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Board of Acupuncture



Welcome to the Maryland Board of Acupuncture. Our main goal is to protect the Maryland public through the licensure and regulation of acupuncturists. The Board reviews the credentials of all applicants and strives to ensure that only qualified individuals are permitted to practice acupuncture in Maryland. The Board is a place where the public can call with inquires about licensed individuals. The Board is also a place where consumers can turn to file a complaint against practitioners that they feel may be in possible violation of the law.

Another Board goal is to provide smooth and expedient service to individuals wishing to obtain acupuncture licensure in Maryland. The Board will try to answer any questions you may have regarding its law and regulations, continuing educational requirements or new trends in the field of acupuncture and oriental medicine.  

Notice: Board Member Vacany
The appointment term of Grant Zhang on the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture will expire on June 30, 2015.  Dr. Zhang is not eligible for reappointment.  
The Governor appoints members of the Board of Acupuncture for a term of four years.  Each member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.  The Board meets the second Tuesday of every other month from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Committee meetings are also held at various times throughout the month.  To approximate, membership on the Board requires at least one full day a month of service, or more, depending on the Committee on which you serve.
Please note that applicants for Board membership must be a Maryland resident who has been licensed in Maryland and has practiced acupuncture for at least 5 years immediately prior to their appointment.
If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact the Board’s office at (410) 764-4766 before May 10, 2015 to obtain an application.



 Maryland Board of Acupuncture Members

Kate Carter, L.Ac, Chair

Thomas Ingengno, L. Ac, Vice Chair

Barbara Heller, Ed.D. RN , Consumer


Sheryl Hongsermeier, L.Ac.

Grant Zhang, LA.c.

  Jan Exler, Consumer



 Maryland Board of Acupuncture Staff


Penny K. Heisler, Executive Director -

 Cynthia Dobbins, Administrative Officer -

David Finkller, AAG, Board Counsel, AAG, Board Counsel

 Marian Ruth, Investigator




Questions regarding the PHYSICIAN ACUPUNCTURE REGISTRATION should be directed to or 410-764-4760.

Acupuncture Board Contact Information


Maryland Board of Acupuncture
4201 Patterson Avenue
Room 311
Baltimore, MD