Meet Karen Johnson L.Ac, RN

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.

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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.

I feel like I am doing something good for myself.
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Awards & Recognition

Top 10 acupuncture clinics in Columbia

Congratulations to Karen Leigh Johnson’s Practice for winning the 2015 Patients’ Choice Awards in Columbia Acupuncture

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