Blue Heron Wellness Acupuncturists



Margaret is a licensed acupuncturist and received her Master’s of Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute). She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Oriental Medicine, which includes the Certification in Chinese Herbs as well as coursework in the application of integrative medicine. Margaret is passionate about using her education to benefit her clients, bridging the gap between the Western model of healthcare and the empowerment of Chinese medicine.
Margaret holds a Bachelor’s of Science in biology and animal science, and has worked in environmental and agricultural research. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance), and loves to teach classes that focus on living with the cycles of nature, moving with the seasons rather than against the natural flow of life.
Likewise, in the treatment room, Margaret utilizes acupuncture, acupressure and tui na techniques, Chinese herbs, moxibustion, gua sha, cupping, lifestyle coaching and Chinese dietary counseling to help her clients learn how to heal themselves. Even with complicated and/or chronic situations, she believes that working with the body’s natural wisdom is a profound way to engender true well-being.
Lilly is also fluent in Spanish
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.
Kaaren's Clients Say: "This was my first time to Blue Heron Wellness, and it was better than I expected. I went in for my first-ever acupuncture appointment, and honestly, I had my reservations about the treatment. I was not too familiar with the procedure going into it. When I arrived for my appointment, I was instantly greeted with kindness, and I was put at ease. When I met with the acupuncturist, she took the time to evaluate every necessary aspect of my health, ensuring that I receive the most effective treatment. I will definitely be going back to Blue Heron Wellness if I need this service again!"
-Ashley T., 10/15
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 has been practicing Chinese medicine and related fields for over 19 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. Reaching beyond physical and emotional concerns, Rebecca enjoys working with her patients to promote their unique personal evolutionary edge, offering a big picture perspective where patients may realize ever higher potentials of well-being.
Known for her dynamic and effective needle technique, her acupuncture style blends meridian, TCM and 5-Element acupuncture traditions. 
Rebecca's Clients Say:
"Rebecca is incredible. She is an expert at acupuncture, and I can't even begin to describe the incredible difference her treatments are making in dealing with the nausea of my morning sickness. Thank you so much Rebecca!!"  Christina E., 10/31/15
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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