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The AOM graduates featured on the CCAOM website are all graduates of one of the Council's member colleges. Each member college of CCAOM will have one of its graduates featured on this website on a rotating basis each month. Profiles for previously featured graduates may be viewed at this link for Archived Profiles.

Graduate Profile of Katie Walker, MS, MAOM, LAc

Katie Walker

Most rewarding aspect of practice: I love working in an integrative environment with a surgeon who places a high value on improving not only the pain levels of patients, but also their quality of life. Many of my patientsí lives have been turned completely upside-down after sustaining their injuries, from loss of functional mobility resulting in both physical and mental distress, to the realization that their livelihoods are now at the whim of lawyers and insurance companies. The stress and emotional turmoil is palpable. It is so rewarding to introduce people to a medicine that not only has the ability to mitigate pain and enhance mobility, but can also reduce stress, anxiety, sleep difficulties, reliance upon medications, and a myriad of other symptoms that accompany their injuries. Acupuncture treatments give my patients a glimpse into their pre-injury life and a glimmer of hope that it can be possible to manage their pain and enjoy life again.

At the Massachusetts General Hospital Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, I feel incredibly honored to be involved in research that is investigating the mechanisms behind our medicine and underscores to the scientific community that our acupuncture needles are having real, biological, neurological, and physiological effects that enhance the ability of our bodies to heal themselves. It is phenomenal to be a part of a team that is pushing not only acupuncture research forward, but also uncovering a deeper understanding of how the human body functions.

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