About Strength & Vitality Wellness Center

Hi, I’m Cara-Michele, licensed acupuncturist, nutrition counselor, personal trainer & the owner of Strength & Vitality Wellness Center.

My goal is to help you regain your mental and physical strength and vitality for the people and passions in your life that matter most.  I understand how hard it is to be creative, flexible, thoughtful, understanding, or playful when you are experiencing pain, sleepless nights, or anxiety and depression on a regular basis.  My job is ot help you feel mentally and physically stronger as quickly as possible without the use of surgery or medication and then give you the tools, practices, and resources for long lasting optimal wellness.

I am forever amazed at how regenerative and renewing the body can be if given the right tools. We should never settle for limited states of health without trying proven unconditional therapies, such as whole food nutrition, acupuncture, movement, and infrared sauna.  Many times what we accept as “just the way my body is,” is simply an imbalance that has existed for many years and is now being seen or felt. I can help you get rid of these imbalances and feel your best again so that you can focus more on the things you love and enjoy.

Accomplishments:

  • Goldman Sachs 10KSB Scholar
  • Acupuncturist and wellness coach for Family Survivor Network
  • Si Yuan Balance Method Acupuncture Certification Pending
  • Certified Clinician in Whole Food Nutrition
  • Member International Foundation for Nutrition and Health
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Functional Aging Specialist
  • Member Maryland Acupuncture Society
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt

Additional Joys:

  • Student intern and mentorship programs
  • Public speaking on health and wellness topics
  • Leading self-defense classes

My personal journey

1999-2006

Grassroots Crisis Interventions Center

I began work as a crisis counselor at Grassroots crisis interventions center from 1999 – 2006.
1999-2006

2003

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association

In 2003, I became a certified acupuncture detoxification specialist through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). I loved serving in community programs so much that I underwent training in both Maryland and New York to become a registered trainer with NADA. I became one of the few NADA trainers Maryland and worked all over the state training addictions professionals and consulting on the use and benefits of acupuncture for the treatment of PTSD and addictions.
2003

2004

Kinokawa Aikido

In 2004, I began studying aikido, a Japanese martial art, with Kinokawa aikido as a formal way to learn more about myself and grow spiritually. I have grown to the rank of third degree black belt and am now the lead teacher at Falls Road Aikido.
2004

2005

Maryland University of Integrative Health

In 2005, I graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly the Tai Sophia Institute) with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and have been licensed with the state of Maryland to practice acupuncture and am the owner of Strength & Vitality Wellness Center.
2005

2011

Functional Nutrition Training

Started Functional nutrition training in 2011 and offering whole food nutrition to aid in my client’s recovery and overall health and wellness.
2011

2012

Balance Method Acupuncture

Began studying Balance Method Acupuncture int 2012 with Dr. Richard Tan. This training allows me to see much quicker and long lasting pain relief for my clients.
2012

2015

Tai Chi Training

Began Tai Chi training with Baltimore Tai Chi in 2015.
2015

2016

Mt. Washington

Move to our current location in Mt. Washington in 2016, with the desire to explain our services and offerings. Certification with the American Council on Exercise in 2016.
2016

2017

Functional Aging and Tai Chi

Certifications with Functional Aging Institute and Open Door Tai Chi in 2017
2017

Let’s work together!

These are just a few milestones of my long journey. Strength & Vitality Wellness Center is my way of helping clients maintain the health and wellness needed to realize our full potential. I’m excited to walk with you toward your wellness goals. Feel free to sign up for a free consultation to get a feel for what it’s like to work with me.