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Brandon Hughes M.Ac., L.Ac. E-RYT 200 | Licensed Acupuncturist, Yoga Teacher | Founder Healing Point Acupuncture & Healing Arts

 

​Acupuncture, Yoga, Meditation

 

Brandon is the director and co-founder of Healing Point Acupuncture and Healing Arts with locations in Columbia, Maryland and Severna Park, Maryland. He is a licensed acupuncturist and Registered Yoga Teacher with a Master's degree from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. He has worked closely with the medical staff at the Howard County General Hospital and Maryland Oncology Hematology since 2003 and is past participant of the Howard County General Hospital Tumor Board.

 

Brandon uses Acupuncture, Functional Movement Screening (www.functionalmovement.com), knowledge of both Yoga and Sports Medicine, and decades of meditation experience to help patients find their optimal body alignments to help relieve pain and suffering.

 

His educational background includes a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine and Philosophy, advanced training in the use of acupuncture in both cancer care and addictions, and extensive training in Functional Movement Assessment and Screening. He holds national E-RYT 200 yoga certification with Yoga Alliance. He is a past Maryland University of Integrative Health faculty member and a past Maryland Community Health Initiative supervisor.

 

Brandon served for 10 years as the Director of Acupuncture Services for the Howard County Health Department Bureau of Addictions. He is certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. He is a past supervisor of the Penn North Neighborhood Addictions Program.

 

Brandon was an original member of the Howard County General Hospital Integrative Care Advisory Committee, and a past participant of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Advisory Committee of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been a guest lecturer for Kennedy Krieger Institute, Goucher College, Howard County General Hospital, Anne Arundel Medical Center, A Community of Transformation (ACT), and Survivors Offering Support (SOS).

 

Working with his wife Bridget, he developed a hospital-based Recovery Movement Arts program in 2010 and is committed to bringing restorative movement therapies such as Yoga to cancer and chronically ill patients. All Healing Point classes emphasize using self-healing practices to unlock heart-mind-body resources for healing and using meditation to access Inner Molecules of Medicine.

 

Brandon enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid practitioner of Yoga.

 

(410) 964-9100 ext. 2

www.unlockingthe

heartofhealing.com

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Bridget Hughes M.Ac., L.Ac. NBCCH | Author | Human Dynamics & Potentials Corporate Workshop Leader | Founder Healing Point Acupuncture & Healing Arts

 

Bridget Hughes M.Ac., L.Ac., NBCCH is the author of Unlocking the Heart of Healing (Healing Point Press, 2014). She is an executive coach and corporate consultant, and has developed numerous experiential/embodied learning corporate workshops including her signature Improv and Stand-Up Trance-formation: Games to Unlock Freedom, Fun, & Flow & Unleash All Faculties into Full Play. Bridget owns two healing arts centers, has a Master's degree from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, holds National Board Certification as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, is a certified Qigong instructor, is the creator of Unlocking the Heart of Healing Meditation, and has practiced as an acupuncturist for 23 years.

Using the foundational principles from Unlocking the Heart of Healing, Bridget has coached not only people stumped or sidelined with health challenges, but also business leaders, CEO's, and business owners in the middle of negotiating multi-million dollar deals on how to use their Heart-Mind-Body connection for peak performance and for optimal, powerful, heart-centered outcomes. She has an international consulting practice teaching people around the globe how to apply Unlocking the Heart of Healing principles to transcend limits and unlock their highest physical, mental, and spiritual health.

 

Bridget's corporate trainings and events center around the theme of unlocking dormant inner resources through experiential exercises, self-inquiry, and group connection. Bridget has been told, "More change happened in this office after 2 months of working with you than after decades of working with Vistage and Gap International." Tense, stressed-out teams have found new excitement after only several 1.5 hour sessions with Bridget. In 2017 and in 2018 Bridget received Phillips Corporation Virtuoso Awards for her work. Her corporate clients include Phillips Corporation, Phillips Machine Tools India, Haeger Incorporated, AOL, Verizon, Centennial Surety Associates, Inc., and Harmony Gardens.

