Christie S. Kern, L.Ac., MSOM, B.S. Nutrition
Christie Kern earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (MCOM) in Racine, Wisconsin. After providing in-home acupuncture in Harrisburg, PA, and working in a traditional one patient per hour acupuncture clinic, she returned to her hometown, Racine. Upon her return she opened her dream clinic, Racine Community Acupuncture. Revolutionary in design, this community-style acupuncture clinic is part of a national movement. Community acupuncture offers affordable, effective treatments in a living room setting, with soft music in the background as patients relax in a reclining chair. “Working in a group not only reduces the cost of each treatment,” she explained, “It brings a greater concentration of healing energy to each patient. It’s like comparing a solo singer to a choir.”
Christie has helped patients find relief from conditions ranging from the Common Cold, Low Back Pain, Crohn’s Disease and Sciatica to Acne, Sinusitis, Prolapsed Uterus, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), Depression and Anxiety. She’s found that many people believe acupuncture is only for pain relief. However, acupuncture treats everything. “This medicine is simple, elegant and flexible,” she explained. “And it’s personal. If ten patients came with the same Western medical diagnosis of, say, migraine headaches, chances are they’d each have a different acupuncture treatment.”
Christie graduated with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. As part of her undergraduate education, she studied at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad. During this program, she started learning about traditional medicine among various cultures. Eventually, Christie ventured into the realm of Traditional Chinese Medicine, while trying to resolve her own back pain. Barely able to stand, she gratefully accepted acupuncture from a friend. That night, she went dancing. By the end of that same year, she began her studies at MCOM.