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My name is Steve. I am 65 years of age and have had considerable experience with medical professionals throughout my life. The medical complications that I was facing in February of 2015 were three: slipped discs, failing kidneys and wildly unstable blood pressure issues. To say the least – I generally felt poorly every day and was quite frustrated in trying to deal with these physical stresses. Here is a recording of my experiences with the health professionals at the Momentum Health Center of Arlington Heights (formerly known as: Advance Health Institute of Arlington Heights, Illinois).
Lindy Camardella L.Ac., Dipl. OM, MSTOM
I was not a stranger to the benefits of acupuncture. Due to my kidney complications I cannot take any medications to alleviate pain – any pain – from a simple sinus headache to the constant pain brought about by slipped discs. So for years I have seen an acupuncturist and have benefitted greatly from his technique. Several of my family members had received treatment from Lindy Camardella and in February of 2015 when I slipped a few discs (again) they insisted that I schedule an appointment with her. I did. Believe me when I say that I was in pain. I could barely walk, sit or lay down. My wife had to drive me to the appointments and I remember it took me around 8 minutes to just get out of the car. Well, I proceeded to see Lindy three times a week. She first miraculously alleviated the intense back pain. Within 6 visits I had regained the ability to walk and lay down for short periods. Although I still could not sit with any level of comfort, Lindy felt I was doing well enough to be introduced to work with Dr. Mike Dziurgot, the chiropractor at the Advance Health Institute of Arlington Heights. I will speak more about Dr. Mike a little later. As I continued acupuncture treatment for my back pain, Lindy simultaneously began treating me for my high blood pressure. Within another couple of weeks my blood pressure numbers began stabilizing within normal ranges. Then Lindy Camardella began treating me to help improve my kidney functionality. In the seventh week of acupuncture treatment by Lindy I had to take my quarterly “kidney test” and the doctor said that although my kidney function numbers had been going down quite regularly – they seemed to be holding. He said, “Steve, you must understand that the threat of having to put you on dialysis is still very real. Yes your numbers are stable right now, but your overall trend has been downwards. Going forward we will need to monitor you more frequently.” I continued with receiving treatment from Lindy for blood pressure control and kidney functionality and did go back for another “kidney test” in three weeks and the numbers were still stable. I continued seeing Lindy for a total of 12 weeks. There is no doubt that it was Lindy Camardella’s skills as an acupuncturist that created a basis for my body to begin healing. I highly recommend Lindy Camardella L.Ac., Dipl. OM, MSTOM as an acupuncturist of great skill and a wonderful and caring health practitioner.
Mike Dziurgot, Doctor of Chiropractic
There are many types of medical practitioners that I have been treated by in my lifetime, but I never had been treated by a chiropractor until I met Dr. Mike Dziurgot. As mentioned above, the acupuncturist, Lindy Camardella, introduced me to Dr. Mike because I had been suffering from a few slipped discs. Dr. Mike, as everyone calls him, immediately put me at ease about being treated. Needless to say, he bent me, pushed on me, pulled me and massaged me all in a gentle way that allowed me to leave each time from his work bench feeling better and better. After a series of chiropractic treatments that extended over several weeks I regained both physical stability and the ability to walk, sit and lay down without pain. The first set of x-rays we took showed the protruding discs. The second set of x-rays we took showed that the discs had just about completely returned to where they should be – in line with my spine. Like with Lindy, I was treated by Dr. Mike 3 times a week for about 6 weeks. My visitations were reduce in the following 3 weeks and I now see Dr. Mike periodically for what he calls “adjustments”. I was also introduced to his decompression traction equipment that helped me gain the ability to comfortably develop a back exercising routine to strengthen my back and maintain flexibility. Does it all work? Absolutely. I can now walk for miles, sit for hours without pain and get some sleep. Dr. Mike has both the knowledge and skill to heal. I highly recommend Dr. Mike as a fine chiropractic doctor who has both the knowledge and skill to heal.
