We will do house calls for animals in a 15-mile radius around Crofton and Pasadena, Maryland.

Essence of Wellness Inc.

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Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday By Appointment Only

Animal Care


Gentle Acupuncture for Animals

Essence of Wellness is managed by Theresa Deramo, L.Ac., a licensed acupuncturist offering a natural alternative to pet health care. Theresa combined her passion for animals and acupuncture by attending a 187-hour certification course in animal acupuncture that was approved by the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture. This included 50 hours of veterinarian training, allowing her to work with pets right in your home or barn. Make an appointment today to have Theresa help any of the following pets:

• Birds
• Cats
• Dogs
• Horses
• Ferrets
• Rabbits

Cat and Dog

Animal Acupuncture Here in Maryland

In China, veterinarian acupuncture has been used to treat animals for more than 3,000 years. In North America, it has been an accepted treatment for both domestic and exotic animals for decades. Theresa recently co-taught the state certification for small animal acupuncture here in Maryland, so you can rest assured that your beloved pet is in the best of hands. Some common symptoms acupuncture is used to combat in animals include but are not limited to:

• Allergies
• Arthritis & Hip Dysplasia
• Behavioral Problems
• Constipation
• Dermatological Problems
• Diarrhea & Vomiting
• Gastrointestinal Disorders
• General Health & Well-Being
• Musculoskeletal Disorders
• Respiratory Problems
• Urinary Disorders
• Immune System Support (Lyme Disease, Kidney Disease, & Old Age)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Does Your Animal Still Need Veterinary Care If the Animal Receives Acupuncture?

A. Yes. Acupuncture is meant to complement veterinary care, not replace it. Companion animals must be seen by a veterinarian before beginning acupuncture treatment, and you will be asked for a copy of this receipt before the start of treatment.

Q. How Does Acupuncture Complement Veterinary Care?

A. Animals who receive acupuncture recover more quickly from illnesses and surgery, and often respond more quickly to traditional therapies with an improved sense of well-being and mobility.

Q. What's the Difference between an Animal Acupuncturist and a Veterinary Acupuncturist?

A. An animal acupuncturist is first and foremost an acupuncturist, with training based on an Eastern medicine paradigm and additional training from veterinarians. A veterinary acupuncturist is a veterinarian who has had additional training in the methods of acupuncture. Theresa is an animal acupuncturist.

Q. What Happens During an Animal Treatment, & What Is the Course of Treatment?

A. The number of treatments necessary varies from animal to animal. Long-term, chronic problems may require a series of treatments while other problems may only require two or three. Treatment usually starts with an initial examination, in which reasons for seeking treatment are uncovered. The acupuncturist will ask about your concerns and observe the animal's behavior and demeanor. The acupuncturist will observe coat and physical structure, pulse, and the temperature of the animal. A complete medical and social history will also be taken at the time of the visit.