You Deserve to Feel Better!
Cherry Blossom Healing Arts was born in 2013 out of the belief that you deserve to feel better. Over the last seven years, our mission has been supportive, accessible acupuncture and Chinese medicine to Washingtonians. We’re glad you’re here and are excited to welcome you to our wellness haven!
We Are Nationally Board Certified Practitioners
Our expert acupuncturists are nationally board certified diplomates of oriental medicine (Dipl. OM). In contrast with non-certified practitioners, this means our acupuncturists have gone to an accredited acupuncture school for a four-year master’s degree, and then passed four additional exams: biomedicine, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and theory and diagnosis of Chinese medicine. The result is acupuncturists with a deep expertise in acupuncture and herbal medicine who are best equipped to help you work on your health concerns.
Elyse’s Cherry Blossom Story
My road to acupuncture began with a mysterious illness in my senior year of undergrad. Frustrated after experiencing minimal results and numerous side effects of multiple medications, I started acupuncture treatments. I took a Chinese herbal formula (one I now regularly prescribe to patients for various symptoms). The results were dramatic—symptoms disappeared, energy improved, and mental health was regained.
Finding My Calling
I was well enough to graduate from the University of San Diego and spent the next several years working in various non-profit organizations for social justice. I also continued to read and study acupuncture on my own. It wasn’t until multiple family members ended up in the same hospital for different health problems—when I spent hours helping care for other family members—that I realized my true vocation was helping others through healing.
The Obvious Choice
Acupuncture and herbal medicine was an easy choice because of the dramatic results I’d experienced with my own health. I enrolled in Southwest Acupuncture College to study TCM acupuncture and Chinese herbology—graduating on an accelerated course of study and passing all 4 boards before graduation.
Cherry Blossoms + Healing Arts
Cherry Blossom Healing Arts was born in November of 2013. I named the practice Cherry Blossom Healing Arts because it was the perfect conjunction of my love of Japanese Meridian Therapy and Japan’s gift of cherry blossom trees to Washington DC.
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Meet Our Team
Our team of board certified acupuncturist and administrative staff have a patient-first focus and will work hard every day to put your needs first and foremost.
Elyse Rohrer Budiash, MSOM, Dipl. OM, L.Ac.
Founder and Clinic Director
Pronouns: she/her/hersElyse is an ENFP who is passionate about providing the best care possible for her patients. When she’s not running the show at Cherry Blossom, she can be found playing with her two daughters, gardening, and cooking with her Instantpot.
Zach Beattie, MAc.OM, Dipl.OM, L.Ac.
Pronouns: he/his/himZach is a licensed acupuncturist with an MAc.OM. from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys spending his free time cooking, playing with his dog, and exploring the city.
Vallerie Mwazo, L.Ac, Dipl.OM, MAOM
Pronouns: she/her/hersVallerie is a licensed Acupuncturist, artist, healer and many other things. She enjoys working one-on-one with patients in order to provide the best care possible. Outside of Acupuncture, she enjoys traveling, learning new languages, gardening and dancing.
Qianlei Li, MSOM, Dipl.O.M., L.Ac.
Pronouns: she/her/hersQianlei (pronounced Chin-lay) is a second-generation Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner. Being a proud Georgetown alumn, she is trained in both biomedicine and TCM. She’s also a bestselling author in the dating realm.
Pronouns: she/her/hersMaria is an artist, student and front desk coordinator. She’s passionate about providing a welcoming experience to all patients that walk in to Cherry Blossom, and loves that she can incorporate her interest in art with helping curate the Cherry Blossom Instagram Page.
Our Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Cherry Blossom Healing Arts believes in open, supportive, and accessible care. We value the diversity in our society, including racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, mental and physical health, political perspectives, and educational status. We believe that good health is a universal human concern that brings people together regardless of their other differences, and strive to support everyone in their journey towards that goal.
We Are Here for You
From the moment you first consider our clinic—until you no longer need treatment—our team is here to help you have an effortless experience. From our patient-first administrative team working with your insurance to our clinical staff being accessible to you, we’re on standby to support your journey to good health.
The Cherry Blossom Team