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Brian Pendergast

Brian Pendergast

L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)

Brian received his Masters Level Certification in Acupuncture from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. He holds an MBA from the University of IL, Chicago, and a B.S. in Biology from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

When I was 7 years old, I used to draw the human body with energy lines emanating from the body.  In my sports career, I would imagine that I had an inner energy switch that I could turn on when I needed an extra boost for a major sports performance. Inspired by a Bill Moyers PBS special entitled “Healing and the Mind", I purchased a book on qigong and started practicing yoga.  Those practices gave me a visceral understanding of what I felt as a child and allowed me to work with energy flows within my mind-body.  I rediscovered my interest and passion for working with the energetic properties of the body at the ripe age of 39 and became an acupuncturist.

My mission is to facilitate the healing of past traumas and injuries so that people can live fully in the present and create beautiful futures. I have successfully treated low back pain, sciatica, knee pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, hip pain, foot pain, carpal tunnel, Bell’s palsy, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, numbness, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, IBS, insomnia, infertility, TMJ, dysmenorrhea, hemorrhoids, and fatigue.

I am currently working towards my PhD in Acupuncture and my certification in Dr. Michael Corradino’s Neuropuncture system, a groundbreaking approach that incorporates neuroscience into its clinical applications for pain management, orthopedic conditions and internal medicine. I am also certified in Holographic Memory Resolution, which was developed by Brent Baum and utilized after major traumatic events like 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombing.

Having had direct experience with trauma and teaching military personnel, I am interested in serving the veteran community with acupuncture and holistic medicine. I have applied to be a provider with the Veterans Choice program.

My interests include reading, yoga, qigong, mind-body medicine, somatic psychology, and depth/transpersonal psychology as well as spirituality and the exploration of consciousness. I grew up in the Portage Park neighborhood and now enjoy living in Arlington Heights with my wife, Jennifer, and our three children.

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