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Julie Domagalski, L.Ac.

Julie Domagalski is a nationally Board Certified (NCCAOM), licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist who has been in private practice in Northern Illinois since 2009. After working in the pharmaceutical / biotechnology industries for 15 years, both as a research scientist and as a consultant, Julie discovered the benefits of acupuncture and East Asian medicine (EAM) firsthand while recovering from surgery for a torn Achilles tendon. Fascinated by how quickly she was able to get back on her feet, pain-free, she plunged into learning as much as she could about the underlying philosophy of traditional East Asian medicine, while continuing treatment for other chronic ailments.

Impressed with EAM's central idea of treating the patient, not the disease, and its power to help unravel complex, chronic medical conditions (called "knotty diseases" in EAM), she chose to undergo a mid-life career shift in the hope of bringing the same benefits she experienced to others. Julie graduated with a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. She also holds a BS in Plant Biology and Agronomy (applied plant science) from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and a MS in Agronomy (protein biochemistry and nutritional quality in soybeans) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Being a life-long learner, Julie brings a range of skills and experience to her treatments. She has studied TCM (modern Chinese Medicine), classical acupuncture methods, and several styles of Korean and Japanese acupuncture. Julie recognizes acupuncture and East Asian medicine as an art that requires dedicated study and continual practice to master, but she believes in integrating traditional approaches with modern medical theory in order to achieve optimal health. While she treats a wide range of patients and conditions, Julie has a special interest in Women's health, endocrinology, pain elimination, oncology support, and complex, chronic conditions, and she advocates a seasonal approach for prevention and longevity.

Professional Accreditations:

  • Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the state of Illinois
  • Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (includes national board certification in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Asian medical theory and technique)
  • Certified in Clean Needle Technique (CNT) by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) since 2005
  • Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM) since 2005
    • Board Member 2010-2011
    • Membership Committee 2012



Mateo Munoz Ortiz,  LMT, ABT


A native of Mexico, Mateo is a licensed massage therapist (LMT) specializing in Tui Na Chinese massage. He trained in massage therapy at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and then apprenticed with Dr. Leon Chen to learn in depth the specialized techniques of Orthopedic Tui Na. In addition, Mateo is certified in other forms of Asian Body Therapy (ABT), including Thai Bodywork, and has studied Chinese Medical Theory and advanced orthopedic techniques at the Universidad Estatal del Valle de Ecatapec in Mexico.


Mateo’s initial professional career as a hairdresser led to his interested in massage therapy when he realized that many of his clients had issues with chronic pain. He is drawn to Tui Na in particular because of its roots in Chinese medicine, working on both the physical level (muscles, tendons and ligaments) and the energetic level (Qi or vital life force) to enhance the body’s innate healing powers. Mateo has been in private practice since 2009. He specializes in pain elimination and orthopedics (both acute and chronic conditions) and has advanced training in massage for cancer patients.


Professional Accreditations: 

  • Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the state of Illinois 
  • Certified in Thai Yoga Massage (School of Thai Massage, Evanston, IL)   


Professional Memberships: 

  • American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) since 2006
  • Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) since 2013  

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