Lori Howell, L.Ac., Dipl.OM, ABT, DAOM
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.
Dr. 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
- back pain/general musculoskeletal pain
- digestive and respiratory disorders
- 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
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) 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.
Jennifer Hartmann, L.Ac., Dipl.OM, LMT, MSTOM
Jennifer Hartmann is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified herbalist with a four-year Masters degree in traditional East Asian medicine and a background in anthropology, including medical anthropology. She utilizes narrative medicine, acupuncture, Chinese herbs and clinical massage therapy to restore health and balance. Currently working on her two-year doctorate at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Jennifer’s focus is on aging adults, women’s healthcare and clinical research but she is also considered a general practitioner.
Jennifer completed her bachelor’s degree in anthropology, including study in the subfield of medical anthropology, at University of Illinois at Chicago where she graduated with distinction. She draws upon her training in social, cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology to better understand those factors which influence health and well being. She is trained in theoretical approaches, practical methods for enhancing cross-cultural understanding, social research, qualitative interviewing and fieldwork, and quantitative methods.
Following her undergraduate studies, Jennifer completed a four-year full-time Master’s degree in traditional East Asian medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is trained in traditional and modern acupuncture techniques, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese dietary therapy, qigong, taiqi and tui Na (Chinese medical massage). As a licensed and board-certified practitioner, Jennifer has worked with a variety of patients, customizing care based on individual needs. She welcomes collaboration with other healthcare providers. Currently, Jennifer is practicing in both Evanston and Lombard, IL.
When she’s not working with patients, Jennifer enjoys walking in nature, reading, painting, studying languages, meditating and drinking copious amounts of tea!
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!”