Our Practitioners

  • Allison Horan Smith
    LMT

    Allison has been providing massage therapy services for over 12 years, having received her Maryland license from the Baltimore School of Massage and becoming a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. 

    Allison has provided massage therapy services at high-end salons and, moving to a more wellness-centered environment, elite health and fitness centers.  She now maintains a private practice and is excited to become a member of the Thompson Chiropractic and Wellness Center team. 
     
    Allison believes in working closely with her clients to contribute to their overall wellness plan.   Through this process, she has gained extensive experience helping clients manage chronic neck and back pain, managing TMJ dysfunction, chronic headaches, and frozen shoulder. She understands and promotes the value of client involvement for optimal health and shares self-help techniques that clients can perform on a daily basis to supplement their massage therapy sessions. Allison utilizes a wide range of Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial Release techniques, while also drawing from her training in Thai Therapy, Muscle Energy Technique, and Reiki. 

  • Ming Xu
    L.Ac., MTCM

    Phone: (240)810-4262
    Email: [email protected]
    www.montereyinstituteofnaturalmedicine.org
    Licensed Acupuncturist


    Ming was born and grew up in China, she started learning and gaining the knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine from her grandmother and mother at a young age. Later, she came to the USA and went to Five Branches University which is 30-years-old, the oldest oriental medicine graduate school in America and received her master degree of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. She relocated from California to Maryland for practicing acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in August,2016.

    Ming believes that a health body and mind is needed to maintain the balance of Yin-Yang, this includes a healthy life style, proper diet, exercise and the ability to handle stress.

    Her practice is focusing on pain management, women’s health and anti-aging with a personalized treatment plan. She also runs Monterey Institute of Natural Medicine which is a non-profit organization.

    She likes reading, cooking and hiking after work. She lives with her two children Djamond and Leonardo in Ellicott City Maryland as of now.

  • Alexandra Steele
    M.Ac, L.Ac, CAWC
    Acupuncturist & Certified Ayurvedic Wellness Coach

    Alex is a licensed Acupuncturist and Ayurvedic Wellness Coach.  She specializes in helping people with digestion, stress management, woman’s health, anxiety and depression, and pain.  She looks at the whole person, beyond the physical symptoms, to the root cause of disease. She is passionate about helping people live life to their fullest by overcoming obstacles in their path.  Her goal is to empower people by supporting them to remember and honor their true nature as a path to deep healing and wellness.


    For the past 15 years she has studied Ayurveda, India’s ancient system of medicine, diet and nutrition, and completed an Ayurvedic Wellness Program at Yama Studio in Baltimore, MD in 2011. 
      
    In 2013 she graduated from MUIH with a Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She incorporates diet, yoga, meditation and breathing exercises, into lifestyle coaching to create a personalized plan for healing.  In practicing Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine she treats people on a deep constitutional level.  Acupuncture helps open up the channels in the body to allow energy to move more freely. In this place of greater movement, a person’s body, mind, and spirit can heal itself.  Ayurveda recognizes that by observing the seasons, elements which form our constitutional types, we can help correct negative tendencies, align with our truest inner nature, and maintain balance when under stress.
     

    Ayurveda is India’s ancient system of medicine that originated over 5,000 years ago. It uses the wisdom of nature’s seasons and elements to help us maintain harmony and balance.  Each season the elements in nature change, and like nature, we must also make adjustments.  By changing our diet and lifestyle to reflect our external environment we can maintain better health.  When we don’t live in accordance with nature, we develop imbalance, which over time turns into disease and illness.  Alex works with individuals to help restore and maintain balance by identifying each person’s constitutional type and working with them to make adjustments that will honor their body so that they may experience great health, or svastha.  The Sanskrit word for health, svastha, is a state in which the mind, soul, and senses interact harmoniously to experience a feeling of self, wellness, and even bliss.