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zohara-hatFounded in 1984 by Zohara Hieronimus, D.H.L.

In 1984, I founded the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center in Baltimore, Maryland. It is one of the oldest and largest outpatient integrative and holistic health care facility of its kind in America, structured as a collective of private providers.

Since 1984, our two to three dozen providers have served thousands of people a year for both maintenance of health, recovery from acute illness and improved quality of life, helping clients overcome many chronic ailments.

I have been interviewed on television, radio and news print media over the years about the vision I had when founding the center. It is simple, I tell people that it grew out of my own journey in recovering my own health. I didn’t want others to suffer the way that I did.

Read Zoh’s Own Journey with Recovery from Illness

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“Ruscombe Mansion Community Center is a set of charming historical buildings nestled within the tranquility of nature. Although it is conveniently located close to all the city has to offer, it is a hidden gem! Ruscombe Mansion is one of my favorite teaching venues on the East Coast. Since 2009, my students and I have all enjoyed our Qigong and Taiji workshops in this urban oasis and look forward to returning each year.”

Master Zhongxian Wu, lifelong Daoist practitioner and author of 12 books on Chinese wisdom traditions.

“Part of my healing process at Ruscombe has been learning how not to ‘zero in’ on feeling sad or depressed and making that ‘everything’. When I came in and said ‘I’m sad,’ my practitioner neither dismissed it, nor was like, ‘This is it: You’re depressed.’ She would just say, ‘That’s part of what’s going on, and let’s look at the whole picture.’ She never put me in a box.”

— Ruscombe client

“I love the gardens at Ruscombe. I find them very beautiful. I am a gardener and so I’m always noticing gardens. Also, my practitioner has sometimes done treatments outside, and that’s been very beautiful. I feel very connected to nature, and this is a really beautiful place. The big windows, it’s just a very peaceful, welcoming energy, even just walking in the front door of the main building. I’ll read what’s on the bulletin boards. I just like to think about future possibilities, I find that very comforting. There seems to always be something else you can try, to dig deeper and find peace, to live the life you want to live. I really love the trees that are around Ruscombe.”

— Ruscombe client

“I personally think if more asthmatics knew what was available at Ruscombe, they would be knocking down your door. You could probably pay off half your mortgage just by letting asthmatics know that there are systems here that can help us feel better.”

— Ruscombe client

“The herbal preparation formulas from Sara Eisenberg over these last couple of years have helped me truly feel better. It’s probably the first thing that came along for me that has really helped my health in a way other things just sort of danced around, but didn’t quite get to it. So, I’m very faithful with everything that she puts together.”

— Ruscombe client

“I think asthma has a lot to do emotionally with just sort of taking care of yourself. Everybody’s reason for having asthma is different. My own journey with asthma has been learning to be very independent and willing to take care of myself, and letting me come first when I need to come first.”

— Ruscombe client

“The reality is that if you have asthma and you’re willing to do your work, you’ve got to do your work. You’ve got to find out what triggers it, and what that red line is for you not to cross. Maybe it’s coffee, maybe it’s red wine, maybe it’s too much meat, and maybe it’s something else completely different for you. Maybe you have to say no to your kids doing that nice thing during the week that means you’ve got to be in the car going one more place to take care of everybody’s needs. Because then the reality is, you just can’t breathe.”

— Ruscombe client


  • J. Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus called Pioneer of Integrative Health Care in Maryland
  • Given Garland Award from Sir Paul McCartney sanctioned Charity in 2005 for her founding of the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center.
  • Baltimore Sun Magazine featured Zohara and Ruscombe practitioners in their article “Holistic Approach to Healing“. Feburary 16, 1986.
  • Baltimore Magazine interviewed Zoh for “Curbing the Herbalists“. August 1994.
  • Baltimore Magazine says “Zoh Knows“. September 1994.
  • City Paper cover story “Which Doctors?” on Zoh, her search for healing, and Ruscombe. April 20, 1994.

Browse the archive of past Ruscombe newsletters here.

Radio Interviews

Brenda Doetzer
4/19/2009 – Health Reiki and Wellness Retreat May 29-31, 2009 featuring healing sessions, healing sound, and uplifting lectures. (approximately halfway through the audio file)

Dr. Ina Grundmann, M.D.
9/6/2009 – One of Ruscombe’s medical doctors discussing Integrative therapies in Medicine

Lisa Stambolis R.N., M.Ac., L.Ac. Certified Nurse Practitioner & Licensed Acupuncturist
1/3/2010 – Acupuncture at the Ruscombe Mansion and the Rewarding Experiences of Community Nursing

Betsey Gilbert
2/14/2010 – Massage and Meditation at Ruscombe Mansion