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.
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!
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!
There’s a calmness about me after I have had a treatment.
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!
I feel like I am doing something good for myself.
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!
It keeps me grounded.
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!
This is kind of a cheesy answer, but I like you! And I like the energy I feel after I leave.