The original team at Five Point consists of the five founding and current member/owners. All having graduated with honors from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in Chicago—one of the top programs in the country—each holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Our individual education consists of four years and 3,500 credit hours in such life-enhancing subjects as acupuncture channels and points, herbology, anatomy and physiology, and nutrition. We’re licensed acupuncturists and board certified herbalists in the state of Illinois and licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Each of us has a story of how we were personally helped—body, mind, and lifestyle—by East Asian Medicine, and our mission is to help others in the same way. We’ve individually acquired a unique set of skills and specialties which has enabled us to collectively treat a wide variety of health conditions, ensuring the well-being of all of our clients.
Leah graduated from Brown University (BA, 1997), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, 2000), and the Chicago campus of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (MSTOM, 2014). She continues to pursue advanced training in classical herbal formulas through the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine, and will earn her diploma in November 2014.
She has been a certified yoga teacher since 2001 and continues to lead beginner’s classes at the Chicago Yoga Center.
She enjoys introducing new students to the wonders and beauty of their bodies through yoga, and new clients to the freedom and possibilities of better health through acupuncture and herbal medicine.
As a cancer survivor, she has an intimate understanding of the emotional and physical tolls of living with illness and the potentially intense consequences of life-saving treatment. With Leah you will find a compassionate partner for finding the best solutions for your health problems and an advocate who considers the whole person. Leah specializes in treating individuals with long-term health issues, chronic illness or pain, and those who are suffering side effects from medical treatment. Leah can be reached directly at Leah@fivepointholistic.com.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Celeste graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lawrence University majoring in Music and Gender Studies and minoring in Psychology. An internship at the YWCA's Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline along with her college studies in psychology allowed her to realize her passion for treating psychological issues, particularly those stemming from traumatic experiences. She chose Chinese Medicine as her healing modality because it recognizes the mind-body connection and strives to treat both simultaneously.
While in school Celeste had a variety of internship experiences including Chicago Women's Health Center, Sage Community Health Collective, and Project Vida. She is currently earning a Diplomat in Canonical Chinese Medicine, a two-year expansion of her herbal education, at the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine.
Celeste specializes in psychoemotional issues including depression, anxiety, and panic disorders. Her treatments regulate the nervous system, calm the mind, and address related symptoms, such as digestive disorders and insomnia. She is compassionate, patient-centered, and empowers her clients to heal themselves with acupuncture, herbal therapy, and diet and lifestyle recommendations.
Celeste lives in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago where she enjoys cooking food from her local farmer's market, riding bikes along the boulevards, brewing her own beer, and playing the oboe. Celeste can be reached directly at Celeste@fivepointholistic.com.
Dinah was first exposed to the roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine while she studied Eastern history and culture at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China in 2005. After experiencing the healing potential of acupuncture firsthand after an injury, she changed her education and career path in order to study the practice. During a 2013 trip to Changchun, China, she completed the Clinical Acupuncture Training Program at the hospital affiliated with Changchun University of Chinese Medicine.
While Dinah's focus is general health, she has a heart for the elderly and loves to treat, visit with, and listen to those who have so much to offer from their own vast experiences. Volunteering is important to Dinah. She gave seven months aiding in clean-up efforts after hurricane Ike struck Grand Turk, Turks, and Caicos. Currently, Dinah regularly spends time making and selling fresh donuts at the Oak Park farmers' market. All donut proceeds go to benefit local charities and organizations. She looks forward to using her medical training in both local and remote locations for further volunteer efforts.
Dinah Samuelson lives in Oak Park, Illinois where she enjoys attending local festivals and farmers' markets, getting fresh vegetables for stir fries and flowers for her apartment. Dinah can be reached directly at Dinah@fivepointholistic.com.
Ryan began his professional career working in business after graduating with a dual BA in Marketing and Finance. During his time as a business analyst for small and non-profit organizations in Chicago, he came to understand the need for social justice and ethical standards in business.
While seeking a new direction through yoga and meditation, Ryan discovered Eastern philosophy and Chinese Medicine. He became enamored with the transformative effects of implementing these simple concepts in his own life,as well as their powerful influence on health. His decision to study Chinese Medicine was born from a desire to help others create similar change in their own lives.
Through his extensive training, Ryan has become comfortable treating a wide array of health complaints ranging from chronic to acute illness and has a specific interest in digestive and stress-based disorders. Ryan is also furthering his education by pursuing a two-year Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Medicine, an additional level of specified herbal education, with the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine.