Bridget developed Unlocking the Heart of Healing Meditation to provide both beginners and experienced meditators exercises that unlock their deepest ability to meditate and fullest capacity to heal. The most common response to her classes and workshops is, "This is the first time I actually know in my body what unconditional love is." Through specific exercises that change people neurologically and biochemically, new experiences become available. Bridget's early meditation training included hundreds of hours working directly with now 92-year-old meditation teacher Dr. John Mann who is a Harvard graduate, was a professor of social psychology, has written 17 books, ran encounter groups in the 60’s and 70’s, and has taught meditation for 55 years. Bridget has meditated for 12 hours a day on multiple 5-day meditation intensives, 10, and 14-day intensives and considers meditation the single most valuable skill a person can learn.

 

With her husband Brandon, Bridget founded two healing arts centers in Columbia, Maryland, and Severna Park, Maryland. While still practicing acupuncture full-time, she was named a 2010 and 2011 Favorite Doc in Chesapeake Family Magazine representing Anne Arundel County and the Chesapeake Bay Region. She is a past participant of the Howard County General Hospital Integrative Care Advisory Committee.

 

Bridget provided acupuncture care for patients undergoing cancer treatment through Central Maryland Radiation Oncology at Howard County General Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine from 2001–2019. She is a founding member and past participant of the Howard County General Hospital Integrative Care Advisory Committee.

Once a child patient with cerebral palsy at the Kennedy Krieger Institute herself, Bridget healed beyond what was considered possible and went on to present Grand Rounds at Kennedy Krieger in 2002. Bridget is a past participant of the Kennedy Krieger Institute Complementary and Alternative Medicine Advisory Committee. She is a past member of the Kennedy Krieger Institute Ethics Committee.

 

Bridget is a past provider of acupuncture in the outpatient treatment program of the Howard County Health Department Bureau of Addictions. She is certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. She is a past Maryland Community Health Initiative supervisor, and a past Maryland University of Integrative Health faculty member of both the Master of Acupuncture and Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Social Change programs.


Bridget has been interested for over 20 years in the intersection of health, wellness, brain science, energy arts, quantum physics, psychology, peak performance, and heart-based feeling states. Her passion is to help clients, students, and patients to unlock peak health, peak performance, and a transformational state of heart. Together with her husband Brandon, Bridget developed a hospital-based Recovery Movement Arts program in 2010 to bring restorative movement therapies such as Yoga and Qigong to cancer and chronically ill patients. Their current program includes Yoga and Unlocking the Heart of Healing Meditation and emphasizes using self-healing practices to unlock Heart-Mind-Body resources for healing and using meditation to access Inner Molecules of Medicine.

 

Bridget speaks frequently on healing and the heart-mind-body connection and has been a guest lecturer for Howard County General Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Phillips Corporation, AOL Baltimore, Evolve Medical Clinics, Howard County Department of Aging, The Stroke Comeback Center, The National Coalition of Chronic Pain Providers and Professionals, Healing Journeys/Cancer as a Turning Point, The Interfusion Festival, The Little Things for Cancer, Zaching Against Cancer, Survivors Offering Support (SOS), Wellness House of Annapolis, The Chemical Sensitivity Disorders Association, Kittamaqundi Community Church, Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Organization for Women Educators, A Community of Transformation (ACT), Excellence in Fitness, Big Vanilla Athletic Club, The Riviera Beach Library, The Severna Park Library, and Goucher College.

Bridget, son Bain and husband Brandon are the authors of The Engaged Reader Books in Cursive "Read and Do" Series including Many Pennies: A Book To Read Aloud with Mom and Unlocking the Secrets of Hand Shadows: A Book to Read Aloud with Dad (Healing Point Press, 2015). For more information see www.engagedreader.com.

