Meet Our Team
Palmgren Acupuncture opened its doors in 2013. Since then, we have proudly called Oak Park home. We’re fired up about healing the world with Traditional Chinese Medicine. We’re passionate to encourage as many people as possible to try acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and therapeutic massage. We’re motivated by our mission to prevent unnecessary surgeries and medications so people can live longer and fuller lives.
We give back to the community by regularly volunteering at local non-profits.
Lynn Palmgren-Arestopoulos, LAc., Dipl. OM, MSTOM, JD
Founder, Co-Owner, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Licensed Acupuncturist, Nationally Board-Certified Chinese Herbalist
Lynn has helped hundreds of people improve their health naturally with Chinese medicine. Her goal is to help her patients feel good again. Lynn works with her patients as a team to create the right treatment plan for them. She specializes in acupuncture for pain management (especially hip and back pain), insomnia, and neuropathy.
Lynn holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science in Chicago, Illinois; a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa; and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She is licensed by the State of Illinois to practice acupuncture. Lynn is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
She was first introduced to acupuncture by a friend. Experiencing insomnia since Lynn was a small child, she was open to trying a more natural remedy. She was skeptical at first. However, after two weeks of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, Lynn was finally sleeping through the night. She was pleased with the results.
After working as an attorney for several years, Lynn was ready for a change of pace and decided to take her career path in another direction: health. Her experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine attracted her to a career in acupuncture. Since enrolling at Pacific College, she has made it her mission to make acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine more mainstream.
In addition to over 3500 hours of classroom and clinical training and experience, she has received specialized training in orthopedic acupuncture/motor point needling as created and developed by Matt Callison, LAc. Lynn also has specialized training in abdominal massage and facial diagnosis.
One month after graduating from Pacific College, she founded Palmgren Acupuncture in downtown Oak Park in 2013. Lynn is active in the community. She serves as the Vice President of the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce. Lynn is also a co-chair on the Chamber’s Membership Committee. She also teaches continuing education classes to licensed acupuncturists on the topics of practice management and ethics. Outside of the clinic, Lynn enjoys reading fiction, dancing, meditating, and spending time with her family.
Lynn lives with her husband Nick and their son in Oak Park.
“One of the Most Compassionate Practitioners I’ve Ever Worked With”
I’ve been seeing Lynn for acupuncture for over a year and she is one of the most compassionate practitioners I’ve ever worked with. She is also one of the best listeners I’ve ever encountered and that skill informs her how to best help her clients. Her vast knowledge of Chinese medicine, peaceful aura and sense of humor make her an exceptional practitioner.
-Danielle, Oak Park, IL
Nick Arestopoulos, LAc., Dipl. OM, MSTOM
Director, Co-Owner, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Licensed Acupuncturist, Nationally Board-Certified Chinese Herbalist
Nick encourages patients to make their health a priority. His goal is to inspire people to be the best version of themselves. Nick works closely with patients to design a course of effective treatment. He specializes in acupuncture for pain management (especially shoulder and back pain), anxiety and depression.
Nick holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science in Chicago, Illinois and a Bachelor’s degree in history from University of Illinois-Chicago. He is licensed by the State of Illinois to practice acupuncture and is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine certified through NCCAOM.
He was first introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine when he was injured during a Judo class. At the time, Nick was teaching English classes to children in Korea. He received acupuncture and recovered quickly from his injury. Looking for a change in career upon his return to the U.S., he remembered how powerful the medicine was and enrolled at Pacific College. Since that time, he has been committed to helping prevent unnecessary medications and surgeries.
In addition to over 3500 hours of classroom and clinical training and experience, Nick has specialized training in Richard Tan’s Balancing Method, Kiiko Matsumoto’s Japanese palpation techniques, Five Element Theory (J.R. Worsley), and orthopedic acupuncture/motor point needling techniques. He received specialized training in Primal Reflex Release Technique developed by physical therapist John F. Iams.
In his free time, Nick enjoys studying and practicing karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the area. He also teaches a weekly self-defense course based upon jiu jitsu in Forest Park. In addition, he is an active member of the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce and volunteers his time there.
Nick lives with his wife Lynn and their son in Oak Park.
“I Spell Relief: Nikolas Arestopoulos.”
