Hiring a Psychotherapist

On August 17th we will be saying goodbye to Kim Vachon, our psychotherapist since August of 2014. Kim is relocating to California to pursue a PhD in Educational Psychology at UC Santa Barbara. We are sad to see her go but excited to see where her education takes her.

With Kim's departure on the horizon, Five Point is seeking another amazing psychotherapist to join our collaborative team. We are looking for a practitioner with a minimum of five years of clinical experience and a desire to work in a integrative holistic healthcare environment to provide individual, couples, family, and/or group therapy for a minimum of 20 hours/week over 3-4 days.

For a full list of qualifications, responsibilities, and benefits, please see our full job posting below. Applications are due no later than August 14th.

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Yoga for Core Stability, Hips, and Pelvic Floor

On Monday evenings in August, Nathan Paulus will be teaching a 4-week yoga workshop at Five Point. Learn simple, yoga-based sequences to help with your hips and lower back.  This class series will emphasize exercises for gentle stretching of tight external muscles and activation of deep core muscles. Students will learn effective techniques to encourage deeper breathing and simple pelvic floor exercises that can be employed in everyday life. A study guide with the different exercises will be provided to help with home practice.

These classes will benefit anyone who has lower back sensitivity or tightness in the hips.  The exercises we work on are especially good for managing anxiety, high stress and sleep difficulties.

Weeks 1 and 2: Floor postures, isolating deep core muscles, diaphragmatic breathing and pelvic floor awareness. 

Weeks 3 and 4: Standing alignment with gravity, learning how to move towards “pelvic neutral” and deep body awareness. Review, refine and answer questions.

The series begins Monday, August 7th from 6:45-8pm. The cost of the series is $80. Some mats will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own. Space is limited, so book online to reserve a spot!

Upcoming Changes in July

At Five Point, one of our core mission goals is to provide high quality, effective and affordable healthcare services. With this in mind, we recently have conducted an internal audit of our services to make improvements and refinements for your experience at our clinic. We are excited to share some small changes we have made to maximize personal time spent with patients.

Changes in Current Services

We will be reconfiguring all of our current services so that they run on 15 minute intervals instead of 20. With these changes there will be a modest increase in some of our prices. Below is a list of our current services with their price and/or time changes.

  • Private Acupuncture: First visit $95, Follow up $75, 1-hour session, 45 min with practitioner

  • Community Acupuncture: First visit $45, follow up $30, 1-hour session, 15 min with practitioner

  • Herbal Consultations: First visit $45, follow up $30, 15 min with practitioner

  • Cupping and Moxibustion only: 30 min, $50

  • Bodywork: 30 min $50, 45 min $70, 60 min $95, 90 min $145

New Service

We are adding a new 30-minute service that combines acupuncture and herbal consultations in order to allow for more time when an in-depth consultation is necessary. This service will be called Reassessment: Community Acupuncture+Herbal Consultation. It costs $45, and it is designed for the following situations:

  • It is your first time receiving herbal medicine in addition to community acupuncture

  • Your practitioner has requested this extra time due to the complicated nature of your case

  • There is any need for a reassessment such as a change in your case

  • We haven’t seen you for several months

If you currently do both acupuncture and herbal medicine, your practitioner will be discussing with you in the next few weeks whether or not it is necessary to book this new service or if an herbal consult can be conducted in the timeframe of a community acupuncture treatment. Please contact your practitioner with any questions.

Timetable

Over the July 1st weekend, you will see changes to the online booking which reflect our new service times; however, new pricing will not go into effect until Tuesday, August 1st. We will honor old packages until they run out, so we encourage you to buy one in the next couple weeks!

As a community-focused clinic that values affordable, accessible care, we do not take price increases lightly. We appreciate your trust and support and are making these changes in order to provide our best care. Thank you for your business, and please contact us with any questions.

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Birthday Promotion

On May 24th, Five Point turned 3-years-old! We wouldn't be here today without the support of our community including friends, patients, and neighbors. To recognize this achievement, we want to celebrate with YOU for the entire month of June.

