Peter is a cofounder of Full Circle Healing Arts and holds a Master of Acupuncture Degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute where he is a senior faculty member. He also earned a PhD in clinical psychology. He was appointed to the Maryland Board of Acupuncture by Governor Larry Hogan. He is the founder and first clinical director of the Community Health Initiative (CHI), at one time operating community health sites with the City of Baltimore and Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is past president of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM); past president of the Maryland Acupuncture Society (MAS); past commissioner for the National Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACCOM) and a certified trainer for the National Association of Detox Acupuncture (NADA). Peter was recently honored by being elected to a four year term on the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture. Here, he will work with other elected acupuncturists to ensure the licensure and regulation of all Maryland practitioners.
Peter has a long history in the healthcare field spanning some three decades. Before starting his practice in Oriental Medicine in the mid-1980s, he was a clinical psychologist in private practice. As a psychologist he also worked with the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, Bethesda Naval Hospital, and the National Institutes of Health, to name a few, all in the capacity of consultant in the fields of addiction, organizational development, clinical rehabilitation, personality development, and family, individual and group therapy.
In his practice at Full Circle Healing Arts, Peter especially loves working with children and seniors. His reputation as a knowledgeable and compassionate practitioner is only surpassed by his ability to get to the “heart of the matter” with each of his patients. While he brings extensive experience and insight to his intellectual endeavors of teaching, lecturing, and community wellness, his favorite place to be is working in the garden and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Clem is cofounder of Full Circle Healing Arts and holds a Master of Acupuncture degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland, where she also completed the NCCA program in Chinese herbal medicine. Clem was an assistant faculty at the Institute and a guest lecturer at the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She helped open and was a supervisor at the Community Health Initiative (CHI), a Baltimore community-based acupuncture detox and wellness program founded by the school in conjunction with Johns Hopkins. She is a NADA (National Association of Detox Acupuncture) practitioner and supervisor. She has also served on the board of the Maryland Acupuncture Society.
Clem has always held an interest in natural health and is a life-long student of yoga, tai chi, and qi gong. Throughout her thirty years of acupuncture practice, she has cultivated her intuition and sensitivity, which she combines with professional knowledge and skills to affect the greatest outcome of healing. She firmly believes there is no condition that Chinese medicine cannot address and is continually amazed and humbled by the scope of its reach. She is a compassionate listener and encourages her patients to embrace a healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition, positive thoughts, loving relationships, affirming work, and gentle exercise. In addition to her regular practice, Clem specializes in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and is a student of Matrix Energetics.
Clem shares her life and work with her husband and cofounder of Full Circle, Peter Marinakis, their two daughters, and an assortment of animals.
Monna has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MS in Oriental Medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbology, from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture in Phoenix, Arizona. Monna’s practice combines the best traditions of Chinese acupuncture and modern needleless techniques of electroacupuncture. With treatment, old patterns of body and mind are gently released, and clients report not only changes in physical symptoms, but improved emotional outlook.
Monna first experienced acupuncture in 1983 when she was a highly stressed young mother and business owner with chronic pain. Over the next few years acupuncture treatments were an important part of restoring her health and transforming her life. This journey led her to Arizona where she helped found the first Chinese Medicine school in the state, The Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. She worked for the school until moving to Annapolis in 2001. Monna has also been interested in the role of a healthy diet and medicinal herbs for healing since college. She uses these dietary insights in her practice and enjoys finding the most effective and appropriate herbal formulas for her clients.
Monna has a gentle, compassionate touch, and works well with sensitive clients and those who are new to acupuncture. She has a particular interest in women’s health issues. Working with fertility patients in all stages of the process from planning a pregnancy to providing support in medically assisted reproductive procedures is a special joy. Through acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas, Monna assists women in finding effective solutions for dysfunctions of the menstrual cycle or premenstrual pain and discomfort. She also enjoys supporting women through the changes of the menopausal years.
Monna has extensive experience in microcurrent electroacupuncture for pain, injury, or chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Using a combination of microcurrent and traditional acupuncture, she frequently works with seniors to alleviate arthritic symptoms, stiffness and ease mobility
Before retiring, I taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Department of Human Development, specializing in aging and life meaning. Now, I apply that knowledge to astrology and shamanic traditions.
As an evolutionary, spiritual astrologer, I ask the big questions, such as “Why are you here?” and “What is your path to happiness?” Additionally, I consider the spiritual contracts made for this life and how to fulfill them.
I cast the chart of each of my clients. Some only wish for a chart reading, while others also seek shamanic healing and counseling.
Shamanic work can offer deep, soul level healing at this time of great societal and personal change. For we are being called to a more spirit-filled life that is purpose-driven and fulfilling, in order to create a better world for us all.
Shamanic traditions, practiced since the dawn of humanity, consider all things sacred and filled with living energy. These traditions challenge us to live in harmony and reciprocity with the energies within and around us.
Achieving this balance is difficult, however, for so many of life’s experiences – trauma, grief, abuse, illness, among others – wreak terrible damage. Yet, shamanic practices can help us heal and transform ourselves from the soul level out, so we may better walk our path with harmony, grace and gratitude.
I invite you to consider shamanic energy work and hope that the following information may be useful to your understanding of this important healing modality.
Christel has been practicing Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy since 2012 and is now on the craniosacral teaching staff of Heartwaves Healing Institute. She is also a Sekhem Seichim Reiki Master, a certified Life and Wellness Coach, and a certified Modern Wisdom practitioner. In addition, she has been a team leader for “Woman Within” since 2007 in the US and Europe and is a pre-eminent leader of sacred Cacao Ceremonies, “the Heart Opening Experience.” She has designed and led wellness workshops, retreats, classes, and sacred alchemy circles all over the mid-Atlantic area.
Christel is a master at holding space and celebrating each person in their truth. She “listens” to your whole system as the inherent treatment plan unfolds. While craniosacral therapy is what she offers primarily, her sessions combine the various modalities she has been steeped in over the past twenty years. Christel believes health includes physical vitality, emotional well-being, a sense of purpose, and a capacity to enjoy life. A session with Christel will support you in remembering the inherent health that lies within you.
Melissa Trotman,CRNP, Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner
Melissa is a Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of experience and certification by the Institute for Functional Medicine. She is committed to preventing and reversing chronic disease by treating the root causes of illness. She strives to both educate and heal her patients, empowering them to live better and healthier lives. Melissa welcomes people seeking care for a chronic disease or people working on disease prevention. Her special areas of focus are heart disease, hypertension, thyroid disease, diabetes or insulin resistance and gastrointestinal disorders. She is excited to offer special services to women with breast cancer or a history of breast cancer.
Chronic diseases including digestive disorders, hypertension, diabetes & thyroid disease are very responsive to a personalized Functional Medicine approach. People can often stop the progression of disease and in some cases even reverse disease.
Melissa provides care for women who are currently going through breast cancer treatment by supporting them through the many difficult decisions they have to make regarding their cancer treatment. Treatment will address minimizing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation and helping the body heal after these treatments and surgery. Once conventional cancer treatment has been completed, we work on a comprehensive plan to restore vitality and reduce the risk of a reoccurrence of cancer.
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