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Janice holds a B.F.A. from Syracuse University, a Master’s of Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute, and her doctorate in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she also serves as the AHM Director of Clinical Education. She is a 2007 founding member of Acupuncture For Veterans in Maryland, treating at VFW Post #521 in Owings Mills, and also provides care at Clay Pots community center in SW Baltimore. In addition, she is a ceremonial officiate, helping people celebrate and honor the powerful turning points in their lives including weddings, unweddings, funerals, and naming ceremonies for all ages and identities. She has been in practice since 2006, where her work is focused on clearing stress and trauma from the bodies, minds, and hearts of her patients, and restoring the music of life to their everyday existence. Throughout the entire arc of their lives, her patients find solace and safety in the flexibility, forthrightness, and sense of belonging that she consistently brings into the room, along with a spark of humor. Janice’s practice is a direct care membership model, where for a monthly fee, patients receive acupuncture, Somatic Touch, online meditations, seasonal herb bundles, and other benefits, including ongoing access to check-ins with her via phone, text, or video. Individual Somatic Touch appointments are also available to non-members. Reach out to her for further details. Remarkably, though her life is full and interesting, there is still free time, which she fills with making music and art, gardening, reading, gaming, and happily spending time with her two-legged and four-legged family. What is Somatic Touch? SOMATIC TOUCH is an off-shoot of Somatic Experiencing in the psychiatric field designed to address the fact that our bodies continue to carry echoes of traumatic and unsettling events long after we’ve addressed them on a mental or emotional level. In collaboration with the patient, it reminds the body that it is now safe to let go of those echoes and triggers and return to an easier way of being. During a session, the person remains fully clothed as the practitioner uses gentle touch and guided body awareness to bring the nervous system back into a healthy window of tolerance. This allows the individual to come out of a flight/flight/freeze state, settle back into themselves, and begin to navigate the world with greater authenticity and a noticeably reduced stress response.