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Why Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been effective in treating other chronic and painful debilitating disorders, which have no clear explanation or origin. Many who are not experiencing disease also seek treatment to maximize their wellness and maintain balance. The greatest reason to begin acupuncture treatment is to cultivate vitality and radiant health and to stimulate the tremendous healing power of the body, mind and spirit.

How does Acupuncture work?

This highly effective system of medical care is based on natural laws, which govern the movement of vital life giving energy, both in nature and in the body. This energy, called “chi”, moves through the body in precise channels supporting functions of the body, mind and spirit. When the chi is moving dis-harmoniously, imbalance begins to surface in the form of symptoms like pain. To address the underlying cause of a condition, these symptoms are viewed in relationship to the totality of a person. The gentle insertion of hair thin needles at specific points along the channels, help restore harmony.

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Our Experience with Acupuncture

One of the best ways for a new patient to understand how acupuncture works is to hear about someone’s personal experience. Below is the owner, Jennifer Stukey’s, experience with acupuncture.

Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is one of the main forms of treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

TCM’s written history stretches back at least 2,500 years. Although acupuncture had been the first Chinese medical modality to gain acceptance in the west, Chinese herbal medicine is quickly becoming one of the most popular and effective complementary therapies.

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Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Staff

Jennifer Stukey Owner, M.OM.,L.Ac.,Dipl.Ac., RYT ® 200
Jen@AwakenWellnessColumbia.com

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I am currently treating women for Infertility, Menstrual Symptoms, Gynecological Disorders, Headaches, Back Aches, Muscular Skeletal Pain, Emotional Disorders, Insomnia, and many other health issues. I have been treating patients since 2004.

I continue to pursue education that focuses on women’s health and I observe my patients achieving their goals by the beautiful weave of traditional and complementary medicine.

Prior to receiving my Masters of Acupuncture degree I earned my Bachelors of Art degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Immediately after graduation, I started the three and a half year Masters of Acupuncture program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly know as Tai Sophia Institute), which is the oldest and first accredited acupuncture program in the United States.

I am a licensed acupuncturist and received National Board Certification through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I also have proctored the Clean Needle Technique exam portion of the NCCAOM.

I completed a two and a half year program in Chinese Herbal Medicine also at MUIH. I hold a 660 hour certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine. This combination with my acupuncture degree has granted me a Masters of Oriental Medicine.

In 2012, I had the honor of becoming a clinical supervisor for the Maryland University of Integrative Health in the Chinese Herbal Medicine clinic.

While in acupuncture school I completed a ten-month yoga teacher-training program at the Columbia Yoga Center in which I became a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT ® 200).

In 2016, I had the honor of receiving the SmartCEO Brave Award. The Brava Awards program celebrates high-impact female business leaders. Brava award winners combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community, and are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities. They encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth.

I am excited to offer you the power of relationship centered healing. Through my experience as both a patient and as a practitioner, I have experienced the transformational results of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatments. At the core of all treatments is respect and compassion. Come and join me in a partnership of observing your life newly.

 Dianne Connelly Ph.D,M.Ac.,L.Ac.
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Dianne is a pioneer in the world of acupuncture and a master of the power of language and the worlds our words create. She also is an advocate and devoted practitioner of rituals, ceremonies and celebrations. Her acupuncture career spans over 40 years.

Stephanie Judge M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
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I’ve been working professionally in the health care field as a nurse since receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University over 30 years ago. In conjunction with nursing I am an acupuncturist, licensed by the State of Maryland and board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a Chinese Herbalist.

I have successfully worked with patients suffering from a variety of ailments and conditions. My passion and specialty is working with patients who are experiencing pain. From my own experience with back and shoulder pain I chose to peruse continuing education in pain management and apply this knowledge to my practice.

To further expand my skills and knowledge of Oriental Medicine, I completed a 660 hour certification course in Chinese Herbal Medicine. I’m excited about the possibilities that this opens up for you. By adding this new dimension to my skills, I can now enhance you therapeutic results. This will enable you to reach your health goals quickly and completely.

In addition, I am certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture. Different from cosmetic surgery this treatment enhances ones inner and outer beauty. By creating balance in the body, beauty appears on the face. Fine lines start to disappear, skin tones becomes even, the eyes brighten, and the face appears younger and healthier.

My commitment to you is to being your guide through your healing process. I will bring my knowledge of eastern and western medicine to focus on your needs and to support and enhance your own unique healing abilities.

Stephanie’s Story

My introduction to acupuncture was as a patient. I had hurt my shoulder at work and the pain persisted despite the medication and light exercise prescribed by my doctor. Since I had been curious, but skeptical, about acupuncture for some time, I decided to give it a try. I was impressed and amazed at the results, my shoulder began to heal. With additional treatments, the shoulder continued to improve until the pain and restricted motion it caused were no more than a faint memory. And there was more….

Not only did my shoulder heal, but I found that I was less anxious and better able to cope with some challenging issues in my professional and personal life. This experience was a wake up call to me, professionally. Not only did I appreciate acupuncture as a very remarkable and truly therapeutic medical procedure, I decided that I wanted to pursue it, in conjunction with my career as a nurse. I realized that, as an acupuncturist, I can work with you individually, and help you heal on more than just a physical level. Because of my experiences it became very clear to me that healing occurred on more than a physical level and through acupuncture I can help you access these other levels.

