Healthy & Pain-Free is your body's Natural State.  It is constantly making the powerful medicine it needs.  At Flow Acupuncture & Wellness, we help your body awaken its healing resources without pharmaceuticals or surgery, so you can live a life full of joy without the constant need for drugs which only mask symptoms.

* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied & your results will depend on many factors

   (full disclaimer).

Handicap parking and building accessibility is located in the parking lot at the back of the building 

Donley Sissom, Dip.Ac., L.Ac.

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1116 Key Street, Suite 102

Bellingham, WA 98225



We are an all-inclusive clinic.  At Flow Acupuncture & Wellness everyone is welcome.  We provide a safe space for all to heal.   There is a single stall washroom available.

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The information provided in this site is not specific in nature and is not intended to supersede the advice of your physician or other health professionals familiar with your unique case. The information contained in this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, or otherwise intervene in any medical condition. ALWAYS seek help from a licensed medical professional for any health condition.

* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied & your results will depend on many factors

   (full disclaimer).

Hip Pain

I didn't think I'd walk again without pain. I had to use a crutch to get around. I was taking six to eight Advil per day, which really wasn't helping to manage the pain much but took the edge off a little. I was angry and depressed. The pain was getting to me.


This went on for six weeks before I saw Donley Sissom. He spent some time listening to my symptoms before doing a treatment. I was a little apprehensive of having needles stuck in me but I had heard of the many benefits of acupuncture and I was ready to try it. He performed the first treatment and I noticed a difference that night. He did another treatment the next day and by that night I noticed an incredible difference!

I no longer needed to take anything for the pain. Big deal! Huge deal!!! Two days later I dropped the crutches. It's been 8 weeks since those treatments and I've been pain-free since! I have my life back!


Donley was attentive as well as compassionate while he listened to my symptoms. 

~ Tinker

Surgery Recovery

I have had treatments from Donley Sissom, Flow Acupuncture & Wellness, for serious conditions on several occasions. In each case, I responded with noticeable, tangible improvements. Donley is a talented, concerned practitioner of Eastern medicine and provides a wonderful addition to traditional medical practice. I highly recommend him as a partner for your health and wellness journey.

~ MC


As a result of a car accident I was involved in eighteen years ago, I have a misaligned axis which has caused chronic neck pain & headaches ever since.  Since I am unable to get the surgery that would be required to fix it permanently, I sought out acupuncture to see if it would help with the pain.


Regular treatments with Donley have taken the pain down to a manageable level and relieved most of my headaches, something I never would have thought possible before!

~ AS

Smoking Cessation

Donley's help when I stopped smoking was just the edge I needed to make the lifestyle change I required.  It was painless and very effective.

~ Rob

Sciatica Pain

Donley has relieved nearly all of my symptoms from sciatica including numb feet, leg pain & lower back pain.

~ RB Smith

Herpes Zoster Virus

For the past few years, I have been suffering from HSV-1 outbreaks.  I was surprised to discover that acupuncture could treat even this!  However, I hesitated for a time before pursuing treatment out of embarrassment.  


Straightaway, Donley made me feel very comfortable.  I felt totally at ease talking with him.  His questioning about my symptoms was very matter-of-fact.  The treatment was non-invasive & relaxing. 


The symptoms eased almost immediately after and then continued to reverse, rather than getting worse as they would have. 


Able to predict a regular pattern to my outbreaks, I now have two well-timed preventative treatments a month around my cycle, which have been able to ward off any further outbreaks.  It is such a relief to have found another way around this without relying on prescriptive medications!


Thank you, Donley!

~ RM

Auto-immune & Fatigue

Donley treated me for several months.  I have chronic fatigue from an auto-immune condition, insomnia, sinusitis, brain fog & depression.  At the start, all my pulses were very low, but I quickly began to respond & improve my energy & all-around feelings of well-being.


Donley is a very organized and meticulous professional, whose gentle & confident manner helped me relax & trust the process. He always had suggestions for me, new ways to keep the treatment fresh, and used massage techniques to augment the needles.

I always felt listened to, respected, & that we were a team.  He clearly loves what he does, & strikes me as a "natural." His kind temperament & enjoyable sense of humor made for a very positive experience.


As an RN and someone who has had lots of experience with different holistic practitioners, I give Donley my very highest recommendation.


~ Laurel

Stress / Anxiety

I had a panic attack on a Tuesday; it came on quickly during an argument with an employee who was not following directions.  I had to take a break and use medication and eventually stopped shaking and was able to finish my shift, but for the rest of the day, it felt like somebody was standing on my chest.  I woke up Wednesday morning upset and tense, with that same feeling of a huge weight on my chest.  I felt so unsure if I could face the day that I nearly stayed in bed and called in sick to work, but I got myself out of the house and over to my morning appointment at Flow Acupuncture and Wellness.

I'd originally made he appointment because I do very labor-intensive work & I'm trying to keep my back in good condition as long as possible.  When I got there & Donley asked how I was doing, I told him I'd been having panic attacks for a long time & explained what had happened the day before.  He was really easy to talk to & asked a lot of simple, easy-to-answer questions about how the situation made me feel & I answered honestly.  Then he said "ok, let's get ya fixed up" & had me lay face up in a comfortable position.


He put a total of 4 pins into me, all on my left side; on my hand, foot & behind the knee.  The pins don't hurt me when they go in, but there can be a strange sensation of pressure which might cause a short second of minor discomfort while the pin is being put into position.  I am not a needle person; getting splinters sucks, having my blood drawn freaks me out, but acupuncture pins have never bothered me.  They're installed in an instant, and once they're in, you can't feel them.  


He took my pulse, asked me to take 3 deep breaths then said,  "Okay, this should take about 20 minutes, just relax & let me know if you need anything".  I almost immediately started to feel the tension in my chest dissipate. As I lay there with my eyes closed, I felt a gentle, comforting, swirling sensation which slowly intensified.  The spot where it felt like there was a dent in my chest quickly began to feel as if it were rising & the feeling of despair began to dissipate.  The dent rose quickly & soon it felt as if it were now going the opposite direction, like a bubble of energy popping out of my chest.  It felt as if where once there had been a deep & empty well, waves of energy had filled it up now there was a fountain where the well had been.

Instead of despair I suddenly felt relief, & I knew I could face the day. I didn't realize how much stress I really had built up inside me until I suddenly felt better.  I knew there were still problems I had to fix at work when I got there but I no longer felt unable to face the situation.  I was quickly snapped out of a state of panic & depression that had affected me for years & had come to be a daily struggle.  That was 8 weeks ago, & I've been back every 2 weeks for treatments.  I've cut my anxiety meds in half, & I haven't had a panic attack again.  I was having them several times a week for years before this. 


Effects of treatments can be less dramatic now that I'm feeling good all the time but at the end of every session I always feel relieved & revitalized.  Each experience has been beneficial & specifics of treatments vary to address my needs and how I'm feeling.  I do a lot of heavy lifting at work & it makes my spine feel smashed & solid.  During treatments for my back, I lay there face up, flat & comfy with a few pins in me, & I can feel my spine slowly aligning itself.  Swelling in muscles reduces, & It feels like waves of gentle pressure from both sides are gently coaxing my back into its proper alignment.  Usually, there's an easy, stress-relieving pop. It always increases flexibility & makes my hips & tailbone area feel stronger afterward.

Donley @ Flow is helping keep my back strong, my energy balanced, and my mind right

Thank you, Flow Acupuncture and Wellness!!!

~ Robby


* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied & your results will depend on many factors (full disclaimer).