Each acupuncture practitioner received their foundational training in acupuncture at the Tai Sophia Institute, whose mission entails teaching "transformative and relationship-centered programs and services that integrate the timeless wisdom of nature and ancient healing traditions with contemporary knowledge to develop practitioners and leaders capable of creating and sustaining individual and community wellness."

Several practitioners at Four Gates have taught at Tai Sophia and other wellness programs since the 1980s. Additionally, there are several newer practitioners here who have developed impressive skill sets and are exceptionally capable and caring healers. All of us continue to expand and deepen our knowledge of Chinese medicine, which teaches us to observe and revere Nature. In so doing, our own natures may be understood and tended. In service to the philosophy underlying this medicine, Four Gates practitioners are also committed to teaching and community building. Our classroom is used regularly to cultivate community and offer educational, wellness related programs. We hope you’ll join us for some of these offerings and share news of them with others.



As an acupuncture practitioner, I have spent over 30 years working with clients to provide insight and healing for their health and lifestyle issues.  A graduate of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (currently the Tai Sophia Institute: considered by many to be the preeminent school of acupuncture in the United States), I have served that school variously as faculty, clinical supervisor, dean of students, dean of faculty and, currently, as a distinguished lecturer. I maintained my clinical practice at Tai Sophia from 1987 until moving back to Columbia in the summer of 2011. 


My undergraduate education was at Pomona College in Claremont, California, where I developed a love of theater, stories and myths as agents of transformation. This passion strongly influenced my desire to pursue work that explored healing and transformation. Fascination with the stories of our lives and those from other times and places has influenced how I practice, teach and continue to study. In addition to continuing acupuncture education over the years, I have studied regularly with mythologist, storyteller and social activist Michael Meade, who has profoundly contributed to how I hold the big picture of people’s lives in the treatment room and the classroom. 


One offshoot of these interests is that I offer regular workshops on dreams and how they may inform our paths, as well as story circles where participants discuss the impact of timeless tales on these times we find ourselves living in today. More information on these workshops can be found on my blog.


I look forward to the privilege of getting to know you, your history and dreams, and the concerns you bring with you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns and to schedule your initial acupuncture experience.




I am a licensed acupuncturist as well as a registered nurse and Medical Qigong practitioner. I have been practicing acupuncture since 1988, after graduating from Tai Sophia (now Maryland University of Integrative Health or MUIH) and have been involved in health care for over 30 years. In addition to my private practice, I have been on the faculty of MUIH since 1990.


Acupuncture is a wonderful, ancient healing method which looks at how energy, or qi, nourishes and balances your body. Hair-thin needles are inserted into specific acu-points in the body, redirecting the flow of your qi and allowing your own vital energy to heal you. This medicine works on all levels of your being: body, mind, and spirit. In this way, it can treat the deepest source of an illness, allowing the body/mind/spirit to become more balanced and whole again. Acupuncture looks at "dis-ease" as a lack of ease and wholeness in the body/mind/spirit. I have found, through the years, that many symptoms respond well to acupuncture including: headaches, sleep disorders, stress-related issues, musculo-skeletal problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia, digestive issues, respiratory problems, ob/gyn, and many other issues.


More recently, I have become a Medical Qigong practitioner. Medical Qigong is one of the four branches of Chinese Medicine. While acupuncture, herbs, and medical massage are better known by the public, Medical Qigong has a long history in China in promoting health and wellness. "Qi" means lifeforce energy, and "gong" means skill, so Medical Qigong is therefore the skillful practice of applying lifeforce energy. Medical Qigong is a complete system that addresses the needs of the whole person, targeting the root of the disease while promoting balance and harmony for the patient.


During a Medical Qigong session, the practitioner uses his or her ability to emit qi to improve the functioning of the patient's energy system. The treatments can enhance the functioning of the immune system, reduce blood pressure, reduce pain, regulate hormones, regulate the internal organs, reduce stress and emotional upset. Following is a patient's description of a treatment:

Heather has been my acupuncturist for a number of years. I was intrigued when she told me about Medical Qigong and feel grateful to have experienced this type of treatment. As the treatment is happening, I am able to feel energy shifting within me. Sometimes there is a feeling of release; other times a sensation that my energy has been enhanced or is flowing more freely. At times, I am able to sense a color along with the movement - and always there is a knowing of deep peace that accompanies these treatments. I am able to breathe with greater ease in the hours and days following treatment. Even just writing this brings me into the space - and spaciousness that comes with a deeper awareness of my work with Heather.


I also bring to my practice my knowledge of health from my background as a nurse. This allows me to see health issues from several perspectives, helping to explain the interface of the two perspectives to my patients, as well as allowing me to determine when an issue needs to be referred to a western physician.


If you have any questions, I would be glad to have a phone consultation with you about your concerns.