So, with 20 years of nursing experience behind me, I went back to school. I enrolled at the Tai Sophia Institute (TAI), the oldest accredited acupuncture school in the country, and completed my Master’s of Acupuncture degree in 2003.

I look forward to learning about you.

Julia B. Mandes, M.OM, L.Ac
Julia@AwakenWellnessColumbia.com
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I am a graduate of the Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Masters of Oriental Medicine Program. Currently, I serve as a Dispensary Supervisor and a Teaching Assistant for the Chinese Herb Program at Maryland University of Integrative Health.

I treat acute and chronic conditions, and I can create both internal and external herbal preparations. My specialties include gynecology, sports medicine, and the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Herbal medicine and acupuncture are used just as readily for bodily concerns as they are for mental, emotional, and spiritual aspirations.

Since the age of eighteen I have been an herbalist in some form or fashion, as well as an equestrienne, cowgirl, riding instructor, world traveler, community organizer, and felony court reporter. Chinese medicine, however, is my passion. I derive great pleasure from designing customized herbal formulas for my patients, creating unique herbal blends to support each person’s body, mind, and spirit. In the acupuncture clinic, I also have the great honor of fashioning traditional treatments to alleviate suffering and help people step forth into their full potential. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are both integral parts of Chinese medicine, along with dietary therapy, bodywork, and self-cultivation practices.

One of the profound gifts of this medicine is that it offers thousands of years of Chinese medical wisdom to inform my practice. The cannon of traditional acupuncture and plant medicine is just as clinically relevant today as it was in ancient times. When I listen carefully enough, I can hear the wisdom of the ancestors whispering in my ears as I help bring forth this lineage into the modern world, with humility and awe. I am here to be of service to you.

Sungmi Park M.Ac., L.Ac, Dipl.O.M.
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I am a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. I have received my Diplomat of Oriental Medicine certificate from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I hold a Master of Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute (TAI) for Healing Arts which is the first accredited acupuncture school in the United States. I also completed a two and a half year program in Chinese Herbal Medicine at TAI.

My practice specializes in fertility care for women and men, prenatal care, and post-partum care. My previous experience in centers specializing in fertility care has given me the opportunity to see hundreds of fertility patients, especially women undergoing IUI or IVF.

Besides fertility, I have successfully treated seasonal allergies, chronic cough and respiratory diseases including children’s colds and allergies. With these conditions regular acupuncture treatments combining with Chinese herbs and diet changes enhance the immune system and can improve your symptoms. I also treat chronic and acute back/knee/shoulder pain, insomnia, headache, sciatica, abnormal skin conditions, and digestive problems.

After taking a 100-hour course, I received a certification in Saahm Five Element Acupuncture in Korea. I studied with Dr. Pascal Hong, who has had a successful practice in Silver Spring for over 40 years. The techniques that I learned from Dr Hong help patients to achieve instant result in relieving pain and treating multiple and chronic symptoms.
Lastly, I am certified in the TobacuFreeTM Smoking Cessation Program.

Sungmi’s Story

Prior to studying acupuncture, I received a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Science Education from Seoul National University, the most famous university in Korea. I continued to study Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing in a Ph.D. program at the same university while I was working as a researcher for the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS). I received many scholarships for my research and won ‘The Best Researcher of The Year’ prize from the Korea Council of Economic & Social Research Institute (KCESRI) in 1999.

I love the academic aspect of Oriental Medicine as well as being in the treatment room with my patients listening to their concerns and wellness goals. I believe the balance of Yin and Yang and the smooth flow of Qi (life force) can lead you to health and well-being. I love my job, and I am dedicated to learning new skills as I like to hear my patient say; “I didn’t know acupuncture can do this. It works!” I am excited to be working in an integrated center for complementary health care, and I believe that my education and work experiences can help you.

 Nicole Asbahr, M.O.M, M.Ac, L.Ac
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I am a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. I received a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute).

Combining my Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine training, I am able to treat both acute and chronic conditions. I am currently helping patients with gynecological issues, fertility, GI issues, immune disorders, pain, stress and anxiety, along with many other health related concerns. I am especially passionate about helping people who are interested in cultivating a practice of self-discovery and healthy living. I always strive to treat both the outward symptoms of pathology along with the deeper roots of disharmony.

Patient Testimonial

“Besides acupuncture making a big difference with my back and shoulder I’ve noticed improvements in my energy level. Also, I feel as though I have increased control over my body. I’m convinced it was a great decision to start acupuncture.”

T.B.

“I just want to thank you Stephanie for the wonderful experience I had with my facial rejuvenation acupuncture sessions. When I look in the mirror now, I see a bright eyed, refreshed new look. My skin is smoother and I like what I see. The sessions also left me with a feeling of well being and a renewed balance from the stresses of everyday tasks. I highly recommend you and your expertise to anyone interested in holistic wellness and balance.”

M.T.

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