About Kathleen Barber

Kathleen Barber is a nationally board certified (NCCAOM) and State of Michigan registered Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She received a Master’s degree in Acupuncture from one of the world’s leading centers for natural medicine, Bastyr University and completed both a Master’s in Chinese Herbal Medicine & Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.

Kathleen has been practicing since 2010 and has extensive training in women’s reproductive health, fertility, pediatric conditions, mental health and pain management.

In 2012, she completed a 2 year post-graduate, clinical mentorship based in the Five Element tradition of Chinese medicine with Lonny Jarrett, LAc in Stockbridge, MA. As a Five Element practitioner, Kathleen observes an individual’s specific element type through the external expression of their inner state, addressing physical, emotional & spiritual imbalances.

Kathleen completed training with Robin Green, LAc in Pediatric Acupuncture and is certified in the Treatment of Autism & Attention Disorders, that incorporates both Western & Chinese medical perspectives, research & education in supporting parents & their children in the diagnosis & successful treatment of these conditions.

Since 2013, Kathleen has gained additional training & clinical experience in fertility & women’s reproductive health working closely with gynecologists and reproductive endocrinologists in Illinois, treating women’s health conditions which includes infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), irregular/painful menstrual cycles, menopause-related symptoms, pregnancy, and postpartum.

In addition, Kathleen has extensive training in Aroma Acupoint Therapy with Peter Holmes, LAc that incorporates the use of essential oils on specific Acupuncture points/zones, catalyzing shifts in consciousness & mood. She has discovered in practice, that by incorporating both modalities into patient treatment protocols, that the results have been highly successful in treating trauma, pain & emotional imbalances.

Kathleen was first introduced to Acupuncture & Chinese medicine in 2002, while working as an HIV Case Manager in Chicago. Through a program offered by a local Chinese medicine school to treat individuals living with HIV & AIDS, she witnessed the profound, transformative impact that Acupuncture had on her clients’ quality of life, health & emotional well-being. When anxiety, insomnia & vertigo started to affect her job performance & daily life, she decided to give Acupuncture a try. Within a few months of weekly treatments, Kathleen ceased having panic attacks, sleep improved & was better able to manage stress. At that time, she learned from her Acupuncturist that all were inter-related. She received specific tools & resources to be utilized outside of the treatment room, in which to manage these conditions. As a result, Kathleen became inspired to learn more about Chinese medicine & ultimately, base her career path on helping others experience their own freedom from physical & emotional imbalance.

  • Nationally board certified by NCCAOM
  • Member of ILLAOM, Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Licensed in the State of Illinois
  • Member of AWB, Acupuncturist Without Borders
  • Member of NADA, National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
  • Degrees: MSOM, Master of Science of Oriental Medicine; Bachelors in Nutrition and BA in Anthropology and Spanish Literature
  • Certified in NADA protocol
  • Certified in Aroma Acupoint Therapy Levels I and II
Kathleen Barber


  • Bastyr University 2007-2010, MSA. Master of Science of Acupuncture
  • MCOM, Midwest College of Oriental Medicine 2011-2013, MSCHM. Master of Science of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Bachelor of Science of Nutrition