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Meet the Team – Acupuncture in Montgomery, MD

Mary Hong Ji

Acupuncturist, LA.c

Mary Hong Ji is Maryland Board of Acupuncture certified, licensed, and insured Acupuncturist since 1999. She was an OMD (Oriental Medical Doctor) who practiced Acupuncture for over ten years in China before she came to this country. She is the 2nd generation of oriental medical providers in the family who practice TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

She taught Acupressure classes at Mercy Hospital in Ohio in 1996 and has given Acupuncture seminars at Shady Grove Hospital for continuing education to other health providers. She was recognized by Montclair’s “Who Is Who” as the best Acupuncturist in the region in 2008. She was featured on “Montgomery Matters” episode 7, which aired in 2011. 11 years later, she was featured again on County Cable Montgomery in 2022. She was awarded Top Acupuncturist Maryland in 2017 and 2018. She was interviewed by Council member Sidney Katz and had a Zoom Q and A at Sidney’s Community Conversation in 2022. She was awarded as an advancing leader of “Asian American And Pacific Islander” of Montgomery County in 2023. (picture link)

Mary Hong Ji has helped thousands of patients in this area with their pains and various health issues. Many patients travel from out of state to seek care from her.

Besides treating pains, she is specialized in treating:
Respiratory issues: asthma, bronchitis, chronic cough, allergy.
Neurological issues: stroke, bell’s palsy, neuropathy.
GI issues: indigestion, Acid reflux, IBS, bloody stool.
Women’s health issues: menstrual pain and irregular menstruation, menopause syndromes, pregnancy nausea and vomiting, labor induction and easy labor, infertility, and IVF assistance.

Dr. Mary Hong Ji

Shelly Zhang

Office Manager

Shelly is the Office Manager. She has been working here since 2018. She is a Billing expert. If you have any insurance questions, she can answer them for you.

She has her bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Business Management. Influenced by her Aunt, Mary Hong Ji, she has changed her career. She is currently studying at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine for her Master’s degree in Oriental medicine. From her clinic internship and her family, she has learned a lot about Tongue Diagnosis. 

She will finish her schooling in the spring of 2024. Then she will be another 3rd generation in the family who practice Oriental Medicine.

Xin Stacey Ma

Acupuncturist, LA.c

Stacey is the 3rd generation acupuncturist in the family tradition. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology from the University of Maryland with honors of Cum Laude. She then served in UMBC’s research lab for 2 years under Dr. Jeffrey Leips Ph.D and focused on identifying the genes that influence the age-related changes in traits that directly affect fitness, using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. Stacey then obtained a master’s degree of Acupuncture at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, and has Immunology certification from Harvard Medical School HMX program. Currently completing biochemistry certification.

She has completed over 1000 hours of community service serving in places such as Shady Grove Hospital, K.E.E.Ns of Greater Dc, Victim’s Rights Foundation and has traveled to under-privileged countries for disaster relief. She is dedicated to serve the under privileged population and won’t turn any patient away due to financial difficulties. To receive any financial waivers, you must bring your updated tax form to show proof of income, and only Stacey offers financial waivers. On her past-time, Stacey likes to play and compose music. She was the youngest teacher to ever to be accepted into Montgomery County Class Piano Teacher’s Association where she taught piano at Dufief Elementary School. She won numerous awards and accolades and scored the lead pianist position with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2002. “Having been classically trained in music really helps me to treat patients. I “listen” and try to find the exact points of harmony and disharmony”.

Stacey’s techniques can be gentle but effective. She’s the best choice in dealing with musculo-skeletal issues such as pain and stiffness in cervical, lumbar, bilateral trapezius and etc. She is specializing in neurological problems such as Peripheral Neuropathy, Sciatica and Bell’s Palsy.

Hilal Carter

Physical Therapist, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, CMTPT/DN

Hilal Carter attended SUNY Brockport to complete his undergraduate degree in exercise physiology. From there he moved to the U.K. for three years and obtained a bachelors in Physiotherapy with Honors. Following this he began to work fulltime in a clinic in upstate NY focusing on disabilities, adaptive equipment and congenital conditions. After this he switched his focus to outpatient orthopedics and moved to the DMV area. While working he completed his doctorate degree from the University of Michigan in Physical Therapy. His continuing education has resulted in several certifications; The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling, with ongoing continuing education in post-operative rehabilitation following total joint replacements and myofascial decompression. Dr. Carter enjoys taking a multidisciplinary approach to treating patients and focuses on patient education of their condition to promote self management of varying conditions.

Treatment Specialities/Interests:
Prehabilitation (therapy prior to surgery)
Post operative hip and knee replacements
Balance and falls prevention in the elderly
Myofascial and chronic pain syndromes focusing on pain education

Dai Chen

O.M.D (retired)

Dr. Dai Chen, OMD (China) is traditionally trained in China and has been practicing oriental medicine and acupuncture for over 50 years. She practices TCM and is extremely skilled at paralysis recovery namely with stroke and bell’s palsy. She has coached and trained many practitioners under her supervision in China. She owned a private clinic in China and saw over 100 patients per day. She also set up impromptu street acupuncture to serve the underprivileged and often travels miles by bicycle to visit paralysis patients that cannot travel to her clinic. Over the years, she has passed a great deal of knowledge to her daughter and granddaughter. In 1996, she was invited to the International Oriental Medicine convention in Los Angeles in which she received the golden award for her achievements. Throughout her life, she has won numerous awards and accolades for her contribution to the society. Dr. Chen is now retired and currently is overseas in China; but she often visits and serves as a medical adviser at our center. She also loves Ballroom dancing and regularly participates in dancing events!