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.
Peace…you work well in conjunction with the doctors…between you and them I haven’t been back in surgery.
This is kind of a cheesy answer, but I like you! And I like the energy I feel after I leave.
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.
The well-being it brings into my life…if that makes any sense!
It’s so relaxing!
It makes me feel like myself, naturally and healthy.
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!
It’s a rejuvenation of revival of your life inside. It makes you whole.
While acupuncture has provided me with relief from stress, headaches, anxiety, back pain, and general malaise, the best result I have had is the relief from hot flashes when going through menopause. You can quote me on that!!