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About

 

Jana Bricker, L.Ac, C.SMA

I was first introduced to acupuncture following a shoulder surgery, and continued treatment to relieve chronic headaches that no other medical professional had successfully treated. 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 live in Lake Bluff with my husband, Thomas, our dog (Simba) and two cats (Fritz and Otto). In addition to running Apex Acupuncture, I continue to teach an occasional yoga class at Forever Om Yoga in Lake Forest.

I go out of my way to make sure that all questions are thoroughly answered during office visits and am available by email for questions between appointments.  I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know my patients and be a part of their health care team. I 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

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 be in 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’s 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 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 I 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.

 

Since graduating, I have continued my study of the deeper concepts of this medicine with a certification course in Master Tung’s Acupuncture. Master Tung’s Points were a treasured family secret, handed down and refined over generations. The last member of the Tung family revealed these secret teachings to just 73 students in 1962. The teachings are now being shared widely across the globe. This style of acupuncture has grown in popularity due to its incredible results for internal medicine and most pain conditions.

 

I live in Glenview with my husband Fred, our daughter Livya and our furry child Lulu. I am very excited to be part of Apex Acupuncture and share my knowledge of this wonderful medicine with all of you!

 

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

 

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL REGULATION

 

  • Licensed Acupuncturist (#198.001452)

 

COUNCIL OF COLLEGES OF ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE

 

  • Clean Needle Technique