About Three Rivers Wellness

Three Rivers Wellness offers compassionate person-centered health care in the form of acupuncture, shiatsu and other complementary medical modalities in order to nurture resilience in the face of stress, disease, pain and suffering. This process is collaborative and evolving, where practitioner and patient work together to establish a personalized sense of well being.  Health and healing go beyond the absence of disease and includes an integrated sense of the whole being which involves the physical, psychological and social aspects of the self.

About the Founder

Lynn Teo, LicAc, MSc, MAOM has been working in complementary medicine for over a decade. Combined, she has over 6000 hours of training and has treated patients in Canada, the US, Japan and Thailand. She first became interested in practicing healthcare over 20 years ago when she took a course in reflexology. The class instructor had her students treat only the right foot and then walk around the room. During this exercise, Lynn's entire right side of her body felt completely relaxed while the left remained tense. This experience opened her eyes as to how the body is connected and how treating one part of the body can help to balance another. A few years later, newly diagnosed with arthritis, it was acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and diet therapy which helped her to become pain free. It was then that she realized her future was to practice complementary medicine. Since then, Lynn been constantly seeking the best training and continuously improving her skills in order to best serve her patients in a holistic compassionate manner. Her studies have taken her from Toronto and Boston, all the way to Thailand, Japan and China. She utilizes her various skills to individualize treatments and optimize benefits. She specializes in combining Kiiko Matsumoto style acupuncture with shiatsu therapy. She treats patients suffering from various conditions, but has a particular specialization in chronic pain conditions.

Lynn received her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) outside of Boston, MA where she received over 3000 hours of training. She has treated patients at Boston Medical Center's Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care unit, the Veteran's Clinic, the Chinese Herbal Clinic at Pathways to Wellness (formerly the AIDS Care Project) and the NESA professional clinic. She is certified in Clean Needle Technique by the CCAOM, and board certified by the NCCAOM. She is licensed and registered to practice acupuncture in the state of Maryland and is a member of the Maryland Acupuncture Society. In addition, Lynn holds a certificate in Acupuncture for the Cancer Patient from Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. Lynn was clinical assistant to master acupuncture teacher Kiiko Matsumoto during her tenure at NESA and continues to study with Ms Matsumoto when traveling back to Boston. Lynn practices both Matsumoto-style acupuncture as well as Japanese and Chinese styles of acupuncture. Lynn also practices Chinese herbal medicine and a number of auxiliary modalities including cupping and moxibustion. In addition, she practices non-needling technique for her pediatric and needle-sensitive patients.

Lynn specializes in chronic pain conditions. She holds a Master of Science degree from Tufts University School of Medicine's Pain Research, Education, and Policy Program. She was awarded The Saltonstall Award for Excellence in Pain Research, Education & Policy for her research focusing on the role of physician empathy in the modulation of patient pain.

Additionally, Lynn holds a Diploma of Shiatsu Therapy from the Shiatsu School of Canada’s 2200-hour program, from which she was awarded the Kazuya Award for highest academic achievement. This program is the most comprehensive shiatsu program of its kind outside of Japan. Lynn is also certified as a reflexologist from the Pacific Institute of Reflexology in Vancouver, BC and certified in Thai Massage from the Thai Massage School of Thailand in Chiang Mai. She is a Certified Practitioner with the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA).

Lynn is a graduate of the Esther Myers yoga teacher-training program and has over 700 hours of professional training in the Scaravelli tradition. She also received her Practicum Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction from the Center for Mindfulness from University of Massachusetts Medical School. Lynn is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) and is a member of the Yoga Alliance. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 15 years. As a yoga teacher, she emphasizes connecting movement to the breath, a sense of grounding to the earth and freedom of the spine. She focuses on moving with ease and mindfulness, encouraging her students to use yoga as a means to discover movement, freedom of the breath and the art of relaxation within themselves.

Alongside her clinical work, Lynn is a research consultant specializing systematic reviews including this article in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Pain Medicine: An analysis of the various chronic pain conditions captured in a systematic review of active self-care complementary and integrative medicine therapies for the management of chronic pain symptoms. She enjoys bringing her clinical expertise to her research work and applying the knowledge she acquires as a researcher to her practice.

Lynn is originally from Vancouver, BC and has a background in theatre, movement, voice and clown work. She holds a BFA. She resides in Silver Spring, MD with her husband and two children.  

Lynn Teo LAc, MSc, MAOM

Three Rivers Wellness
6917 Arlington Road, Suite 223,
Bethesda, MD, 20814
By Appointment Only
(301) 456-5467

Yoga Class:
Thursday evenings 7:15-8:30pm
531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, 20910
Fall Term Resumes Sept 12!





I started seeing Lynn when I was dealing with hip and IT band pain related to distance running. I really appreciated the way that Lynn approached my treatment. She addressed my immediate pain while also working on the underlying issues causing the recurring injury. Lynn listened to my concerns, explained what she planned to do during the treatment, and why it was the effective choice. Instead of simply telling me to stop running she helped think about ways to prevent future injuries. I noticed a difference after each treatment and overall improvement from week to week. I have nothing but positive things to say about Lynn. She uses her extensive training and experience to make her patients feel relaxed and to produce great results.

- KJ, marathon runner