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Community Highlights: Meet Cara-Michele Nether of Strength & Vitality Wellness Center

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cara-Michele Nether.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
It’s crazy to hear myself say this now, but I was never supposed to be an acupuncturist. When I was younger, I had dreams of becoming a clinical social worker but knew that I needed to understand myself better before I could help anyone else. At the time, the acupuncture program at Tai Sophia Institute, now the Maryland University of Integrative Health, was infused with Taoist and Confucianist personal development components. I needed that kind of support for myself. People may take it for granted now, but positive gay role models weren’t broadcast all over TV or the internet when I was a young teenager. Growing up in Southern Maryland surrounded by tobacco fields, I found it challenging to figure out what it meant to be a gay black female in the 1980s.

After my college experience – filled with equal parts strife and growth, trying over ten different jobs ranging from volleyball referee to residential house manager, I moved to Baltimore to support a friend who was attending Tai Sophia. I couldn’t figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew that I loved supporting people. Ever since I was a kid, people I didn’t even know would sit next to me and start telling me their problems and life stories. Listening and talking with them felt good inside and made me feel useful. So I settled on the idea of becoming a therapist of some kind and was accepted into a few Master’s degree programs. Maybe it was all of the crazy relationships I found myself in or how confused and sad I felt daily, but I woke up one day and decided to make a radical shift and go to acupuncture school so I could immerse myself in the Eastern philosophies and hopefully learn to love myself and become a more gracious person in the process.

It turns out that this was the perfect decision for me. The program was academically demanding and personally transforming. I met my wife during the program, and after graduating, we took on the challenge of learning to run a business, clarifying and expressing my inner practitioner, and being holistically helpful to our clients at the same time.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The challenge that repeats itself in my life is not having confidence in my dreams. I have always been a lofty dreamer, but I am easily swayed by people that I assume to know better than I do when executing the visions. It has happened over and over again in my life. I start great by thinking through what I want the result of a project to be and taking the time to outline the steps. During the execution phase, I would seek the support of people who have more experience than I do on a particular portion of the project. I let their opinions of the viability and profitability of my dreams steer me off course. This self-sabotaging habit has resulted in many starts and stops, excitements and disappointments, and self-doubt and frustration. It has taken a few years, but I have learned to get out of my own way and create a practice that I love.

We’ve been impressed with Strength & Vitality Wellness Center, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I love to grow personally and professionally. For 20 years, I have been reading and listening to different ideas around medicine and wellness and have settled on one crucial conclusion that has shaped my business. Health and wellness have become too complicated. Yes, I know that there are over 30 trillion cells, 70 organs, and miles of nerve endings in the body, but you don’t need to understand all of that to feel strong and vital most days. By the way, that’s why I named my company Strength & Vitality Wellness Center. After working with hundreds of clients with concerns ranging from low back pain to insomnia to dry eyes, I have noticed that mental and physical strength and vitality are the things that everyone is ultimately after. We all want our brains to think, process, and remember and our bodies to move through space effortlessly without too many hitches and hesitations. I don’t think this is too much to ask, and we don’t have to have a Ph.D. to do it.

Simplifying health and wellness is my motto and daily intention. There are only a handful of things we MUST do if we want to have the mental and physical strength and vitality now and into our older age. Here are the steps, in my opinion: 1. Maintain balanced blood sugar throughout the day, 2. Have a robust digestive system, 3. Reduce the impact of chronic inflammation, 4. Regulate cortisol and increase our distress tolerance, 5. Maintain high levels of functional mobility and flexibility, 6. Always be 50% physically stronger than we ever think we need to be.

That’s it! I have made it my mission to get clients out of pain and help them create effective, practical, sustainable, and sustainable rhythms and ensure these outcomes.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
When I look at the number of reviews we have, it reminds me of how powerful this approach has been for my clients. Listening to clients talk about how excited they feel now compared to when they started with me and how confident they are about their future health makes me want to dance inside. I get so excited because I know that I get to be a part of the bigger picture of human growth and prosperity. You see, when people feel strong mentally, physically, and spiritually, they have the confidence to think and share more significant and more creative ideas. Bigger and more creative ideas are what we need to solve the world’s problems. I get to go to bed each night knowing that I played a small role in solving some critical puzzles.


  • Free Consultation in person or by telephone
  • We check insurance coverage for acupuncture. $110-85 per session
  • Infrared Sauna $45 per session. $30 if you mention this article.
  • Exercise Classes for those 50 yrs and older. Three sessions a week for one month $180.

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1 Comment

  1. Yvonne Fisher

    August 11, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Love this article, Cara-Michele! Miss your face:)

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