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!