Dr. Lori HowellLori Howell, L.Ac., Dipl.OM, ABT, DAOM

Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Thai Bodywork


Dr. Lori  Howell is a board certified, licensed acupuncturist, board certified herbalist and certified Asian Body Therapist. Dr. Howell first developed an interest in East Asian Medicine while living in Asia where she witnessed successful holistic healthcare without toxicity or side effects. She is a strong advocate of using holistic healthcare as preventative medicine, as complementary medicine and when appropriate as primary healthcare.


In Fine Fettle Lori HowellDr. Howell has a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego and a Masters of Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago. In addition, Lori has completed advanced studies at Zhejiang University of TCM at Hangzhou, China and studied Thai Bodywork at Buntautuk Traditional Medicine Hospital in Chiangmai, Thailand. Her practice focuses on — but is not limited to — the treatment of:

  • menopausal/perimenopausal symptoms
  • depression/anxiety/stress
  • migraines
  • back pain/general musculoskeletal pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • digestive and respiratory disorders
  • PMS
  • dermatology
  • cancer care

Treatments are tailored to the individual to treat the whole person (not only symptoms) and may include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, bodywork and other adjunctive modalities, such as cupping, gua sha and moxibustion.


Dr. Howell has been on faculty at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine since 2006, teaching acupuncture, herbology, treatment of disease and clinical studies. She enjoys the connection with students and facilitating the advancement of Chinese medicine studies in the US. Lori is a member of Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM), International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM), Northern Thai Traditional Medicine Club (Chiangmai, Thailand). She also serves on the board of Himalaya Project, working to preserve Traditional Tibetan medicine and education in the Dolpo region of Nepal. Lori loves to travel (usually with a backpack), spend time outdoors and read.



Maggie Bell L.Ac., Dipl. OM, MSTOM

Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine


Maggie is a licensed acupuncturist, and board certified herbalist. She attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, where she completed a rigorous 4 year program that incorporated integrative training in both Eastern and Western Medicine. Maggie also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Sport Science from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.


Maggie has a kind and compassionate demeanor and believes in the importance of balance between the mind and body. Maggie strives to help her patients achieve and maintain their highest quality of life through a combination of acupuncture, lifestyle modifications, and herbal medicine/nutrition. She has special interest in treating musculoskeletal disorders/pain. Beyond this, she also treats a wide variety of conditions including: anxiety, depression, digestive complaints, insomnia, stress related disorders, reproductive health, and more.


Maggie is a Wisconsin native who has made Chicago her home for the past 11 years. She loves exploring the city and all it has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys running and biking along the lakefront path, attending concerts and movies, and traveling.




maria-cristina-torres-mooreMaria Cristina (Torres) Moore (MDMx) MSOM, L.Ac.
Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tui Na, dietary recommendations


Maria Cristina (Torres) Moore is the founder of Integral-Alternative LLC, and who is one of a small select number of healthcare providers in the US that is both a trained MD and a board certified acupuncturist/herbalist.  She received her Medical Degree and a Certificate in Clinical Pharmacology from UNAM Autonomous University in her native Mexico and her MS degree in Oriental Medicine here in Chicago.


Maria Cristina also practices the less invasive and virtually pain-free form of Japanese Acupuncture in addition to the traditional Chinese style.


Torres brings over 20 years of experience in healthcare to her practice. She prides herself on combining medical skill with safe, natural, alternative therapies that include acupuncture, Chinese herbology, cupping, moxibustion and tui na. Maria fosters a feeling of trust in her patients as she listens to their concerns and creates solutions tailored to the patient’s personal needs. Maria Cristina collaborates with other healthcare practitioners and integrative physicians to support patients in restoring their whole health.




Alison Oakes LCSW                                     


Telehealth Appointments




Alison has been working as a psychotherapist for more than 35 years. She specializes in trauma, addiction, LGBT issues, working with individuals, couples and teens. Alison combines several modalities with a emphasis on a holistic, Eastern approach incorporating mindfulness and meditation, focusing on mind, body, spirit. When appropriate, Alison believes in working with other modalities to help support you on your path to wellness.  Her years of experience and instinctual abilities have built her reputation as an excellent diagnostician. Compassionate and supportive, Alison helps guide you to a more comfortable place in your life. Alison also provides supervision and consultation for professionals in her field.



Sara Vanin, LMT

Shiatsu, Massage, Aroma Acu-point Therapy

Sara is a Shiatsu Practitioner and Instructor since 2001 and a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).    She graduated from The Ohashi Institute in New York City in  2001 and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, where she has been teaching Shiatsu and supervising the Massage Clinic since 2007.  Sara is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach, graduating at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in September 2013.  Additionally she studied AromaAcupoint Therapy with Peter Holmes L.Ac. and Tiffany Pollard L.Ac in 2016 .  Sara enjoys working together with clients to come up with a treatment plan that works to bring relief to their specific needs.  “I just love to empower people to live more healthy and vibrant lives!”