 

 

(410) 964-9100 ext. 5

Mary M. Dowling, LCSW-C | Licensed Certified Social Worker

Counseling/Psychotherapy

 

Mary is a Licensed Certified Social Worker and received her Master’s degree from The Catholic University of America in 1989.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She works with individuals, families and couples and is skilled in both short and long term counseling/psychotherapy.  She works with a variety of issues, including but not limited to: Anxiety/depression, grief, communication skills, stress management, parenting, ADD/ADHD and acute/chronic illness. 

 

Mary practices from a Spirit, Mind, Body perspective, treating the whole person.  She assists her clients using a variety of counseling perspectives and techniques, including awareness of thoughts and behavior patterns/habits, awareness of intention and conscious choice/creation, education and practice of guided imagery/meditation, and communication skills. 

 

Mary enjoys reading, walking outside, the ocean and spending time with friends, family and her dog, Mattie.  She is honored to accompany clients on their journey, and serves each person according to their individual needs.

 

(410) 441-5544

Janice Adams-King, MSN, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, c-CPHN

CAPT, US Public Health Service

Nurse Practitioner

 

“Helping and empowering people to be in charge, understand, and manage their health and wellness has always been a passion of mine.  I recognize the significance of operating from the vision or goals of the patient or client to help better influence healthy behavior changes and wellness outcomes.” 

CAPT Janice Adams-King  (Janice) is an active duty nurse officer in the US Public Health Service (USPHS), where she has  served for more than 28 years.  She has been a registered nurse almost 28 years, and a family nurse practitioner for 5 years.  She attended Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies where she earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner, and University of Maryland School of Nursing where she earned a Master’s of Science in Community and Public Health Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She is a certified Community and Public Health Nurse, and a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.  She holds additional certifications and continues to seek educational opportunities to provide quality care to her patients/clients.   

She has served at the National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies, taken per diem assignments at local hospitals, conducted annual home visits for a national insurance company, owned a practice where she provided healthcare, and performed in a clinical capacity on numerous USPHS deployments.

At Healing Point, she will serve as an adjunct healthcare provider to your primary care provider where she will partner with you to help you identify and manage what is ailing through integrative healthcare options.  Using health coaching strategies, she will help you to identify strategies to better manage healthy lifestyle options that promote better health and wellness outcomes for you.  She welcomes the opportunity to serve/partner with you in meeting your health and wellness needs. 

Janice is happily married with one adult daughter and enjoys traveling and reading.   She embraces that life should be lived in a state of joy and strives daily to exemplify this state of being.

 

Becky Coward | Podcast Host | Certified Fitness Trainer | Personal Coach

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ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, Owner BFit

Becky Coward has been a fitness professional since 2002. She went to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and earned her B.S. in Exercise Sports Science in 2003. She is the owner of BFit.

 

Becky has been an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, Spin instructor, and Group Fitness instructor since 2003. She has worked in a diversity of settings in her career and many of her clients work with her over years as they move towards their health and wellness goals. Some devoted clients have been with Becky over a decade because of her gifted way of making habits that seem out of reach feel achievable and fun.

 

Becky has worked with a variety of special populations including clients with Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, pregnancy, post partum, torn meniscus, back issues, shoulder issues, arthritis, PTSD, depression, and recovery from debilitation from multiple causes. She brings her deep caring and creativity for recovery and healthy living to every situation.

 

Becky's ability to inspire and create a connected, excited community vibe has earned her Best Spin instructor designation for 3 years in a row, and Best Personal Trainer in West County.

 

Becky hosts The Unqualified Life Coaches podcast and you can catch her and her co-host laughing, learning, and most importantly inspiring listeners about fitness, nutrition and the messy stuff of life.

 

Becky is passionate about training and wellness. She meets people wherever they may be in their health and wellness challenges and helps them not only become inspired but to actualize the daily life habits that lead to overall better health.

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(301) 651-4292‬ 

Debbie Niver, L.M.T. | Licensed Massage Therapist

Swedish, Deep Tissue, Biodynamics Craniosacral Therapy, Sound Therapy with Singing Bowls

 

Debbie Niver is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Maryland and nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).  She graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in 1994 where she studied Swedish, deep tissue, and connective tissue techniques. 

