Our practitioners are seasoned, diverse and always expanding their repertoire. Pick your practitioner or contact us and we can recommend which therapist might be the best fit.
Michelle Young, LAc
NCCAOM Board Certified Herbalist
Michelle’s beliefs in natural medicine stem from childhood, when she and her mother gathered wild foods and herbs in the local forest preserve. They collected slippery elm for cough, dandelion leaves for detoxification, willow for headaches, and St. John’s wort for depression. This path led her to the natural healing system of Traditional Chinese medicine which views the body as a whole being, inherently part of nature, ebbing and flowing with the sun cycles, moon cycles, seasons, and weather.
Michelle graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine with a Masters in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelors in Nutrition, and is board certified in acupuncture through the NCCAOM. She combines these credentials and book smarts with intuition to give each person what their body needs on that particular day, as each treatment encompasses a personalized fusion of acupuncture, herbal remedies, Chinese dietary therapy, and lifestyle counseling. Michelle then adds the powerful element of touch to her sessions by doing energy work over the needles, while Cupping and Tui Na massage further address both chronic and acute pain.
Michelle treats a wide array of health imbalances including digestive problems, anxiety, depression, allergies, menopause, and insomnia by teaching people how to use food as powerful medicine to combat and prevent disease. As a practitioner of yoga for 15 years, Michelle also offers yoga poses for self-care at home. She endorses yin-type exercises such as yoga, qi gong, and pilates along with yang-type exercises including cardio for a balanced exercise program. Happily, many of her patients have been able to avoid invasive surgery and reduce western medications.
Women’s health is of special interest to Michelle, as she helps women conceive both naturally and in conjunction with reproductive technology. Fascinated with the process of childbirth, Michelle has been a doula since February 2012, and offers various forms of labor support, including acupuncture for pain relief, stalled labors, turning breech babies, and reducing pregnancy hypertension.
Outside of her practice, Michelle enjoys being tackled by her three rambunctious boys, communing with nature, cooking colorful food and practicing yoga. Contact Michelle: email@example.com
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Amanda Dobron, LAc
Amanda Dobron began her study of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico and later graduated with a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – Chicago. She is certified nationally through NCCAOM and licensed in Illinois. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Amanda was first introduced to the medicine in 2010 and has been studying and practicing ever since. Her personal experience and experience treating others have demonstrated that this system of medicine can go beyond addressing people’s physical complaints. As a mind-body medicine, it can shift people mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Helping people achieve their health goals and lead more fulfilling lives on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level is her passion.
Her approach is patient-centered and grounded in Classical Chinese Medicine. Amanda is especially interested and trained in women’s health but also enjoys working with people experiencing pain, digestive issues, insomnia, addiction and mental, emotional challenges. Treatments incorporate acupuncture, herbal therapy, moxibustion, cupping and gua sha. She also relies on dietary and movement therapy to help patients achieve their goals. Amanda is a teaching assistant at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago and a 2018-2019 Albert Schweitzer Fellow. Contact Amanda: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sarah Langthorne, LAc
Sarah Langthorne is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified herbalist. She completed her Master’s degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, which included 1,000 hours of clinical training. She has also studied with the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine, with a focus on the herbal styles of the Shang Han Lun.
From the beginning of her training, Sarah has seen that to partake in the healing process, it is crucial to recognize a person as a whole, including emotional state, mindset, physiological balance, diet, and lifestyle. Some of her specialties include sports injuries, anxiety and other emotional issues, digestive issues, addictive behaviors, and gynecological issues.
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Andrew Lenz, LAc
Andrew Lenz is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who values more natural and holistic approaches in all aspects of life. He was introduced to acupuncture at the age of 13 when he was diagnosed with a painful nerve disease. Through a referral from a neurologist he sought acupuncture as a means of pain relief which not only help him manage his pain but left him pain-free after 6 months of treatment. This experience inspired him to become an acupuncturist so he could help others suffering from pain conditions and various medical issues. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Kansas State University in 2014 and then went on to earn his Masters of science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. While pursuing his Masters degree he also completed a 2 year herbal training through the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine which focused on the prescription of classic herbal formulas. His clinical specialties include pain, anxiety/depression, dermatologic conditions, digestion, and sleep.
Andrew values health and wellness not only in his professional life but in his personal life as well. His main hobby is cooking which he not only finds fascinating but also as a means to eat a healthy diet and learn more about proper nutrition. Maintaining mental and physical health are core values in his life which he practices through swimming, cycling, yoga, and a daily meditation ritual. He is constantly learning more about health and wellness for both his own well-being and the well-being of his patients.
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