Calandra Center for Health and Wellness is led by our licensed Chicago acupuncturist Teri Calandra. Our company is founded on the belief that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust.
Teri Calandra, L.Ac., RMT, BF
Teri is licensed by the state of Illinois in acupuncture (L.Ac.), and is board certified through the NCCAOM. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and herbology.
She graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine- Chicago, IL with her Masters of Science.
In 2005, she earned her degree in massage therapy from American Institute of Alternative Medicine- Columbus, Ohio. She specializes in Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage that uses acupressure).
Teri graduated with a BA in Dance from the University of Iowa, and danced for over 20 years before finally setting aside her pointe shoes to further her education. Having endured numerous musculoskeletal injuries, and allergies her whole life, it seemed only natural to her to go into Acupuncture as her chosen profession. She is able to empathize with her patients, and she works hard to help them overcome their ailments as quickly as possible. Teri’s philosophy is that it is important to work with all medical modalities in order to offer the greatest care to the patient. Where one medicine leaves off, another picks up.
Teri’s extensive experience and high certification as NAET practitioner are what sets her apart from other acupuncturists or alternative health practitioners in Chicagoland. Her goal is to empower others to help themselves.
Special interests include:
- Gynecological Disorders
- Menopausal Syndrome
- Musculoskeletal Dysfunctions
- Respiratory Disorders
- Digestive Disorders
- Thyroid Disorders
- RMT: Reiki Master Teacher
- BF: Bars Facilitator
- Bengston Energy Healing Method®
Esther Kovacs, MSTCM, BSN, L.Ac.
Esther Kovacs (MSTCM, BSN) is an Ayurvedic practitioner, Acupuncturist, Chinese Medicine Herbologist, and Energy Medicine practitioner in Chicago. She has been involved with holistic health for about 10 years, studying and doing research in Ghana, Denmark, Thailand, India, and most recently, obtaining her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Midwest College. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology from Wheaton College in Massachusetts during which time she engaged in neuroscience research, genome research, and completed internships with emergency care physicians as well as in crisis centers for teens. Outside of college, she also completed internships with naturopathic doctors and worked in women’s shelters. During her time in Ghana, she studied traditional medicine and its use in HIV/AIDS treatment, completing a research project on this topic. While in Denmark, she studied health care systems of Scandinavia and studied medicine in local hospitals. She went on to do intensive meditation study in Thailand and obtained a Diploma in Ayurvedic Medicine in Pune, India after four years of study and internships. Additionally, she is a certified Yoga teacher and certified Reiki Teacher.
Esther believes strongly in finding the root cause for illness and using nurturing practices to bring the body, mind, and spirit back to a state of wellness. She subscribes to the Ayurvedic definition of health as the meeting point between wholesomeness and happiness, recognizing that each individual point for health will vary. Her goal is to work with the patient to create a roadmap to health and work as a team to ensure that the patient’s path is fruitful and sustainable.
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Esther is the newest member of our Chicago South Loop location, will be accepting appointments starting June 2017! You may start scheduling with her in May!