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Meet Melinda (Lindy) Camardella of Momentum Health Center in Northwest Suburbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melinda (Lindy) Camardella.

Melinda (Lindy), LAc, is a 2011 graduate of the Chicago MSTOM program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She became the Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee at the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce, through which she was awarded the community’s highest award: Pam Stocking Heart of Gold in 2016. She has as served as Treasurer, Vice-President, and Legislative Chair for the Illinois Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM) and recently assumed the position of President. Lindy represents the state in the American Society of Acupuncturists for which she has been chair of the Public Education Committee since 2016. In addition to private practice at Momentum Health Center, she is a part of the team working on integrating acupuncture into the Edward-Elmhurst hospital group in Illinois. Lindy was awarded the PCOM, Chicago “Alumnus of the Year” at the Pacific Symposium in 2017 for her work in furthering acupuncture integration and scope of practice in Illinois. She is also the busy mother of three!

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?
No road is ever smooth and the scenery/challenges along the way enrich the story. The first office I opened under Return to One Acupuncture was a solo practice that I started when I was 7 months pregnant with my second child. Simultaneously, I was working at The Lighthouse Emotional Wellness clinic treating patients with acupuncture. Seeing that being in two places was too much having a newborn, I consolidated to work solely at the Lighthouse Emotional Wellness where learned a lot about working with people suffering from mental illness. It has proven an invaluable experience in future endeavors.

After one year there, I transitioned to my permanent home with Momentum Health Center. Through this, it was essentially starting over three times within the first year and a half in practice. Being able to adapt and change when challenges arise is key in business, especially, in those first years of getting started.

My biggest challenge was also my greatest joy – managing my work/life balance between spending time getting things moving but taking time to be with my kids. It is something that was examined and assessed on a daily basis. There is no perfect scenario, but I find that I at times spend more time with kids if they are needed more attention and other times more in my practice when that needs focus. Truly a daily task to work and improve upon.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Momentum Health Center – what should we know?
I am a licensed acupuncturist and under that specialization, I do acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, East Asian Nutrition consultation. Currently, I also work with a chiropractor who specializes in Chiropractic BioPhysics, which helps to current the root problems of the spine. We are doing spinal structural correction in a way that no other clinic in Arlington Heights does and only very few in the country can do! Patients experience back pain relief in phase one, correction of the spinal structure in phase two and strengthening and stabilizing for long-term correction in phase three. The combination of acupuncture with this specific BioPhysics sets us apart from other clinics. We emphasize finding the root problem and at the same time work on the branch symptoms to alleviate pain and other symptoms will get to the core of the issue.

We are most proud that patients feel like they are family when they come in. If they come in with a frown, they leave with a smile and comfort in knowing that the entire staff cares for them and wants to figure out the solution to their problem.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Work ethic with compassion… to make a business successful, you have to work hard day in and out. It doesn’t mean there are no times of rest because those are just as important to disconnect. What I do mean is that when it is time to work… do it efficiently, enjoy, and with the focus on the outcome of that work and how it affects the greater world at large. Compassion comes in to play when working with patients and listening to them and their concerns to be able to help them to the best of my ability.

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