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Meet Jenn McGrath of Points To Wellness in Oakbrook Terrace

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenn McGrath.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In April of 2003, my son was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I was thankful that a diagnosis had finally been made after almost 16 years of him suffering from severe stomach pain when he was stressed. There had been long bouts of going round and round with his doctors searching for a cause instead of a pill and being brushed off. At the same time, my inner momma bear came out wanting to protect her young. The medical treatment that the doctors wanted to put him on had been only recently approved with potential lethal side effects.

I spent hours pouring through holistic websites, forums, clinical studies hoping and determined to find a way to help my son. A good friend gave me a book by Jordin Rubin called Patient Heal Thyself. Jordin had almost died from Crohn’s and fully recovered through nutrition and diet.

Managing stress and a restricted diet helped my son become symptom free and go into remission.

At that point, I was fascinated with holistic medicine and my journey began.

A few years later, I was in a multi-car accident that consequently caused me to have neck and shoulder issues. After almost 2 years of physical therapy, I was still suffering with pain. My husband suggested I try acupuncture. He had read that it could help. Soon after I started getting treatments, not only were my neck and shoulder better but also, I had more energy, slept better, and felt more vital. I wish I had known about this earlier both for me and my son.

I had spent 15 years in the finance and insurance industries after I graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Like so many other holistic practitioners who had overcome their health issues using alternative medicine, I, too, felt the passion and purpose to help other people reduce their suffering and pain with this wondrous and economical treatment.

Throughout my masters program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, I took post-doctorate courses in Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine from Apex Energetics. During my first year in school, I met one of the two remaining disciples of Master Tung. He heavily Influenced and nurtured me in learning the ancient texts and the Master Tung style of acupuncture.

With God’s guidance and the wonderful support of my husband, who took over the household duties so I could focus on my studies, I graduated with my Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine and became Nationally Certified in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

During a post-doctorate class, I met a holistic MD who professed her admiration for Chinese medicine. We quickly became friends, and she invited me to practice in her clinic after graduation.

At the same time, I opened up my own practice in Oakbrook Terrace, which is centrally located with access to numerous tollways and highways.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being a solo practitioner means you have to wear several hats. Trying to manage a work-life balance can be very hard, and I still struggle with it from time-to-time. Since the beginning, I have taken an active part in the local community through Healthy Lombard and the Lombard Chamber of Commerce. The friendships forged and impact on the community make it all worthwhile.

Please tell us about Points To Wellness.
I chose the name Points to Wellness because there are many points along the way to wellness, kinda like the spokes on a wagon wheel.

Most people think an acupuncturist only performs acupuncture but we are trained in so much more, such as herbology and nutrition. Chinese Medicine practitioners don’t treat disease or symptoms, we treat the pattern and the underlying root and restore function to the body.

I’ve been in business over 4 years now, and my practice implements several methods of treatment. The method depends on the patient’s needs.

Acupuncture is not only for pain management but also for infertility, stress/anxiety disorders, migraines, and seasonal allergies to name a few.

I frequently use therapeutic grade essential oils with my treatments. Patients feel an immediate effect. It helps “hold” their treatment between sessions.

I also offer a form of muscle testing for optimum nutrition: Morphogenic Field Technique (MFT) testing developed by Dr. Frank Springbob Dc.

It is an innovative energy signature testing procedure using homeopathic, nutritional, and herbal remedies. An organic whole food and supplement plan is created that will work for you and only you. You can see a demo here. http://morphogenicfieldtechnique.com/resources/for-patients/

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Horses are a passion of mine. My parents sent me on a trip out west to a working ranch sponsored by a barn I was taking lessons at. There were about eight of us, and we traveled via motor home all the way to Wyoming. We each were assigned a horse that would be ours for the week to care for, feed, groom, and ride. I chose a pretty strawberry roan horse. Our group spent nights out on the ranch where it was so dark you could see all of the constellations. We road and galloped all over the ponderosa. It was memorable. One of the funniest times there was when one of the girls fell in the mud, and another one was laughing so hard at her until the girl that fell in pulled her in. From there all of us went in and had a big ole mud fight. Good times!

Pricing:

  • Acupuncture $75-$125
  • Sliding Cupping $45
  • Raindrop Therapy with Essential Oils $120
  • Nutrition Testing with MFT (Morphogenic Field Technique) $45

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Image Credit:
Nick McGrath

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