Momentum Health Center utilizes thousands of years of proven Chinese medicine and today’s most advanced research to help heal and maintain the health of our patients.
Through education, empowerment, and teamwork, chiropractic and acupuncture will provide you with the tools to begin to heal your body. Acupuncture is provided by licensed acupuncturist and nationally certified herbalist, Lindy Camardella L.Ac., Dipl. OM, MSTOM (Follow Lindy on Twitter) and acupuncturist Karissa N. McCallum, L.Ac.
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Lindy Camardella L.Ac., Dipl. OM, MSTOM attended Illinois Wesleyan University where she earned a B.S. in Economics. Entering the business world, she was left wanting more and to have an influence on individual and community health. She changed gears from the world of finance and economics in search of a way to help others return to health and to prevent long-term disease. Her and her husband’s health have been positively impacted by acupuncture and herbal medicine. His Reactive Arthritis from food poisoning was completely cured and her recurrent bronchitis infections are no longer an issue. Graduating with high honors from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2011 after rigorous training consisting of 2625 hours of class, 900 hours in clinic, and passing her national boards (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), she had the best education the field of East Asian Medicine has to offer.
Her commitment to community both on the local and national level has continued to be of great importance. Patients in her clinic are treated like family and friends and she loves both dearly. When not with family, friends or patients, she has been involved in the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce since 2011 and Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee within the Chamber since January 2014. As for her state association for acupuncture, Illinois Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM), she has been a member since 2008 as a student then started volunteering on the legislative committee after graduating. She was elected to the board of ILAAOM in 2013 and Treasurer in 2014. Serving the national level, she has been one of two state delegates in the Council of State Associations to help guide the profession. From this group, she has been the chair of the Public Education Committee since 2013.
Family is still a priority despite other involvements and is grateful for the endless love and support from her husband, John, and two daughters, Peyton and Marley. She loves spending quality time together with family and traveling when able.
Lindy Camardella was featured on the Arlington-Prospect Advice Givers podcast series where she shares her story and the successes she has had personally and professionally with acupuncture. Click podcast to listen to Lindy tell her story.
Karissa N. McCallum, L.Ac has a bachelors degree from Northwestern University where she majored in Human Development and Psychological Services. Karissa is a NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist and herbologist, who graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine- Chicago and has her masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicineʼs Symposium in 2010 and 2011 and studied Chi Nei Tsang (internal massage of the organs), acupuncture for weight loss, facial diagnosis, abdominal diagnosis, food as therapy, immunology for children and more. She spent a year assisting Marie-France Collin, L.Ac, who is known for her use of accessory techniques (cupping, moxa and guasha) and channel pathway treatments. She also studied with Dr. Lixin Sha, L.Ac, who received her training in China. Dr. Sha offers years of experience in treating womenʼs health, pain and much more. Prior to graduating, Karissa spent a month in China attending lectures on the treatment of sports injuries, eye disorders, nourishing life principles and herbal processing. Additionally, she observed inpatient rotations in the neurology, urology, gastroenterology, respiratory, rheumatology and obstetrics and gynecology departments. Recently, Karissa also completed an extensive, two year herbal seminar that focuses on herbology in the ancient texts: Shanghan Lun and Jingui Yaolue as well as a pediatric tui na class.
Karissa recently moved to Arlington Heights and is looking forward to meeting and working with the community. The birth of her daughter last year confirmed her special interests in womenʼs health, including prenatal and postnatal care, pediatrics, balancing emotions and utilizing food as medicine. As a cheerleader for eight years of her life, Karissa feels passionate about encouraging her patients to achieve their goals and offers her support between treatments. She also feels strongly about education and likes to teach her patients how they can contribute to their treatments. Through experience, Karissa has become very skilled at treating chronic neck and shoulder tension, often presenting with headaches/migraines. Outside of school she has over ten years of experience working with children and possesses a certification to teach yoga.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What type of services do we offer?
We offer treatment and/or consultation with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Eastern nutritional counseling and Asian body therapy (Shiatsu, Thai massage, Tui Na).
Is Chinese medicine safe?When practiced by a trained professional, acupuncture is extremely safe. Because the treatment does not involve the use of drugs, patients do not have to worry about adverse side effects. However, there are certain conditions you should notify your practitioner about before undergoing treatment, such as hemophilia or if you have a pacemaker. A thorough patient intake is performed during the first visit in order to determine any concerns.
What should I expect during my first visit?
All new patients are asked to complete a patient information form and health history found online. This questionnaire will include questions about your medical history, your family’s medical history, and your lifestyle. It is a good idea to bring with you any copies of previous tests, lab results and any medications or supplements you are currently taking. The physical exam can include taking vital signs as well as detailed examination of the pulse and tongue, abdominal palpation and facial diagnosis.
When your we arrive at a working diagnosis, we will place you in a comfortable position to insert the needles. After the needles are inserted, you will relax in the treatment room for 10 to 30 minutes. We will then return and take out the needles. After the treatment is over, we may prescribe Chinese herbal medicines if they would be helpful to you.
What is acupuncture? Does it hurt?Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body. Some points will have a minimal sensation but others may have a warm, tingling, radiating sensation.
How many needles are inserted?
Ten to twenty needles may be inserted, although more or less is not uncommon.
How long are the appointments?
Initial treatments last approximately 90 minutes and following treatments last about an hour. It is important to print off paperwork from online link ahead of time or show up 20 minutes in advance to fill out the necessary paperwork to allow for a timely session.
How long will it take to get better?
Most health problems take more than one treatment to resolve. Expect to have four treatments before reassessment. Many problems may require ten or more treatments before significant benefits accrue. Along the way, though, you should see an overall improvement in your health as your main complaint improves as well.
How should I prepare for my first visit?
In addition to bringing copies of any previous medical records and medications or supplements you are currently taking, we generally recommend that all patients wear loose fitting clothing and have something to eat approximately one hour before your appointment.
Do you accept insurance?
We are happy to call and check if you are covered for acupuncture. You will pay at the time of service, but we will happily submit to your insurance if you are covered. Then the reimbursement check will be sent to you.