LAc (Maryland)
Dipl.Ac (NCCAOM)
RN (Maryland)




Of all the health-related work and experience I've enjoyed, acupuncture is the most rich and satisfying.  Whether you are looking for relief from a physical complaint, a stress related emotional issue, or an imbalance in your life, acupuncture may help.  The Chinese say "Acupuncture helps one to find their destiny".


After graduation at Tai Sophia in March 2000, I have been practicing acupuncture for 12 years.


RN - Bon Secours Hospital School of Nursing
BSN - Catholic University
MS - Johns Hopkins University
MS Acupuncture -Tai Sophia


10 years RN- Hospital nursing
24 years -Nurse Educator and Wellness Coordinator, CCBC Catonsville 


Interests and Hobbies:
Nature and gardening, films, reading, knitting, playing bridge, learning Italian




I met my first acupuncturist, a man from England, when I was in nursing school at Georgetown University, attending all kinds of New Age conferences in my free time. The new wave of spiritual awareness and mind/body medicine called to me in a way I couldn’t explain or resist. For no good reason, I attended his workshop, became enthralled with his treatments and wound up assisting him for three years while I was in school and he was coming over from England to run clinics.


After graduation, I continued to work in nursing for many years before earning my Masters Degree in Acupuncture at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, MD. As fate (or design!) would have it, I came to acupuncture with a solid foundation in modern medicine, having had experience in OB/GYN, oncology, cardiac care, a transplant unit, a dermatology unit, critical care, home care, hospice, psychiatry, and a stint in a gym doing wellness care! This background continues to serve me well in understanding issues and treatment protocols from both eastern and western points of view. One of the fascinating things about acupuncture and something that distinguishes it from modern allopathic medicine with its great repertoire of medicine and surgery is that it triggers our bodies to do something that is natural to us all, which is to achieve a state of peace, balance and health. It is a potential we all seem to possess.




I received my Acupuncture degree from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute). I am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Oriental Medicine, which includes a Certification in Chinese Herbs as well as coursework in the application of integrative medicine. In the course of these terrific programs, I have studied with such renowned acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists as Jeffrey Yuen, Evan Rabinowicz, Anne Cecil-Sterman, Thea Elijah, Heiner Freuhauf, Stephen Cowan and Andy Ellis. I am passionate about using my education to benefit my clients, bridging the gap between the Western model of healthcare and the empowerment of Chinese medicine.


I received my Bachelor’s of Science in biology and animal science from the University of Maryland (College Park), and I have worked in biological, environmental and agricultural research. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance); I love to teach classes that focus on living with the cycles of nature, moving with the seasons rather than against the natural flow of life.


Likewise, in the treatment room, I utilize acupuncture, acupressure and tui na techniques, Chinese herbs, moxibustion, gua sha, cupping, lifestyle coaching and Chinese dietary counseling to help clients learn how to heal themselves. Even with complicated and/or chronic situations, I believe that working with the body’s natural wisdom is the most profound way to engender true well-being.


I am also bilingual in English and Spanish, and so if you or someone you know would benefit from a treatment in Spanish, please don't hesitate to call.




Welcome to acupuncture! I'm Greta Luhar and I look forward to working with you. I received my Kinesiology degree from the University of Maryland and then earned my Masters in Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute. I have always wanted a career in healthcare and luckily discovered acupuncture at a young age. I am intrigued that acupuncture is 5,000 years old and that it remains effective in treating everything from headaches, back pain, digestive issues to depression, anxiety, and stress. There really is an art to keeping the body in balance and free from pain and discomfort. After all this time as an acupuncturist, I am still amazed that these tiny acupuncture needles can be so powerful. I work very closely with my patients to ensure that all their concerns are addressed and my goal is to have my patients feel 125% better than when they started. I really enjoy sitting down with my patients and listening to their stories, where they've been in their lives, and what has brought them to me at this time.


Currently, I am a super busy mom to my awesome boys, ages 1 and 3! I have decided to spend as much time with them as possible while they are little. So, if you're ready to start treatments, I work on Saturday and Sunday mornings and would love to hear all about you and see how we can keep you on a path of health and happiness.




I have practiced Traditional Acupuncture since the fall of 2001. Health related topics have intrigued me for many years. Initially I discovered the relationship between nutrition and health, and shared this with my fifth graders as an elementary school teacher. Later, I worked in Biofeedback as a Pain Management Therapist. Women's medical concerns are also a major interest, and I counseled clients in reproductive health issues, and worked with expectant parents as a Lamaze Childbirth Instructor.


I find helping others understand and deal with health concerns very satisfying. Often suggestions on diet, exercise and stress relief go a long way to address stubborn symptoms. As an acupuncture client, I found the listening and coaching of my practitioner to be instrumental in improving my health and well being. After a few years in treatment, I decided to study acupuncture myself!


As part of my treatments, I teach Relaxation Skills. Easy to learn breathing exercises and simple meditation have helped many clients deal more effectively with stressful lives.


