About Mend – Practitioners

Sarah O’Leary, L.Ac.
Owner and Acupuncturist

Sarah was born into a healthcare family; her grandparents, parents and sister all have worked in primary care. The landscape of healthcare has changed dramatically in those 3 generations – from small town family doctors to big managed care settings. Sarah’s personal mission is to bring acupuncture’s methods (patient centered, effective, non-pharmacological care for many conditions) into the current healthcare fold. Between seeing patients and running the clinics, Sarah is a wife and mom of two little ladies here in Baltimore. Schedule with Sarah.

Kim Hennessee, L.Ac.
Acupuncturist, Outreach and Education Coordinator

Kim has worked in a variety of healthcare settings over the last decade (including Women’s Health and Pain Management) and has seen how patients benefit from folding acupuncture care into their medical care. She is a natural educator and has worked in-house as well as on a larger, national scale to share the best data on acupuncture’s most effective uses. Kim loves to laugh and is a wife and mom of two boys. Schedule with Kim.

Michael Drakos, L.Ac.
Acupuncturist, Staff Development 

Michael seeks to provide compassionate and effective care that relieves pain, improves quality of life, and boosts resilience. His practice is rooted in the study of traditional acupuncture, and complemented by professional training in orthopedics and sports medicine. Driven by a love of learning and a fascination with creative processes, Michael especially enjoys tailoring treatments that address the unique concerns of athletes, educators, artists, performers and fellow healthcare providers. He lives in Baltimore with a very skeptical cat. Schedule with Michael.

Kristy Hanley, L.Ac
Acupuncturist, Community Liaison

Kristy specializes in using acupuncture in the hospice environment, as a palliative care adjunct and to aid in the treatment of addiction. She is especially passionate about educating patients and healthcare providers about the positive effects acupuncture has in reducing symptoms of cancer and chronic illness, and the side effects of their treatment. When she’s not providing acupuncture care or offering an inservice for local doctors she’s with her daughter and husband in Baltimore County. Schedule with Kristy.

Claire Pallandre, L.Ac.

Claire has been practicing acupuncture for 7 years in a variety of settings. She fell in love with acupuncture for its ability to inspire interpersonal growth and greater peace. Claire is a lifelong learner and has been a long time apprentice to Bob Duggan (Co-Founder of Maryland University of Integrative Health). In addition to her work with us at Mend, Claire offers pro bono Detox Acupuncture at Penn North Recovery in West Baltimore. When not with patients Claire is a practicing yogi, food lover and gardener. Schedule with Claire.