Jeremy Riesenfeld, L.AC., M.AC.

Acupuncturist & Founder

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Since 2004, I have helped hundreds of patients attain their goals of greater emotional peace, physical wellbeing, and inner transformation. Over this time, I’ve appreciated the gentle and effective nature of acupuncture, herbs, and holistic health counseling, and been gratified to play a role in my patients’ growth and transformation.

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My interest in holistic medicine began in much the same way as many of my patients’: with health problems. In my early 20s, upon graduating from UC Berkeley, I found myself with chronic fatigue, anemia, digestive problems and depression. I desperately wanted to feel better, and decided to join a work-study program at the Heartwood Institute, a training center for the holistic and healing arts in Northern California.

My Personal Healing Journey

I started my personal transformational journey in earnest soon after graduating from college. My health was pretty much in shambles—I had bad digestive problems, fairly bad depression, chronic fatigue, and anemia. Luckily, I had signed up for a work-study program at Heartwood Institute, a training center for the holistic healing arts in Northern California, and began my stay there immediately after school.

It was there that I was introduced to a wide variety of holistic healing practices—what I now call the 8 Branches of Chinese Medicine. As I received treatment, and practiced meditation, yoga and tai chi, ate a new diet, took herbal medicine, got acupuncture and bodywork, and began addressing my difficult thoughts and emotions, I began to heal.

A Spiritual Search

As the healing process unfolded, it became apparent to me that I was also interested in something much deeper—spiritual awakening at the deepest level. And so began a long search for… enlightenment, which I pursued through my studies of qigong, Taoist and Buddhist meditation, and non-dual spirituality.

Now, I would not consider myself a fully awakened person. However, what I have come to understand is that spiritual awakening involves a fairly radical shift in consciousness. As humans, we normally define who we are as the thoughts, emotions, and sensations that come up in our awareness. We tell ourselves stories about who we are, what other people are like, and what is happening in the world.

Deep Level Transformation

Deep level transformation occurs when we begin to question, and eventually liberate ourselves from those stories. As we become free from our stressful, anxiety and depression inducing stories, we begin to feel better—at a core level.

This transformation is not just emotional or mental. It is a deeply felt physical experience of relaxation, gentle internal energy flow, warmth, peace, and openness. At the deepest level, this process involves questioning the story that you exist as a separate person—the famous inquiry of “who am I?” When combined with meditation, this question can lead to deeper insights.

The Transformational Process

Lest I make this process sound like a cakewalk, for some people, including yours truly, this process of self-examination can be hell. For me, over the course of several years, many unresolved emotions and stressful thought patterns came to the surface. This in turn affected my physical health, creating low energy, fatigue, digestive problems, and other issues.

While not fun, those years of ill health transformed me for the better, at an essential level. I achieved insights into how the body works and how the mind and emotions function together. I gained in-depth knowledge of how to take care of my own body, emotions and mind, and how to help others recover and maintain their own physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Acupuncture, herbs, and bodywork have been valuable supports during this process.

Acupuncture Education

After the Heartwood Institute, I was inspired to enroll in acupuncture school. I selected the Tai Sophia Institute (now the Maryland University of Integrative Health) for its emphasis on mental and emotional healing, holistic wellness and lifestyle coaching. In 2007, I graduated from their Master’s in Acupuncture program, and I received certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine the following year.

The Tai Sophia Institute provided a solid and comprehensive education in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. But just as importantly, Tai Sophia Institute taught a thorough program of what I now call Holistic Health Counseling. In my studies, I learned to think outside the dominant medical paradigm.

Bob Duggan, the founder of Maryland University of Integrative Health, taught an excellent framework for looking beneath the labels of a diagnosis to see the actual phenomena of the emotions and body. In this way, the patient can learn to become more present and mindful to their own actual experience. As a result, and with the guidance of an experienced Holistic Health Counselor, the patient can then connect the dots – – see the causal links between their beliefs, emotions, lifestyle behaviors and physical/emotional health symptoms.

In combination with acupuncture, this approach to Holistic Health Counseling lays the groundwork for a patient to recover their health naturally, and for the long term.

How I Developed My Comprehensive Approach

In addition to my acupuncture studies at Maryland University of Integrative Health, I have studied the full range of Chinese medical healing arts. The true beauty of the Chinese medical system is in its holistic, comprehensive approach to healing. It offers a “healing way of life”.

