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Elizabeth H. Trattner, A.P., D.O.M. is a Florida and National Board Certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture and holds a certificate from the Annemarie Colbin Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City.  Elizabeth specializes in women’s health, weight management, allergies, autoimmune diseases and environmental illnesses.  For the past  fifteen years she has been advancing the concepts of Integrative Medicine, combining her expertise in acupuncture and oriental medicine with nutritional counseling and women’s health. By drawing on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 17 years of training under Andrew Weil, MD and other natural modalities, she helps patients improve and take control of their health and optimal weight. In the spring of 2008, she was invited to attend and participate in a prestigious medical rotation at the University of Arizona’s Center of Integrative Medicine founded by Dr. Weil. She is the only acupuncture physician in the country with this designation.   Elizabeth is a contributing author for several publications and websites on Alternative Medicine including:    Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice by Dr. Leslie Baumann; Ask Dr. Weil at; and

Georjana Shames LAc Dipl.OM CMT is a licensed acupuncturist in Northern California specializing in thyroid, menopause, and stress. Educated at the renowned Five Branches Institute, she is the co-author (along with her physician father and nurse mother) of an integrative medicine book on thyroid and mental health, Thyroid Mind Power: The Proven Cure for Hormone-Related Depression, Anxiety, and Memory Loss. Please enjoy videos and phone coaching information at

Jennifer Dubowsky, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.  is an active blogger and writer, including authoring articles for Acufinder. On her blog Acupuncture Blog Chicago, Jennifer's posts bring information about Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbal treatments, nutrition, and healthy living to professionals and interested consumers.  She also provides updates about acupuncture research and links to the studies.  Jennifer earned her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College, an accredited four-year Masters program in Boulder, Colorado. She received her Diplomate from NCCAOM, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and completed an internship at the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. Jennifer has been in practice in Chicago since 2002, bringing experience and passion to her work.

Mindy Boxer Ph.D., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., D.Hom. has over 18 years experience in Naturopathic Healthcare.    Proper nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, and homeopathic remedies are the tools Dr. Boxer utilizes to allow the body to heal itself and find its way back to balance. She is dedicated to helping her patients find "radiant health and well-being." and specializes in Women's Healthcare;  Infertility & IVF Support; PMS; Stress; Insomnia; Menopause; Hormonal Balancing; Digestive disturbances, Allergies; Healthy Immune function; Neck & Back pain, and Anti-Aging advice.

Trina Lion, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., is an American acupuncturist currently living in Shanghai, China, where for the past three years she has been teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts including nutrition, herbs, and acupuncture.  She has apprenticed in two clinics in Shanghai, practiced for two years in an expat clinic, and taught at Jiao Tong University, one of the oldest universities in China. In December 2013 she completed her first textbook for students describing TCM terminology.  Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, Trina was an educator and literacy specialist who created educational materials for institutions that included the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the American Museum of Natural History, and the New York Public Library, among others.

Vanessa Vogel Batt, L.Ac., MSTOM studied at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and practiced acupuncture and Oriental medicine in New York for several years. Vanessa enjoys traveling the world, and has published articles on acupuncture and Oriental medicine and related health topics for websites and publications in both the U.S. and abroad.

Lori Kelsey,  RN-BSN, DOM, graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College. She specializes in integrative primary care and prevention at SpiritSpring Acupuncture & Herbs.

Ask The Acupuncturist

Q: Every year I get several colds and one bout of the flu. Can acupuncture help?

A: Yes. Acupuncture is very beneficial if you have a cold or the flu. The common cold is the number one reason that people visit their primary ... Read More