Practitioners


 
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Smita P. Patel, R. Ph. 
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Pharmacist, Owner

Smita Patel is a Ugandan native who came to the United Sates of America in 1982 and opened her shop in 1993 after receiving her pharmaceutical degree from Howard University.

Over the years as a pharmacist and healing practitioner, she became increasingly aware of the positive benefits and effects that whole food supplements had on the body and vitality.  She also developed a more holistic view of healing originating from her years of devoted study to Ayurvedic medicine.  Smita began fusing the concepts of "Integrative Wellness" with Ayurveda and the cutting-edge knowledge of modern medicine to create a revolutionary new path towards health and well-being.  

Smita came to the study of Ayurveda after suffering a life threatening disease.  Ayurvedic medicine not only improved her condition, it completely healed her when all other pathways gave her terminal diagnoses.  In 2006 Smita integrated pharmaceutical knowledge into her practice of holistic healing as the primary process for achieving optimal health.  She continues to heal and help all who come to see her through nutrition, supplements, education, and consultation.  Smita overflows with positive energy, is full of life, and wants to leave the world a better place than the way she found it.  She conveys a message of hope to all that can hear her.

 
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Ben huang, msaom, lac. 
Licensed Acupuncturist

Ben Huang is a Licensed Acupuncturist, nationally certified herbalist and Oriental Medicine practitioner by NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) board. Growing up in Taipei, Taiwan, Ben was exposed to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as a child. He’s always fond of the smell of fresh herbs, and the calmness and pleasure the fragrance brings. Immigrated to San Diego, CA with his family as a 14 years old, he worked hard to acclimated himself in high school and to life in the USA.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, Ben gravitated back to his passion of helping others, and the need to quench his deep yearning for doing good. Working in the business world to secure his stay in the USA, Ben was providing service to resolve clients’ business needs. Although Ben was very successful and clients all appreciate his service, the desire to help others was not abated at all. Ben decided to master acupuncture after learning Los Angeles has the highest concentration of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine schools outside of China and Hong Kong. Attending the very first Acupuncture School established in the U.S.A., SAMRA University, while working a 9 to 5 job seeing many people suffering from minor ailments and leading an unhealthy lifestyle, further solidified Ben’s conviction to help others with this time tested healing art.

Chinese medicine and acupuncture flows out like second nature to Ben; while some school mates, especially those with western medicine experience, struggled to grasp the totality of this science, Ben was not only able to comprehend the principles and theories easily, he often sparked and lead discussions from a different angle to more profound level. Ben became proficient with relative ease and mastered the skills with hard work. Seeing the smiling faces of returning patients’ and their expressed gratitude finally fulfills Ben’s desire to help others.

In addition to various pain and stress/anxiety relief cases, stroke recovery, HIV+, hepatitis, cirrhosis, cancer patients undergoing chemo, PMS, irregular menses and diabetic care are some cases Ben had treated. After working with a fertility specialty clinic in Maryland to improve patients’ success rate for pregnancy, Ben is currently working at a Pain & Rehab specialty clinic in Rockville, adding to his expertise.

After relocating from Los Angeles in 2013, Ben now lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife and lovely daughter.  Ben also teaches Qi-Gong/Chi-Kong class on Sunday afternoon in a local school.