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Jeanie and Jason recently became two of the first American's ever to earn a PhD acupuncture at the top acupuncture university in the world, the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. Prior to this they each earned their Master’s Degree of Oriental Medicine (MSOM) with honors from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.  Their study included  acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and Tuina (Chinese massage). In their Master's program they each completed an Advanced Course of Study and clinical internship at Ghuangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China.  Each is licensed in Illinois and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental acupuncture and herbology.  They have extensive experience working in Western Medical settings and will work with your physician to address your concerns.  

Each of them has their own areas of special interest in which they receive special training. After receiving the training, the Bussell’s cross-train each other in the techniques and skills used, allowing them to share their specialties.

Jason Bussell

Jason Bussell is the first American to receive a PhD in acupuncture from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine.  In his research, he developed a technique that improves memory and test performance; and which reduces anxiety.  Jason is President Emeritus of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is Vice-Chairman of the Illinois Government's Board of Acupuncture.  He grew up in Wilmette, in a family of physicians. He earned a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Psychology at Depaul University and studied Pre-Med at Loyola. He has worked in psychiatry for over 10 years. Jason is a generalist, which means he enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions.  His areas of special interest include: Oncology, Sports Medicine, and Pediatrics. Jason lectures regularly to medical professionals, medical students, university and other students, and the general public.  He is an adjunct professor at DePaul University in Chicago.  He has published articles in Eastern and Western medical journals, and is author of  the book "The Asian Diet: Simple secrets for eating right, losing weight, and being well", published by Findhorn press and available worldwide.  Jason has been interviewed on nationally-and internationally-syndicated radio programs about his book and about Chinese medicine.  Follow Jason's blog at or at

Jeanie Bussell

Jeanie Bussell grew up with Oriental medicine being her primary medical care. Born in Korea, she moved to Maryland in her childhood. She has degrees in Biology and Allied Health Science and spent many years in western medical setting before entering Oriental Medical school.

Jeanie is one of the top fertility acupuncturists in the Midwest.  In earning her PhD, she developed a new approach to using acupuncture to address fertility.  She has helped thousands of couples conceive.  Her work with fertility and women's health has been featured on Fox Thing in the Morning and the CBS evening news with Dan Rather.  Her articles have been published in professional newsletters such as Fertility Nurses First.  She is co-author of Fully Fertile - a 12 week program to optimal fertility, published by Findhorn Press and available worldwide.  She travels around the country and the world to study with masters in the field.  She gives seminars to midwives, the general public, and to other acupuncturists about how to use Oriental medicine to enhance fertility. 

Jeanie was the first Director of Acupuncture at Pulling Down the Moon, and was also the Director of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for the Tiffani Kim Institute in Downtown Chicago. 


Lisa Alvarez

Following the holistic tradition of Oriental Medicine, Lisa's approach to health and wellness focuses on balancing the body, mind and spirit - often incorporating techniques such as Reiki and flower essence therapy in her treatments.

Lisa believes that wellness is rooted not only in the condition of the body, but in the spirit as well.  Therefore, it is essential that we become aware of the ways our bodies work so we can learn how to take care of ourselves. The key is a supportive environment.  The process is one of shared responsibility between patient and practitioner with the ultimate goal of reaching a more balanced state of being.

Lisa received her Masters' Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.  She is a Nationally Board Certified acupuncturist licensed in the state of Illinois; and holds a Bachelors' degree in Sociology from Beloit College.  Lisa Continues to study Oriental Medicine and supplemental therapies to enhance the scope of her treatments and offer a wider variety of therapies.

Paul Gourgeuchon

Paul Gourguechon is a State of Illinois Certified Acupuncturist and a nationally Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist. His interest in Chinese culture began at the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree focused on Asian Studies.

Paul became interested in Chinese Medicine while teaching English and studying Mandarin in Taiwan. He was trained at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he earned a Master of Oriental Medicine degree. He continued his studies at the Chengdu University Hospital in Sichuan, China, specializing in pain management and internal medicine.  Paul has served as an instructor and student clinic supervisor at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver.  He has 15 years of professional experience and currently practices in Chicago.



We are available to speak to groups-  either to address a specific health concern (for example: how Chinese Medicine can help treat depression); or for employee wellness events to teach how Oriental Medicine can prevent disorders and lower health care costs.  Please e-mail to request more information on speaking engagements.

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The address for A Center for Oriental Medicine is 415 1/2 Fourth Street, Wilmette, Illinois 60091. The Phone number is 847-251-5225 and the fax number is 847-251-5456.

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