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Emily Cooper, MPH, LAc

Acupuncturist

Professional statement

Emily Cooper, MPH, MOM, L.Ac practices Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine as a licensed Chinese Medicine practitioner in NorthWest Washington DC. She holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Oriental Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, a Western pioneer in the transmission of the 5,000 year old art of Classical Chinese Acupuncture. She continues her studies under master acupuncturist and herbalist Thea Elijah and Evan Rabinowitz. Emily transitioned into Chinese Medicine from the field of International Public Health. As an infectious disease epidemiologist, she acted as an on-the-ground community health program manager in settings replete with devastating health disparities. Also working with Johns Hopkins University, UMD Medical School's Shock Trauma and stationed both domestically and internationally, her knowledge and experience in culturally relevant health care developed from being intimately involved in the health care delivery system. In these settings, her field relationships developed from a humility, respect, and open hearted curiosity for the perspectives and experiences that contribute to one's condition, in illness, injury and chronic pain, and spiritual and emotional wellness. It is now her practice of deep listening that allows her to be fully present with her patients, for precise diagnosis and treatment planning, and creates an environment in which a patient may thrive in body, mind, and spirit.

In-network insurances

  • Advocate Health Care
  • Aetna
  • American Republic Insurance Company

Specialties

  • Acupuncturist

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Education and training

  • Maryland University of Integrative Health, Master’s in Acupuncture
  • Maryland University of Integrative Health, Master’s in Oriental Medicine
  • University of Maryland, Master’s in Public Health

