“Our bodies constantly adapt to the ever-changing world, and due to countless reasons, we can become unbalanced. Only when these imbalances are understood can a person begin to emerge to a state of wellness and fulfill the potential that is innate in each person.”

— Dr. Mary Claire Dilks

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Dr. Mary Claire Dilks

Dr. Mary Claire Dilks

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Mary Claire is a licensed Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Rhode Island and board certified Chinese herbalist. She is past president of the Rhode Island Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. 

As a teenager with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Dr. Dilks came to appreciate the power of alternative medicine. She understood how illness can hold us back from fulfilling our dreams and made it her mission to help people overcome illness. At this time, she began to study Eastern Philosophy and Meditation. Dr. Dilks entered Loyola University in Chicago where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. This basis of theoretical thinking has proven invaluable as a framework for her practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Dilks entered the field of Integrative Medicine in 1999 while working at American Whole Health in Chicago with Dr. David Edelberg, an internist who is highly respected in his field working with patients with Fibromyalgia and chronic illnesses. Watching other patients manage and even beat chronic illness using complementary medicine including Traditional Chinese Medicine solidified Mary Claire’s desire to study it further. Dr. Dilks enrolled in the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the largest Traditional Chinese Medicine college in the U. S., where she studied at both the Chicago and the New York City campuses. In total, the rigorous 4 year Master’s program involved over 3000 hours of clinical and didactic study including both Chinese as well as Western Medicine Sciences.

Dr. Dilks opened Emerging Energy Acupuncture in 2004 in Providence, Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband, son, and two siamese cats. Since completing her degree, Dr. Dilks has completed two 2 year graduate mentorship programs in Advanced Herbal Training with renowned herbalist Sharon Weizenbaum and continues to study with her. In 2008, Dr. Dilks studied Channel Palpation with Dr. Wang Ju-Yi as well as several of his apprentices in order to more fully understand the meridian system. In the fall of 2017, Dr. Dilks completed a year long course of study earning a Diploma in Dermatology with world renowned Dermatologist from the UK, Mazin Al-Khafaji. 

In her free time, she enjoys cooking using natural, local food, gardening, making jewelry, and researching natural skincare and health products. In 2014, Dr. Dilks started a line of aromatherapy and skin care products, Pearl Apothecary as well as a jewelry line, Inner Gate. 


Christine Cummings

Christine Cummings

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Christine has been interested in holistic health, healing, and nutrition for as long as she can remember.  After graduating from The University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Psychology, she decided that it was time to follow her passion.  In June of 2002, she received her certification in Therapeutic Massage from Polarity Realization Institute, in Plymouth, MA.  Throughout the years, Christine has worked at health centers and award winning spas all over New England.  For the past five years she was the owner of The Nest Massage on Cape Cod.   She has also done volunteer massage at many events, including the Boston Marathon and Pan Mass Challenge. 

Christine specializes in deep tissue/sports massage, but prides herself on listening to her clients’ needs and bodies, and customizing the massage to suit them. She is also trained in Swedish, Prenatal, and Hot Stone Massage.  Christine is a Nationally Certified massage therapist, and a member of ABMP.  She loves taking continuing education courses throughout the year to learn as much as she can about the massage therapy field.