About Us

Welcome to the Frederick Holistic Wellness Center!  Pat Thompson is a licensed acupuncturist who graduated from the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Minnesota.  Pat believes that we are all entitled to a healthy life as a birthright, and this involves caring for the person as a whole.  With this in mind, he constantly seeks to build on his education, and has earned certification as a nutrition coach with Precision Nutrition, as well as a Qi Gong teaching certification under Master Lee Holden.  After previous careers as a zookeeper and a police officer, he believes he has finally found his true calling as a healer in the tradition of Chinese medicine.  Pat has an interest in athletics and athletic training that has never waned since receiving his bachelor’s degree in exercise science, and has been certified by Whitfield Reaves, the pioneer of sports medicine acupuncture, in his Sports Medicine Acupuncture apprenticeship program.

 Because the goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore the balance of energy, which flows throughout the body, the benefits of acupuncture can extend to a wide variety of conditions, from emotional disorders (anxiety, depression) to digestive complaints (nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome).  

What is Sports Medicine Acupuncture?

Mainstream acceptance of acupuncture has caused a few changes in the outlook for this field of medicine, one of which is the ability to specialize.  Sports medicine has long been a branch of Western medicine, and it is now an emerging field in acupuncture.  Sports medicine acupuncture combines the energy work of Chinese medicine with anatomy and physiology from a Western perspective.  This allows the practitioner to open injured areas to energy and circulation.  Health clubs and adult sports leagues do a brisk business as Americans make fitness a priority in their lives.  Unfortunately, these passions, as well as accidents and day-to-day overuse, can sometimes lead to muscle or joint injuries.  More and more of these fitness enthusiasts and competitive athletes are using acupuncture to stay in the game.

Sports medicine acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that deals specifically with these types of issues.  Low back pain is the number one reason for emergency room visits, but shoulder and knee pain also commonly limit how we perform.  Often times, the usual plan of treatment means a cortisone shot, pain meds, and possibly surgery.  Tendons and, especially, ligaments, are notoriously slow to heal because they have a limited blood supply that removes waste products of healing and brings in fresh nutrients.  Well-placed acupuncture needles speed the healing process, in part, by increasing circulation to the injured area.  In addition to faster healing, acupuncture can also limit the need for pain medication and surgery.  An additional advantage of acupuncture is that multiple issues can be addressed with each treatment.  

Acupuncture, by itself, helps the body heal any orthopedic issues.  If you are currently in physical therapy, your return to pain-free activity will be greatly accelerated.  There are many types of acupuncturists out there.  If you are injured or looking for a performance boost, look for an acupuncturist that specializes in sports medicine and get back in the game.


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Why Choose Us

Caring For Your Health

Natural Healing

Our goal is to provide alternative medical care that will reverse and prevent disease using the fundamental healing principles of mind-body medicine. Our results prove the best way to heal the natural body is naturally without pharmaceuticals. 

Our Promise to You

We care about your well being and will provide you with guidance, knowledge, and tools needed to be healthy. We are here to help you achieve optimal wellness. 

Our Services


Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine that involves the insertion of hair-thin needles in specific points on the body.  These needles work with the body's natural energy to promote whole-body health and balance.

Nutrition Coaching

Along with sleep habits, proper nutrition has the biggest impact on good health.  Are you struggling with food choices that don't deliver optimal health? Forget diets. We will work together to establish healthy eating habits that  will sustain you for life.

Qi Gong Instruction

Qi gong is an ancient branch of Chinese medicine that roughly translates to "energy work."  Slow, gentle movements synchronized with the breath are used to relax the body and mind, open energy channels in the body, build energy, and improve overall health.

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Frederick Holistic Wellness Center

604 Solarex Ct, Suite 205, Frederick, Maryland 21703

(301) 305-2321


Tues: 9:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.

Thurs: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

Saturday: 1:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.

Sunday: 1:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.