Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Staff

Jennifer Stukey M.OM.,L.Ac.,Dipl.Ac., E-RYT ® 200
Founder of Awaken Wellness
Jen@AwakenWellnessColumbia.com
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Starting April 1st, 2024 You may schedule your appointments with Jennifer via her website
http://www.JenAcupuncture.com

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Hello and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share with you about myself and my practice.

My Chinese medicine practice focuses on women’s health, whether physical or emotional, I am dedicated to helping women live a life of joy and ease.

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 known 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).  Since I have taught over 1,000 hours of yoga, I am now an E-RYT® 200 which allows me to provide continuing education to registered yoga teachers and lead teacher training programs.

In 2016, I receiving the SmartCEO Brava 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.

In the summer of 2019, I had the opportunity of doing an internship in the Labor and Delivery unit of NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn.  I was able to be present to and support the birthing process of several women with acupuncture, acupressure, and massage techniques.  I learned to understand the phases of delivery from a Yin/Yang theory.  The training included labor preparation through the postpartum period using acupressure, bodywork, auriculotherapy and moxibustion to support and encourage healthy labor.  I also got the opportunity to observe a c-section of twins during this internship.

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.

Stephanie Judge M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Stephanie@AwakenWellnessColumbia.com
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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.

 Dianne Connelly Ph.D., M.Ac., L.Ac.
Dianne@AwakenWellnessColumbia.com
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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.

Melanie Schultz M.Ac., L.Ac.
Melanie@AwakenWellnessColumbia.com
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Experience has shown me how effective acupuncture can be for injuries, chronic pain and illnesses such as headaches, fertility disorders, digestive issues and many more. But perhaps more importantly, I have seen firsthand the effectiveness of Chinese Medicine for resolving the emotional and psychological impact these conditions can have on people.

My education in the structures and function of the physical body, the bio-mechanics of movement and exercise, and my work in physical therapy has prepared me to integrate the diagnostics and principles of western medicine into my practice of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in ways that offer a bridge to both medical systems.

My work with patients begins with deep and attentive listening to their concerns. Truly effective treatments that bring about successful, long term results should always address issues of body, mind, and spirit and their connection to each other. Any illness or condition can have negative effects on a person’s emotional well-being, and their peace of mind. If these are not considered and addressed, then lasting resolution of the condition will not be achieved.

My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science with a Summa Cum Laude distinction. I was honored to be receive the National Student of the Year award for NASPE (National Association for Sports and Physical Education). I graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH); with specialized training in fertility conditions, pain management and sports related injuries.

I am especially grateful for my education and training in Classical 5-Element acupuncture. This ancient system of healing utilizes the elemental natural laws that keep us in harmony with the cycles of day and night, and the cycle of the seasons. Balancing these elemental energies in our bodies allows for the maintenance of health and well-being for whatever stresses life presents to us.

Through this education and as I continue my studies, I have seen and experienced the impressive healing powers acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can bring to patients.
The practice of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a lifetime endeavor. I am awed and honored by my personal and professional experiences which have shown me the limitless potential for healing and enhancing quality of life when one has the commitment, knowledge, and compassion to provide the best possible care to every patient, every day.
This is the founding principle of my practice.

Judy Allen. MS, L.Ac.,Dipl. Ac.
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I’m a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Maryland and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I received my graduate degree from Virginia University of Integrative Medicine which was rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I fell in love with the gentle power of acupuncture after personally experiencing the healing benefits of a few sessions. I loved how it was completely natural without adding anything unnatural to my body.

“Heal the root so the tree is stable.” I love acupuncture for its holistic approach. It is amazing how the whole body is interconnected and how different symptoms can all stem from a common root. Combining this approach with Western Medicine, I like to treat through an integrative approach, looking at the body as a whole, with many branches. My goal is to listen to your health concerns so I can learn best how to support you. Treatment may include a variety of modalities such as acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, lifestyle modification, and stress management techniques. My role is to support your body’s innate ability to heal and self-regulate using your symptoms as feedback to how you are progressing. I am excited to share the wonders of acupuncture with you and how it may balance and restore the mind, body, and spirit. I hope to meet you soon!

Dr. Caleb Lee MSN,RN,L.Ac,DAOM.
Registered Nurse
Licensed Acupuncturist
Diplomat of Oriental Medicine
Caleb@AwakenWellnessColumbia.com
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I obtained a master’s and doctorate in Acupuncture Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University, in Anaheim, California. I have been in private practice for 12 years focusing on acute care, mental health, and pain management. While in practice, I felt the need to combine both alternative and conventional medicine into patient care for more optimal results. For this reason, I chose a nursing career to learn direct hands-on patient care and gain insight into important pharmacology treatment.

To advance myself in healthcare, I completed a Master of Science in Nursing concentrating in Clinical Nurse Leader at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing, and have trained in various hospitals including Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and Sheppard Pratt hospitals. I am now pursuing on Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at George Washington University.

Throughout my career as an acupuncturist and registered nurse, I developed strong leadership being a clinical director managing both patient care and practice management to ensure high-quality service for patients. I also developed a compassionate mind to understand patients for their needs to ensure optimal patient care.

With my passion for mental/behavioral health and pain management, my overall goal is to offer the best care for patients to help them reach their desired health goals.

Dr. Laura Herman D.Ac., L.Ac.
Doctor of Acupuncture
Licensed Acupuncturist
Reiki Master
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I am a Reiki Master, Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist who graduated with a Doctorate of Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute).

I am NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) certified as well as CNT (Clean Needle Technique) certified.

Before I started my career in Reiki and Chinese Medicine, I obtained a Bachelors in Communication/Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and worked for several years in Social Services.

I began to study many forms of holistic healing after having struggled with Depression/Anxiety for many years.

In 2010, I began a daily meditation practice and started looking for alternatives to Western Medicine for healing. I began to receive and learn about holistic healing modalities including Reiki and Acupuncture.

I found immense healing and positive life changes after receiving Reiki and Acupuncture and chose to pursue Certification/Licensing in these healing modalities as a way to support others in their own healing.

I completed my Reiki Master Certification in 2011 after training for 200+ hours. I have been administering Reiki Treatments to clients for 12+ years, both in person and with remote treatments.

As a Reiki Master and Acupuncturist, I enjoy being able to bridge the gap between Western medicine and the “alternatives,” while providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which to heal.

Reiki and Acupuncture support healing of many varieties of ailments and conditions. Clients I have worked with report reduced stress and anxiety, release/lessening of physical pain (s) in different areas of their bodies, easier digestion, better sleep, lower blood pressure, etc.

I look forward to continuing to support my clients in having and maintaining a healthier, happier life.

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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.

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.

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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