At Sullivan Acupuncture, our focus is on building a better, healthier, happier you. We identify the root causes that are triggering symptoms, incorporate a plan towards healing the core issues and coach our patients back to good health. When our patients’ doctors have told them they have no other options, we are here to offer another effective alternative. Through respect, compassion and understanding, our patients find their needs heard and their hope restored. Contact us for our free consultation and learn how we can assist you in your journey towards optimal health!
-Our bodies are our gardens - our wills are our gardeners
Heather Sullivan, Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, BA - Nutrition/Biology
Gimlet - Therapy pup-in-training. Sometimes office associate and greeter.
Dr. Heather Sullivan is a Licensed Acupuncturist with a Doctorate Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a previous Masters Degree from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. She is board-certified with the NCCAOM in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy and has a BA in Nutrition from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, completed an internship at the Premier University of Guangzhou in China, is a certified hypnotist with the Wellness Institute and acquired a Biology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Heather has certifications in advanced acupuncture techniques from Dr. Richard Tan, Master Tung, Brad Whisnant and Bob Doane (Internationally-recognized for his Distal Needling Technique and Medical Pulse Diagnosis). She also has completed specialized courses in Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Motor/Trigger Point Release with Matt Callison allowing her to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and internal disorders. Additionally, she completed advanced certification in fertility taught by Jane Littleton. While trained to treat a variety of conditions, Heather’s specialties include chronic pain, fertility/women's health and emotional imbalance.
Growing up, she faced certain health challenges including a family history of clinical depression, a reading disorder and crippling dysmenorrhea. Through these trials, she found healing in yoga, East Asian theosophy and natural medicine. After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison with an Integrative Biology degree, she gave up her free-spirited, hippie-chick ways to enter the grueling field of corporate sales. From there, she transitioned to the purchasing field where she climbed to the highest non-management level in the supply chain department as senior corporate buyer. Despite her success, she felt a growing dissatisfaction with her occupational choices and, through introspection, decided to return to her roots in natural medicine. Given her interest in all things East Asian, Chinese Medicine became a perfect fit and she never looked back.
Heather’s mission and purpose is to form a partnership with her patients to finding the right combination of natural medicine and lifestyle transformations to set them back on the path of healing. She views her patients as her extended family, treating them with compassion and loving-kindness that is so necessary in the health field.
When she is not happily treating her patients or studying her 5000 year old medicine, Heather spends her time practicing qigong, meditating, training her puppy (Gimlet) into becoming a top-notch therapy dog or being servant to her two very selfish, superior-minded cats.
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Heather Sullivan during training in China - 11/10/2009
Heather Sullivan earning her internship degree from the Premier University of TCM - Guangzhou, China - 2009
"Meeting Heather had been the answer to my prayer. After two failed IVF treatments, I was at a loss. I had heard acupuncture helped with fertility and contacted her. After taking a few months of treatment and herbs, I had another IVF treatment and it took! I am so happy to have met her!" - Rachael S
"Heather Sullivan does her homework and is generous with her knowledge.I suffer from Stage 2 Parkinson's Disease and acupuncture has made a difference in my quality of life. I often fall asleep on the table with 20 needles stuck in me. I have recommended this high quality business to friends and will continue to do so! Hours of operation are very convenient for those who work." – Ron T
"Professional. Pain free. Effective. Relaxing. I see Heather regularly for a number of issues and the acupuncture is great! If you are in the NW burbs, check it out. I give two thumbs up and 5+ stars. See for yourself." – Jill D
"I had been getting weekly massage and going to different doctors to get relief for my chronic pain, then I found Sullivan Acupuncture and the results were immediate! Thank you!" -Michael A
"Heather, I just want to thank you for the wonderful work, my headaches and my stress had decreased, almost disappeared since my acupuncture session with you. It was an amazing experience, and I cannot wait for another session. Before my session with you, my headaches were so persistent that I had MRI tests but they didn’t find anything wrong, doctor said it was stress and I had a prescription for the headache that made me feel sleepy and unable to drive…yes, the side effects from the medicine were worse than the headaches. I was really looking for an alternative and then I found you…Thank you!:)" – Vania L.
"I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for Heather Sullivan, for her work as an acupuncturist, and for who she is as a person and health practitioner. Not only was Heather able to help me with her skills as an acupuncturist (when I was in much pain), but she also took a genuine interest in my overall physical, emotional and mental health and well-being. She is a hands-on healer, doing positive energy work with her hands as each session progresses (and the needles are in place). During one treatment I told Heather about my grown daughter (who lives in Charlotte, NC) whose health problems have been serious for years. She has had several surgeries, but traditional medicine has been of little help. Heather suggested acupuncture, but I explained we didn’t know how to find a good practitioner. Heather offered to help. She took it upon herself to search the Internet, to call practitioners in the Charlotte area and interview them by phone as to their specific training and skills. She was able to find a wonderful acupuncturist who within a short period of time has already helped…and who (in turn) found another doctor who has helped Megan with different and better medications. We are so very grateful. I believe Heather is a true healer with a keen interest in being of service to others in a myriad of ways. I’m glad to know Heather as an acupuncturist…and to experience her generous, thoughtful, kind and loving spirit.” – Sara D
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Acupuncture is a centuries-old practice employed by the Chinese to create positive changes in the body through stimulating the patient's neurological and cardiovascular system. Of all medical practices, Acupuncture has the most extensive clinical documentation - dating back 2300 years. For a list of conditions acupuncture treats, visit our conditions treated page. For current clinical studies on acupuncture, please visit http://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE & NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING
Chinese Herbal Therapy has a clinical documented history of over 2300 years. The Chinese have identified over 6000 herbs, minerals and animal by-products that have therapeutic value. There are over 100,000 formulas used to treat numerous disorders. Chinese Herbal Therapy accounts for 40% of the Asian pharmaceutical usage due to it's level of effectiveness and minimal side effects. Heather Sullivan also has a BA in Asian and Western Culture Nutrition. Chinese Herbal Therapy and Nutritional Counseling is currently given to Acupuncture patients at this time.
ADVANCED DRY NEEDLING
FACIAL REJUVENATION ACUPUNCTURE
Dry Needling technique is effective in alleviate chronic musculoskeletal tension and pain. Heather Sullivan, L.Ac, has a Masters Level Education (2700 Clinical/Didactic Hours), allowing her to employ advanced Dry Needling techniques to maximize muscular relief. (Dry Needling will be offered as part of Acupuncture Treatments as necessary or as requested. Book Dry Needling session under Acupuncture treatment.)
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a wonderful timeless beauty technique used by the Chinese since the Song Dynasty (960-1279AD).
It is an effective, non-surgical yet painless way of lessening the appearance of fine lines as well as deep wrinkles, improves muscle tone, eliminates overall puffiness and sagging, tightens pours, moisturizes skin, improves facial coloring, eliminates blotchiness and slows the aging process in the face. For more information, visit our blog or review the below video.
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495 North Riverside Drive (also known as Rt 21)
Gurnee, IL 60031
Hours of Operation:
Monday - 10am to 8pm
Tuesday - 10am to 8pm
Wednesday - 10am to 8pm
Thursday - 10am to 8pm
Friday - Closed
Saturday - 9am to 1pm
Sullivan Acupuncture accepts cash, check and credit card. Insurance, HSA and Flex is also accepted. Please note our office policy of payment upfront for first visit unless insurance benefits are confirmed by us ahead of time. Special note: Insurance websites that list Sullivan Acupuncture as in-network do not take into account the patient's individual plan. The patient still may not have acupuncture benefits, even though that service comes up.