Meet the Team

Jennum O’Hara has her Doctorate in East Asian Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), formerly the Tai Sophia Institute –  the first accredited acupuncture school in America. Dr. J has worked as a teacher and clinical supervisor for Masters level students at the MUIH Natural Care Center and in their Community Health Initiative sites. Jennum has studied extensively since earning her degree and always seeks to learn more about this amazing medicine. She has been treating patients with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine since 2011 and has owned her practice in Ellicott City, Maryland since 2014.

Jennum’s volunteer experience includes an overseas medical mission with Refuge International, where she introduced a remote Guatemalan village to acupuncture, effectively treating the villagers with a wide range of symptoms. In the future she plans to establish an acupuncture clinic there so the residents have continued access to acupuncture treatment.

Additionally, Jennum worked weekly for five years at Penn North, a health and wellbeing facility located in Baltimore, MD, that assists those struggling with substance abuse, homelessness, unemployment, poverty, crime, and violence. Penn North is “recognized by the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy for its innovative programs and leadership in the recovery movement.” Dr. O’Hara served as their director of acupuncture for part of her time there serving the community.

Jennum’s experience with acupuncture began with her as a patient. It eased chronic pain, helped her adapt to stressors, and improved her outlook on life. While working on her bachelors degree and preparing to attend medical school, Jennum volunteered at The Teresa House, a comfort care home, and recognized her need to spend quality time with each resident and their families. When considering alternatives to traditional Western medical school, she learned of Tai Sophia (now MUIH). It seemed obvious that everything was directing her back to East

Dr. Jennum O’Hara

Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine

Missy Steger

Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine
Massage Therapy

Missy comes to us with over 20 years of patient care experience in the holistic medicine field. She joined Jennum O’Hara Acupuncture in 2022 after treating patients with acupuncture and East Asian Medicine for four years in private practice. 

Missy integrates a deep understanding of the human body with dependable and professional integrative healthcare; applying the principles of the time-honored traditions and science-based methods of acupuncture and massage therapy. “I have spent my whole adult life working with people with various types of pain. Something so physical can have a profound effect on the mind and spirit. And vice versa…..”

Missy has been practicing massage therapy since 2003 and has continued with her education earning a Masters of Acupuncture at a premiere school here in Laurel, MD. Missy has expanded her practice to not just working with muscular issues, but all realms of pain, allergies, asthma, skin conditions, anxiety, insomnia, GI upset, and the list goes on. As an active suburban mom in Ellicott City, Missy understands the demands on each individual person in the household as we try to keep up with the demands of life. “Acupuncture is a way to nourish and strengthen your body so that you can walk your path with a strong mind and resilient spirit.”

When Missy is not at the office, she is reading, weight lifting and attempting to navigate her kids’ pre teen years. She also works part time in conjunction with Johns Hopkins at the Claudia Mayer Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center.

Annette Gagné, DAcCHM, LAc, is a dedicated Jennum O’Hara Acupuncture team member, guiding individuals toward better health, balance, and inner peace in body, mind, and spirit. Her journey with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine began in her early teenage years as a quest for personal relief from chronic pain and health issues.

Her life-changing experiences profoundly powered her passion for Chinese medicine and alternative healthcare. Annette’s journey led her to become a skilled practitioner with a Clinical Doctorate of Acupuncture specializing in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Annette’s commitment to Chinese and complementary medicine extends beyond her clinical practice. She plays a pivotal role at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she manages their herbal dispensary, compounds formulas, and mentors doctoral students in the clinical portion of their herbal program. She also shares her knowledge by supervising acupuncture students during clinical rotations.

Annette finds deep fulfillment in witnessing the remarkable transformations of her patients and students. She actively encourages creative expression as a means of healing and self-discovery.

Beyond her work in Chinese medicine, Annette is an avid gardener, cultivating beautiful, medicinal, and rare plants. Additionally, she is a passionate sailor, finding inspiration from the beauty and power of nature.

Dr. Annette Gagné


Ray McDonald

Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine

Ray McDonald’s journey into healing began with a case of wrist arthritis in 2017. Frustrated with other approaches, he tried acupuncture. Its emphasis on whole-person health fascinated him. After feeling long-lasting effects far exceeding simple pain relief, he realized his future lay in helping others live more fully. In 2018, he entered the Master of Acupuncture program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. As a licensed acupuncturist, Ray utilizes many skills and modalities, tailored to each patient’s unique needs. When seeing Ray for treatment, he may incorporate:

Ray is constantly adding to his skill set, helping patients maximize their health and well-being. He is particularly interested in easing arthritis pain and the effects of trauma. Research has shown that acupuncture is effective in relieving feelings of PTSD, stress, and anxiety. Ray employs the principles of safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness, and empowerment to create a welcoming space for all patients.

Sam Rakhman

Massage Therapy

Sam is a massage therapist trained in Swedish and deep tissue massage. He has also received training in:
Sam was originally licensed in 2011 and was licensed again in 2018. During the gap he gained experience in security, building maintenance, car sales, warehousing, management, and transportation. He has been practicing massage full time since his licensure in 2018. Sam continues to learn and grow as a wellness professional and looks forward to working with you!

Tad is absolutely thrilled to be joining the team at Jennum O’Hara Acupuncture! He comes to us from a lifelong career as a musician, having gone to Towson University for Music Education and Graduating with a degree that focused on Trombone Performance. For the past six years, Tad has been a manager for Music & Arts at their Bel Air location, overseeing private music lessons and instrument rental programs. These days, you can find him conducting the Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra, singing sea shanties with the Celtic band Watling Street, or playing ocarina with a group called Ocabanda. He’s also a HUGE comic book nerd, video game enthusiast, and Dungeons & Dragons player whenever he gets that chance. So, don’t be afraid to say hi! He’s excited to get to know everyone in his new role here. 

Tad Howley

Office Manager

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