Written by Dulcy B. Hooper | Photos by Michael Butcher
When Kathleen Fraser opened the doors to Middleburg Acupuncture & Apothecary in June, she was already familiar with the local community. “I have family all around here,” she says, “and I had been attending the Middleburg [Christmas] parade for years! But this year was the best — I was here and able to look right out my window and watch the parade go by.”
Fraser also expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome she has received upon opening her business. “I really appreciate how Middleburg residents and the Middleburg business community have just so totally welcomed me,” she says. “Everyone has been so helpful every step of the way.”
Fraser made the move to Middleburg from Arlington, Virginia, where she had established White Lotus Acupuncture and, for nearly 17 years, treated patients throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
“Most of the people I treated in my Arlington practice were affiliated with the State Department,” she says. “I worked with members of the CIA and FBI, lots of military and government types. I spent a great deal of time at Andrews Air Force Base.” Fraser also worked with “football and basketball players, skateboarders, athletes of all sorts, bicyclists who would say, ‘You have to get me back on my bike by tomorrow.’”
Originally trained as a mental health professional, it was Fraser’s own injury as a young woman that inspired her to seek a knowledge of, and develop a respect for, acupuncture, which would catapult her career in a different direction.
“I was about 25 years old,” she says, “working as a mental health specialist. I had fallen and damaged my knee and nothing helped — nothing was giving me any relief whatsoever. I finally went to an acupuncturist, and it was such a profound experience that I immediately decided that that was what I wanted to do with my life.”
Fraser obtained a master’s degree from the Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, Maryland. As part of her training, she spent two years in Japan and studied with Master Shudo Denmei of Oita, Japan, and Dr. Takahashi Jo of Shanghai, China.
Upon her return to the U.S., she developed and supervised the Healthy Alternatives Department at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Maryland. Along the way, she earned a hypnotherapy certificate from the Eastern Shore Institute of Hypnotherapy and in May 2024, will add yet another degree to her impressive set of credentials, that of Doctorate of Acupuncture from the Pacific College of Health and Science in NYC. As part of her commitment to the profession, Fraser serves as a board member for the Acupuncture Society of Virginia and speaks regularly on the subject of holistic medicine.
Fraser’s acupuncture practice is primarily focused on the treatment of chronic and acute pain, neck, shoulder, back, and leg pain, as well as PTSD, digestive disorders, migraines, insomnia, depression, gynecological disorders, infertility, weight management, depression, anxiety, addiction, and more. In addition to acupuncture, Middleburg Acupuncture & Apothecary includes herbal remedies, cupping, guided meditation, hypnotherapy, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, and microneedling. Fraser plans to add a nutritionist to the team in 2024.
“My dream is that everyone who walks through this door will leave with a degree of relief,” she says. “It is such a joy to witness patients embrace a lifestyle that serves their health, happiness, and longevity.”
Fraser’s practice is based on local referrals. She works closely with primary physicians and other healthcare providers on individual treatment plans. For those interested, Fraser offers a free 20-minute telephone consultation to discuss the use of acupuncture for particular health concerns.
“And I am still treating a lot of my Arlington clients, as well,” she adds. “They will come out in groups — I will treat them and then we’ll all go to lunch together.” ML
Middleburg Acupuncture & Apothecary
Kathleen Fraser, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., C.Ht.
112 West Washington Street, Suite 202
Middleburg, Virginia 20117
Published in the January 2024 issue of Middleburg Life.