“Our bodies naturally try to find balance in our ever-changing world. due to countless reasons, we can become unbalanced. Only when these imbalances are understood and overcome 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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Mary Claire is a licensed Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Rhode Island and board certified Chinese herbalist. After serving as President and board member for many years, Dr Dilks currently serves as Vice President of the Rhode Island Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
As a teenager with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, she understood how illness can hold us back from fulfilling our dreams. With holistic medicine and nutritional support, she recovered and made it her mission to help people overcome illness. At this time, she was drawn 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, two siamese cats and standard poodle, Lucy. Since completing her degree in Chinese Medicine, Dr. Dilks has completed three 2 year graduate mentorship programs in Advanced Herbal Training with renowned herbalist Sharon Weizenbaum. 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 with world renowned Dermatologist from the UK, Mazin Al-Khafaji. In passing a rigorous 5 hour exam in 2018, she earned her Diploma in Dermatology and is listed a member on the prestigious international Register of Chinese Medicine Dermatology.
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.
Sarah Karsmarski is a board certified and licensed Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Rhode Island. She received her degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from Five Branches University, in Santa Cruz, California where she is also licensed and had a private practice before moving to Rhode Island in 2016. In 2012 Sarah completed an advanced study program at integrative medicine hospitals in Hangzhou, China, and has apprenticed with specialists in women’s health, mental health, pediatrics, and nutrition. Besides her private practice, Sarah has helped run community acupuncture clinics to provide services for those that otherwise might not have access to the healing power of Chinese Medicine.Sarah’s first degree is a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a second degree in Art and Psychology. After teaching for many years she believed there was a great need to better connect young people with their health, as well as the need for alternative treatments, and tools, for the many different challenges that had become so prevalent in schools, not only for students but for the staff. Always a lover of natural health it was then she discovered Chinese Medicine and fell in love with the gentle yet powerful techniques that could make an impact on someone’s wellbeing while taking into account the whole person without being invasive. Sarah has experience treating a wide range of conditions and is dedicated to providing personalized healthcare to help all her patients reach their wellness goals.
Sarah loves spending time with her toddler exploring and sharing in his wonder of the world. She enjoys the arts and collecting books. Sarah is passionate about fitness and yoga, supporting her local community, and learning about new discoveries in health and wellness
Charlotte King is a board certified and licensed doctor of acupuncture. She is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture in Newton, MA. New England School of Acupuncture is one of the first Acupuncture schools founded in the United States and well known to be prestigious and well respected Traditional Chinese Medical Schools in the Country.
While attending school, Charlotte studied Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture, and interned in Boston Medical Center's pediatric integrative medicine program. She has trained under specialists in sports medicine and orthopedics, women’s health, mental health, addiction, pediatrics, and nutrition.
Charlotte enjoys using her experience with different styles of acupuncture and East Asian Medicine to provide an individually tailored approach that is comfortable and effective for each patient.
Prior to her acupuncture training, Charlotte earned a Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Anthropology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her extensive study of non-western religion, philosophy and culture naturally gave way to an interest in East Asian Medicine and a broader perspective on what it means to care for one’s health. She has been lucky to have the opportunity to travel extensively and learn a great deal about multicultural approaches to health and wellness. Through her education and her own personal experience, Charlotte has cultivated a strong belief in the collaborative power of eastern and western medicine to help patients feel their best and achieve their wellness goals.
Charlotte loves adventuring or lounging with her two dogs, and spends the rest of her free time reading, cooking, rock climbing, and gardening.
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.
As a licensed holistic esthetician with over 17 years experience, Alison brings a high level understanding of holistic skin treatment to her clients, and is truly living her passion. Alison attended the renowned Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics, and she has worked in some of the highest end establishments in Rhode Island, including the states only five-star spa.
Alison believes that treatment should not just be skin deep, but bring relaxation, healing, and inner wellness to each session. Her treatments are designed to consider the whole being, and are based on the idea that an issue of the skin reflects imbalance internally. Whether it is diet, lifestyle, lymphatic congestion, or improperly chosen skin-care products, these all play a key role in your overall health and well being. As someone who has struggled with skin issues and blemishes, Alison has personally seen the benefits of changing her diet, exercise and skin care routine.
Though she uses a variety of high-quality natural products that she believes in, her favorite tools are by far her hands! In addition to continuously learning about other healing modalities, Alison enjoys running, spending time with her son, and taking care of her two dogs.