Kate practices Five Element Acupuncture, a holistic system of health care based on the laws of nature.  She tailors each treatment to the needs of the individual and aims to alleviate the energetic imbalances at the root of the patient's symptoms.   Additionally, she helps her patients to discover new self-care strategies that sustain their progress toward greater overall vitality.  Her aim is to help each patient channel this new vitality toward living in more fulfilling, authentic, and impassioned ways.  Kate brings to her work great enthusiasm for the practice of acupuncture, a gentle touch, and a deep commitment to supporting her patients' healing journeys.
Kate joined the Teal Center in 2001, first practicing as a massage therapist.  After receiving her Master of Acupuncture degree from Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts (now the Maryland University of Integrative Health) in Laurel, Md. in 2005, she began practicing acupuncture exclusively.  Since graduation, she has completed additional courses in auricular acupuncture, acupuncture for the cancer patient, acupuncture in the treatment of allergies, acupressure techniques for treating children, qigong for breast health, and addressing PTSD with complementary therapies.
Before becoming an acupuncturist, Kate studied at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Az. and received her certification in massage therapy in 2000.  She also graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. with a BA in psychology and art history.  Kate is certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed to practice acupuncture by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine.



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For me, acupuncture with Kate has alleviated or reduced symptoms of a variety of health issues, especially some chronic ones – such as PTSD, migraines, poor sleep, stress, muscle pain, etc. And I truly enjoy my time with Kate, finding her to be a skillful listener, deeply empathetic, wise, and giving of concentrated attention. Kate is dedicated to my recovering health and a life in balance; I am grateful to her for an improved quality of life that I never thought I’d achieve."

- L.K.