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.
It keeps me grounded.
Saved my life…It gives me the balance I need to live the life I am called to…I haven’t been sick even though I’ve had one of the busiest years of my life. I’ve been much more balanced in terms of my energy level in spite of my wacky schedule!
It’s a time just for me.
Acupuncture-what a change it made in my life, for better! Who knew!
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!
It’s so relaxing!
The well-being it brings into my life…if that makes any sense!
I feel like I am doing something good for myself.
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.