Blue Heron Wellness Acupuncturists



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.
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.
Rebecca Snyder
M.Ac., L.Ac
Rebecca has been studying and practicing Chinese medicine and related fields for 12 years. A licensed acupuncturist, Rebecca earned her Masters of Acupuncture degree from Tai Sophia Institute and is currently doing post-graduate study with Lonny Jarrett. Rebecca's treatment approach addresses not only physical and emotional imbalances, but reaches toward even higher goals - promoting the personal evolutionary edge of each patient. This involves a working partnership where the patient may discover their highest potential. Her acupuncture style blends meridian, TCM and 5-Element acupuncture traditions. Additionally, Rebecca offers acupressure and chi gong healing, two powerful healing modalities that do not require needles. Rebecca is passionate about dance as a path to connection: where mind is integrated with heart, body with spirit, and individuals unite in community. She has been studying, teaching and performing belly dance for the past 6 years and brings a previous movement background in Tai Chi /Chi Gong and early training in classical ballet. Her current performance group, Levialora, a collective of both dancers and musicians, raises spirit through dance, music and community dance experiences.
Elyse is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture. She received her Master’s degree from the Tai Sophia Institute and now treats a variety of concerns and illnesses. Elyse is NADA certified in treating addictions as well as their accompanying anxiety, stress, and depression. She has also received training in and utilizes the unique “Battlefield” Acupuncture Protocol for achieving acute and chronic pain relief. This protocol is new and had demonstrated efficacy for the relief of pain and pain-related symptoms.

Elyse’s extensive nursing background in critical care, cardiology, clinical research, and wellness coaching enables her to blend her conventional Western medical skills with her acupuncture practice to treat a wide variety of physical, emotional, and spiritual issues. Elyse also completed training to become a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 level (RYT 200). Her holistic approach to her clients is enhanced by her strong interest in animals and art. Elyse currently serves as a volunteer with the Washington Humane Society. In addition, she has a Studio Art degree and previously served as a docent at the Hirshhorn Museum.

Elyse maintains a strong commitment to the promotion of the integration of Eastern and Western medicine as a future medical model within our health care system. She is dedicated to empowering clients in making lifestyle and dietary changes that will enhance their well being.

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