Sungmi Park M.Ac., L.Ac, Dipl.O.M.
Awaken Wellness Columbia2018-02-28T14:54:19+00:00
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.
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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.
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.