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1487078770

Office locations

HealingWisdom Medicine: Acupuncture and Herbalism

910 17th Street NW, Suite 1020

Washington, DC 20006

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Great. Her theriputic, nutritional, and herbal medicine background creates a killer combo for figuring out the reasons for my headaches. I look forward to my appointment every week.
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My experience with Emily was very pleasant and resultful. After 10 or so sessions, the abdominal monthly pain (I went to see her with) subsided. Acupuncture helped to boost my overall immunity as well. Now I'm suggesting my husband to goand see Emily to free himself from a digestive issue.
Less than 1 month ago
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They say you can't give a good testimony "... without a test ..."! Well, my challenges were multiple. First I had experienced hair loss both in the back of my head & in the front of my head. It was alarming& the dermatologist's steroids had not improved the situation. I attributed the hair loss to stress, imbalanced hormones, and diet. Then, I had pain in my elbow from an old case of tennis-elbow that forced me to stop playing altogether. Suffice to say by the time I got to Emily, I was a right royal mess! I was slow to try acupuncture because of my fear of needles, and my husband is a medical doctor and a sceptic, so I was not convinced.I finally went because I'd run out of options and nothing else had worked, but I wish Id gone sooner! I no longer have piercing pain in my elbow, have beautiful, rich natural hair that is strong and healthy and has grown in fully in the front (tiny spot remains in back), have managed to keep the weight off and Emily also treated my menopause very successfully - my hot flashes have vanished! The acupuncture treatment was so effective that I referred my 19 year son who was having anger management issues and was engaging in high risk sexual behavior due to early trauma. Seeing Emily on a regular basis has been transformative for him. He has calmed down completely, is doing well in college and is happier - and best of all, has stopped his high risk behaviors. So, whatever health or mental-health issue you are struggling with, please give acupuncture with Emily a try. You'll be soooooo glad you did!
Less than 3 months ago
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This was my first visit with an Acupuncturist. I always wanted to go to one to address lingering pain issues as a result of knee surgery. I am so happy I waited to go to Dr. Emily Cooper who recommended tome by a neighbor who is also one of her patients. The experience exceeded my expectations. I look forward to reaping the rewards of this ancient Eastern practice, guided by Dr. Cooper.
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Emily is an amazing person and true healer. She has a gift of getting through to the true underlying cause of the issue, while ensuring her clients are completely comfortable. I would recommend her to anyone!
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I saw Emily for a condition known as placenta previa (placenta partially covering the uterus). The options given to us by western medicine were pretty much to wait and see. After a couple of appointments and with no improvement, we decidedto look into alternative options. My husband had been successfully treated by Emily for muscle pain in the past and he highly recommended her. Needless to say, Emily was extremely accommodating to my hectic schedule and we began treatment. Just like her other numerous reviews, I can attest to her excellent listening skills that are essential at determining the root cause of your condition, and in turn, allows her to determine the proper course of treatment. The results were better than expected, after a couple of sessions my energy levels had increased, appetite returned and a feeling of overall wellness ensued after each sessions. Halfway through the treatment, my OBGYN noted that the placenta had started moving and only a few blood vessels remained close to the uterus. After a couple more sessions, and at my next routine appointment, my OBGYN pointed out that everything was in the clear and the placenta previa was completely gone. The treatment was therapeutic and even relaxing. We can’t thank her enough and highly recommend her if you ever have to deal with this condition. Should the need to be induced be necessary, we plan to see her first.
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Emily is great!
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I have had gastritis and heartburn for around 8 years, I had multiple treatments but nothing made a big difference. I have been seeing Emily for around two months and I have never felt better, my heartburn is almost gone andmy gastritis is getting better and better. Emily helped me to understand that food can make a big difference in every way, so not just my stomach feels better but my whole body is happy about my new habits. I highly recommend Emily, she is great!
Less than 6 months ago
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Awesome therapeutic service.
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I highly recommend Emily -- she is a truly gifted acupuncturist. She has helped me make profound changes both physically and emotionally. I started seeing her hoping to regulate my menstrual cycle, and not only has that improved but recent labwork showed significant, positive changes in my hormone levels. In addition, she has given me simple, effective tools for dealing with stress that have made a huge difference in my daily life. She takes the time to listen to what you need at each appointment and is very kind and caring but also offers practical tips for what to work on between visits. I always look forward to my appointments and feel calm and peaceful after every treatment.
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As others have noted, Emily is a wonderful listener. I’ve seen a therapist for several months and have never felt so comfortable opening up and describing my body/feelings/symptoms as I just did during my intake discussion. I realized thingsthat I’ve been afraid to say aloud and left feeling simultaneously lighter and more grounded in my own body. I can’t wait to return.
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Emily has helped me tremendously over the past 3 months. I came in for back pain persisting from a 7 year old injury and felt immediate effects after my first appointment. Since then I have been going weekly, and my backpain has been lower than ever before (essentially gone!). After a few weeks of treatment, I also discovered that I was pregnant. Emily began treating my nausea while helping nourish my body to care for the baby. My morning sickness was significantly lower after each appointment and I was able to go about my normal routine almost unaffected by nausea most days. My pregnancy is still difficult, but leaps and bounds better with acupuncture than without! I highly recommend Emily for anyone looking to treat pain or help with a pregnancy.
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I initially scheduled an appointment with Emily to address fertility concerns. Following our first session, Emily very intuitively suggested that my accupuncture journey might be about much more than fertility. She was so very right! I amgrateful for the insight, guidance, and time spent being more "heartful" each session. Now that I am pregnant, my first trimester has been filled with positive and challenging experiences. I am excited to continue working with Emily to become more balanced, healthy, and connected. She is the very BEST!
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I tell everyone that I can about Emily, she is truly a born healer. I sought after acupuncture for a shoulder injury that had left me with pain for over two years. To answer the obvious, Emily resolved the pain withoutmuch trouble...the experience aside from treating the injury, however, has been one that has transformed my life. Emily taught me to look at myself through a lens I never knew even existed. Her guidance has helped me grow exponentially - body, mind and soul. I am so incredibly grateful to have found her and know that my journey with her will be one that is life-long. Thank you for all that you do, Emily!