Jadi Engels, MA, CHC, RYT
One day, after receiving an adjustment by Dr. Mike, I asked him if he knew anyone I could talk to about diet because of my kidney difficulties. Well, this is how I got introduced to Jadi Engels. I recall going into our first meeting with some doubt. You see, I had tried working with a few professional dieticians in the past and had never seem to accomplish much. Within about 15 minutes into our first meeting I believed that this woman knew what she was doing. Jadi explained that we would have a total of 12 meetings (once every 2 weeks) to both discuss my dietary behavior and to become properly educated about food. I will admit that the process of recording my food intake was, for me, quite laborious, but Jadi’s constant encouragement to do so made the process possible. Interestingly I thought I was doing a decent job of managing my food intake before I met Jadi. This was not the case. Truth be told I was ignorant as to what I was eating and how it was affecting my health. Admittedly, half way into our sessions, I realized that although I have been a well-educated man, I had a lot of incorrect information about the food I was eating. So as I worked with Jadi on my dietary alterations some amazing things started to happen. I began to have increased energy, lose weight and generally feel better. Now I will be the first to admit that it was not easy for me to make the big dietary alterations I needed to make – but Jadi’s constant encouragement and assistance made it possible. With kidney complications I have learned that diet plays a much bigger role in my general health condition than anything else. One factor that was crucial for me were the glucose levels I had. Jadi really educated me on all things sugar and has literally turned my life around. My glucose A1C numbers went from 8.6 to 6.1 in just about 8 weeks! My sessions with Jadi Engels was ended a little more than 3 months ago. I have just gone through another extensive battery of tests and all my body chemistry health indicators are well within normal ranges. Even though the threat of further kidney complications always remains real for me, both my doctors and I are amazed at what has been accomplished under Jadi’s guidance. In just a little over 6 months, my overall kidney functionality has improved a whopping 50%! The essence of what Jadi has given me was a factual and a lifelong education on the food I should choose to eat and wiser health management techniques. Would I recommend Jadi Engels? Let me put it this way: many may look at Jadi Engels and see a woman of small stature, when I look at Jadi, I see her as a giant among health practitioners. Jadi Engels is a truly fine, compassionate and knowledgeable health practitioner and I highly recommend her.
“So encouraged by the results!”
I began seeing Karissa 3 months ago for migraines. My neurologist had encouraged me to give acupuncture a try – and am I glad I did! In the last 3 months, my migraines have been much fewer and farther between, and Karissa has been diligent in getting that number down to 0. My time with Karissa doesn’t end after a treatment. It’s clear she’s thinking about my holistic health even after I leave – by following up and inquiring, sending research and thoughts, and always being a source of positive energy. Karissa is a close ally when it comes to my health and wellness, and I’m so encouraged by the results.
Karissa has an incredible capacity to heal! Through acupuncture, cupping and massage she has helped me with migraine headaches, abdominal pain, insomnia and my overall mood. I leave her office feeling AMAZING. She is extremely thorough and knowledgeable and unafraid to use multiple approaches when treating clients. Karissa has a warm, friendly and calm demeanor which puts you at ease immediately. She is truly passionate about what she does and her confidence and enthusiasm make the healing process even faster.
“Gentle yet effective!”
I saw Karissa for an acupuncture treatment for the first time this afternoon. I have been to several practitioners and was impressed by Karissa’s needling technique. She is gentle yet effective. I know when I’m with a knowledgeable practitioner when I have sensation in the points that they needle and holy cow did I! Karissa let me relax for a while and felt super blissed out. She ended the treatment with cupping, leaving my upper back feeling like jelly. I sought treatment for digestive and women’s health issues– Karissa knows her stuff– In addition to being knowledgeable, Karissa is super sweet and has awesome bedside manner. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner in the Chicago area.
“Feel immediately comfortable!”
My treatments with Karissa began with the purpose of regulating my cycle following a miscarriage that was difficult both medically and emotionally. Karissa met my concerns with a level of care and compassion that led me to feel immediately comfortable and confident in her approach and treatment. During the course of my treatments with her, not only has she has restored and regulated my menstrual cycles, but she has alleviated digestive symptoms, minimized skin breakouts, and elevated my mood. Once my cycle was back to normal, our focus shifted to optimizing fertility, and within a very short time I was pregnant again. Now our sessions focus on managing the symptoms of early pregnancy, including nausea, palpitations, swellings, heartburn, and more. Karissa is an excellent listener, a thoughtful clinician, and an effective practitioner. I look forward to meeting with her each week as she continues to promote bodily harmony, balance and well-being, throughout my pregnancy and beyond!
“I feel like a million bucks!”
I have been seeing Karissa for a few months for overall wellness. The minute I met this girl, I felt like we had been life long friends. Not only is she brilliant at what she does, but she has a calming and loving presence that truly makes you feel at home (a necessary feeling when you are laying on her table getting poked with needles)
🙂 I wish I could receive a treatment from Karissa every day. I feel like a million bucks when I leave her office. Who knew accupuncture could be such a powerful and natural tool for wellness?!
