Clarissa Helton, MSTOM, Dipl.OM., EAMP (formerly called L.Ac.) earned her Master of Science degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in Chicago after her Bachelor of Arts in Holistic Studies from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Oriental Medicine, which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Western medical pathology.
Clarissa received clinical training at the PCOM public clinic during her four year program, as well as rotations in the private practices of two Chicago acupuncturists.
Clarissa practices Chinese-style acupuncture and herbal medicine. She has a passion for treating women’s health issues, and has advanced training in fertility, gynecology and obstetrics with leaders in the field such as Debra Betts, Bob Flaws, Randine Lewis, and Jane Lyttleton.
She is adept at treating pain and sports injuries and has completed an intensive Sports Medicine Apprenticeship with Whitfield Reaves, who has been treating Olympic athletes for over 30 years. Her undergraduate training included an in depth study of Proprioception through the use of modern dance, Fendenkrais and Alexander Technique. She completed a Senior Thesis on how our physical experience shapes our understanding of the world around us and she continues to be fascinated by that mind-body connection from the details of muscle function to the broader understanding of sensorimotor functioning.
I strive to provide my patients with the best possible care in a comfortable, non-judgmental environment. My mission is to help my patients achieve their healthcare goals, at their pace, while helping to promote healthier living within the community at large. I believe in moderation in all things, including healthcare, and strive to provide patients with simple tools for self-care that can be incorporated into any lifestyle. I enjoy discussing the theories of Chinese medicine and those involved in a person’s personal pattern and treatment plan. I am always open to questions and concerns about the medicine, and the process. I find joy in helping patients achieve their goals, and help them heal injuries so they can continue the activities they love.