An Interview with Erin Walker
WHERE IS YOUR HOME TOWN?
Silver Spring, MD
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN ACUPUNCTURIST?
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE AN ACUPUNCTURIST?
I started my career on the business side of medicine spending 12 years working in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. So, while I have always been fascinated by science and the human body, it took me some time to realize what I wanted to do most was to work in a clinical environment. Now I know there is no greater professional satisfaction than helping someone to feel better, improve quality of life and reach personal health goals. I chose to study Chinese Medicine because I especially connected with the idea of treating the body as a whole, of working to restore underlying imbalances that may be responsible for a variety of different health concerns that might never be connected in a pure Western model. I also knew there was a great deal of research looking into the efficacy of acupuncture for a large number of conditions and so I felt Chinese Medicine had both the strength of an incredibly long history of use (thousands of years) but also the power of modern research behind it. Now, I feel so grateful that I have the opportunity to work with clients one-on-one and to witness the incredible results that can occur from this holistic and non-invasive form of medicine.
WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE IN YOUR PRACTICE?
While all acupuncturists are trained as generalists, I’ve spent a significant portion of my continuing education focused in several areas and as a result, I have a lot of experience working with these types of clients:
1. Women’s Health: Menstrual Problems, Infertility, Pre-natal care, Menopause
2. Digestive Disorders: IBS, Colitis, Crohns, Heartburn, Nausea, Diarrhea/Constipation
3. Sleep Disorders & Fatigue
WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST?
I probably feel most inspired when I am out in nature. I love to spend time appreciating the beauty of the natural world around us. Whether it is hiking, skiing or biking, I am inspired when I am outdoors. I am very fortunate to spend a lot of time in Vermont…my home away from home. It is the perfect balance for the much more hectic pace of city living.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CUISINE?
This is a difficult question, because I genuinely love all types of food! Eating good food is one of the great joys of life. But, to be true to my Italian roots, I would have to say that my weakness is pasta! Homemade pasta with seafood in a red sauce is the best!
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE?
My Adirondack chair in my yard in Vermont - overlooking the scenic green mountains.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?
My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family, to watch my kids learn and grow. And, as they grow, I look forward to sharing some of my other passions with them including travel and skiing!
Erin Walker, Lic.Ac.
Erin Walker Hamill is a Licensed Acupuncturist with a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture where she trained in both Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Erin has completed significant post-graduate continuing education in the fields of infertility and prenatal care. She maintains a special interest in all aspects of women's health.
Erin also holds a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. After many years working in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, she decided to pursue her true passion with her acupuncture training. She strongly believes in the value of integrating both Eastern and Western medical philosophies and finds that, often, a combination of care can produce optimal results.
Her treatment philosophy also includes looking at each aspect of a person's life such as work, stress levels, diet, sleep routines in order to individually tailor a treatment plan as well as to make recommendations that can support the healing process. She will actively engage the patient in this process and make appropriate referrals, as necessary, with the ultimate focus on improved well being and results.