Licensed acupuncturists Matthew Kerr and Thom Heil head up treatments at Pins & Needles Acupuncture, where they use their knowledge of Chinese medicine to assuage aches and pains. They begin each session with a consultation, during which they might view clients’ tongues to get a better idea of their bodies’ hidden goings-on. From there, the practitioners may offer dietary recommendations or remove toxins with cupping, acupuncture, or gua sha—a method that involves dragging a blunt instrument across the skin.
New Health Centers consists of more than 400 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
SoNaturelle founder Milan Perry is a walking example of the benefits of healthy living. The herbalist and healthy lifestyle consultant overhauled her eating habits after studying French women's diets and adapting their practices to her own life. From this inspiration, she developed a plan that eschews pharmaceuticals and instead focuses on nutrition, herbs, and mindful eating to shed pounds and promote wellness. And her own increased energy and youthful appearance aren't the only proof of her method's benefits. She has received glowing testimonials from her clients, as well as sheepish letters of apology from junk food.
The year the World Health Organization (WHO) was founded, its leaders met to decide on a succinct yet comprehensive definition of health. The WHO settled on the following explanation: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." The definition remains unchanged to this day, and its holistic intent continues to guide Balancing Point's Dr. Kristina Chung.
Dr. Chung's interest in holistic remedies stretches back to her childhood in South Korea, when her parents would use acupuncture and medical teas to treat common maladies. As she grew older, Dr. Chung turned this interest into a profession with a BS degree from Ball State University, followed by a doctoral degree in chiropractic and certificate in acupuncture from National University of Health Science.
When she founded Balancing Point Center for Wellness in 2000, Dr. Chung sought to create a wellness center that treats the individual as a whole, not just a list of symptoms. Along with her team, Dr. Chung addresses her patients' complete mental and physical health, including digestive, respiratory, weight loss, and emotional issues. Acupuncture and chiropractic care remain the doctor's specialties, but she also incorporates other Western and Eastern treatments when necessary. This might mean designing individually customized medical weight-loss programs, administering various massage therapies, or even treating pain with a non-invasive device that sends out small shockwaves.
Dr. Shanicka Williams has worn a lot of hats in her career. She's served as a traveling physician, worked with the uninsured in a health center, and currently serves as medical director of Georgia Doty Hepatitis/HIV Community Outreach, Inc. And through it all she's held fast to one belief—that patients should not be made to wait for three hours, only to be rushed through an appointment or given cookie-cutter treatment.
That's exactly the type of treatment Dr. Williams hopes to avoid with Divine Aesthetics Medspa & Wellness Center. She's able to give them the individual time and attention they deserve without adhering to a strict office schedule designed to address the needs of a revolving door of patients. Her medical services include everything from monthly visits for chronic diseases, to medication refills, and even referrals to specialists.
In addition to this medically-oriented service, Divine Aesthetics Medspa & Wellness Center also caters to patrons' overall well being with medspa services. With a membership, the staff can provide a variety of massage modalities and facials. In addition to monthly memberships, they can also perform a variety of a la carte services including massages and facials, as well as waxing services for the bikini area, legs, or an unruly shag carpet.
Urban Orchard brings farm-fresh, organic produce to the Windy City. Seven days a week, the market imports fruits and vegetables from farms in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois, ensuring their products come straight from the field to the shelf. Fill your basket with free-range eggs from Milo’s Farm, all-natural pork and free-range chicken from C&D Family Farm, veggies from Twin Garden Farms, and baked goods from B True Bakery. Beyond providing customers with fresh groceries, the market’s local-first philosophy also helps nearby farmers continue to thrive, saving them from having to sell their land to the mustachioed cartoon villain that lives down the road.