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Emily has a desire to know her clients on a deep level. She is a remarkable listener, and equipped as a human and as a practitioner to deliver exceptional care. I am hopeful for my journey under her watchful eye and tender heart. ????
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I went to Emily after frustration with the typical treatment I had been getting for a number of chronic issues, primarily frequent UTIs and kidney stones, as well as grinding my teeth/anxiety. Emily has worked with me to understand my symptomsand set up a regular regimen of acupuncture to address them. I have seen incredible improvement in my health - both physically and mentally - over the three months that I have been seeing Emily and highly recommend her!
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As someone familiar with many different forms of therapy for anxiety/depression, I was intrigued to try acupuncture based on my therapist's recommendation. I had no expectations aside from a slight fear of needles. Emily Cooper put all thosereservations to bed as we started the session off talking about my issues as they pertain to the reason for my visit. This also gave her a better understanding and insight as to what areas best to focus on and penetrate. She was very professional, understanding and calming. Not only was pain the furthest thing from my mind but this new form of therapy allowed me to relax in a completely new way. After the first session, I left having gained a whole new introspect to medicine and the role my body plays in every day emotional occurrences. I just had my second visit and very eager to do work outside that will give me even more to bring to my third. I highly recommend Emily Cooper to anyone not only eager to try acupuncture, but also anyone having difficulty with balancing mind and body.
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I wasn't sure what to expect. The opening was a little off, but she made me feel comfortable. Talked to you and really listened. I'm looking forward to my second session.
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Emily, she is the amazing person that has stopped my migraines! I have suffered with migraines for over 20 years, tried every medicine known to man, PT, chiropractic intervention, massages, and still they were getting worse and worse. I wasmissing out on my life, my children's lives, I was angry, bitter, and had pretty much given up. But the 8 migraine days a month are gone now. I am off all everyday medicine for 3 months now and have only taken one migraine pill since starting back in March. IF YOU SUFFER FROM MIGRAINES... THERE IS HOPE! I can't say anything more, other than she is a miracle and has helped me earn my life back.
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Emily Cooper is an excellent acupuncturist with a strong technical knowledge as well as an innovative, creative approach to the age old practice. I went to her with a number of issues including allergies, sleeplessness, excessive urination,stress, and a generally inflamed body. Even though I wanted her to put needles in everything, she persisted in a different approach then that which others had followed, and concentrated the treatments on one malady that she felt was linked to everything else. Consequently the results were much better and spilled over into related benefits. Emily is always upbeat, bright, and personable, and she navigates pain and illness with grace and a wisdom beyond her years (I can say this as a 72 year old!). I recommend her most highly.
Less than 1 year ago
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I have been seeing Emily for 2 months - she has been treating severe arthritis in my left foot, and chronic pain associated with scoliosis in my lower back. Both conditions were chronic, for over 15 years, and very painful. Iwas unable to walk without pain, and had developed a limp. It was remarkable to me that after my very first treatment, there was a noticeable improvement in pain and mobility. The pain continued to decrease from visit to visit, now nearly non existent, and mobility increases. I had become so accustomed to pain being part of my life, and I am now moving freely, exercising, and living a full life again. I am so thankful to Emily for her work and determination, and without her I am doubtful I would be walking without pain.
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There was something about the space that told me I was in the right place. Dr. Cooper asked a lot of questions, encouraged dialogue and assured me that my treatment plan would be a journey involving her getting to know aboutme. I have only been once and can't review the effectiveness of her treatment at this time.
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I’ve been really pleased with Emily. I had a very bad case of plantar fasciitis (heel pain), and had heard someone say that acupuncture could help. It really did. Not that it was 100% gone overnight but there was about a75% reduction in symptoms within ~ 2 months, after nor having found anything else that had helped previously
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Emily is an amazing practitioner. I came to her seeking help for my spiritual and physical wellness and she has absolutely changed my life. She is knowledgable, kind, and caring -- not to mention an incredibly skilled acupuncturist. Visitsto Emily have become a vital part of my routine and I encourage others who are seeking holistic treatment to work with her!
Less than 1 year ago
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I sought out Emily Cooper's services as a therapy option for my emotional trauma. Her manner was extremely supportive and informative, but I also appreciate her helping me to focus on what my body was telling me rather than what myhead was telling me. After one session I already feel much more balanced and mindful of myself.
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Emily has been amazing with my daughters aged 5 and 10. Both were skeptical of doing acupuncture but she was able to immediately win them over with her serene and thoughtful bedside manner. And the treatment has been extremely effective. Onedaughter suffered for several years with intestinal parasites, severe stomach pain and fatigue. No traditional medicine including anti-parasitics fully succeed but almost immediately upon starting acupuncture she significantly improved and is now cured. My five year old who is strong and energetic was not sleeping well and had started showing nervousness. She also showed significant improvement after several sessions.
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Emily went above and beyond expectations. I was being treated for a back issue when I mentioned a severe reaction to poison ivy and bug bites which had developed to a weeping spreading sores. Emily suggested s topical ointment which healedthe sores overnight when antibiotics and other drugstore remedies had failed. This ointment, made by Emily was very special and WORKED!!!
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Emily Cooper is highly effective as an acupuncturist and healer. Her concern for the patients and her passion for her craft clearly comes across. After I moved to DC, I suffered through energy sapping allergies for over two years. I triedvarious means of learning to cope with my allergies as recommended by my MD with little or no improvement. With acupuncture, my symptoms started to improve after the first session, and by about the fourth session they were gone. My energy level has returned to normal. I would highly recommend Ms. Cooper to anyone considering acupuncture and as a way to treat allergy symptoms.
Less than 1 year ago