Thanks to Nikolas Arestopoulos’ perceptive acupuncture technique I no longer endure physical distress. After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis, Mr. Arestopoulos’ treatment and counseling have given me renewed flexibility and energy. I recommend his acupuncture modality to everyone seeking freedom from pain.
-Edward L., Chicago, IL
Ariel Donofrio, LAc., Dipl. OM, MSTOM
Associate, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Licensed Acupuncturist, Nationally Board-Certified Chinese Herbalist
Ariel enjoys working with her patients and helping them achieve their goals. Her goal is to help them lead a more balanced life. Her philosophy is that she and her patients form a team and work in the same direction. Ariel specializes in pain management, gastrointestinal concerns and anxiety/depression.
She holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science in Chicago, Illinois. She also has an Associate of Science degree from College of Southern Nevada in Marketing, Merchandising and Retail Management. She is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine certified through the NCCAOM and has an acupuncture license through the State of Illinois. Ariel has specialized training in Japanese-style meridian theory as well as orthopedic acupuncture/motor point needling.
On her days off, she loves being outside and enjoys how beautiful Oak Park is. Ariel and her husband are big hockey fans and enjoy seeing hockey games live
Kholood El-Helo, DACM, LAc., Dipl. OM, MSTOM, RN
Associate, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Licensed Acupuncturist, Board-Certified Chinese Herbalist
Kholood comes from a family immersed in the healthcare field and has been working as a Registered Nurse (RN) for 10 years. She was inspired to study acupuncture when a family member became ill and needed more care than what was provided. After witnessing such positive effects with acupuncture treatments, Kholood decided to study Oriental medicine and incorporate acupuncture.
What she enjoys most about being an acupuncturist is the versatility of the medicine and the ability to focus on each patient as an individual. Her philosophy of patient-centered care is to make achieving optimal health a priority. Kholood is committed to helping people make the necessary adjustments to achieve and maintain optimal health. Her specialties are pain management, gastrointestinal concerns, and weight loss.
Kholood holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science in Chicago, Illinois. She studied at City Colleges of Chicago to become a RN and has a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Northeastern Illinois University. She is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine certified through the NCCAOM and is licensed by the State of Illinois to practice acupuncture. Kholood has specialized training in orthopedic acupuncture/motor point needling.
She belongs to the American Nurses Association and the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Kholood spends her free time in nature at every opportunity. An avid reader, she loves to keep up with the latest developments in alternative and Western health care modalities.
Monika Gunder, LMT
Monika enjoys working with clients to improve their health and increase their sense of well-being. She loves giving her clients tools and resources to help with the healing process. Her philosopy is massage is a necessary form of wellness. Her goal in life is to heal the world one client at a time through touch.
Monika offers in Swedish/relaxation, deep tissue, sports massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy. She attended the Soma Institute in Chicago and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2013. Monika is licensed in the state of Illinois and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Services from Clayton State University in Marrow, Georgia.
When Monika is outside of the clinic, she enjoys travel and has been to several countries and 5 continents. She is also a foodie and loves to eat. Monika has also volunteered at homeless shelters, youth centers and battered women shelters. She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars.
Associate, Licensed Massage Therapist
Evie loves working with clients to create a relaxing and therapeutic experience. She listens closely to her clients and assesses their posture and gait to see what they need. Her focuses include relaxation/stress reduction and helping people with hips, neck and feet concerns.
Evie blends the different techniques she’s learned over the years - Swedish/relaxation massage, deep tissue, integrated reflexology and functional movement techniques - into her sessions. She customizes each massage to fit the client’s needs and preferences.
Evie graduated from the Soma Institute in Chicago and has practiced massage for several years. She is licensed in the state of Illinois and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Evie is also a registered certified yoga teacher and loves practicing and teaching yoga. She is a member of Yoga Alliance.
In her free time, Evie enjoys hiking, canoeing, biking and painting.
“Evie Is by Far the Best Massage Therapist I Know.”
As a sufferer of lower back pain and a sporty lifestyle, regular massage is very important to me and the skill of the therapist is paramount. She has been providing me massages for the past 10 years, every two weeks. I haven’t missed many appointments over the years, but the appointments I have missed it was apparent to my body that Evie did not massage that week. She is one of the most professional therapists and she provides deeply remedial treatment as well as a very holistic and relaxing experience that I highly recommend.
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