Ryan is an optimistic, non-judgmental, attentive, detailed, and compassionate practitioner. Utilizing a personalized combination of nutrition, lifestyle modifications, herbal medicine, and acupuncture, Ryan provides the support and care needed to improve and maintain health. Outside of clinic Ryan can be found biking around Logan Square, playing with his dogs at the park, or on an endless pursuit of crafting the perfect cup of coffee. Ryan can be reached directly at Ryan@fivepointholistic.com.
Alex came to Chinese Medicine through her own quest for health, beginning her journey with yoga, nutrition, and meditation. Chinese Medicine unified all of those modalities and resolved her long-standing health issues. She was captivated by the understanding of the body as a reflection of the universe. The body and environment are in communication and have a natural ebb and flow. Alex was inspired by the breadth of conditions Chinese Medicine could treat safely and effectively by focusing on the body's innate ability to heal itself.
While in school, Alex treated patients at the Chicago Women's Health Center, a selective off-site clinic where she specialized in women's health and LGBTQ health issues. She has completed a two-year Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Medicine–an additional level of herbal education–with the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine.
In treatments, Alex sees her role as a guide, not the director. She takes time to listen and discuss goals, presents options, and works to create a treatment plan with the patient that is effective and attainable.
Outside of the clinic, Alex enjoys spending time with her husband and her dog, Java.She loves to knit, cook, and spend time outdoors. She volunteers at her Buddhist center, Bodhi Path Chicago. Alex can be reached directly at Alex@fivepointholistic.com.
Collin Campbell, L.Ac graduated PCOM with an extra 2700 hours of clinical experience under the tutelage of two senior professors: Frank Scott, L.Ac, Academic Dean at Pacific College, and Marie France Collin, L.Ac, Department Chair for Acupuncture at PCOM. He was a senior intern in the Chicago Veteran's clinic and was a co-founder of the oncology clinic at KMF Acupuncture. He is the first diplomat of the Institute of Classical East Asian Medicine to be rewarded clinical fellowship. He is also an assistant instructor of the Chicago branch of ICEAM under the direction of his teacher, Stephen Bonzak, L.Ac, and under the mentorship of ICEAM's founder Dr. Arnaud Versluys, L.Ac. Though Collin is a skilled acupuncturist, his real passion is the study and practice of classical Chinese herbology. His areas of special interest are dermatology and men's health issues. Outside of work, Collin enjoys riding his bike and hiking the Indiana Dunes with his wife and dog.
Nathan Paulus uses a combination of Shiatsu, Tui Na (Chinese massage), Acupressure and Trigger point therapy (myofascial structural work) in his sessions. His strong ability to sense and move energy come from long standing Yoga and Tai Chi practice. Sessions usually favor either a deeper connection to the subtle body, or rehabilitating the muscular body and structural issues. The treatments almost always include some form of Yoga for diagnosis, treatment positions, homework and self-care. Nathan is a believer in an individual’s capacity for self-healing, rather than relying on the notion of being “fixed” by someone else. His treatments are designed to improve and compliment the process of self- healing.
Nathan strongly believes in teaching his clients how to care for themselves, how to make simple interventions effective in improving their lives. His treatments are dynamic, and have been described as “half science and half magic.” Nathan is effective at meeting clients with where they are at and working towards a common goal.
Kim Vachon is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who provides therapy to individuals, couples and families. Kim’s areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, coping with trauma, and addressing issues that stem from relationships, work and stressful transitions. Kim holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lawrence University.
Kim’s therapeutic philosophy is based on a psychodynamic perspective and incorporates a holistic worldview where mindfulness and awareness of mind and body help to facilitate change. The focus of her therapy is to bring awareness to patterns that may be negatively impacting the client’s life and to discover how the relationship with others and his or herself influences thoughts, emotions and behaviors. These therapy sessions are offered in a private room and may occur weekly or on an as needed basis.
Emmy Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with over 8 years of experience. She has worked in a wide variety of settings from homeless shelters to a group private practice. Emmy earned her MSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her clinical internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She specializes in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, stress and life transitions.
Emmy utilizes a client-centered, eclectic approach to therapy, drawing from both psychodynamic and behavioral theories. She believes you are the expert on your life and views therapy as a collaborative process between the therapist and client. Emmy has a particular interest helping people slow down and figure out ways to more fully engage in the life they are already living by integrating mindfulness when she can. When addressing mental health concerns, Emmy believes it is imperative to acknowledge the mind-body connection, and is excited to join the team at Five Point Holistic Health, where she can collaborate with practitioners of other disciplines to help individuals on their journey to improve both their physical and mental health.