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Acupuncture is based on the principle that there are energetic (Qi) pathways, or channels, throughout the body that influence associated internal organs and structures. Energy from these pathways surfaces at various points on the body, identified as acupuncture points. Each of these acupuncture points serves as a tunnel, or access route, to the deeper circulatory channels within. Extremely fine gauge needles are inserted at selected areas, stimulating these points and thereby activating the body’s natural healing abilities.

Acupuncture is a safe, natural, effective and enjoyable way to treat a variety of conditions and promote well-being:

  • Women’s issues, including painful periods, menopause, infertility and other gynecological issues.
  • Chronic pain, especially joint and muscle pain, arthritis, as well as headaches and other discomforts.
  • Fatigue, including chronic fatigue syndrome, or a general feeling of being down.
  • Mood, de-stress, stabilize anxiety, manage depression or combat addictions naturally.
  • Immunity & Digestion, boost your body’s natural defenses.  Acupuncture can also aid in weight loss and craving reduction.
  • Most chronic conditions such as allergies, asthma, and more respond extremely well to acupuncture.
  • Most conditions that respond to drug treatment, respond even better to acupuncture and Chinese herbs – without side effects. However, we insist on partnering with your doctor to determine a proper course of treatment. Some medications need special care and planning.

Treatments begin with a thorough history and examination.  Your acupuncturist will spend time getting a complete picture of your health and lifestyle, in an effort to treat your whole person not just the symptoms of your condition.  Typically acupuncture treatments are given once a week.  If the condition is acute and painful, treatments may be given 2-3 times per week until symptoms start to come under control.  The exact duration of treatment depends on your basic level of health, and how well you respond to treatment.

Acupuncture is essentially painless. The most common sensation that is felt is a small ‘mosquito bite’ feeling as the needle is inserted into the skin, followed by a dull ache as the needle is brought to the proper depth. This sensation typically fades and patients report a deep sense of relaxation.

“When there is flow, there is no pain. When there is pain, there is no flow.” Ancient Chinese Adage


Dr. Susan Sterling, Acupuncturist – Dr. Sterling D.N., L. Ac., MSOM grew up in Chicago and graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Her graduate studies led to a Doctor of Naprapathy degree from the National College of Naprapathic Medicine and both a Bachelor’s in Nutrition and a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine — all with high honors.

She is licensed and Board-certified in Acupuncture and Naprapathy.  Dr. Susan Sterling practices complementary medicine, believing strongly that effective treatment of illness and injury comes from many sources. Dr. Sterling operates on the premise that if you give your body the right environment it will know how to heal itself. Her mission is to help patients understand and act on this fundamental truth.

Dr. Kalli Prater, Chiropractic Physician – Dr. Kalli is a Michigan native and began her collegiate career at Central Michigan University where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine in 2007. Dr. Prater learned many athletic and Kinesiotaping techniques as well as soft tissue work during this time. During her education at Central Michigan Dr. Prater had the opportunity to complete her internship with the United States Marine Corp. stationed in Camp Pendleton California where she was able to help young Marine’s complete their basic training by providing on site medical coverage and therapeutic functional rehabilitation.

Dr. Prater started her professional career at the National University of Health Sciences where she earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine and Acupuncture Certificate in 2012. During her education Dr. Prater discovered the path to obtaining a Diplomate degree in Internal Medicine from the Council on Diagnosis and Internal Disorders through the American Board of Chiropractic Internists. Dr. Prater’s specialized training and education has been focused on the natural alternatives to Women’s Health including gynecology, infertility and nutrition. Dr. Prater believes finding and treating the cause to illness is the key to success for each patient. Dr. Prater believes in healing the person as a whole and empowering her patients to make their own healthy lifestyle choices with a compassionate, individualized and hands on approach.

Dr. Emily Loveland, Chiropractic Physician began her collegiate career at Grand Valley State University just outside of Grand Rapids, MI were she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 2000.  While at GVSU, she completed the athletic training program which qualified her to sit for the National Athletic Trainer’s Examination.  For the next two years she provided health care services, as the head athletic trainer, to the student/athletes of Cascade High School and Middle School in Clayton, IN.  In June of 2002, Dr. Loveland completed massage therapy training at the Midwest Academy of Healing Arts in Brownsburg, IN.  She has since worked in the spa setting, specializing in Swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue, prenatal, and hot stone massage.

Dr. Loveland received a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from the National University of Health Sciences in 2006.  While attending chiropractic school, she received certification to perform acupuncture, Graston technique, and Kinesiotaping.  She has also attended numerous continuing education courses in rehabilitation and nutritional therapies.  Dr. Loveland prides herself on providing her patients with compassionate, individualized hands on care that focuses on wellness of the body, not just treatment of the symptoms.

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