Kathleen Barber is a National Board Certified Acupuncturist with the NCCAOM & licensed in the state of Illinois. She received a Master’s degree in Acupuncture from one of the world’s leading centers for natural medicine, Bastyr University, in 2010.
In September 2013, she received both a Master’s in Chinese Herbal Medicine & BS in Nutrition from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. Her training includes multiple internships, with the Bastyr Center for National Health (Seattle, WA); Harborview Hospital (Seattle); Rainier Valley Community Clinic (Seattle); the Madison Clinic for HIV (Seattle); The Synergy Wellness Center (Bellevue, WA) and The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine’s Community Teaching Clinic.
In addition, Kathleen completed 250 hours of Community Acupuncture training at Mercy Hospital’s Pain and Stress Center (Chicago) and worked with a team of committed mental health professionals at a psychiatric clinic focusing on integrated patient care that values, supports & facilitates a holistic approach in treating the body, mind & spirit. She is a member of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
In 2012, she completed a two year post-graduate, clinical integration mentorship based in the Five Element tradition of Chinese medicine with renowned author and teacher Lonny Jarrett, LAc in Stockbridge, MA. This facilitated additional studies and experiential training in the treatment of fertility, women’s reproductive health, pediatrics and mental health.
Kathleen was first introduced to Acupuncture & Chinese medicine in 2002, while working as an HIV Case Manager in Chicago. Through a program offered by a local Chinese medicine school to treat individuals living with HIV & AIDS, she witnessed the profound, transformative impact that Acupuncture had on her clients’ quality of life, health & emotional well-being.
When anxiety, insomnia & vertigo started to affect her job & daily life, she decided to give Acupuncture a try. Within a month of weekly treatments, Kathleen ceased having panic attacks, sleep improved & was better able to manage stress. At that time, she learned from her Acupuncturist that all were all inter-related. She received specific tools & resources to be utilized outside of the treatment room, in which to manage these conditions. As a result, she became inspired to learn more about Chinese medicine & ultimately, base her career path on helping others experience their own freedom from physical & emotional imbalance.
In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys reading, travel, cooking and meditation.