Amy Landolt is the Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist at Northshore Acupuncture Center in Skokie, Illinois. Just a few years ago, Amy Landolt was working in corporate America. She was tossing and turning every night. When she finally fell asleep, she’d wake back up or her sleep was restless. Everyday challenges felt overwhelming: she was on edge. She thought the only solution was to take some pills, but the pills made her feel foggy and detached. A friend insisted she try acupuncture. She thought there was no way that someone sticking needles in her would help. After two sessions she could sleep through the night without any medication.
She experienced several other “side effects” from the acupuncture including mental clarity, less stress, more energy, and resolution of an old digestive issue. She decided to become an acupuncturist to help others tackle their health issues without all of the side effects.
Landolt specializes in helping patients find solutions to common conditions including insomnia, anxiety, digestive issues, and menopausal symptoms.
Amy graduated with honors from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. She is a Board Licensed Acupuncturist in Illinois, and is a Diplomate in Acupuncture certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association to treat patients with drug addictions, PTSD, and other emotional disorders.
What are the scope and responsibilities of your current role?
“I help people feel better so they can do what they enjoy – golfing, running, playing with their grandchildren, or going out for dinner with friends without worrying about the location of the nearest bathroom. I create personalized acupuncture treatments for a client to help her body heal itself.”
What is your favorite part of your daily duties?
“I was a huge Nancy Drew fan when I was a kid – I love solving a mystery. First I gather all of the clues – symptoms the client is experiencing (ie, ringing in ears, digestive issues, sleep quality ), medical history (ie, trauma, supplements) , physical observations (ie, dry hair or skin, ridged fingernails, swollen ankles, bloodshot eyes), and physical exam (pulse, sensitive points, range of motion). I then analyze the clues to determine the root cause(s). Frequently, clients will notice that the acupuncture resolves other issues beyond their primary focus. But what I love most is seeing my client’s smile when they feel well enough to get back to what they love.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“My education prepared me very well for diagnosing and treating a client. However, it did not prepare me for running my own practice. Fortunately, I had years of prior business experience that I can utilize.”
Do you have any advice for people who desire to pursue a similar career?
“Start educating yourself about owning a business. There aren’t a lot of job postings for acupuncturists, so you may need to open your own practice. You can’t run a successful practice just by being a good healer – you also need strong business management skills.”
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