BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Salena first discovered the benefits of acupuncture during her former career as a personal trainer and coach in Chicago, IL. She was introduced to the effectiveness of Chinese Medicine through injured female athletes and clients who were steadfastly rehabilitated by the integration of acupuncture and herbal medicine. This sparked her interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine and led her to discover that acupuncture does not simply treat symptoms, but instead activates the body’s natural healing potential by balancing the root cause of a health challenge or disease. This inspired Salena to explore acupuncture and TCM therapies to balance her own health.
Having struggled with chronic gynecological challenges since the age of thirteen, Salena started seeing an acupuncturist regularly. Within three months of her treatments, her symptoms greatly decreased and Salena was on her way to balanced gynecological and hormonal health. Her personal connection to the medicine inspires her passion for treating women who are seeking balanced gynecological and hormonal health, preparing for pregnancy, or interested in integrating acupuncture therapies with western fertility treatments, IUI and IVF. She is passionate about introducing patients to the many benefits of Chinese Medicine and teaching preventative self-care.
In addition to women’s health and fertility, Salena treats many conditions ranging from depression and other psycho-emotional disorders to certain orthopedic disorders. Salena steadfastly maintains that good health is the gateway to a harmonious life. In fact, there is a popular expression in Chinese Medicine that is at the heart of her treatment approach, ‘Where there is free flow, there is no pain.
Salena Hanrahan, L.Ac., MSTOM is a nationally certified Diplomate in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalism by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the California Acupuncture Board. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the esteemed Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in early 2011 with a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Salena was a recipient of the Catherine Helm Scholarship and served as a teacher’s assistant for the treatment of orthopedic disorders during her time there. Salena has since practiced in many integrative settings alongside a variety of doctor’s and therapists including Chicago Women’s Health Center and Whole Women, Whole Health at Mercy Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center.