James Pedersen, LAc, DiplAc
James Pedersen is a licensed acupuncturist and is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a member of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM). He graduated with honors from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, which is one of the first established and accredited acupuncture colleges in the country.
Jim’s interest in Chinese Medicine began while studying the various martial arts of TaeKwon-Do, Tang Soo Do, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. Watching many martial artists, including a few renown masters, control their energy, and the energy of others; Jim began to see the incredible power of the body, mind, and spirit. In Chinese Medicine, the body, mind, and spirit are at the core of healing. Jim has always been a believer in the body’s own capacity to heal and acupuncture proved to be an effective form of therapy that encouraged that natural healing process without negative side effects. After experiencing the powerful effects of acupuncture first hand, he decided to make a career change to become an acupuncturist in order help others experience the benefits of this incredible healing art.
The approach Jim uses in treating his patients is both individualistic and holistic. He carefully develops a clear, concise evaluation of each patient’s overall health by asking them questions, listening to them, watching them, and feeling their radial pulse. From this, a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the presenting complaint and the root cause of the condition is developed. He uses not only acupuncture but also other traditional techniques within the scope of Chinese Medicine to effectively treat a wide range of conditions that stem from both physical and emotional imbalances. In addition, he believes in providing his patients with the necessary tools and information needed to take a proactive role in their own health. By counseling patients in diet, exercise, lifestyle, and awareness and relaxation techniques, effective and lasting results are achieved.
On a more personal note, Jim is the father of three incredible boys, and the husband of a loving wife who helps provide his strength and vision.
Kara Canga-Arguelles, LAc, DiplAC
Kara is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist with ILAAOM and the NCCAOM. She graduated magna cum laude from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago with a Master of Science degree in oriental medicine, and with additional focuses in herbology and nutrition. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. She also holds certifications and specializations in fertility acupuncture and pulse diagnosis.
Kara first became involved in Chinese Medicine as a patient. A course of treatment involving acupuncture and herbal medicine gave her a “new body and a new outlook on life.” For the first time in a long time, not only did her initial symptoms resolve, but she felt what it means to be energized. Many things were not functioning optimally, and had righted themselves, symptoms that a doctor might have dismissed. However, in Chinese Medicine, all symptoms are clues to one’s state of health, part of a pattern of vitality or disease, or somewhere on a continuum between. Chinese Medicine also speaks to the psychology of the individual; as the body and mind are not recognized as separate in this model, there is the knowledge that imbalance in one area impacts the other. This was greatly intriguing with her psychology background. The same problems are recognized, but with different approaches to helping them. She came to study Chinese Medicine out of a deep desire to share this with others, so that they may be closer on that continuum to good health.
“In a way, I was blessed to find acupuncture, and at a relatively young age. I felt there was no choice but to become an acupuncturist and share this great thing, that had helped me so much, with others.”
Her desire to share acupuncture with as many folks as possible has lead to experience with many different people and a variety of ailments. She has been privileged to treat many patients since her first years in practice. This has helped her grasp the “personality” of a particular health issue and be better equipped in treatment options.
Some say that acupuncture and herbs are treasures and gifts to man. Not only do they work together to alleviate immediate problems, but they can be used in an individualized way to change the source of the problem, thus paving the way for lasting relief and wellness.
“Acupuncturists are lucky in that we get to see a lot of miracles. When a patient improves, that is all the reward in the world. To this end, I am truly committed to helping the patient get to their best state of health.”
Kara can also be found wrangling her three young children, and traveling around the world, visiting friends near and far.
Libby Proctor, LAc, DiplAC
Libby Proctor is a Licensed Acupuncturist and a nationally board certified herbalist. She received her Master of Science degree from Pacific College of Health and
Science (formerly Pacific College of Oriental Medicine) in Chicago, IL and her
Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Always interested in anatomy and biology, Libby explored the possibility of becoming a medical doctor early on in her life. But after feeling as if something was missing from the Western medical approach (and not realizing what else was “out there”), she gave up on the thought of becoming a healthcare practitioner.
