About

 

Jana Bricker, L.Ac, C.SMA

I was first introduced to acupuncture following a shoulder surgery, and continued treatment to relieve chronic headaches and debilitating migraines.

My fascination with acupuncture theory and the success of the treatments made me want to learn more. A lot more. After four years of school, over 3000 training hours, and four board exams, I became a licensed acupuncturist and board-certified herbalist.  My respect for, confidence in, and fascination with Chinese / Asian Medicine continues to grow, and I continue to further my education and share what I learn with my patients.

I go out of my way to make sure that all questions are thoroughly answered during office visits.  I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know my patients and be a part of their “team”.  I truly love the work that I do.

Please feel free to contact me if I can answer any questions or help you determine if acupuncture, and/or Chinese herbal medicine is right for you.

CREDENTIALS AND DEGREES

NATIONAL CERTIFICATION COMMISSION FOR ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE (NCCAOM)

  • Diplomate of Oriental Medicine
  • Diplomate of Acupuncture
  • Diplomate of Herbology

MIDWEST COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE

  • 3000 hour professional program with approximately 2000 classroom hours and 1000 supervised clinical hours
  • Summa Cum Laude Designation
  • Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

SPORTS MEDICINE ACUPUNCTURE® CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

WHITE PINE INSTITUTE GRADUATE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

THE ACUPUNCTURE SPORTS MEDICINE APPRENTICESHIP CERTIFICATION

  • 60 hour apprenticeship with Whitfield Reaves (www.whitfieldreaves.com)
  • Certificate of Achievement in Acupuncture Sports Medicine

SA’AM ACUPUNCTURE

  • 60+ hour foundational and advanced coursework with Toby Daly. Korean Sa’am acupuncture is a tradition that has been passed down through a lineage of monk practitioners.

THE BALANCE METHOD

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL REGULATION

  • Licensed Acupuncturist (#198.000984)

COUNCIL OF COLLEGES OF ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE

  • Clean Needle Technique

YOGA ALLIANCE

  • Registered Yoga Teacher

 


 

 

Lijana Shestopal L. Ac.

 

I have always wanted to practice medicine. I began my undergraduate studies pre-med, but I ultimately decided to change majors and go into the business world. I graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and worked for several Fortune 500 companies.

After working in finance for a handful of years, I started to feel the tug to go back to medicine. At that point, I was still unaware that such a field as Acupuncture even existed. That changed when a family member got sick. After countless visits to Western doctors with no improvement, and without even a proper diagnosis, I started to do some research on my own. I came across a few articles about acupuncture, and thought why not give that a try. It only took a few visits for my family and me to become very strong believers Chinese medicine.

I continued my research about acupuncture and Chinese medicine and found that it precedes Western medicine by thousands of years. One of the things that intrigued me the most is that Chinese medicine stays constant and stands behind thousands of years worth of knowledge, while the medical advice in today’s world is constantly changing.

I was very intrigued by this and enrolled in the Masters program at Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. After four years of rigorous study in acupuncture and herbal medicine, I graduated at the top of my class and found myself more in love with this medicine than I could have imagined.

When not treating patients, I am either studying for one of the countless Chinese Medicine courses I have enrolled in to further my knowledge, or I’m reading any book that I can get my hands on!

 

CREDENTIALS AND DEGREES

NATIONAL CERTIFICATION COMMISSION FOR ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE (NCCAOM)

  • Diplomate of Oriental Medicine

MIDWEST COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE

  • 3000 hour professional program with approximately 2000 classroom hours and 1000 supervised clinical hours
  • Summa Cum Laude Designation
  • Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

SPORTS MEDICINE ACUPUNCTURE® CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

WHITE PINE INSTITUTE GRADUATE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

MASTER TUNG ACUPUNCTURE

  • 180+ hour training course in foundations and concepts of Master Tung style acupuncture
  • https://www.elotus.org/certification/certification-program-master-tungs-acupuncture#reqs

NAMBUDRIPAD’S ALLERGY ELIMINATION TECHNIQUE (NAET)

  • Certified NAET practitioner (36 hour training course)
  • https://www.naet.com/en-US

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL REGULATION

  • Licensed Acupuncturist (#198.001452)

COUNCIL OF COLLEGES OF ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE

  • Clean Needle Technique