The first time I met an acupuncturist, I was in nursing school attending a conference on New Age mind/body medicine.
Knowing nothing about acupuncture at the time, I was drawn to a display table promoting a practitioner from England. For some reason I felt inspired to attend his workshop. Once there, I was so impressed with his theories and treatments that I wound up assisting him for the next three years while I finished school and he came over from England to run clinics. Although I vowed I would someday learn this amazing art, the process took awhile.
I stayed in nursing for over twelve years and ultimately came to acupuncture with a solid foundation in modern medicine, having worked in OB/GYN, oncology, cardiac care, a transplant unit, a dermatology unit, critical care, home care, hospice, psychiatry, and a stint in a gym doing wellness care. This background continues to serve me well in understanding the strengths of both eastern and western systems and working to harness those strengths to benefit my patients.
Education & Experience
Undergraduate Degree, BSN from Georgetown University, Registered Nurse.
Masters of Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, recently re-named the Maryland University of Integrative Health.
- Member, Maryland Acupuncture Society.
- In practice since 1996
- Licensed to practice acupuncture in Maryland.
An amazing experience unfolds on the treatment table. I know how much I appreciate the time with my patients, so I decided to ask a sampling of patients: "In one sentence, what do YOU like about acupuncture?" Here are their unedited answers.
Several years ago, I was going through a period of stress and, combined with my poor eating habits, developed a bad case of diarrhea. I tried all the OTC drugs; nothing seemed to “dry it up” so to speak. I was nagged into going to see my PCP, who took blood and stool samples, tested them and arrived at the conclusion there was nothing “wrong” with me. Yet the diarrhea continued. At the suggestion of a very good friend, I visited Karen Johnson, a licensed acupuncturist. Within 3-4 visits, the gastro-intestinal problems disappeared. Her talents as an acupuncturist got rid of the non existant ( to the PCP) illness . Thank goodness, as the next step for the PCP was an enema!
Five years ago I was a slave to demon nicotine. I smoked about a pack, to a pack and a half per day. I had tried to quit several times but just couldn’t manage to do it. My children, who were in elementary school at the time kept begging me to give it up. So, while I was with Karen one session, I asked her if she had any luck helping people quit smoking through acupuncture. She said some people had been helped, so we gave it a try. I once again went out and got the patch and Karen got busy with her needles. It was a little daunting to begin, as many of the needles wind up in your face (a little scary, but Karen was very gentle). Quitting smoking is a long and hard process, but now, five years later, I can honestly say I couldn’t have done it without acupuncture. The sessions I had kept me on an even keel physically and emotionally. This helped me to stick to it and not give in. Thanks Karen!
It keeps me grounded.
Peace…you work well in conjunction with the doctors…between you and them I haven’t been back in surgery.
It’s so relaxing!
It’s a time just for me.
It makes me feel like myself, naturally and healthy.
I like the sense that feeling better can come from within.
It gets me to relax.
I have been seeing Karen on and off for seven years now. She’s treated me with acupuncture for everything from weaning off of medications even the best tapering program couldn’t help, to morning sickness and fatigue while pregnant, to most recently severe back pain from a slipped disc. I was so impressed with her care and the improvement I saw in all symptoms that we have now made it a family affair. When my son began to suffer from chronic sinusitis at age 2, I entrusted his care to her for alleviation of his symptoms and currently my husband sees her for some shoulder and back pain. Her background as an RN really helps with the understanding on how western and eastern medicine can work united in helping just about any medical issue one experiences. I cannot speak highly enough of her the services she provides and recommend her to anyone, any chance I get. Trust me when I say you will not be disappointed in entrusting your care to her both in the short term and for years to come.