Jun 19 2017 - 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Joanna has a long history in healthcare, having worked as a Registered Nurse, primarily in Home Health Care for over 25 years. While working as a nurse, Joanna developed a strong belief that a holistic approach to healing is preferable to focusing solely on physical symptoms. This approach recognizes that emotional, psychological, and environmental factors directly and indirectly impact the body’s ability to heal.
Joanna’s interest in Eastern medicine, particularly acupuncture, began when she struggled with infertility. Like many women in that situation she placed her hope in Western medicine which offered incredibly advanced technological treatments, but they were invasive and expensive and could potentially lead to undesirable side effects. Nonetheless, she tried numerous fertility treatments and procedures, none of which was successful. Acupuncture offered a gentle and inexpensive alternative. And it was fascinating. How could inserting tiny needles at specific areas on the body affect one’s health so profoundly? She began acupuncture treatments and the next IVF was a success! Not surprisingly, her passion for acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine only grew stronger and she realized this dream needed to be fulfilled. Nursing was extremely rewarding, providing amazing opportunities to teach people how to cope with illness and also to be a part of their healing, but Traditional Chinese Medicine offered so much more.
Shortly thereafter Joanna enrolled in the Midwest Collect of Oriental Medicine. She studied full time while continuing to work as a Home Health Nurse. Four years later she graduated from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine with the combined degrees of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. She had previously earned her BS in Nursing from Northern Illinois University.
Joanna’s philosophy can best be described as “East meets West”. She believes Western medicine absolutely has its place but prefers a more natural, gentle solution if possible. Acupuncture and other Eastern treatments offered by Joanna, such as cupping, gua sha and nutritional guidance offer tremendous healing potential. These treatments stimulate the body’s natural resources, relying upon the body’s innate ability to heal itself. She also believes prevention is best and Chinese Medicine can detect and adjust subtle imbalances in our bodies before they become illness. Joanna will work closely with each client to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for them.
Joanna is available at Journeys Healing & Wellness Center on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00-4:00pm. She has a very flexible schedule and may have a few evenings available as well as possible Saturday availability. If you are interested in an appointment or have any questions please contact Joanna at 847-975-2571 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org