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 utilizing 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, and Thai massage techniques to best suit the needs of his clients. His dream of working in a community acupuncture clinic led to the opening of City Acupuncture Circle in 2012. His work as a therapist stems from an understanding of the natural capacity of the human body to heal itself, and his style reflects an appreciation of the balancing properties of these ancient medical practices.
He currently divides his time living between DC and Mexico, where he teaches Chinese Medicine when he’s not treating patients in DC. He is in town one week a month. Look up our schedule to check his availability.
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. Classical Acupuncture is an ancient health care tradition, which sees healing as encompassing physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual re-alignment.
He studied massage therapy at AKS Massage School in Northern VA, where he later worked as a guest teacher. He was also trained in Thai massage at the Kata Institute in Phuket, Thailand, and apprenticed with Chinese doctors in Taiwan, Colombia and Ecuador learning different Oriental manual medicine therapies, Tai Chi Chuan 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, camping with his family and playing with his 4 children. Originally from Colombia, and a lover of languages, JoseLo is fluent in Spanish and enjoys practicing Italian, Portuguese, French and Mandarin.
Seth Shamon, M.Ac., L.Ac. licensed acupuncturist, graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) with his masters degree in acupuncture in 2015. At MUIH, his studies focused on Five Element acupuncture, a powerful & highly individualized tradition that treats the patient at the deepest root of the dis-ease to bring one into harmony and ease within oneself.
Seth uses acupuncture, Asian bodywork, and Chinese herbs to treat acute and chronic conditions. His specialties include sports medicine, the treatment of acute and chronic pain, headaches and migraines, and mental/emotional disharmonies.
His interest in Chinese medicine began while living in Portland, OR in 2011 after his undergraduate studies in philosophy and physics at American University. He was inspired by the depth and power of Chinese medicine in its ability to heal chronic and recalcitrant illnesses. In witnessing Chinese medicine’s blend of philosophy and science for the purpose of deep transformation and healing, Seth answered the call to pursue a lifetime of dedication to studying and sharing the medicine.
In addition to his master’s degree from MUIH, Seth has studied the teachings of several of the most prominent contemporary teachers of acupuncture: Dr. Tan, Master Tung, and Jeffrey Yuen. Seth also incorporates in his practice the style and teachings of JoseLo Gutierrez, with whom he has studied and worked with at City Acupuncture for the past two years.
Seth is currently continuing his studies in Chinese herbal medicine at MUIH. In his spare time, Seth enjoys cycling, visiting hot springs and forests, traveling, cooking, and studying/practicing the Dao.
Geoff Edwards, M.Ac, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified art therapist with vast clinical experience treating acute and chronic conditions related to pain management, allergies & asthma, stress management, and mental health. Geoff holds a Masters of Oriental Medicine and Graduate Certificate in Chinese herbs from Maryland University of Integrative Health, as well as a Masters of Science degree in Art Therapy from Mount Mary College.
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 begin his studies at MUIH.
Geoff currently works part time 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. He has facilitated classes and workshops across the nation on the common uses of local herbs, herb cultivation, expressive therapies for mental health, and community health and wellness.
Beyond his clinical practice, He enjoys reading science fiction, making mixed media art, attending art related events, and is also an avid gardener. While completing his studies in acupuncture and herbal medicine Geoff began the process of cultivating what he now calls the “Herb Garden Library” which now includes more than 20 perennial herbs and continues to expand each year. It is a combination of Asian & North American medicinal plants and culinary herbs. The herb garden library’s focus is primarily education, preservation and conservation of plant based medicines.
Jamie Wick, M.Ac, L.Ac. is a board-certified acupuncturist by the NCCAOM, and a graduate of Maryland University of Integrative Health with a Master’s in Acupuncture. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Oriental Medicine. Jamie’s interest in acupuncture began many years ago when she first learned that there were other healing modalities available to help people. She discovered acupuncture and became fascinated with the beauty and poetry of this medicine.
Jamie has traveled and lived in diverse places throughout the world, and through her travels, she has observed and internalized the deep connection to nature held by many cultures. She believes that healing can come when we learn to listen to our bodies and flow with the movements of life. She loves seeing people come alive, learn more about themselves, gain a new awareness and grow through acupuncture.
Jamie has studied medicine in different contexts for many years; she has also had experience with traditional Mexican medicine. Before becoming an acupuncturist she lived in Mexico and worked in human rights. She loved this work, and she also realized that traditional medicine, like Chinese medicine, could offer a greater service to humanity. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. While Jamie treats people for a wide variety of conditions, she has a special interest in pregnancy, childbirth and pediatrics and has taken advanced courses on these topics.
Jamie is a mom to a three year old little one.
Hannah Dwertman is a masters student of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Hannah is a clinical intern and office manager at City Acupuncture Circle.
Prior to her Chinese medicine studies, she graduated with a degree in Eastern Religions and Philosophy from American University. She went on to become certified to teach Ashtanga yoga and pilates reformer, studying the human body with Gil Hedley and Paul & Suzee Grilley. After traveling to Indonesia and researching the local medicine, she became fascinated with the ancient wisdom in traditional medicine, leading her to pursue study of Chinese medicine.
Hannah has worked at City Acupuncture Circle since 2014. She enjoys doing yoga, drinking tea, and traveling to destinations near and far.
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