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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Langthorne, LAc
From a young age, Sarah has known that she would be working in the healing field. Her family also knew this when they saw her regularly playing with her brother’s toy doctor kit. During her studies -and her own healing journey as a young adult- she found herself disappointed in the Western, allopathic approach to medicine and sought a more complete system which could answer her deeper questions.
At 26, She completed her master’s degree from Pacific College of Health and Science in Chicago, with an emphasis in the more classic styles of Chinese Medicine. Coming from a background in physical training including dance, theater, and martial arts, Sarah incorporates a functional knowledge of the body into every treatment. Some of her specialties include sports injuries, anxiety, depression, digestive issues, gynecological issues, PTSD and addiction recovery.
Sarah has been in the healing field for several years, beginning with becoming a Reiki Master/ Teacher at 18 and studying Health and Education in undergrad. Sarah spends as much time outdoors as she can and sees herself as a small part of a larger web around her. By constantly learning from subtle changes in the natural world, Sarah adapts her treatments to not only address each person’s internal presentation, but to help each patient maintain balance within the external environment.
From the beginning of her training, Sarah has seen that to partake in the healing process, it is crucial to recognize every aspect of a whole person, including emotional state, mindset, physiological balance, diet, and lifestyle. In her spare time, Sarah can be found singing and dancing in her kitchen while preparing food with as much care and attention as she uses to treat every patient she sees.
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Lera Gershevich, LAc
Lera first came to the path of Eastern Medicine through her own experience of being helped by acupuncture and herbs. She knows firsthand how important it is to provide the best possible care to her patients and strives to make everyone feel cared for and heard.
Lera is a board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist. She completed a four-year doctorate program at Pacific College of Health and Sciences in Chicago. While in school, Lera fulfilled internships at Chicago Women’s Health Center and Project Vida. She deepened her education by studying with various practitioners outside the school environment. Lera is currently expanding her knowledge of Chinese herbalism through a graduate mentorship program led by Sharon Weizenbaum.
Lera treats various conditions but her main interests are pain management, migraine relief, gynecological issues and digestive problems. She loves utilizing herbal medicine to enhance her treatments of these conditions.
In her spare time, Lera enjoys gardening and growing Chinese herbs. The process helps her connect with the plants and deepen her knowledge of their medicinal properties. She also enjoys spending time in her local community and participating in events that create connections between people.
Contact Lera: firstname.lastname@example.org