In order to say thanks and show our appreciation for supporting us over the last 3 years, we are offering 30% off any one individual treatment during the month of June for returning patients. Just mention our birthday when checking out, and we will apply the discount. We are looking forward to celebrating together.

New Schedule

With the departure of owner and acupuncturist Alex Watkins, there will be some schedule rearranging beginning the week of May 22nd. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will consolidate to Thursday mornings, and Dinah will be moving from Thursday evenings to Fridays. The full schedule can be read below.

Monday: Psychotherapy with Kim and Bodywork with Nathan by appointment

Tuesday: 2-8pm - Celeste, Ryan, Joslynn, and Nathan

Wednesday: 2-8pm - Celeste, Christian, and Emmy*

Thursday: 9am-2pm - Dinah and Joslynn; 2:20-8pm - Celeste, Ryan, and Nathan

Friday: 9am-2pm - Dinah, Collin, and Kate

Saturday: 9am-3pm - Dinah, Celeste, and Nathan

Sunday: 12-6pm - Joslynn, Ryan, and Kate

*Emmy's last day is 5/31, Kim Vachon will resume these hours beginning 6/7

Good bye Windy City; Hello Blue Ridge Mountains!

I have some big news to share! This summer, I am moving out of Chicago to head back to the South; specifically, Roanoke, VA. My husband and I have been discussing this move for a long time, and this spring it all came together. It has been an exciting 12 years in Chicago, and the last 3 years at Five Point have been some of the most rewarding, challenging, and fulfilling to date. My husband is excited to get back to teaching, and I am excited about backyard chickens, being closer to nature, and a slower pace of life.  I will continue to practice Chinese Medicine, hopefully at one of the community acupuncture clinics in the area, and am hoping to work with one of the local hospice organizations for end of life care.

Before I leave, I am headed to France for a month-long meditation retreat under the guidance of a wonderful teacher. I am hoping this time will give me a chance to reflect and transition to a new phase of my life. My last day working at Five Point is May 20th, but you might see me around now and then for my own treatments while I recover from retreat and get ready for the big move to VA.

I will sincerely miss my partners, friends, and patients here. You have all shaped me as a person and clinician, and I look forward to coming back for visits as the years go on. Good bye Windy City; Hello Blue Ridge Mountains!

Intro to Mindfulness and Meditation Class

Five Point Holistic Health will be offering another 6-week Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation course starting Monday, May 1st from 7-8pm. This course, lead by Kim Vachon LCPC, will introduce basic practices of mindfulness and meditation and examine how to incorporate these practices into your every day life. Basic tenets of mindfulness and meditation include sitting in stillness with your breath, practicing gratitude, bringing your awareness to the present moment and much more. Benefits of these practices range from feeling at peace and content with the state of your life, to improving concentration skills to sleeping more soundly at night.

Participation is limited, so we encourage you to reserve a spot online. The series is intended to be taken in full and costs $90 for the six weeks. Please reach out to Kim Vachon at kim@fivepointholistic.com  with any further questions. We look forward to your participation.

International Women’s Day

As a predominantly women-owned small business, we support the equity, justice, and human rights of women and all gender oppressed people. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, we have decided to stay open because we provide self care and healthcare to the entire community, including women, other marginalized people, and their allies.

We are showing our support by donating 25% of our proceeds that day to Chicago Women’s Health Center, a local non-profit that offers affordable and accessible health services and education to women and trans people.

However you choose to spend the day, we stand with you and are here if you need some self care!

March Forth! Support your friends, family, and community

Five Point Community,

With the current cultural and political climate in the world, we have noticed an overwhelming sense of turmoil and instability within our communities. In times like these, it’s easy to focus on this turmoil and lose sight of taking care of yourself and loved ones. As a response, we want to do our part to help support our community, remaining steadfast in our mission of democracy, equality, and inclusivity.

