I am a doctoral candidate of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and a recent graduate with a master's degree in Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health. I am delighted to be part of the Pulse Community Care team striving to create a safe and unconditionally loving environment for our patients to fulfill their power and strength along their healing journey.
Gardening, plant cultivation, and herbal medicine are passions of mine. Nature inspires my drive to contemplate human balance within the rhythms of the universe related to Taoist philosophy. I consider myself an artist and, in my free time, explore ways to connect my background in education and interactive media development with environmental and health studies. I am an active volunteer in my community with the hope of enriching the lives of people of all ages. In life, I broadly seek opportunities for unique ways to express ideas and emotions that actively encourage and engage others in their experiences.
On a very personal note, acupuncture has had a profound impact on my health and healing. I was a child who experienced chronic pain and fatigue from a genetic disorder, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. My symptoms included chronic pain, joint instability, skin elasticity, bone, tendons, connective tissue, and fatigue. I was under the care of many physicians at John Hopkins who did various tests only to inform me that there was no cure. At the age of fifteen, I was fed up with western medicine, neurological testing, and living a life in a medical setting. I asked my parents to try acupuncture after my chemistry professor in middle school received care from an acupuncturist.
I can safely say that I would not have the quality of life I do now without Chinese medicine. After multiple bone fractures and other health complications due to my genetics, I have been able to eliminate my chronic pain through acupuncture and herbal medicine and gain a greater awareness of my body-mind, and spirit.
Annette Horan, L.Ac.