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Wendy Childs, M.Ac., L.Ac.

Wendy ChildsWendy Childs has her Masters of Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute (1998).  She discovered the magic of acupuncture through her own transformative experience in 1994 and soon changed careers so she could help create transformations in others. Wendy went on to study Chinese Herbs with Thea Elijah and has augmented her knowledge with many practitioners and teachers since. Wendy continues to use her own path in healing as a knowledge base for her work. She is continually inspired and humbled by the courage and wisdom of her clients.

Alyssa DooleyAlyssa Dooley, B.S.N. R.N.

Alyssa received her Bachelors of Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, and she taught programs at Johns Hopkins Hospital following graduation. She has provided home care and is currently an Emergency Room (ER) Assistant Department Manager at Prince George's County Hospital outside of Washington, D.C.

Kristy Heron, L.Ac, M.Ac, L.M.T,

Katie HrapczynskiKristy is a wellness coach who specializes in bringing balance to the mind, body, spirit, by using different techniques learned through her many years of practicing in health and wellness field. She is partners with her sister at Insignia, an eco-friendly hair and body studio where organic and eco-conscious options are available for your wellness needs. Kristy graduated from Baltimore School of Massage in 1998 while pursuing her career in Exercise Science where she graduated with a B.S. in 2002. A recent graduate of the masters degree program from Tai Sophia, graduating in Spring of 2011. Kristy brings great wealth to each patient and helps educate them on topics including Nutrition, Exercise Programs, Bodywork to help realign the muscles, and Acupuncture to help bring balance within oneís life. She is also a Reiki practitioner and is certified in Oncology Massage, where she educates breast cancer patients on transitioning to wellness, a educational piece on leaving the medical community.

Katie Hrapczynski, M.S., LGMFT

Katie HrapczynskiKatie Hrapczynski has her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently working toward completion of a Doctorate degree in Family Science. She believes in the power of relationships, and is trained to pay particular attention to the dynamics and connections between family members and intimate partners. She believes that by identifying those connections and recognizing strengths clients grow and overcome obstacles that interfere with their happiness. Katie currently works in private practice.

Kaiya Larson, M.Ac., L.Ac.

Kaiya LarsonKaiya Larson, M.Ac., L.Ac, has been practicing the amazing medicine of acupuncture for over 13 years. After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago with her bachelors of art, she went on to receive her masters degree in acupuncture from The Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Tai Sophia Institute). She has been teaching at Tai Sophia Institute for 11 years, and is now core faculty. Kaiya has a deep and profound love for practicing and teaching about acupuncture, and partnering her patients and students on their journey to full vitality and health on a body, mind, and spirit level. Nutrition and excercise counseling is a particular passion of Kaiya's as well, as she discovered that in order to achieve a strong and lasting level of health, that energy in the form of food that we put into our bodies, as well as moving our bodies, is an essential tool along with acupuncture for healing.

Kerrie Martin, CHC, AADP

Kerrie MartinKerrie Martin, founder of Live in Rhythm (, is a Holistic Health and Eating Psychology Counselor. Kerrie has studied various eastern and western nutrition theories as well as modern health counseling at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is also a graduate of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating in Boulder, Colorado, where she completed her studies in Mind-Body Nutrition and Dynamic Eating Psychology Counseling. She is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the Teachers College of Columbia University.

Kerrie runs a private health counseling practice and has supported a wide variety of clients in the Washington, D.C. area and across the country with their healing from various health concerns including: digestive complaints, immune system challenges, energy and mood issues, and adrenal fatigue. She also specializes in supporting busy professionals in identifying and releasing stress, learning from and overcoming their cravings, and moving towards their natural healthy weight. Kerrie has also been a featured speaker and facilitator for various companies and organizations including Lululemon, Georgetown Compass Fellowship Program, and the United States Senate.

To learn more about Kerrie's services please contact her at to schedule a Breakthrough Health Session

Heming Zhu, PhD, CMD, MAc, LAc

Heming ZhuDr. Zhu is an acupuncturist, teacher and scientist. He has practiced, taught and researched modern conventional medicine and traditional Chinese medicine for 27 years.

After graduating from medical school (conventional medicine) in China, Dr. Zhu worked as a medical doctor in neurology in the affiliated teaching hospital. Influenced and taught by his grandfather Zhu Qingyu who was a classical Chinese Medicine physician and the 24 th generation of Zhuís Chinese Medicine lineage (School of Zhu Danxi, 1281-1358, AD), he performed modern Western medicine integrated with Chinese Medicine. He successfully incorporates the ancient wisdom into the treatment of the modern diseases and specializes in various neurological disorders, chronic illnesses, physical rehabilitation and health preservation. He was trained by his grandfather for 20 years and awarded the heir of the 25th generation of Zhuís Chinese medicine lineage.

Dr. Zhu studied Five Element Acupuncture and received Master degree of Acupuncture (M.Ac.) from Tai Sophia Institute, Laurel, MD. From here, he has successfully integrated Eastern philosophy into the healing arts of treating whole person in the aspects of body, mind and spirit.

Dr. Zhu passed the exams in 2008 and was awarded the international certificate of Chinese Medicine Doctor (CMD) by World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS).

Dr. Zhu received his PhD of Medicine majoring in Anatomy and Neuroscience from Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China. He had valuable research in the mechanisms of neurological diseases such as epilepsy, Parkinsonís and Alzheimerís disease. Of his researches, he contributed to address the role of neuro-immuno-endocrine network in the development of neurological disorders. He also was a Scientist studying neuroscience and tumorigenesis at Laboratory of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute-Frederick/NIH. He published more than 20 peer reviewed journal articles and received the Award for Research Excellence from NIH in 2007.

Dr. Zhu is the author of the book Surface Anatomy of Acupuncture published in 2009. He started teaching since January 2009 in Tai Sophia Institute, Laurel, MD. Currently, he is a core faculty of Acupuncture and Integrative Health Sciences in Tai Sophia Institute. He maintains his private practice in Columbia and Ellicott City, MD.


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