Caitlin Courtney is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago and received her Masters of Science in 2018. She is also currently pursuing her Doctorate in Chinese Medicine and will finish early 2019. Having personally found relief from chronic health concerns and sports injuries with acupuncture, she is now determined to pay that healing forward as an acupuncturist as Aligned Modern Health.
Caitlin has collaborated closely with Chicago’s Project Vida to provide integrative healthcare to those living with HIV and other autoimmune conditions and has worked within the Pacific College Clinic to treat women’s health concerns, pain, gastrointestinal complaints, stress and anxiety, post stroke recovery, and many more varied conditions. Additionally, she has received certification in facial and cosmetic acupuncture modalities.
Caitlin believes that all people are entitled to empathetic care that is accessible and resonates with them. She treats the whole person and enjoys collaborating with other practitioners a patient might require to provide comprehensive, integrative patient centered care. Her practice specializes in the care of chronically ill patients, autoimmunity, psychoemotional complaints, and pain relief.
Q&A WITH DR. COURTNEY
What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
I am passionate about unpacking complex health concerns. I find that many patients have seen doctor after doctor to no avail. They either feel like they aren’t being heard or they feel like they are not getting the answers or tools that they need to succeed. I strive to properly educate my patients, impress upon them that they are the best judge of what is happening in their body, and find the root cause of their suffering.
I love to paint, stand up paddle board, and above all, travel. My most recent trip was a two week adventure to Israel!
What three traits define you?
Honesty, empathy, and positivity.
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
Acupuncture and art- I love to paint!
What are you surprisingly good at?
Swimming- I was a competitive distance swimmer.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My cat, Elmer.
What’s the biggest proof that you’re good at what you do?
My family and friend’s trust me with their health which is the utmost complement.
What are you complimented on most in your work?
I am told I go above and beyond for patients and that makes me proud. It is my job to make sure that my patients can find a healthy and pain free existence. For that, I will do whatever I can to help.
Do you have any family members or pets to include in your bio?
I have two cats, Elmer and Oliver. Oliver gives kisses on demand and Elmer is super chubby and grumpy with everyone except for me.
Do you have any other passions of personal goals that you would like to share?
I am running a 10k in November. I hope to get my mile time down to 7 minutes.
What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
I enjoy oil painting, biking, traveling, writing, singing, listening to Jazz, cooking, learning new languages (currently I speak Spanish and am learning Hebrew and ASL), and swimming.
Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.
I have synesthesia which means that when I listen to music, I can SEE the music. It is not that uncommon; it is a characteristic that causes senses to overlap in creative ways.