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.
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.
Geoff Edwards, L.Ac
Geoff attended Jackson State University where he earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology, with a minor in Fine Art, ceramics concentration. Geoff began his work in healthcare as an art therapist and after working several years with adolescents and adults in public schools, detention centers, and acute psychiatric settings in the DC Metro area, he realized that he wanted to provide his clients and their families with a more comprehensive, holistic approach to care. This led him to Tai Sophia Institute (MUIH) where he was able to deepen his work in the healing arts by studying acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. He is a licensed acupuncturist in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland.
As an acupuncturist and herbalist he has spent most of his post graduate study focusing on herb cultivation and herbal applications for traumatic injuries. Geoff has worked as a clinical supervisor in the Chinese Herbs dispensary at MUIH and enjoys teaching students herb identification, preparation, and the art of combining and formulating herbal medicines. While completing his studies in acupuncture and herbal medicine Geoff began the process of cultivating what he now calls the “Healing Arts Garden” which includes a wide selection of perennial herbs and continues to expand each year. It is a combination of native North American and Asian medicinal plants and culinary herbs. The herb garden library’s focus is primarily education, preservation and conservation of plant based medicines
Beyond his healing arts practice, Geoff maintains a growing studio art practice and teaches arts & literature to homeschoolers in the area. Locally and nationally he facilitates workshops across on the common uses of local herbs, herb cultivation, expressive art therapies for mental health, and community health and wellness.
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
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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