Pulse's practitioners were all trained from a top traditional Chinese medicine university. We offer quality care at affordable prices. We all have a deep connection to this medicine, which we use to create very personalized treatments so you can get the most out of your treatments as quickly as possible.
What Pulse Means
The word Pulse embodies vibration and frequency, which connect everything in the universe. Vibration and frequency are responsible for the beat of our hearts, the connections in our mind, and the movements in our bodies. It goes beyond the self to connect us to everything and everyone around us. We chose the name Pulse because as a practice, we our goal is to repair and revitalize these connections to help individuals and collectively, the community thrive.
Our mission as a business and as acupuncturists is to help you re-connect with your mind & body, while providing heartfelt healthcare. When this happens, your body will naturally heal itself and thrive. As connectors, part of Pulse's mission is also education and outreach, so the public can experience the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Pulse's practitioners are licensed acupuncturists (L.Ac.) Each practitioner is well versed in the different therapies of traditional Chinese medicine, which include acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion therapy, and cupping therapy.
Jackie Sanchez, L.Ac, MSAOM, Dipl.OM
Owner, Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist
A first generation Latina, I was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD. A proud Co-Owner of Pulse Community Care, I am dedicated to helping the community that helped raise me. As a young child, I always had a passion for biology and the sciences, but growing up watching my sisters go through medical school, I knew that wasn’t my path. After an acupuncturist helped me get rid of chest pains I had lived with all my life, and that doctors were never able to explain, I was hooked. My passion took me to Bastyr University in Seattle, WA where I completed a 3 1/2 year Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, during which I also became certified in Massage Therapy. After Seattle, I traveled to Chengdu and Shanghai where I completed multiple hospital rounds, most with a focus in Chinese Herbal Medicine, under the supervision of renowned Doctors of Chinese Medicine. These rounds included cardiology, gynecology, dermatology, pediatrics and rheumatology, to name a few. I then traveled back to my hometown of Silver Spring and became licensed in Maryland and DC as well as Board-Certified through the NCCAOM. In 2015, Janaye Volk and I opened up Pulse with the intent to help others achieve a better quality of life here in the DMV. I love being one of the only acupuncturists in the area that speaks fluent Spanish! I love that I can treat everything from physical ailments to mental and emotional pain. I especially love sending my patients out the door with laughter and a brighter outlook on life.
Janaye Volk, L.Ac. MSAOM, Dipl.OM
Owner, Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist
She came to Traditional Chinese Medicine through studying pre-med and massage therapy. It was love at first cup, and the rest is history. While in school, Janaye trained in multiple specialty clinics including Oncology, HIV/AIDs, and Addiction/Metha-done. She has studied under practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Japanese Acupuncture, and Five-Element. While in Shanghai and Chengdu, China Janaye studied with Doctors of Chinese Medicine in multiple specialties including cardiology, gynecology fertility, dermatology, pediatrics, rheumatology, and traumatology. She has combined all of these modalities and tools to offer patients the best treatment possible. Janaye believes in the power of touch, the body's natural ability to heal itself, and the ancient art of Chinese medicine to gain the optimum level of health and enjoyment from life.
Dr. Safiya McCarter, ND, L.Ac.,
Dr. Safiya McCarter is a Naturopathic Physician and licensed acupuncturist. In addition to practicing naturopathy and acupuncture, Dr. McCarter is a presenter on topics regarding Cultural Awareness and Cultural Competency. She has had the pleasure of presenting these topics as a featured panelist and conference presenter in the Seattle area. She has also provided diversity trainings for core clinical and didactic faculty as well as medical students at Bastyr University. Dr. McCarter’s clinical interests include pediatrics and women’s health (preventative and screening examinations, contraception and menstrual disorders). Her clinical approach incorporates psychological and emotional health and forming a partnership with her patients.