For the month of March we want to bring our community together by offering your “Friends and Family” free treatments.  If you are already a patient or community partner, we want to extend our support to your friends and family with first time free treatments. This includes one 30 minute treatment of either Community Acupuncture, Bodywork with Nathan, Massage with Kate or an Herbal Consultation.

Also, on Wednesday, March 8th, International Women’s Day, our clinic will be donating 25% of all services to the wonderful Chicago Women’s Health Center, who offer a variety of health services in an accessible and affordable way.

So please, join us this month. Take care of yourself, take care of your friends and family, and help us take care of our community!

New Acupuncturist

Five Point warmly welcomes the newest member of our team: Christian Villacres, L.Ac. 

Christian grew up in Washington D.C. in a lively Latin household and was taught from an early age to value a natural and healthy lifestyle.  Following a career in Art and Design, his interest in natural health and longevity lead him to Chinese Martial Arts and Internal Development.  Here he discovered a genuine connection to both his physical body and deeper self.  After practicing and teaching for nearly a decade he was drawn fully into the study of Chinese Medicine.  He graduated from PCOM Chicago in 2016 with his MSTOM.  Informed by the richness of both Eastern and Western Science, embracing both Tradition and Modernity, he strives to help his patients achieve and maintain their highest quality of life. Christian’s treatments focus on stress/anxiety, pain management, digestive disorders and overall wellness. Christian is also fluent in Spanish.

Christian is available for appointments on Tuesdays from 9am-2pm and Wednesdays from 2pm-8pm. He can be reached at christian@fivepointholistic.com.

Intro to Mindfulness and Meditation

Five Point Holistic Health will be offering a 5-week Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation course starting Monday, January 16th from 7-8pm. This course, lead by Kim Vachon LCPC, will introduce basic practices of mindfulness and meditation and examine how to incorporate these practices into your every day life. Basic tenets of mindfulness and meditation include sitting in stillness with your breath, practicing gratitude, bringing your awareness to the present moment and much more. Benefits of these practices range from feeling at peace and content with the state of your life, to improving concentration skills to sleeping more soundly at night.

Participation is limited, so we encourage you to reserve a spot online. The series is intended to be taken in full and costs $75 for the five weeks. Please reach out to Kim Vachon at kim@fivepointholistic.com  with any further questions. We look forward to your participation.

Holidays on the Square

Five Point is participating in the 5th annual Holidays on the Square on Saturday, December 3rd. Support local businesses this holiday season during a day of special events, promotions and activities by Logan Square's small business and not-for-profit organizations. We have appointments available from 9am-3pm, so book a community acupuncture session between shopping destinations.

Five Point will be offering gift bags for gift certificate purchases of $90 or more. Keep the gift bag for yourself or give it alongside your gift card. Supplies are limited, so get one while they last! 

New Bodyworker

Five Point is excited to introduce our new bodyworker, Kate Fruchey, LMT. Kate completed her massage and bodywork training at McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland, CA. While her practice is rooted in Swedish Massage and Craniosacral therapy, she utilizes a wide range of techniques in her sessions, including Acupressure, Reflexology and Tui Na, in order to best meet her clients’ needs. 

As a practitioner, Kate has a deep appreciation for the effect that relaxation and touch have on our health and this informs all of her work, regardless of the techniques she is working with. Her goal is to bring awareness to her clients’ profound capacity for change and help them access their own inherent resources for health.

Kate is available Sundays from 12-6 and Tuesdays from 9-2. She is available for 60 and 90 minute massages beginning Sunday, December 4th. Book an appointment online, or email her at kate@fivepointholistic.com with questions.

Expanding Hours

Beginning the week of October 3rd, Five Point will be expanding its hours! We will be opening new hours on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings as well as lengthening our hours on Saturday

Additionally, Yoga is moving to Sunday mornings from 10-11 am beginning September 11th.

