"There is a force in the Universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The Energy Medicine Center offers energy-based therapies in addition to providing educational seminars to the public and practitioners. Our practitioners are highly qualified and experienced in a variety of arenas such as Esoteric Acupuncture, Reiki, Essential Oils, Crystal healing, Herbology, Reflexology, Chakra Balancing, Acupressure, Face Reading, Energy Healing and other modalities (check our "class" and "service" pages for updates). 


Remee Gemo, L.Ac., Founder, Instructor, Acupuncturist, Master Face Reader, Chinese Herbalist, Reiki Master

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Remee Gemo's long history growing up learning and utilizing energy medicine and asian healing arts since childhood strongly influenced her unique and varied skill set as a "healing artist".  Remee is one of a select few certified Ming Golden Path Master Face readers of the Chen lineage- an apprentice to the famous Lillian Chen Bridges featured on Dr. Oz.   Remee is a Face Reading instructor that has taught in Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles, Canada and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Remee Gemo is also an Acupuncturist, owner of Empress Acupuncture and co-owner of Acupuncture Center of Richmond where she utilizes facial analysis as a skilled diagnostician and healer.  Her practice has earned first place in Style Weekly’s “Best of Richmond” as well as “Best in Central Virginia” according to Virginia Living Magazine. Empress Acupuncture is Richmond's only Acupuncture Center dedicated to treating women and their unique health concerns. She augments her treatments with herbal formulations, eastern nutritional therapy, five element lifestyle changes, Chinese facial diagnostics, energy medicine and a strong dose of medical intuition. Remee Gemo holds a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is licensed in Acupuncture by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine.  Remee is founder of Energy Medicine Center, innovator of the L.I.F.T. facial rejuvenation acupuncture technique and creator of the R.E.M.I. system of healing. She teaches face reading, five element theory, Reiki, Crystal Healing, Energetic Tracking, Energy Medicine, anti-aging techniques, medical intuition, intuition development, Feng Shui, Acupressure, Aura and Chakra classes.  Remee is available for speaking engagements, group and private classes.  Locations serving Richmond (Northside & Southside),Mechanicsville, Midlothian and Chesterfield.

In her play time Remee enjoys artistic pursuits in ink, paint and encaustic art.  She is an avid ukulele fanatic and autumn glamper.

Shirlea Pemberton, Herbalist, Instructor, owner of Forestree Farmacy

Shirlea Pemberton is a graduate of the Three Year Community Herbalist training at Sacred Plant Traditions. She is a part of Sacred Plant Traditions staff, where she teaches the identification of forest flora and their herbal uses.  In 2014, she created Forestree Farmacy LLC.  Shirlea is a practicing herbalist at two locations near Richmond -within the Acupuncture Center of Richmond. She owns 13 acres of forest/cleared land where she grows and does wildcrafting to make many of her own herbal remedies.  Shirlea is a member of the American Herbalist Guild and also a Reiki Master.

 She grew up in the foothills of Kentucky, learning the trees, shrubs and herbs at an early age, past down from many generations. Because of her life long connection to plants in the forest, she decided to attend the University of Kentucky, where she earned a B.S. in Forestry. Upon graduating, she took a position with the U S Forest Service Southeastern Research Station, inventorying the forests of the Southeastern U.S.   She currently lives in Ruther Glen, VA with her husband, John and dog, Jake. 


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Beth Cavalier, Reiki Master Practitioner, LifeForce Energy Healing Practitioner, Animal Reiki Practitioner, RYT/200 Yoga Teacher, Instructor

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Beth and Bunny

Beth Cavalier is a Reiki Master practicing Usui Shiki Ryoho and is a certified practitioner of LifeForce Energy Healing. These practices promote the parasympathetic nervous system response (rest and restore) to allow the body to access its natural self-healing capabilities. Beth’s love of the natural world inspired her to seek training and certification in Animal Reiki and Healing Touch for Animals (L1). Rounding out her experience in healing arts, Beth is Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher. 

Beth began exploring the intuitive and energy arts over a decade ago, attending classes taught by Remee Gemo at the Energy Medicine Center. Unexplainable events in her life led her to seek a better understanding of the subtle energies in the human body and ways to more fully develop and appreciate her intuition. Studying Reiki was a natural out growth of this self-exploration, which in turn led to more study of energetic healing with the Deborah King Center, and other specialists in healing and intuitive arts. Through all of this Beth continued to return to Reiki as the foundation of energetic healing, eventually completing training to the Master level. 