Karissa is one of the most dedicated, hardworking practitioners I have ever met. She makes me feel so cared for during and in between treatments. She often inquires about my health between treatments and remembers details about my life and work that make me feel great. She tirelessly works on my health issues and shows great concern for me. I highly recommend Karissa.
“I haven’t been sick in months!”
Karissa has been my acupuncturist for about 15 months and she is fabulous!! I originally began seeing her while she was still a student, and was immediately drawn to her calming presence and passion for holistic medicine. For years I battled various stomach, skin, and hormonal issues. It was absolutely horrible. I was in my 20’s, what should have been my prime, but had no energy and felt like I was physically, emotionally, and mentally falling apart. I was officially burnt out to the max. My body was just not functioning like it was supposed to. I attended numerous dissappointing visits to doctors who seemed to never really listen to my issues and just wanted to write me a prescription. So when I finally met Karissa, who seemed to listen to my every word with a genuine open heart, I felt like I was finally going to find relief. She truly takes her time listening to your concerns, keeping a detailed record of your symptoms every visit. Today, I feel like I have finally gotten my health and vitality back! My stomach is a hundred times better – only acting up when I eat like a jerk. My energy levels are way up and I haven’t been sick in months. I am forever grateful for meeting Karissa and recommend her to anyone who is interested in acupuncture and a holistic lifestyle.
“100% better after the visit!”
Karissa is the best! She has done so much to help me with my nagging shoulder and back problems and continues to treat me for other small aches and pains associated with my active lifestyle. Visiting her downtown is always a pleasure because she greats you with the biggest smile and puts you at ease immediately and make you feel totally at home in her office. I now look forward to my treatments with Karissa because I know I will feel completely at ease in her presence and 100% better after the visit. If you have any health problems, contact her today and I promise you will not be disappointed with the service and attention you will receive.
– Jimmy C.
I cannot recommend Karissa highly enough. She has been one of my strongest allies through a number of health issues in and outside of pregnancy. She is incredibly skilled, thoroughly compassionate, and extremely dedicated. She has a wonderful healing presence that is a true gift to her patients. My weekly appointments with her have become the most rejuvenating and centering part of my routine. She is wonderful, I’d give her 10 stars if I could!!!
“Control of my anxiety/depression without having to take any medication!”
I write this review from the perspective of someone who suffers from anxiety and depression and sought acupuncture care for emotional rather than physical ailments. It had been years since I’d done acupuncture and even then I had only gone once. It was an okay experience but I hadn’t given much thought to it after that, until last year when more than a few friends recommended I give acupuncture another try. At the time I was suffering from a lot of stress with work and having trouble managing my anxiety and after a careful search I decided to book an appointment with Karissa. Now a year into working with her and I continue to go weekly, I’ve never felt better! She has the most wonderful bedside manner – she’s warm and compassionate and always makes it clear that her patients’ wellness is her top priority. And as an acupuncturist she truly is so good at what she does. I feel so balanced and have never felt more in control of my anxiety/depression without having to take any medication (which I don’t think I’ve ever felt this good in my life!). My fiancee also goes to Karissa now but more for physical pain in his back and shoulders, he too has had a wonderful experience with Karissa and we can’t wait to see her again for our appointments this Wednesday. If you’re on the fence about acupuncture do yourself a favor and make an appointment with Karissa, you won’t be disappointed. It’s worth every penny
“Marked improvement in me!”
I came to Advanced Health Institute three weeks ago because I was in pain and needed to have chiropractic treatment and massages from someone I could walk to.They did an evaluation on me and within three weeks I have noted marked improvement in me. My sinuses are draining. The exercises are helping my lower back and there have been times where the alignment in my neck and back has already been dead on. I know that when my treatments are done, I will be much better off than when I walked in, if not cured of my aliments.
“I only wished I would have seen him sooner!”
I remember when I got pregnant a year ago, it was one of the most pleasurable moments of my life. That’s until I hit the 5th month of my pregnancy. I was waking up every morning with severe upper and lower back pain. I met with my local physician and he advised me to just rest and take Tylenol. That wasn’t enough. I was still working at the time and just laying down all day was not an option. My curiosity led me to go to Advanced Health Institute. I have never been to a chiropractor and now I only wished I would have seen him sooner. He took the time to explain how his techniques would not affect my pregnancy and made me feel extremely safe. My daughter is now a few months old and I still continue to go there. They help me maintain my new healthy lifestyle.