Our new schedule will be:

Monday: Psychotherapy, bodywork, and Tai Chi by appointment only
Tuesday: 9 am-8pm
Wednesday: 9am-8pm
Thursday: 2pm-8pm
Friday: 9am-3pm
Saturday: 9am-4pm
Sunday: Yoga 10-11am, acupuncture 12-6pm

Some practitioners' hours will be changing, so please contact our clinic if you have any questions.

October Promotions

Hey Five Point Community!

October is a special month for us. We are expanding our hours to offer more appointment slots on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Also, October is National Co-op Month, and October 24th is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day. In celebration, we are offering some nifty promotions through October 31st.

First-time patients can receive a free service, including community acupuncture, herbal consultation, or 30-min of bodywork. Click on the individual service links to book.

And we haven't forgotten about our loyal patients who already support us! Current patients who refer a new person to us can get half-off a community acupuncture appointment or herbal consult, limit one per person. Whomever you refer can put your name in their booking note while booking online or mention your name while calling.

This offer only lasts during the month of October, so start spreading the word!

Five Point's Herb Sourcing

We often get inquiries about where our herbs come from.  Patients want to know if they’re safe or if they may contain pesticides or heavy metals. They ask if the herbs are ethically sourced or if we use endangered products. Many of our patients take herbs twice a day for weeks, months, or even years, so it’s understandable they’d want to know what they’re consuming. We take the quality and safety of our herbal products seriously and want our sourcing process to be transparent.

Herbal Medicine Regulation

Five Point predominantly sources our herbs from Sun Ten Laboratories, a pharmaceutical grade herb company based in Taiwan. Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) is a member of the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S), “a non-binding, informal co-operative arrangement between Regulatory Authorities in the field of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) of medicinal products for human or veterinary use.” [1] PIC/S is an international organization that standardizes manufacturing practices and inspection procedures among Food and Drug regulating authorities. PIC/S membership guarantees that medicinals produced in another country, such as Taiwan, go through the same scrutinized testing that they would if produced in the United States.

China is not a PIC/S member, so while herbal products made in China are available for purchase in the US, the safety of many of those products cannot be guaranteed.

Current Good Manufacturing Practices

Sun Ten follows current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), which are regulations on manufacturing processes enforced by the FDA. Adherence to the CGMP regulations “assures the identity, strength, quality, and purity of drug products by requiring that manufacturers of medications adequately control manufacturing operations. This includes establishing strong quality management systems, obtaining appropriate quality raw materials, establishing robust operating procedures, detecting and investigating product quality deviations, and maintaining reliable testing laboratories. This formal system of controls at a pharmaceutical company, if adequately put into practice, helps to prevent instances of contamination, mix-ups, deviations, failures, and errors.”[2] Sun Ten follows manufacturing practices that allow them to guarantee the following standards.

Herb Authenticity

Sun Ten works closely with private growers and suppliers who meet strict standards. They avoid buying herbs on the public market in order to avoid inferior quality, adulterants, or improper additives.  

Safety and Quality Control

All raw herbs are tested for species authentication and the detection of sulfur dioxide, pesticide, heavy metal and other harmful substances. Each batch of herbs is awarded a certificate of analysis and lot number, so it can be traced.

Manufacturing Process

Sun Ten’s medicinals are pharmaceutical grade, meaning there is no cross-contamination and they are safe for people with allergies. Raw herbs are decocted by cooking them in water. The decoction is then stabilized into a powder using non-GMO corn starch.

Consistency and Verification

The final products are tested for batch-to-batch consistency by constituent verification so that all batches of herbs have similar potency.

Other Herb Companies

Since the Chinese Materia Medica contains thousands of medicinal substances, not all herb companies carry them all. We choose certain herbs from different companies based on availability and a preference of taste, texture and desired potency. The other herb companies from which we order, including QualiHerb and Legendary Herbs, follow similar standards in sourcing, quality control and manufacturing.

