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Learn about A Touch of Ginger’s team:
Lead Acupuncturist & Herbalist, Owner, Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc), Board Certified Herbalist, Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (DOM), Diplomate of Canonical Chinese Medicine (DCCM), and Clinical Fellowship with the Institute of East Asian Medicine (FICEAM)
Ginger Michels, LAc, has devoted her life to helping others find physical and emotional health through acupuncture and herbal medicine. She is a licensed acupuncturist and board-certified Herbalist with a passion for healing and health through Chinese Medicine. As a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (OM), Ginger earned the distinguished Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). As a Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Medicine (DCCM), her patients can rest assured she has the expertise, education and exceptional commitment to serving her patients. In addition, Ginger holds a Bachelor of Science degree from National Lewis University and earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Aurora University.
Ginger is a compassionate healer, who encourages her patients to be active participants in identifying and understanding their health concerns, in addition to taking steps to make positive changes in their lives to accomplish healing and maintain health.
Ginger is family-focused and loves spending time with her husband and two children. They enjoy being in nature and make time for walks, bike rides and picnics in the forest.
Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) and Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc)
Michaela McClintock, LAc, DAc, has been studying East Asian Medicine for more than four years and is an alumni of Pacific College of Health and Science. After serving in the U.S. Air Force for eight years, Michaela decided to take her passion for service into the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Earning her Doctorate of Acupuncture in Chicago, IL with the top accredited school in the state, she studies with teachers and practitioners from around the world whose combined expertise and experience uniquely prepare her and her fellow graduates to provide exceptional healthcare. Michaela’s training enables her to create a safe, personalized and effective treatment plan for each of her patients as well as coordinate care with an existing healthcare team. She uses acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, nutrition and lifestyle modification to optimize her patients’ health and well-being. East Asian medicine is an exceptional tool for a wide range of acute and chronic health concerns and Michaela’s training makes her an exceptional ally for those seeking to improve or maintain their quality of life and state of health.
Michaela is obsessed with her dogs, idolizes her nephews and niece, and loves getting lost in the woods or hitting the bike trails. She talks to her plants, puts spiders out in the garden and howls at the moon.
Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc), Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM), Diplomate of Canonical Chinese Medicine (DCCM), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Registered Pharmacist (RPh), Intern
Patty Jones, LAc, MSTOM, Dipl. OM, DCCM, PharmD., RPh studied East Asian medicine for four years and earned a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Health and Sciences. Patty received additional training in herbology (DCCM) from the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine. In addition, Patty has a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from University of Illinois at Chicago and is a registered pharmacist (RPh).
Patty has had the desire to help others be healthy since she was 8 years old and interviewed a pharmacist while working on a Girl Scout career badge. After graduating from pharmacy school, she began working in a retail pharmacy, dispensing medications and advice to her patients. She had achieved her goal to help others and was happy doing so.
Over the last decade, Patty’s belief of what was “healthy” had changed. She learned there were more natural ways to maintain her (and her patient’s) health that did not include pharmaceuticals. Her research eventually led her to Ginger Michels to try acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. As a result of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, improvements in her health allowed her to discontinue some of her medications. Patty was excited to share the wellness she discovered with her patients but felt constrained in the environment of the pharmacy. After 26 years as a retail pharmacist, she decided to retire from the profession of pharmacy and go to school to become an acupuncturist and herbalist. She is excited to begin helping others achieve the wellness and good health that started her on this journey, and to share what she has learned so all her patients can lead a better, more healthy life.
When not working, Patty enjoys walking through the forest, listening to music and reading. She has also recently added regular meditation practice to her life. She and her husband enjoy spending time traveling and going to movies.
Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) and Doctor of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (DACM), and Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) , Intern
Anjalee Patel, LAc, DACM, Dipl. OM, PTA, has been studying East Asian medicine for a little over four years and has a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science. Additionally, she has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Morton College. She also has been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant since 2015 and is still practicing today.
Anjalee’s passion for East Asian Medicine started five years ago when she was experiencing migraines, dizzy spells and extreme fatigue. She was told by medical professionals that they cannot find out what was causing these symptoms. Her cousin mentioned acupuncture and herbal medicine to her, specifically, about Ginger Michels and how much she helped him. She went to Ginger for help and the rest is history. During her own healing journey and schooling, she discovered that she wants to provide a safe and peaceful space for people to receive the help they want. She also believes that her diverse background encourages her to be open and empathetic when healing others, which she believes is remarkably important. Anjalee uses acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Guasha, herbal medicine, lifestyle modification, exercises and nutrition to provide a whole-body approach to healing.
Anjalee has a daughter, a dog, a parrot and a husband that she cannot imagine her life without. She enjoys various types of music, movies and shows, but would rather take a long Epsom salt bath while listening to some sounds of nature and doing some breath work. She is still waiting for her acceptance letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Andrea has been working at A Touch of Ginger since 2013. She believes in the value of acupuncture and has embraced alternative healing methods since a young age. Through her work, Andrea has been trained about the different uses and effects of Chinese herbs to assist patients with general questions.
Andrea is married and has four children. She enjoys spending time with family, reading and the outdoors.
Karen has been working at A Touch of Ginger since 2016. She has always had a holistic approach to her own health and wellness, so her career aligns with that belief as “a perfect fit.”
Karen is married with three children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoors. Her hobbies include running, dancing, travel and reading. She also volunteers regularly at a women’s shelter.