MaryFatimah has been in private practice as a licensed and nationally board-certified acupuncturist for over 10 years. After attending Smith College for undergraduate studies, she received her Masters of East Asian Medicine from the oldest acupuncture graduate program in the United States, Tai Sophia Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health) with a focus in Five Element Acupuncture. She also incorporates Japanese palpation-based Acupuncture into her clinical practice.
Mary Fatimah works in collaboration with primary care doctors, specialists, physical therapists, and mental health therapists. She offers acupuncture for a wide array of conditions but with a focus on:
- Acupuncture as a Tool for Transformation: Beyond the primary channels of acupuncture are the Eight Extraordinary Channels or Vessels, which can help with making pivotal changes on a deep level. The Luo Vessels also help release emotional patterns that no longer serve in a beneficial way. Alongside meaningful self-inquiry and lifestyle changes, the treatment of these channels can have a profound effect of the expression and direction of one’s life.
- Acupuncture for Pain Management: recovery from acute and chronic pain conditions, such as neck, shoulder, back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, headaches, muscular, myofascial and neuropathic pain. Acupuncture also helps to regulate the nervous system and reduce inflammation. The adrenal fatigue, anxiety and stress which often accompany chronic pain and illness are also treated though acupuncture.
- Acupuncture for Mind and Mood: stress relief, anxiety, and depression or low mood.
- Acupuncture for Wellness: Acupuncture can help maintain health and balance, as well as manage stress and the relatively minor imbalances that result from daily life. Acupuncture is also helpful in supporting the immune system and reducing inflammation. Many people also experience increased energy and longevity with acupuncture as well. Seasonal Horary treatments are also offered to help each constitutional type (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood) achieve the greatest harmony and resonance in each season.
- Detoxification: Acupuncture point stimulation encourages the body to eliminate harmful substances stored in the tissue due to environmental toxins, a history of drug use, or heavy medication use.
- Chronic Illness: management and support, in collaboration with your primary doctor and/or other specialists, and nutritionist (recommended). Recalcitrant illnesses that have not been responsive to other standard treatments, may be managed and/or eased when working with a team of integrative healthcare providers. Acupuncture diagnostic assessments identify organ systems in need of support, helping the body to heal naturally.
- Acupuncture for Creative Health. Restoring creativity is a side effect of acupuncture. When the qi (energy) is balanced, natural expression is restored. However it is noted here specifically because this area of focus is not something many people would consider under the realm of acupuncture. Having worked with artists, writers, and other frustrated creatives to help them get “unstuck” and progress in their creative process, MaryFatimah loves working with clients to help them realize creative projects.
MaryFatimah’s studies with advanced clinicians and scholars in the field of Oriental Medicine such as Heiner Fruehauf, Dr. Jeffrey Yuen and Kiiko Matsumoto continue to inform her clinical practice. In 2017 she studied in China with several classical lineage holders of Chinese Medicine specializing in Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Daoist self-healing qi gong and meditation.
Having experienced the life-changing effects of Acupuncture firsthand, MaryFatimah loves sharing the healing power of this medical art with others. Her other passions include being in nature, traveling, and oil painting. She lives in Chester County with her husband, Noah and their nearly-human dog, Percy.
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
Advanced Training and Certifications
- Heiner Fruehauf: Classical Chinese Medicine: Essential Transmissions of Ancient Wisdom for Troubled Times (2022).
- Ann Cecil Sterman: Remote Treatments.
- Opening the Diaphragm: A Master Balancing Method for the Body, Blue Poppy.
- Kiiko Matsumoto Master Class: The Three Tan Tien and Regulation of the Limbic Brain: Core Level Pain and Trauma Relief
- Heiner Fruehauf, Wang Qingyu, Liu Lihong: Nourishing Life and Studying Classical Chinese Medicine: Qi Gong, Meditation, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Huangdi Lineage Acupuncture (16 days). PuZhao Zen Buddhist Temple, Mt. QingCheng near Chengdu, China.
- Jeffrey Yuen: Health, Wellness and the Five Channel Systems Using Needles, Touch, Essential Oils and Stones on Acu-points
- Post-Baccalalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs (two year program, 210 clinical hours) at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Areas of specialty focus included pediatrics, oncology, gynecology, gastroenterology, ENT, dermatology, traumatology, and rheumatology.
- Cardiology and Stone Medicine from a Chinese Medical Perspective with Jeffrey Yuen
- Classical Five Element Acupuncture Practitioner Retreat with Debra Kaatz (Cevennes, France)
- Treatment of the Cervical Spine with Kiiko Matsumoto
- Treating Chronic Conditions (with Jue of the Feet) with Kiiko Matsumoto
- Dr. Tan Balance Method for Acute and Chronic Pain – Application for Five Element Practice with Noor Tyme Gigliotti
Gua Sha for the Treatment of Chronic Pain
- Gynecology and the Treatment of Infertility with Kaiya Larson
- Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation and Weight Loss
- The Spirit of the Points of the Twelve Ordinary Acupuncture Meridians with Debra Kaatz
- The Eight Extraordinary Meridians and the Spirit of the Points with Debra Kaatz
- Five Element Clinical Integration, two-year post graduate program with Lonny Jarrett
- The Classics: the Nei Jing Su Wen and the Ling Shu in Practice with Jeffrey Yuen