Growing up in a traditional Chinese family, Chinese medicine has always been a mainstay in my healthcare. Deeply rooted in nature and ancient wisdom, its powerful healing of the body and soul throughout human history never ceases to amaze me.


After years of vigorous coursework and extensive clinical training and practice, I earned my Master's degree in Acupuncture and a second Master's degree in Oriental Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute). I am a nationally board-certified acupuncturist by NCCAOM (the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Currently, I am working on my doctoral degree in Oriental Medicine.

Healing the body, mind, and spirit

Maryland Classical Oriental Medicine

Throughout the years, I have traveled throughout the US and abroad in order to study and train under world re-known masters of Chinese Medicine. In particular, I studied with the late Dr. Richard Tan extensively. Currently I am studying with Dr. Wei-Chieh Young, who is one of the main disciples of Master Tung Ching Chang, who is considered by many to be the greatest acupuncture master who ever lived, and whose technique was a treasured family secret, passed down and refined over many generations. I practice Dr. Tan's Balance Method and Master Tung's Points in order to achieve quick and immediate results. Unlike other styles of acupuncture, these techniques are considered revolutionary systems and approaches that often go beyond anything patients expected.  

In my spare time, I practice Chen style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) and swim. I am an avid reader of classical Chinese medical textbooks that delve deeply in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Eastern philosophies such as Taoism and Buddhism. I have two cats named Mimi and Guai-Guai, both of whom I love dearly.


I practice acupuncture because I love to help people, and seeing them smile again is one of the most rewarding experiences of my work. I’d like to see you smile again, so don’t let yourself wait too long to begin the journey back to good health and happiness.

Claire Alatan

Master in Oriental Medicine (M.O.M)

Diplomate in Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac NCCAOM.)

Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)

Chinese Herbalist


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