Acupuncture Practitioners

The Blue Heron Wellness team of acupuncture practitioners:

Kaaren Carter
M.Ac., L.Ac.

Kaaren received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University in Santa Monica, CA. Originally from Columbia, MD, she has been practicing in Baltimore and the DC metro area for the past 12 years. Kaaren treats clients with a variety of conditions including general health and well-being, anxiety and stress management, acute and chronic pain and women’s reproductive health. Dedicated to her patients, Kaaren treats each of them as a unique individual, focusing on their current symptoms and underlying imbalances to help restore and maintain physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Treatments may include acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, moxibustion, herbal and dietary therapy and lifestyle recommendations as needed.


Susan Dykeman
M.Ac., L.Ac.

Susan is a licensed Acupuncturist and certified Chinese Herbalist. Born and raised in Bethesda, MD, Susan graduated cum laude from both the Sidwell Friends School and Yale University. She earned her Masters of Acupuncture degree from the Tai Sophia Institute, and completed an additional two year training program in Chinese Herbal Medicine. Using the powerful twin modalities of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, Susan addresses concerns ranging from a general sense that life could be better to difficult physical issues including chronic pain, infertility and cancer treatment support. Because Chinese medicine is a truly holistic approach to wellness, clients find that as they work with Susan to resolve the concern that brought them in the door, seemingly unrelated positive physical, emotional and even spiritual changes often occur. As clients become more harmonious on all levels, symptoms tend to resolve, while whole new possibilities open up for vitality, satisfaction and peace of mind.


Chichio Hand
R.N., M.Ac., L.Ac.

Chichio began to study the art of acupuncture after she found that her own body was not responding to western medical treatments. Chinese medicine had a profound impact on her healing and she was so enthralled with the results that she decided that she had to be a part of acupuncture’s healing circle. Coming from a strictly western medical training herself, it was at first daunting to make the switch but as she witnessed more and more dramatic, powerful and wonderful changes in patients, including some of her family members, at the student clinic she knew she had made the right choice.

Chichio received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and her masters degree in Acupuncture from the TAI Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, in Laurel, Maryland the oldest accredited acupuncture school in the United States. She also has a certificate in Chinese Dietary and Nutrition. Chichio continues her studies with world renowned acupuncturist and 88th generation Daoist priest, Jeffrey Yuen. She also regularly attends seminars to expand her knowledge of Chinese traditional healing, concentrating on weight loss, preventive care for cancer, fertility and other chronic diseases that are so prevalent in our country today. Chichio is also certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture.

Chichio’s enthusiasm and strong desire to create wellness for herself and her patients is enhanced by her many years of practicing as a registered nurse. She is known to create special bonds with her patients in both modalities and has received many accolades for her caring and compassion.


Marci Kranz
Marci Kranz

Marci has been involved in the healing arts and sciences for over 25 years. During that time she has developed her healing philosophy not only through intensive study but also through travel and exposure to diverse cultures. She has experience working with clients ages 2 to 92. Marci is a licensed acupuncturist with Masters Degrees in Acupuncture and Dance Movement Therapy. Her degrees are from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN, and Goucher College in Towson, MD, respectively. Marci is also a graduate of Clown College in LaCrosse, WI. The healing power of humor is integrated into her holistic approach to balancing body, mind, and spirit.

One of Marci’s clients recently wrote:  Recently I developed Bell’s Palsy.  I decided to try acupuncture ( I have never had any acupuncture before).  Marci was wonderful and my face was visibly improved after each session.  I also felt like my whole body had a tune-up.  It was a fabulous experience.  Kudos to Marci. T.K. 5/2015


Rebecca Snyder
Rebecca Snyder
M.Ac., L.Ac

Rebecca has been studying and practicing Chinese medicine and related fields for over 16 years.  Licensed in Maryland and nationally certified by the NCCAOM, Rebecca earned her Masters of Acupuncture degree from Tai Sophia Institute (now MUIH) followed by two years post-graduate study with highly-acclaimed acupuncturist and author Lonny Jarrett. In her practice, Rebecca treats a myriad of health concerns, including pain, stress/anxiety, insomnia, weight management and chronic illness.  Treatment includes a strong focus on nutrition and lifestyle counseling, leading to enhanced therapeutic outcomes. Beyond physical and emotional imbalances, Rebecca’s approach to treatment encourages and promotes the personal evolutionary edge of each patient, a very big picture perspective of wellness where the patient may realize and reach ever higher potentials of wellbeing. Known for her gentle and effective needle technique, her acupuncture style blends meridian, TCM and 5-Element acupuncture traditions. Currently, she is deeply involved in the study of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (CCPD), an extremely powerful diagnostic tool, with Ross Rosen and Jamin Nichols.