Lauren's vision for providing high quality health care began in 1999 when she started working with Traditional Chinese Medicine. After treating many patients In Bethesda MD using acupuncture, she moved her healthcare practice to Annapolis where she now enjoys living and participating in the Annapolis culture. In the year 2002, she opened her local wellness center, Chesapeake Acupuncture & Healing Arts, LLC which is located on Defense Hwy in Annapolis, MD. She provides Traditional Chinese Medicine services to residents of Anne Arundel, Kent and Queen Anne Counties. Near by cities include Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton, Edgewater, Arnold, Millersville, Crownsville, Severna Park, Stevensville, Queenstown, Centreville and many others. Lauren enjoys working with residents whom would like to enhance their health and wellness more naturally through the use of acupuncture and other holistic therapies. Relieving pain naturally while improving the body's function is the primary focus of her work. In addition, she does enjoy working with fertility, anxiety, allergies and just providing a general "stress relief" acupuncture treatment that we all need to live a better life. Our clinic's motto is "wellness through energetic balance", creating "good health through making good choices" and being actively involved in taking care of ourselves. Lauren's Certifications Education in Chinese Medicine – MITCMAfter three years of Masters level education, Lauren graduated from the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a certification in Acupuncture. She is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She maintains her acupuncture license through the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture . Practitioners such as Lauren who keep their NCCAOM diplomate status current, demonstrate an exceptional commitment to professional development and are continually upgrading their clinical skills through additional training every year. Diplomate of Acupuncture "Dipl. Ac." – what does it really mean?A Diplomate of Acupuncture is an acupuncturist who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®). It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. For additional information, about the Diplomate of Acupuncture, please visit the NCCAOM Website. Chinese Herbal Medicine – MUIHAfter obtaining her licensure in Acupuncture, Lauren continued her study of Oriental Medicine through the successful completion of a 2 year Chinese Herbal Medicine program hosted by the Maryland University of Integrative Health (previously known as the Tai Spohia Institute). In addition to studying herbal therapies with senior practitioners and master herbalists she has completed many continuing education classes in herbal studies as well as acupuncture. She incorporates herbal therapies while working with her clients/patients. image Shanghai University of TCM Certificate ProgramDuring the Summer of 2002, Lauren was very fortunate to be able to participate in a Graduate study program hosted by the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine which is located in Shanghai, China. This acupuncture certificate program included classroom as well as hospital related studies. During this time, Lauren learned many things not typically taught in acupuncture schools located in the United States.
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Why It Matters: Lauren McNeal's Board Certifications
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Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Chronic Pain Management
Low Back Procedure
Neck Pain Procedure
Trigger Point Therapy
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
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Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Maryland University Of Integrative Health
Undergraduate School | Graduated 2005
Maryland Institute Of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 2002
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Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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