About Our Clinic
Opened her acupuncture practice, in 2010 after earning her L.Ac. degree from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. Her Master Level Certificate in Acupuncture includes over 1900 hours of clinic training and experience.
She also has nursing and physical therapy degrees earned in her home country, Bosnia. She incorporates both Eastern and Western medical philosophies in her treatment plans.
Leila Fazlicic’s story is an empowering one. She began her nursing career during the war in Bosnia. She worked in an improvised hospital in the Eastern part of Mostar, a war-torn city in Bosnia. She developed an interest
in healing and treating pain management while nursing severely wounded patients. This led to earning a Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Sarajevo, Department of Physical Therapy. Her goal was to learn as
much as possible to help patients achieve pain free movement and live their life to the fullest.
Meet Leila Fazlicic, L. Ac.
Leila has been treating patients in her clinic, Acupuncture in Chicago since 2010, after earning her L.Ac. degree from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine.
Leila specializes in stress reduction, pain management, weight loss, and fertility issues. Our clinic helps patients like yourself - ones who want to heal, be proactive about their health, avoid medications, and take control of their health. Our patients say they feel more balanced, happier, more energetic and positive.
Upon moving to the United States she worked in various medical clinics while reviewing academic medical programs. Her focus on healing and pain management led her to study acupuncture. She applied to one of the oldest colleges offering Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Midwest College Of Oriental Medicine Chicago Campus. Criteria for application included academic English and a 4-year college degree. Fortunately, Lejla speaks Bosnian, Spanish, Croatian, Serbian, and English and graduated in the top of her class.
Continuing her studies, she has become a National Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, which uses auricular acupuncture to relieve stress, address addictions, and improve overall health.
She maintains professional membership with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). To further compliment her goal of uniting Eastern Medicine with Western, she has added Acupuncture Digital Exams to her service. Using the Acu-Graph Digital Meridian Imaging system she is able to provide her patients with a printed chart of their acupuncture meridians and all information about your energetic balance.
Continuing her love of sharing information related to acupuncture and healing, Leila has published articles on acupuncture. Her latest book Stress is a Silent Killer is available for download. She is Health And Wellness Coach that can help you to achieve your optimal health and wellness.
We welcome new Clients!
Our Team Member
Karen Elarde-McCuaig, BS, RN, OCN, MSOM, Lac
Karen Elarde-McCuaig attended DePaul University and Northeastern Illinois University undergraduate programs in the sciences, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in the pre-vet program. Realizing medicine was her passion she attended nursing school and became a Registered Nurse in 1985. Karen joined the U.S. Navy in 1986 and was on active duty during Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She retired as a Navy Nurse Corps Commander in 2008. Karen has worked at the Cancer Center at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago in various roles including Lead Staff Nurse, Research Nurse, Manager, Director and currently, Clinical Nurse Manager. During her 26 + years at Weiss, Karen’s cancer patients shared with her the important role alternative medicine played in their road to wellness. After she retired from the navy in 2008, she was inspired to enroll at the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine and graduated with a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine in 2011. Karen also is a Reiki Master. In addition to starting the Center for Integrative Medicine, she started a nonprofit organization, Chicago Holistic Healing Center. Karen owns her own business, 5 Element Institute, LLC. She also works at the Bridge to Heath Acupuncture Clinic in Lincolnwood, Illinois.