Local Herb Sourcing

The growing of medicinal-grade Chinese herbs in the US is on the rise, though still in small amounts. These products are not available in the convenient granular form that we sell, only raw. Some raw herb companies such as Chicago’s Inner Ecology source as many of their herbs from local farmers as they can. Some herbs come from as close as Wisconsin, while others from the East or West Coast. Still, most herbs are only available from Mainland China and Eastern Asia where the growing climate is just right.              

Our mission to provide high-quality holistic healthcare includes offering high-quality herbal products. The safety and purity of our herbs are our top priority, and we never dispense endangered plant or animal products. We appreciate your trust and are always open to answering your questions!

[1] https://www.picscheme.org/en/about

[2] http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/Manufacturing/ucm169105.htm

Community Spotlight: Shine a Light on Fertility

Hey Five Point Community!

Our Community Spotlight program puts other progressive local businesses in the spotlight, highlights what makes them extraordinary and commends them for their contribution to our community.

We recently have had the privilege to partner and work with an amazing local organization and we felt compelled to share their story with our community.

Shine: A Light On Fertility

Founded and operated by Katie O’Connor, Shine was born from the founder’s personal journey through infertility. Her experience lead her to want to advocate for others affected by fertility challenges. Shine’s mission is through support, education and advocacy, to create a community, empower through knowledge and be the voice for a proactive approach to fertility and women’s health. According to the founder Katie, “Our goal is to shine light on fertility, get the discussion started, and make sure no one goes through infertility alone.”

Service Overview

Shine is purely funded by community donors, so most of its services are free of charge. Shine offers:

  • Support Services - provide a community to promote emotional wellbeing and one-on-one mentoring through its Fertility Friends program
  • Education and Knowledge - through professional seminars and events to empower
  • Advocacy - for a proactive approach to one’s own health

Current Programs

  • Fertility Friends Mentoring Program
  • Open Forum Support Sessions
  • Virtual Sessions / Podcasts
  • Guest Speakers and Seminars
  • Fertility Fest! (we attended this year, it was amazing) 

Thank You Shine: A Light on Fertility!

We want to simply say thank you to Shine for being such an inspiring resource for support, education, and advocacy for a community in need. Keep being awesome. We look forward to working together for years to come!

Learn more about Shine: A Light on Fertility on their website, and like them on Facebook to keep updated with current happenings. 

Beginner Tai Chi Series

Often described as "meditation in motion," Tai Chi is a gentle form of martial arts that increases muscle strength, flexibility, and balance.

Evidence shows this low-impact exercise has endless benefits to physical and psychosocial health. Recent studies have linked Tai Chi practice to reduced heart disease, insomnia and chronic pain and improved cognitive function and immunity.

The next installment of the Beginner Series taught by Nathan Paulus begins on Monday, July 11th from 5:30-6:30. This 6-week course covers Tai Chi's basic principles, including five loosening exercises, the first section of short form and 4 of the 8 fixed push hand patterns. Once completing the 6-week beginner course, participants can attend the intermediate class on Mondays from 6:30-7:45.

We recommend you reserve a spot online since space is limited. The cost of the series is $80. Up to one class may be missed throughout the series, and that one session may be made up during the intermediate class at no charge. This series is run seasonally, so the next round will be in October.

Please email us with any questions, or ask your practitioner if Tai Chi may be beneficial for your condition.

Anniversary Celebration and Free Day!

On May 24th, Five Point turned 2-years-old! We wouldn't be here today without the support of our community including friends, patients and neighbors. In the spirit of tradition and giving back to those who made our business strong, we are offering a day of free services! 

On Saturday, June 18th from 9 am through 3 pm, we will offer free community acupuncture and 30-minute bodywork sessions. We will accept walk-ins, but we encourage you to book online since spots are limited. Bodywork sessions must be booked over phone or email. In lieu of yoga, Nathan will be offering a free 30-minute guided meditation from 4:30-5 on that day.

It's a great time to bring that friend or co-worker who has always wanted to try acupuncture. Bring your dad for a special Father's Day treat. We hope you'll come celebrate with us!