I went to acupuncture school with one purpose...
to help people who struggle with substance use disorder, mental health and pain.
As soon as I was qualified, I searched for internships with those focuses so I could learn as much as I could. I worked in a Salvation Army in Downtown Minneapolis, I worked with Memory Care residents in a nursing home, I went to New York to work in a methadone treatment center and I traveled to China to study how acupuncture works in hospitals there.
I also fell down the Great Wall of China but that is a story for another day!
joy is my cornerstone
bringing joy each and every day
With great excitement, in 2012, Joyful Balance Wellness was born. I chose the name because my recovery and my life is focused always on Joy. It is the cornerstone of my values and how I work with patients/clients.
My mission is to help others create joy within and lead happier, healthier lives.
Good health and healing is a marathon, rather than a sprint. I am constantly learning what might work and what doesn’t and sharing that with my patients.
Armed with this knowledge, I encourage you to make you own decisions about what is best for your health.
LAc., CPRS, ADS, CLYL
giving my all
I have found that the most frustrating thing in any type of medicine is when a professional dismisses my experience and tells me I am wrong about how my body feels or reacts to things. I take special care to offer the opposite of that. Listening is a value that I treasure and uphold in my practice. I take time with every patient to hear their story and discover the crucial details that other practitioners may ignore.
I give my all to each person I work with. Despite it being a common acupuncture practice I never double book my clients. I believe you should have access to me the whole time. I want you to experience being the only patient I treat in your time with me. You are special and deserve my undivided attention.
“I am just a vessel of information and knowledge but you are your captain. You live in your body, your body will tell you what you need, if you are willing to listen.”
– Lauren McLaughlin
my drive and inspiration
there is always a back story!
Everyone has their story, mine starts with 14 years of substance and alcohol use. I was living it up! Until it all fell apart.
Technically it fell apart long before I realized that it was falling apart, but that is the nature of addiction. You have no problem until you realize that you have a problem, and then... reality.
If you want to read my recovery story of how I decided that acupuncture was my mission in life (well... as well as dancing in my housecoat) this is your magic button.
credentials and training
Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc.)
- NCCAOM & State of Illinois
- Master of Acupuncture, Northwestern Health Sciences University (Bloomington, MN)
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS)
- State of Illinois
Whole30 Certified Coach
Acupuncture Detox Specialist (ADS)
- Lincoln Hospital (New York, NY)
Clinical Aromatherapist (CA)
- Academy of Natural Health Sciences
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader (CLYL)
- Come to Life Project