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.
Probably the peace…the peaceful, easy feeling when I leave here…I’m in heaven.
You fixed my arm…the neurologist couldn’t do anything and you made the pain go away!
Have you ever been told that you’d need to take medicine the rest of your life for a health problem? What a depressing day that was when those words were told to me by a physician at a nationally known hospital, after I had been seen by many physicians to figure out the nature of my digestive problems. So, for years I followed their advice and took my medicine, which often made my digestive system feel worse! But it was my “only alternative” they said…………and I believed I would be on medication the rest of my life…… UNTIL I met Karen Johnson and began to regularly see her for acupuncture treatment. I still tell my family and friends that a “miracle” was performed by her! She assessed my digestive problem and began working regularly on it with acupuncture. She also recommended some basic lifestyle, eating, nutrition changes that I implemented simultaneously. And within months I was able to stop taking the medicine my physicians told me I would need for LIFE! Over a year later I continue to have a healthy digestive system…it’s a miracle! I didn’t believe my body would ever be fully restored from the damage I caused it earlier in life…Karen’s amazing acupuncture work has made me a believer in the healing power of needles!!! Try it! Thank you Karen!
I like the sense that feeling better can come from within.
It gets me to relax.
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!
There’s a calmness about me after I have had a treatment.
People often ask me why I “do acupuncture”? Or does it really work? The answer to the first question is more difficult to answer, or better yet more difficult to understand. I started acupuncture almost 10 years ago. I first started because of a knee injury. My treatment then progressed to my allergies and now is really a staple for my well being. Since I started with Karen, I have gone thru many life changes. I have changed jobs 3 times, dealt with family illness and death and dealt with personal challenges both medical and emotional in my life. My career requires me to be quick on my feet and keep a very high level of energy. I truly believe that acupuncture gives me the inner strength to keep all the balls in my life in the air and continue to be successful. I have been going to Karen for so long, she knows when my life is crazy before I even tell her. My treatments are more of a “tune-up” for my inner peace and well being than anything else. We still treat any physical ailements when they come up, but we focus more on my inner peace. Does acupuncture really work? I say yes! I always am taken back when people ask me “how I keep it all together” or ” Why do you have so much energy?”. The only answer that I have is acupuncture. Maybe, it’s the fact that someone is taking care of me for an hour instead of me taking care of everyone else, but I really believe that the inner strength that I receive from acupuncture is what make the difference.
I don’t know yet, but my big toe sure is invigorated!
Acupuncture-what a change it made in my life, for better! Who knew!