Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Staff

Jennifer Stukey M.OM.,L.Ac.,Dipl.Ac., E-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.

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.
Judy@AwakenWellnessColumbia.com
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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. Sanford Lee D.A., L.Ac.,Dipl. Ac.
Doctor of Acupuncture
Sanford@AwakenWellnessColumbia.com
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I am a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, licensed by the State Of Maryland  and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

I received my initial training in traditional acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet therapy, and Tuina (Chinese massage therapy) at the New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, Massachusetts. I have also study extensively in Japan.

For a number of years, I studied a martial art form called the Way of the Dragon, with Master Wu Wenching. During that time, I won numerous gold medals in International Chinese Martial Arts Championship tournaments. In the East, there is a deep connection between martial artists and healers. My interest in martial arts and Qigong, then, led me to study acupuncture and traditional eastern medicine.

After graduating from the New England School of Acupuncture, I travelled to Japan to study with various masters. I gained certification at the Toyo Hari Association. Its founder, a blind acupuncturist, had developed highly sensitive and effective techniques using palpation to acquire subtle energetic information.

I am committed to providing the best care to each and every patient as possible. My 20 years of experience in the practice and art of Acupuncture has taught me the importance of compassion and individualized attention in an effective acupuncture treatment. My experiences in Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong and Yoga have informed me of the profound power of energy (Qi, or Prana) in health and wellness. I have studied in Japan to deepen my understanding of the tradition that goes back thousands of years.

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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. In this video you will hear about owner Jennifer Stukey’s experience.

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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