Being physically active is important to me, and I enjoy hiking, skiing, biking and Zumba, Yoga is great for relaxing! Next to exercising, I love to read, and I find books on history, biography, psychology, and medicine fascinating. Reading my first book on vitamins set me on a path dedicated to better health. In practicing acupuncture, the knowledge and experience I've gained over the years is now used to help my clients heal.




I am a wife, mother of two teenagers, Higher Education professional, life coach, and qigong teacher. That last designation has been a surprise to me, but I feel called to share a practice that has profoundly changed my life.


About five years ago, I took my first qigong class with Karl Ardo and fell in love with the practice. After several months of practice, I had several medical issues resolve on their own, but more than that, I had a practice that helped me cope with a very stressful job and life. Over time, qigong helped me find my center and create more balance, calm, and empowerment in my life.


I have learned from many wonderful qigong teachers and masters— including Karl Ardo, Ken Cohen, Daisy Lee, Damo Mitchell, and Solala Towler. I will be certified as a qigong teacher with 200 hours of training in April 2015. My favorite qigong form is Hunyuan Primordial, which I learned from Ken Cohen. It is my joy to teach this form.


In addition to my qigong training, I have completed two life coaching programs (the most recent is the Martha Beck Life Coaching Program) and I regularly coach a small number of clients. I love to help people through the often messy process of transformation. My passion is finding ways to combine life coaching and qigong. Qigong gives us access to levels of awareness that are deeper than our conscious mind, and coaching helps to smooth the bumpiness of bringing our dreams into everyday reality.




I practice what is called Five Element or Traditional Acupuncture, the oldest form of acupuncture. This method is based on the understanding that we are one with nature. Like in nature, symptoms manifest when there’s an imbalance.


I came to understand the connection between wellness and nature when I was young. I spent most of my time playing outside and observing nature and I recognized at an early age how good it made me feel. Over the years I have continued to enjoy the benefits of nature through hiking, biking and camping.


I have been working in the field of health for over 30 yrs. My background includes both a Masters of Clinical Social Work and a Masters of Acupuncture. Like many in this field, the experience of being a patient opened in me a bigger conversation about the meaning of health and wellness and ultimately how to achieve it.


My experience as a social worker has strongly influenced my acupuncture practice and approach to treatment. Coupled with life experience, I am particularly skilled at assisting people with anxiety, depression, sadness, stress reduction, women’s issues, PMS and menopause, and various pain related conditions including back, knee, shoulder and foot.


I am a member of the Maryland Society of Acupuncture and am certified in acu-detox. I use cupping, essential oils, magnets and Gua Sha in my practice. I sell various products on my website for patients, including CBD Clinic for pain. It has been a natural transition to begin oil painting to connect my love of nature with my understanding of its many changes, whether healthy and vibrant or compromised.




I am a licensed acupuncturist and registered nurse. I have been working in the health care field for over twenty years.


I had studied acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and received my Masters Degree of Acupuncture (M.Ac.) from the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland.


My medical background also includes Bachelor's degree in Nursing (R.N.) from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and over 17 years of experience working as a Registered Nurse at the adult medical unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.


This puts me in the unique position to understand health and wellness from two different perspectives. Some problems are better treated by modern medicine but many can benefit from the more gentle approach of traditional Chinese medicine.


My goal is to help people with the problems that arise from the stresses of life. These problems include almost any disease or pain. While I don't purport to be able to heal everything, I do know that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help the body start its own healing.




After a debilitating reaction to an antibiotic, I turned to acupuncture to help me heal. Acupuncture gave me enormous relief, and the invaluable support of my acupuncturist inspired me to pursue a career in complementary medicine. I earned my Master’s Degree in Acupuncture (M.Ac) from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia). I am now a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Maryland (L.Ac) and am certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. I also hold an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and an M.B.A. from American University.


Every symptom is a message from the body that change is necessary on a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual level. I am honored to help patients understand their symptoms and the changes their bodies demand. Believing that learning and wellness go hand-in-hand, I love to engage my patients to see new possibilities that allow them to live more fully. I listen whole-heartedly and without judgment so that I can offer compassionate partnership to enable my patients to heal on every level. I am happy to answer any questions you have about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can benefit you. Feel free to contact me to schedule a free 15-minute consultation. Together we can work toward achieving your health and wellness goals.




I have always known I wanted to help people feel better. At the University of MD, a guidance counselor told me my grades weren’t good enough to get into physical therapy school. So, I switched gears and earned a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. I worked as a Personal Trainer until getting distracted in the entrepreneurial world for 10+ yrs. Then there comes a time when you realize being happy and fulfilled is more important than anything else. So after soul searching, Svaroopa® yoga found its way into my life, and I giggled as I came to realize I had come full circle to something even better than PT – YT, yoga therapy! So, as you can imagine, life couldn’t be better because not only do I get to work therapeutically with people’s bodies, but also their minds and sense of Self. Now I find myself with 400+ hours of training and not a day goes by I am not amazed and overjoyed about the services I am privileged to offer.