As a licensed acupuncturist, Hillary strives to understand the full impact that pain and illness has on the daily lives of her patients. By creating treatment goals in partnership with her patients and providing a trauma informed environment to heal she knows that life can feel better. Her areas of expertise are physical and emotional pain management, anxiety, depression, post-trauma symptoms and stress relief.
Her masters in Oriental Medicine was received with honors from National University of Health Sciences. She completed specialty training in hospital based acupuncture at Stroger Hospital of Cook County with a focus in integrative medicine for pain management. She is active with the Illinois Refugee Mental Health Taskforce, Acupuncturist Without Borders and Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center and has worked extensively with various communities in the aftermath of trauma.
Prior to beginning her acupuncture training, she completed her undergraduate studies at DePaul University in Ethics with a focus on community development and environmental sustainability, which helped shape her belief that healthy communities require healthy individuals. Throughout the years she has been involved with countless nonprofit and public sector organizations and it is from this background she became inspired to immerse herself in natural medicine with its holistic, patient-centric and trauma-informed worldview.
When not practicing acupuncture, she can be found getting as close to nature as possible or working on any number of art projects that are in various stages of not being done. Hillary lives with her husband, their dog Ladybird and her feline fuzzy brothers, Bean and Ollie.