 

Since graduation she has studied Biodynamics Craniosacral Therapy, Healing Touch (energy work), Comfort Touch, Alchemical Alignment for Trauma Resolution and Embodiment of Spirit, Professional Ethics, and Sound Vibration using Singing Bowls for Healing.

 

Debbie’s approach is to support her clients in their own healing process.  She integrates a variety of techniques in her sessions to meet her clients’ needs.  Debbie provides a safe environment where the body can deeply relax to enhance the body’s healing.

 

She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Healing Touch Professional Association.

 

Debbie is certified in canine and feline massage and Healing Touch for Animals (energy modality).  She lives at home with her husband David, their two dogs Jasper and Sophie and their cat Jake. 

 

(301) 465-0774

Gabrielle Phillips RYT 200 | Yoga Teacher

Gentle Flow Yoga

 

Gabrielle is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher with a background in environmental science and mindfulness.  Her passion lies in enhancing the individual’s relationship with themselves, others and their environment.

 

Her studies in wellness include yoga, meditation, reiki and aromatherapy.

 

Gabrielle enjoys merging physical asanas/poses with higher conscious awareness, always being able to balance a mission of digging deeper into the self with a sense of lightheartedness.

 

Heather Thamer M.Ed., E-RYT 500 | Experience Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level | Yoga for Amputees Teacher | Warriors at Ease Level 1 Trained Teacher | Completed Teaching Yoga to Seniors Professional Training | Cancer Exercise Trained

 

Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga

 

Heather holds a E-RYT 500 certification with Yoga Alliance (the national accredidation organization for Yoga teachers and schools). This E-RYT 500 certification means that Heather has completed 500 hours of training, holds a RYT 200 hour training credential and an additonal RYT 300 hour yoga credential from a yoga training with an emphasis on yoga therapy. Holding a E-RYT 500 also means that Heather has at least four years of teaching experience following completion of her RYT 300 training and has taught over 2000 hours since completing her training in 2009. Heather also holds a designation as Cancer Exercise Trained. Heather holds a graduate degree in Education and has spent many years working with individuals with chronic conditions and physical disabilities both in an educational setting and yoga setting. Heather has been teaching yoga for 10+years and has been the yoga teacher for classes at Healing Point and the Claudia Mayer /Tina Broccolino Cancer center at HCGH’s medical pavilion since March 2012.

 

Heather teaches classes that focus on therapeutic movement, supported stretches, and modifies the yoga to the student. Using breathing techniques, guided meditations, and gentle poses that nourish the mind and body, her classes are designed to nurture each individual’s well-being. Yoga has been proven again and again to help improve sleep quality, mood, stress, cancer-related symptoms, and a sense of well-being. Heather's teaching has been strongly influenced by Iyengar, Anusara and therapeutic styles of yoga. Believing that yoga is much more than asana (postures) but also a path to connect with our true self and being, Heather weaves the fundamental principles of yoga throughout her classes.

 

In addition to having a Yoga Alliance accreditation, Heather holds a dual BA in Psychology and Human Services and a M.ED with a concentration on special education. Heather 's work in the human services field and her passion to help others drive her teaching of yoga.

 

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Valerie Lapcinski L.M.T. | Licensed Massage Therapist

 

Myofascial, Oncology, Sports, Deep Tissue, Medical and Swedish Massage

 

Valerie Lapcinski is a licensed massage therapist in the State of Maryland and nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).   Since completing massage school in 2002 which included coursework in Swedish, Myofascial, Deep Tissue and Medical Massage, Valerie has received additional training in Oncology Massage, Sports Massage, the AIS Method , Neuromuscular Therapy, energy work and a variety of other modalities.  She is currently a student in the Trager Approach.

 

Valerie is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and Bodymason Performance Therapy —Maryland’s sports massage team. Her practice includes working with a diverse population of individuals including oncology patients and athletes. Her approach is therapeutic: working with the client to address specific issues to help them return to a state of homeostasis and general well-being.

 

When not with her massage clients, she works for an area mental health treatment program.  She lives with her husband (a physician assistant) and three loveable cats.

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