About us

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OUR MISSION

To assist each individual transform their story from one of discomfort, pain or illness into one of greater health and feelings of well-being.

ESA ORIGIN STORY

Katherine believes that her creative background and ability to follow her curiosity are her greatest strengths when approaching complicated clinical problems. She continues to feel the influence of her past experience in her work as an acupuncturist. Katherine also continues to create artwork but now it is heavily influenced by her work as an acupuncturist.

Upon graduating art school Katherine lived and worked in NYC as an artist technician and studio assistant. Aside from the day to day duties of maintaining and preparing the studios for which she worked, she also helped produce art for the artists for which she worked. At one time she was hired to build life-sized male and female figures. While they were on exhibit, someone who worked at a prosthetic lab recommended she explore working as a prosthetic technician fabricating artificial limbs.

This unexpected turn exposed Katherine to a new world with different and interesting challenges. However, it was not the technical aspect of prosthetics that piqued her interest, but rather the clinical side due to its direct patient management. Motivated by the desire to serve individuals with amputations, as well as excited by the challenges the field offered, Katherine enrolled and graduated from her first post-graduate degree. She became a clinical prosthetist.

It was phantom limb syndrome (sensation or pain in an absent limb) that originally drew Katherine’s attention towards acupuncture. She was finding that the conventional medical interventions were not effective for phantom limb patients but that many had success ridding themselves of the condition through the use of acupuncture. Always driven to better serve her patients, Katherine enrolled in Tri State College of Acupuncture and graduated with honors receiving, an MS in acupuncture. This second turn in the road opened up a world of treatment possibilities beyond phantom limb and pain management expanding those she could help and serve.

In 2006 Katherine moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She has been serving its community ever since. Initially, ESA found its home in the heart of historic Easton, MD before moving to its current location on Commerce Drive. Over the years we have added adjunct therapies including massage therapy and psychotherapy.

Katherine believes that her creative background and ability to follow her curiosity are her greatest strengths when approaching complicated clinical problems. She continues to feel the influence of her past experience in her work as an acupuncturist. Katherine also continues to create artwork but now it is heavily influenced by her work as an acupuncturist. 

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our goal is to empower our patients through education about both their condition as well as their treatment options. By coordinating and integrating an individual’s care with their other healthcare providers, we ultimately provide a truly comprehensive approach.

Our non-judgmental approach to healing the body, mind and spirit recognizes that acupuncture can help your body heal itself and is an effective partner to other therapies such as physical therapy, chiropractics, osteopathics, naturopathics, massage/reflexology, as well as mental health care and other medical interventions.

Meet katherine

Katherine Binder Forloney, MSAc., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), C.P., L.Ac.

Katherine Binder’s 13 years of experience working in physical rehabilitation as a Certified Prosthetist combined with 13 additional years as a licensed acupuncturist offer her unique insight into both Western and Eastern medical traditions, enabling her to offer a truly integrative clinical approach.

Katherine is a graduate of The New School for Social Research and received her Masters of Science from Tri-State College of Acupuncture, where she graduated with honors. In addition, she has studied how traditional medicine can be integrated into a contemporary medical model at China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Centre. She graduated from The Newington Program for Prosthetics, a partner of the University of Connecticut, and completed her prosthetic residency at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.

Katherine has collaborated on two textbooks designed for pain management and rehabilitation residents, practicing physiatrists, physical therapists, and physicians in other specialties treating rehabilitation patients: Prosthetics and Patient Management: A Comprehensive Clinical Approach and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pocket Companion.

Katherine is also the sole author for two textbooks for acupuncturist. Taming Paper Tigers Acupuncture Documentation from Assessment to Outcomes (2020) and Orthopedic Assessment for Acupuncturist (available 2022).

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