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Great person, really cares. Showed me how accupuncture is beyond physical, its an emotional healing as well.
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We brought our 8 year old daughter in for treatment with Emily, and I cannot rave enough about the experience. Although it took a number of sessions for my daughter to become comfortable with the idea of acupuncture, Emily was kind,supportive, and patient through the whole process -- she put in the time and effort to really gain my daughter's trust. Now my daughter looks forward to her sessions with Emily, and we as parents can see a significant difference in our daughter.
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This was only the first visit but Ms. Cooper was professional yet engaging. She took the time to gain real insight as to the events causing her services to be sought.
More than 1 year ago
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I felt very encouraged after my visit with Emily. Looking forward to my next appointments and feeling very positive and hopeful! Melissa C.
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Emily has been a Godsend. She is highly qualified and has the hands of an angel when it come to Accupuncture. I first went to see her when I had an intense back pain and from the very first treatment Ifelt so much better. I am so happy to found Emily and I fully recommend her.
More than 1 year ago
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She has a lovely manner, conveys great concern overall and explains her wellness philosophy very clearly. The experience was very calming. I look forward to my next appointment.
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Emily is an excellent practitioner with a warm and welcoming demeanor. Her treatment was incredibly effective for me – after seeing her for a few weeks, I've had no digestive issues (which has not been the case for me for 10+ years). I cannot recommend her enough!
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Emily really took time to get know my health picture, not just the issue that I was concerned about. She also took time to explain her style and her background so that I would know what she planned to do. I highly recommend her!
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Emily was amazing. While I was slightly skeptical during my first visit, her diagnosis what accurate and her treatment put me at ease. I haven't felt that relaxed in a long time. She is patient, incredibly insightful and accommodating.
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I've been seeing Emily for several months now, and I can't say enough great things about how her expertise and accupuncture practice have helped me heal emotionally and physically. I initially started seeing Emily to work through deep emotionalissues I've struggled with concerning grief, relationships and negative self-talk. Emily's style of using compassionate coaching and discussions in addition to accupunture helped me grow, heal and feel so much better. I've continued to see Emily to work on physical issues I've had with my cycle and a hamstring/lower back injury. Through my treatment, my physical conditions are improving significantly and I'm excited about the healing I'll continue to exerience!
More than 1 year ago
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Very comfortable and professional!
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I've been seeing Emily for almost two years. She is professional, knowledgeable, thorough and caring.
More than 1 year ago
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She was great!
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Very pleasant personality.Very informative and soft spoken. Atmosphere was calming and relaxing.
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Emily was very personable and spoke in the truth. She was very knowledgeable about her craft and I look forward to working with her.
More than 1 year ago
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Emily is AMAZING. I've been seeing her for anxiety and the work she has done has made a bigger difference than therapy or medications. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
More than 1 year ago
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I was very pleased with my first appointment yesterday. As soon as I walked into Emily's room, my eyes came on a beautiful calligraphy piece on the wall..and i immediately felt relaxed. I had a good night's sleep too! Emily isgreat and I am looking forward to my next appointment later this week! Thank you
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I had my gallbladder removed about 6 months before seeing Emily but had been sick for more than a year prior. I'd given up hope on ever having a normal digestive system again or finding any sort of new normalcy thatdidn't feel like chronic illness and sacrificing what I had always considered normal eating. At my first appointment I told Emily I felt like my body had betrayed me and I was so disconnected from it because of how sick I had been for so long. She really took the time to explain to me how my body didn't betray but was trying to tell me something, and for the first time in a very long time I started to listen to and feel connected to my body again. Instead of feeling like there was a list of foods I should try to give up to try to feel better, it felt like I was connected enough to start to eat in ways that felt good and healing. Eating started to feel more like self care rather than a frustrating toxic daily necessity. She has such a healing vibe it is unreal, I really didn't think I would feel ok again, but I actually think I'll end up better than before I was sick. Emily also helped me connect back to my body and emotions, exploring how they feel different and how important it is to listen to my body. So in addition to starting to heal my digestive system, she's been helpful in healing the anxiety and depression that came with being so sick. Hands down, most helpful, caring, and healing person I have seen throughout the last year of being sick.
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Emily has been wonderful. Since re-injuring my back skiing about 6-years ago, I've seen multiple PTs, chiropractors and an osteopath. None of them could keep my back from staying aligned, resulting in chronic pain. Emily figured it out. Usingacupuncture she realigned my lower spine -- the way it was meant to be. My pain is now significantly reduced, and my long-term PT cannot believe the alignment of my back. Highly recommend Emily for her creativity and personal service.
More than 1 year ago
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We consulted Emily, looking for an alternate approach for my teenage son with moderate hemophilia and a congenital anomaly in his elbow, causing spontaneous trauma with little or no trigger. From the outset and introduction, Emily came acrossas a well grounded practitioner with a sound grasp and understanding of the acupuncture modality, in addressing the root of his unusual, structurally chronic condition. Her holistic treatment and patiently delivered explanations, have significantly reduced his trauma episodes and has also encouraged my son to further push and challenge his limits. Definitely recommend acupuncture and Emily's expertise : )
More than 1 year ago
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Meditation practice has thought me how to be more aware of my thoughts, emotions and body sensations. I noticed that I had the sensation of a lump in my throat, unsetting sensations in my stomach and chest areas and overall senseof uncertainty and groundlessness. I described these sensations and emotions to Emily and she was able to customize acupuncture sessions to address all of them. i highly recommend her and opening to her kindness and expertise.
More than 1 year ago
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Loved her chill demeanor, it put me at ease. She asked lots of questions so that I will know how to listen to my body moving forward.
More than 1 year ago
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