In a well-known metaphor, Chinese medicine is considered to be a tree with 8 branches. While acupuncture and herbs comprise one branch, there are several other vitally important aspects to Chinese medicine: meditation, qigong, tai chi, breathing exercises, yoga, nutrition, feng shui, and knowledge of daily and seasonal cycles.

For the past 20 years, I have immersed myself in learning these traditions, participating in numerous trainings, retreats, and certifications. My discoveries took me far beyond just acupuncture, to a deep understanding of how our life activities as a whole intimately affect our physical and emotional health. This led me to develop the flexible, comprehensive approach that I apply with my patients today.

Personalizing Your Treatment

After working with patients for 15 years, I have found that each patient has a “leading edge,” a set of treatments and lifestyle changes that are best suited to them at that time. While one person may be ready for a major diet change, another might do best with getting Chinese Medical Massage to address their frozen shoulder. And another might be ready to dive into deep spiritual study and meditation practice, while yet someone else would do better dipping their toe into 10 min/day of Headspace.  Together, I help you build a customized program that helps you take full advantage of the range of services and wonderful practitioners we have here at the clinic.

My Commitment to You and Your Well-being

Through your treatments here at our clinic, I hope to pass on to you the benefits that I myself have received over the past 20 years. Please contact us if you’d like to know how our services could help your particular situation. We look forward to working with you.

Praise For Jeremy

LFage 25

Acupuncture was my last hope for unusual symptoms... and it worked!

I have been going to Transformational Acupuncture and seeing Jeremy for treatment for the past five months. Before seeing Jeremy, I had reached a low with my health and was struggling to find answers and solutions. I went to numerous doctors – a rheumatologist, a cardiologist, a pulmonologist, etc. – and was unable to find any assistance with my symptoms. Instead, each doctor passed me off to another and did not take the time to listen to what I was saying or give credence to the pain I was feeling.

Many of the doctors negated my pain and symptoms and insinuated that I probably just had anxiety and should see a therapist. Meanwhile, my symptoms – muscle pain, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, eye pain – became increasingly difficult to cope with.

For me, acupuncture felt like my last hope after I had exhausted the resources of Western medicine and came up empty-handed. Thankfully, my first appointment with Jeremy made me feel like I had finally chosen the right path for addressing my health issues. Jeremy truly listens to his patients and seeks to understand their needs and struggles, physically and emotionally.

After only a few weeks of acupuncture treatment, I was already beginning to feel a difference and the intensity of the pain was lessening. Over the course of the treatment, I have seen many of my symptoms disappear completely and I feel much more resilient in my ability to cope with any symptoms that do recur. I no longer feel like every day is a struggle to get through as I did for about a year before seeing Jeremy. My experience with Transformational Acupuncture, and with Jeremy specifically, has been more fulfilling than I can truly convey in words.

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Education & Training

  • Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD
  • TCM Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Chicago, IL

My approach to healing has developed out of a rigorous holistic healthcare education and spiritual training. For the past 20 years, I have delved into a range of fields, including various forms of acupuncture, meditation, bodywork and Chinese nutrition. This experience forms the foundation of the comprehensive approach to healing that I use today.

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs

  • 5 Element Acupuncture – Master of Acupuncture (M.Ac.) and certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health – MUIH(formerly the Tai Sophia Institute).
  • TCM Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology – Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Balance Method I Ching Acupuncture – Dr. Richard Tan
  • Applying Essential Oils to Acupuncture Points – Peter Holmes, L.Ac.
  • Neurofunctional Acupuncture


Chinese Nutrition

Transformational Health Coaching

  • 4-year apprenticeship in Transformational Health Coaching and Guided Breathwork with Ken Yamaguchi-Clark in Washington DC

Qigong and Taoist Meditation


Buddhist Meditation

Nondual Spirituality and Meditation

  • Adyashanti: one-week retreat (2005) and several daylong workshops.
  • Rupert Spira: six one-week retreats (2011-13), several weekend workshops.
  • Nonduality Study Groups (2003-2013)

Overview of My Skillset:

  • Acupuncture,
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine,
  • Health coaching / Spiritual counseling,
  • Holistic Healthcare.
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