She completed training in Animal Reiki with the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) and is currently pursuing teaching credentials in order to bring this gentle and effective practice to pet owners and animal health workers.

An injury to her neck brought Beth to the yoga mat, where she found strength, balance and flexibility in mind and body. Seven years later and 56 years old, Beth was driven to pursue yoga teacher training to learn more about this ancient philosophy. The similarities in yogic and Reiki philosophy came as something of a surprise at first. Both Reiki and yoga are daily spiritual (not religious!) practices. While Reiki came to the western world from Japan, and yoga from India, both practices focus on self-awareness, clarity of thought, and the connection of all living things. 

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The world moves fast and life seems designed to challenge our serenity. Reiki and yoga focus attention inward providing an opportunity for the mind and body to tune out, rest and recharge.

Beth enjoys helping others find balance and relaxation through the gentle energetic exchange of a Reiki session. Her yoga practice has a focus on seniors and those who feel that they can’t do that “crazy yoga stuff”. Her goal is to help others gain confidence so that they too can enjoy the benefits that come from this ancient and healthful practice. 

Beth is a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals, the Shelter Animal Reiki Association, and the Yoga Alliance. A lifelong environmentalist, Beth served for nearly 30 years as an analyst and enforcement officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Beth shares her home with three horses, six dogs, ten cats, and her husband of over thirty years. 

Contact Beth at ReikibyBeth@aol.comor call/text her at (540) 760-5960 to schedule a Reiki session or private yoga class at EMC’s Empress Acupuncture location at 4100 Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia. 




Joy Black, Healing Tao Qigong Instructor, Medical Qigong Therapist, Reiki Master, Healing Touch Practitioner

Joy Black knows first-hand the negative effects of long-term stress. Her 40 years spent working in graphic design and advertising began as a fun way of exploring creativity, including illustration and fine art. After a while, though, the unrelenting rush deadlines year-after-year, and the challenges of middle-management positions took a toll on her health – physically, emotionally, and mentally. About 16 years ago, while still employed full time, Joy began an in-depth study of natural, self-care practices to help herself heal from the stresses of the business and corporate world. She used most of her vacation time to travel within the U.S., Thailand, and China for training in Healing Touch, Reiki, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Medical Qigong, earning various certifications along the way. She retired from full-time employment in 2016 and has been offering classes, healing treatments, and pursuing her creative art play ever since.

Joy’s great reward comes from working with people one-on-one and in small-group classes to share Qigong. Whether it is teaching simple, yet powerful, self-care practices to a group, or giving a private Medical Qigong or Energy Work treatment, she knows she is guiding individuals to better care for themselves.


Jessica Proper Reiki Healer at Energy Medicine Center

Jessica Proper Reiki Healer at Energy Medicine Center

Hello! My name is Jessica Proper and I am a Reiki healer. I am also a Wife, Mother of four, and an Accountant. I was first introduced to Reiki over 13 years ago as I sought a holistic way to manage my stress and anxiety. Oddly enough, my first Reiki treatment was performed by my college Economics Professor turned Acupuncturist/Reiki healer. At the time, I don’t think I knew what Reiki was or how it worked, but I knew it helped me relax and allowed me to be introspective in order to deal with the underlying causes of my anxiety. I never realized the impact those Reiki treatments had on me until years later when once again, I needed a way to relax and overcome my anxiety. I found a local Acupuncturist who also did energy work and this time I fully embraced Reiki knowing it was critical to my personal healing.

Mandala art by Jessica Proper

Mandala art by Jessica Proper

In that moment, my journey towards holistic healing and spiritual awakening began. I feel strongly that Reiki healing is meant for everyone, it is inherently good and can cause no harm. We all seek that ‘thing’ that fills ours cup, that brings us joy and fills our heart. For me, Reiki is the means to fulfillment through healing, serving, building relationships, and  teaching. I am certified in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki and a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals.

Teach Love. Teach Compassion. Practice both.


Interested in a Private Class?

Some classes and group sessions can serve as a unique team building exercise, a girl’s night out, or a date night activity and can be scheduled at a time of your choosing as a private class.  If you have any questions about classes, are interested in a specific focus of a class or would like to combine classes please contact us for a made to order experience.