About Us

Nourishing Life Wellness

Our Vision

Powered by love, compassion, peace, and partnership with the Oneness of life, we promote whole-person healing and self-care through discovery and exploration into the inner wisdom of the body. Our guiding treatment principle is to empower our patients to be present on their path of healing and every moment thereafter.

The vision of Nourishing Life Wellness is to maintain leadership as a premier integrative clinic in Howard County and surrounding areas. We achieve personalized results as well as complementing cases that have not responded well to modern Western medical care alone.

Our Mission

At Nourishing Life Wellness, we strive to educate our patients and restore optimal health by providing both holistic and western modalities that encourage personal development. We facilitate patients in recognizing their need to take control of their own health and well-being in order to live balanced, healthy lives. We are committed to quality care that focuses on overall health, rehabilitation, exercise, patient education, ergonomics, proper body mechanics training, and nutritional support. 

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Hours of Operation

Sunday: Closed

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 9:00 am - 6:45 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am - 6:45 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Staff

Our Practitioners


Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist
Christopher Leepa, LMT, BCTMB


Christopher loves to help. Having personal experience with receiving poor quality therapeutic work, Christopher set the goals for his professional journey to learn, develop, and adapt multiple massage techniques. Incorporating a balance between Eastern and Western modalities he established a unique style that moderates between the therapeutic needs of the body. Ultimately, his core focus is to restore the body’s alignment, length, and natural balance while support your journey in wellbeing.

When not at work Christopher enjoys the outdoors. Hiking, skiing, camping, body boarding, and mud runs are just a few of the ways he enjoys life.

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Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Dr. Khanh Nguyen, D.OM., L.Ac., Dipl.OM. (NCCAOM)


Dr. Nguyen received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Oriental Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, formerly Tai Sophia Institute, and also serves as faculty supervisor in the student clinic. She is nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in the field of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Dr. Nguyen continues to further her education and skillset through advanced training across the country.

Dr. Nguyen is attentive, generous, and has an incredible work ethic. She skillfully applies what she knows to help each patient heal. Dr. Nguyen is experienced in Five Element Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Classical Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Traditional Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation. She has helped patients with lower back pain, sciatica, diabetes, irregular periods, infertility, allergies, knee pain, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and much more.

Dr. Nguyen is also a teaching assistant to many of her former instructors and mentors. She also travels across the country with one of the top instructors in the field of cosmetic acupuncture to help train and certify practitioners in Facial Rejuvenation/Cosmetic Acupuncture. Inside of the treatment room, Dr. Nguyen applies deep listening and allows space for her patients to talk. She believes that before healing begins, the heart has to be open. In Chinese medicine, the Heart opens to the tongue, allowing for speech and expression.

When the Heart is blocked, the patient’s individuality cannot thrive. Dr. Nguyen takes time to check in with the patient on the mind and spirit level before starting with the needle treatment. For Dr. Nguyen, Mind/Body/Spirit are not separate and should not be treated separately.

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Acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine
Dr. Allen Tsaur, D.OM., L.Ac., Dipl.OM (NCCAOM)


Dr. Allen Tsaur, D.OM., L.Ac., Dipl.OM (NCCAOM) received his Doctoral degree in Oriental Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health. He currently practices in Maryland and is nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in the field of Oriental Medicine. Besides his institutional training in Worsley’s Five Element Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Dr. Allen is also well versed in Master Tung’s Acupuncture System and “Jing Fang” Classical Herbal Medicine from his postgraduate studies.

Dr. Allen currently serves as a faculty member in the DAOM program at Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences (ACCHS), lecturing on topics such as the Introduction to Textual Study and Historical Development of Pulse Diagnosis in the Neijing and Nanjing, Textual Study and Historical Development of Shanghan Lun, “Liujing” of Shanghan Lun, and Historical Schools of Chinese Medicine. ​In collaboration with Michael Brown and Purple Cloud Press, Dr. Allen has translated and published Explanations of Channels and Points Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 by Yue Hanzhen (1602-1682), Complete Compendium by Zhang Jingyue Vol. 1-3 by Zhang Jingyue (1563-1640), as well as a number of contemporary Daoist commentaries. In addition, he was the chief editor for Huang Huang’s Guide to Clinical Application of Jingfang, 4th edition, bilingual edition.

Besides Chinese medicine, Dr. Allen is a Buddhist practitioner who regularly attends meditation retreats. He also conducts weekly charity acupuncture clinic at a local temple to serve underprivileged immigrants and elderlies who may not have access to healthcare or afford acupuncture treatments.

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Acupuncturist and Educator
Dr. David Paton, D.Ac., L.Ac


Dr. David Paton, D.Ac., L.Ac., has been an Acupuncturist and educator for over 25 years. His interest in integrative health care began over 30 years ago with an acute health challenge of his own. Not finding relief from contemporary medicine, David began treatments with an acupuncturist. Integrating Eastern and Western traditions, he found the answer to his health concerns and is excited to share his answers with others. David has provided acupuncture and health coaching in various settings throughout the Baltimore area.

In the course of over 26 years Dr. Paton has taught a wide range of classes, serving as a lead Teacher in the Student Clinic, the Dean of Students and a Division Chair for Theory at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia). Additionally, during that time he served the Maryland public for 7 years as a member of the Maryland Board of Acupuncture and served the acupuncture profession through 6 years of service on the national regulatory association, FAOMRA.

Throughout the past and into the present Dr. Paton has been committed to improving his knowledge in his field by pursuing education in areas such as pediatrics and pain management. He has completed programs in Sports Acupuncture treatments and is currently completing training in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

For over 25 years Dr. Paton has been committed to providing safe and effective treatment to citizens of Maryland, helping his patients achieve their full potential whether in general activities of daily living, performance on the field, wellness in their personal life, or in their careers. He is proud to be serving the residents of Howard County.

“Every patient and their symptoms are unique. I customize my treatments to fit your needs. Whether it is an acute physical or emotional pain, or a chronic, nagging injury, I will sit down with you, listen to your story, and prepare a customized treatment plan specifically for you.

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Yoga Instructor
Michele Kempf


Michele Kempf began her yoga journey over 25 years ago, and became a yoga and meditation teacher to share her love of the practices with her students. To Michele, yoga is far more than physical exercise. It’s a holistic approach to building physical and emotional strength, flexibility, balance, and resilience. Her training includes a two 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher trainings and a 300 hour teacher training with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, and Richard Rosen. She is also a certified Warriors at Ease yoga and meditation teacher and iRest Yoga Nidra meditation teacher.

Michele’s classes combine the asana (physical), meditation and pranayama practices that comprise a well-rounded practice, blended with humor, creative sequencing, and a focus on helping her students build a rewarding practice they can safely sustain for decades.

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