About Us

About Us

Dr. Dawn R. Gifford, DOM, LAc

Clinical Director and Owner of Atlantic Acupuncture, Berlin, Maryland.

If you want to learn more about us, you’re in the right place. 

Our story

COMING SOON!

About Those Letters

DOM. = Doctor of Oriental Medicine

Achieved after over 2,800 cumulative hours of clinical training in acupuncture and integrative medicine, including instruction in Chinese classics, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, addiction recovery, and other disciplines. This training incorporates the M.Ac. (Master of Acupuncture) degree, as well.

L.Ac. = Licensed Acupuncturist

Acupuncture, like all medical professions, is licensed on the state level. Dr. Gifford is licensed by the acupuncture board in the state of Maryland, which falls under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

CAC-AD = Certified Associate Alcohol & Drug Counselor

Dr. Gifford is licensed by the Board of Professional Counselors in the state of Maryland, which falls under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Education

Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, Maryland
 
Master of Oriental Medicine, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, Maryland
 
Master of Acupuncture, Tai Sophia Institute, Laurel, Maryland
 
Bachelor of Science, Sociology, Frostburg, Maryland

Licensure

Licensed Acupuncturist, State of Maryland Board of Acupuncture

AcuDetoxification Specialist ADS #10081, National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, NADA

Certifications

Certified in Facial Rejuvenation Cosmetic Acupuncture

Certified Dragon’s Way® Instructor 6-Week Stress and Weight Mgt Program 

Certified Wu Ming Qigong Instructor for Breast Health

Certified Instructor for Chan Gong: Form One, Morning Qigong

Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, MD Board of Professional Counselors

Professional Associations

Member, National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) 

Member, American Association Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AACOM)

Member, Acupuncturist Without Borders (AWB)

Community Partnerships

Chamber of Commerce Ocean City, Maryland

Chamber of Commerce Ocean Pines, Maryland 

Upper Chesapeake Hospital Kaufman Cancer Center 

MCI-Women’s Institution

Howard County Community College

Maryland Chi Penn North

Invited Speaker

BNI Ocean Pines Chapter

Bayside Institute

Harford County Government 

Harford/Cecil County Dental Hygienists Association 

Harford Community County College

creator Of G.A.L.S Program

(Geared to Oneness-Awareness-Life as Movement-Sake of Others)

A six week leadership & wellness program created for participants to rediscover their innate power to heal by learning how to cultivate their designer within. Participants of G.A.L.S program learn 20 practical tools they may begin using immediately to cultivate health and wellness.

certified in Basic Life Support

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