Unsure of what to do upon graduating from college, she serendipitously received a Chinese medical treatment (gua sha, to be exact) for a severe cold she was experiencing. Within hours of the treatment, and to her complete astonishment, her cold miraculously abated. She felt she had finally found that missing piece to healthcare, her passion for healing was reignited, and she enrolled in Chinese medical school that next fall.
Libby has over 12 years of diverse clinical experience, including working at her academic Dean’s private practice and interning at Project Vida, a community center that provides education, holistic health, and other services to underserved, communities in Chicago. She ran her own private practice in Wicker Park and worked for a leading rheumatologist in the Chicagoland area. When she moved to Virginia Beach to be with her husband who was in the military, she worked at the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment and at JenCare Senior Medical Center, a primary and speciality care Western medical practice committed to delivering superior and comprehensive healthcare to seniors.
With her strong belief that people find wellness holistically through body, mind, and soul (re)alignment and her extensive experience working alongside Western medical doctors,
Libby effortlessly and seamlessly bridges the gap between Eastern and Western healing paradigms.
Additionally, after experiencing post-partum depression and anxiety after the birth of both of her children, she discovered her passion for guiding new mothers through the often difficult, confusing, and choppy waters of motherhood, helping them to heal not only physically after pregnancy and childbirth, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well.
Libby is a mom of two toddlers, a certified Reiki Master, an artist, and a personal development junkie. She loves spending time in nature and enjoying delicious meals with family and friends.
Dr. Sonora Park Sowinski, DAOM, LAc
Sonora is an Illinois and California Licensed Acupuncturist and acquired her board certifications through the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and through the California Acupuncture Board. She completed two rigorous graduate programs and received her Master of Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) and Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from the nationally acclaimed Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). In addition to her academic achievement, Sonora has 10 years of clinical experience, which include interning at her Academic Dean’s private practice in Evanston, Illinois, at PCOM Clinic, and at Project Vida (a community-style HIV clinic in Little Village, Chicago), and practicing at Spark Holistic Healthcare.
Being of Asian decent, Sonora was exposed to Oriental Medicine at an early age by her parents. However, she ironically rejected the concept then, considering it to be hokey, primitive, weird and “un-American.” It took her re-encountering Oriental Medicine as an adult while investigating the physical effects and manifestations of mental and emotional stress (something she had been personally experiencing) to accept it as a sophisticated, scientific and effective medicine. Upon further research, she became even more humbled and fascinated with Oriental Medicine’s wholesome process of encouraging one’s own natural healing abilities and its approach to the mind and body as one complete entity. This idea was refreshing and seemed more logical than treating the physical and psychological separately, as done in Western Medicine. Sonora has, since, devoted her life to thoroughly studying Oriental Medicine, educating patients to encourage self-awareness and compliance, and providing medical treatments that promote balance and natural healing.
Sonora is equipped with an abundance of education, training and experience. In addition, she is nurturing, compassionate and loyal to her patients and students. Furthermore, driven by her passion for the medicine and patient care, Sonora is dedicated to working tirelessly, not only to help you experience relief from your symptoms, but also to achieve long-lasting health, wellness, and a better quality of life.
Rachel McKillip, Licensed Massage Therapist at Full Circle Healing
Rachel is a nationally certified and Illinois licensed massage therapist. She graduated from East West College of Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. In addition to her massage therapy training at East West College, Rachel has taken courses at the Upledger Institute for Craniosacral Therapy, with Judith Dilaney for Trigger Point/ Neuro Muscular Therapy, Asis for Aryuvedic Massage, and the Japanese therapy of Shiatsu .
Rachel believes in a full circle approach to good health. Our body, mind and spirit all play a huge role in achieving good health. Massage therapy is a positive way to give back to our body and connect it with the mind and spirit.
Rachel uses organic, paraben-free & cruelty free massage creams.
Services include Swedish Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Shiatzu, Deep Tissue / Trigger Point Therapy & Prenatal Massage.
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