Our Team

Meet the team in our Baltimore wellness center. Did you know that in addition to seeing a licensed acupuncturist you can meet other practitioners to assist you on your wellness journey? If you are looking for an acupuncturist, health coach or colon therapist we have the practitioners for you.

Cara-Michele Nether – Acupuncturist, Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor, & Certified Personal Trainer

I love being an effective healer and I am constantly teaching myself in traditional and non-traditional ways to help myself and others feel whole. Being in true partnership with clients as they walk their journey is one of the greatest joys and responsibilities of my life.

In 2004, I began studying aikido, a Japanese martial art, with Kinokawa aikido as a formal way to learn more about myself and grow spiritually. I have grown to the rank of third-degree black belt and am now the lead teacher at Falls Road Aikido.

In 2005, I graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly the Tai Sophia Institute) with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and have been licensed with the state of Maryland to practice as an acupuncturist and am the owner of Strength & Vitality Wellness Center since then.

From 2000 to 2006, I supported people having difficulties as a crisis counselor for Grassroots. In 2003, I became a certified acupuncture detoxification specialist through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). I loved serving in community programs so much that I underwent training in both Maryland and New York to become a registered trainer with NADA.

I became one of the foremost authorities on acupuncture in Maryland and worked all over the state training addictions professionals and consulting on the use and benefits of acupuncture for the treatment of addictions.


Pat Thompson- Acupuncturist & Certified Nutrition Counselor

Pat is the most recent acupuncturist addition to the Strength & Vitality Wellness team. He graduated from the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Minnesota this year. Pat believes that we are all entitled to a healthy life as a birthright, and this involves caring for the person as a whole. With this in mind, he constantly seeks to build on his education and has earned certification as a nutrition coach with Precision Nutrition, as well as a Qi Gong teaching certification under Master Lee Holden. After previous careers as a zookeeper and a police officer, he believes he has finally found his true calling as a healer in the tradition of Chinese medicine. Pat has an interest in athletics and athletic training that has never waned since receiving his bachelor’s degree in exercise science and is currently being mentored by Whitfield Reaves in his Sports Medicine Acupuncture apprenticeship program.

Wendy Kurtz – Certified Health Coach and Colon Therapist

Wendy Kurtz Baltimore colon therapistWendy became interested in helping others after years of struggling to manage her own health issues (Type I Diabetes and various digestive issues). She discovered that the keys to wellness were not found through medications and conventional medicine, but included a combination of proper nutrition, exercise, emotional/spiritual balance and cleansing toxins from the body that can cause disease. She decided to become a Health Coach and Colon Therapist to share her knowledge and to fulfill her passion for working with others to improve their health and happiness. Wendy received her training in Nutrition at Integrative Nutrition in New York City and is I-ACT certified in Colon Hydrotherapy. She also has degrees in Psychology and Business from the University of Maryland and Penn State respectively. She is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Wendy believes in healing the body holistically and offers individual health coaching sessions, colon hydrotherapy services and juice fasting programs.


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