About your practitioners

A Center for Oriental Medicine  415 1/2 Fourth St, Wilmette, IL  60091    847-251-5225

At A Center for Oriental Medicine, we have over 40 years combined experience treating patients with acupuncture and Chinese medicinal herbs.  While each of our practitioners have their own areas of special interest in which they receive additional training, we then share that training with the rest of the team.  Therefore, all our practitioners can treat any of our patients.  

Jeanie Bussell, PhD, L.Ac

Jeanie Bussell grew up with acupuncture and herbal remedies being her primary medical care. Born in Korea, she moved to Maryland in her childhood. She has degrees in Biology and Allied Health Science and spent many years in western medical setting before starting Chinese medicine program.  She earned her Master's of Science in Oriental Medicine at the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine and her PhD in Acupuncture at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, in China.  

Jeanie is one of the top acupuncture practitioners in fertility support and women's wellness in the Midwest.  Her work with fertility and women's health has been featured on Fox Thing in the Morning and the CBS evening news with Dan Rather.  Her articles have been published in professional newsletters such as Fertility Nurses First.  She is co-author of Fully Fertile - a 12 week program to optimal fertility, published by Findhorn Press and available worldwide.  She regularly presents seminars and lectures to midwives, physicians, the general public, and to other acupuncturists about how to use Acupuncture and Chinese medicine to enhance fertility and wellness. 

Jeanie was the first Director of Acupuncture at Pulling Down the Moon, and was also the Director of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for the Tiffani Kim Institute in Downtown Chicago.

Jason Bussell, PhD, MPH, MBA L.Ac

Jason Bussell earned his PhD in acupuncture from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine after earning his Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine in Chicago.  In his research, he developed a technique that improves memory and test performance; and which reduces anxiety.  Jason is also the first acupuncturist to be awarded and complete a post-doctoral fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he was a research scholar in the Integrative Medicine service.  He also earned Masters Degrees in public health and in business at Johns Hopkins University.  Jason is on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Acupuncturists, is President Emeritus of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and served as Vice-Chairman of the Illinois State Department of Professional Regulation's Acupuncture Board.  He  worked in psychiatry for over 10 years before entering Chinese medicine program. Jason is a generalist, which means he enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions.  His areas of special interest include: Oncology, Psychology (particularly anxiety and memory), Orthopedics, and Pediatrics.  Jason lectures regularly to medical professionals, medical students, university and other students, and the general public.  He has taught at DePaul and Northwestern Universities to pre-med and medical students.  He has published articles in Eastern and Western medical journals, and is author of  the book "The Asian Diet: Simple secrets for eating right, losing weight, and being well", published by Findhorn press and available worldwide.  Jason has been interviewed on nationally-and internationally-syndicated radio programs about his book and about Chinese medicine.  

Lisa Alvarez, MSOM, L.Ac

Following the holistic tradition of Chinese Medicine, Lisa's approach to health and wellness focuses on balancing the body, mind and spirit - often incorporating techniques such as Reiki and flower essence therapy in her treatments.

Lisa believes that wellness is rooted not only in the condition of the body, but in the spirit as well.  Therefore, it is essential that we become aware of the ways our bodies work so we can learn how to take care of ourselves. The key is a supportive environment.  The process is one of shared responsibility between patient and practitioner with the ultimate goal of reaching a more balanced state of being.

Lisa received her Masters' Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.  She is a Nationally Board Certified acupuncturist licensed in the state of Illinois; and holds a Bachelors' degree in Sociology from Beloit College.  Lisa Continues to study Chinese Medicine and supplemental therapies to enhance the scope of her treatments and offer a wider variety of therapies.


We are available to speak to groups-  either to address a specific health concern (for example: how Chinese Medicine can help treat depression); or for employee wellness events to teach how Chinese Medicine can prevent disorders and lower health care costs.  Please e-mail info@acfom.com to request more information on speaking engagements.