Acupuncture is an energetic, powerful medical practice used for over 5000 years to effectively restore and maintain health and vitality.
Whether you are experiencing challenges with physical pain, dis-ease or emotional stress, Chinese medicine sees these as blockages of the flow of our vital energy (Qi) through the acupuncture channels (meridians) in our body. Understanding the principals of Yin & Yang, as well as the 5 Elements, your acupuncturist works to release blockages and stimulate your body’s innate ability to self- regulate and heal so that you can move on to be the best person you can.
Acupuncture is successful in treating: addictions . allergies . cardiovascular problems . digestive difficulties . headaches . pain . psycho-emotional discomfort . reproductive challenges . respiratory conditions . sleep difficulty . stress . and weight management, among others.
Our experience confirms that acute issues benefit from more frequent acupuncture treatments over a shorter period of time, while chronic issues benefit from less frequent acupuncture treatments over a longer period of time.
JoseLo Gutierrez, M.Ac, L.Ac — Licensed acupuncturist, has been studying and practicing Oriental medicine to care for clients since 1998. He combines his knowledge of Acupuncture and manual therapies such as Cupping, Guasha, Moxibustion, Shiatsu, Tuina, Acupressure, Thai massage techniques, and movement modalities of Tai Chi and Chi Kong to best suit the needs of his clients. His dream offering his gift to the community led to the opening of City Acupuncture Circle in 2012.
He currently divides his time between DC and the Bay Area, where he teaches Chinese Medicine when he’s not treating patients in DC.
JoseLo graduated from the Swedish Institute School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in NYC, where he studied Classical Acupuncture under the tutelage of Master Jeffrey Yuen, a world-renowned Taoist priest and Doctor of the Jade Purity Tradition.
He studied massage therapy at AKS Massage School in Northern VA, where he later worked as a guest teacher. He also trained in Thai massage at the Kata Institute in Phuket, Thailand, and has apprenticed with Chinese doctors in Taiwan, Colombia and Ecuador learning different Oriental manual medicine therapies, Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kong and Acupuncture. His background in Psychology and Physical Therapy serves to bridge Eastern and Western approaches to one’s dynamic self.
JoseLo enjoys practicing Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kong, and Yoga, traveling, hiking. Originally from Colombia, and a lover of languages, JoseLo is fluent in Spanish , English, and enjoys practicing Italian, Portuguese, French and Mandarin.
Seth Shamon, M.Ac., L.Ac. has been studying and practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine since January 2013. Since starting as a clinical assistant at City Acupuncture Circle in March 2014 (and later becoming a licensed acupuncturist here in February 2016), Seth fell in love with the dynamic flow and accessibility and inclusivity of community acupuncture.
Seth’s journey into Chinese medicine began after completing his studies in philosophy, physics, and math at American University, when he was living in Portland, Oregon. As a patient with a chronic autoimmune condition, he knew nothing about acupuncture and had no expectations from the treatment. After being surprised and impressed with his own personal results from treatment, he became more interested in how acupuncture works. He was then blown away when he uncovered the richness of Chinese medical philosophy, and decided to devote the rest of his life to studying and practicing this medicine. Since that time in 2012, Seth has been immersed in studying and practicing Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and manual therapy. Seth graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health in December 2015.
Seth is a relentless learner and since graduating, coupled with the clinical experience at City Acupuncture Circle and in private practice, he has taken over 100 hours of continuing education courses on topics such as Master Tung acupuncture, balance method acupuncture, motor point acupuncture, obstetrics and gynecology, Shang Han Lun herbal tradition, and the complementary acupuncture channels.
In February 2018, Seth went to Taiwan to further his studies in Chinese medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Lee Chen-Yu (李政育). Dr. Lee is an accomplished author of over 40 Chinese medicine texts and clinician of nearly 40 years experience, famous for his integrative Western/Chinese medicine approach and his success treating recalcitrant conditions such as brain tumors, many forms of cancer, autoimmune conditions, gynecological disorders, and much more. While in Asia, Seth also enrolled in a short term course at Nanjing University of TCM Hospital, where he learned a lot and saw first hand how Chinese medicine is used alongside Western medicine in the departments of neurology, oncology, gastroenterology, and dermatology.
When not practicing or studying Chinese medicine, Seth enjoys practicing qi gong, meditating, cycling, cooking, listening to music, dancing, writing poetry, and spending time with friends.
Joshua Warren, MAOM, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac graduated from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, NC with his Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2017. Joshua’s education centered on the Classical roots of Chinese medicine, challenging him to develop a medical practice that readily calls for investigation into the deeper aspects of disease, and historical perspectives surrounding them. He uses these perspectives in developing adaptable treatment strategies to meet old diseases with new names.
According to his training, Joshua considers the body to be a dynamic phenomenon requiring an intricate interplay of communication to maintain its harmony. The use of not simply Acupuncture, but herbal medicine, moxibustion, tui na massage, daoyin movement as well as dietary therapy are all designed to adjust the biophysical process when we are unwell. In the process of dis-ease, these modalities help fill what is empty and empty what is full and restore balance within the individual.
Joshua came to the medicine in pursuit of his own health in 2011. A series of unsuccessful career pursuits left him confused and directionless, until a close friend suggested seeking out acupuncture. After doing so, and reading some foundational literature on Chinese medicine, he realized the philosophy and mission of the medicine fell deeply in line with his inspiration and passion for meaning. He now believes the body to be the perfect middle place where the human intellect and natural world meet, and that wellbeing is a dynamic acceptance of life itself.
Joshua owes much of his appreciation for the medicine to Master Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest who lectured twice a semester throughout his master’s studies. This Daoist-based approach continues to inform Joshua’s medical emphasis on observation without judgment, as well as his emphasis on returning power and accountability to the individual.
Joshua relocated to Washington DC in December 2017 and has spent the last year in private and community practice, tending to the needs of a diverse, fast-paced and wildly stressed demographic of individuals. He has experience treating a wide-range of disorders, and has a particular interest in pain management and stress reduction, digestive and sleep issues, as well as psychoemotional concerns. In his spare time he enjoys writing, drawing, hiking, drinking coffee, and discussing medicine and astrology with friends and kindred strangers.
Jamee is a queer, trans, genderqueer, nonbinary, Filipinx transplant originally from the West Coast. After years of practicing in Seattle, he relocated to Washington, DC in 2018. Bringing creativity to medicine and meeting people where they are at is one of his favorite aspects of this work. He uses acupuncture, herbs, and tuina to treat a wide range of conditions.
When Jamee thinks of holistic medicine, he includes the context of a person’s social, professional, physical, and spiritual experiences. He believes treatments are a joint endeavor between a patient and a practitioner. Jamee has a special affinity for working with patients from communities of color and/or LGBTQIA communities. It is important for him to create safer healing spaces for folks surviving the effects of structural oppression in its many forms. His goal is to meet people where they are at and work with them on their journey towards wellness and ease.
Chinese and Japanese acupuncture styles
Tuina (Chinese medical massage)
Supporting gender affirming medical interventions like hormone therapy and surgery
Patient-centered and trauma-informed care
Acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and injuries
Menstrual conditions including PMS, irregular cycles, painful periods, amenorrhea, cysts, heavy bleeding
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