Suzi Katlin graduated from Northwestern University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Since then, she’s helped bring thousands of new lives into the world, working for 28 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a prenatal, post-partum, and labor and delivery nurse.
Throughout her career, Suzi has devoted herself to helping women with maternal/child issues. She served on the boards of several organizations, including of Chicago Health Connection (now Connect One) and Hope-Chicago, which focuses on mothers and newborns in underserved populations in need of education and support during childbearing. She developed and currently is teaching the Northwestern Memorial Hospital program Transition to Motherhood, which helps new mothers cope with the perfectly normal adjustment challenges of early motherhood. She is a Certified Childbirth Educator (CBE) and a CPR instructor.
Suzi became interested in Chinese Medicine on her journey to address her own medical problems, in that process using East Asian Medicine to treat her fertility issues and migraines. Suzi was impressed with her own results and wanted to bring these same outcomes to her patients. She began studying to incorporate these methods into her work, earning a doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine campus in Chicago. Her training included more than 2,000 clinical hours treating a spectrum of patients, from orthopedic to internal medicine.
Suzi lives in Northfield with her husband, three children, dog, cat, tortoise, snake, seven chickens, and bees (too many to count!).
SHOULD I SEE HER? YES!
Suzi combines extensive Western medical knowledge with Chinese medicine, providing a bridge from west to east. Chinese medicine is a full medical system that treats a multitude of disorders, from internal medicine and orthopedics to pediatrics and gynecology.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM THE TREATMENT?
Chinese medicine is about helping the body heal itself. To assess what will work best for you, Suzi begins with a thorough, 30-minute intake appointment and one-hour treatment session. After that, future sessions will be tailored to your individual needs and feature a variety of treatment modalities, including:
- Acupuncture Delicately inserting hair-thin, sterile needles into strategic locations on the body to decrease inflammation and improve function.
- Moxabustion Gently warming acupuncture points by burning the therapeutic herb mugwort to enhance treatment.
- Tui Na A hands-on form of Asian bodywork.
- Cupping Creating a vacuum that pulls blood and toxins to the surface of the skin to promote healing.
- Gua Sha A technique that uses concentrated pressure or scraping to release pathogens from the body.
- Nutritional and herbal formula recommendations to improve overall health and to help the healing process continue after the acupuncture session.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and occasionally Saturday.
“It is my mission to bring my patients to a place of wellness and peace, to alleviate suffering, whether physical or emotional, acute or chronic. I will employ all modalities in my scope of practice as a nurse, acupuncturist, and Chinese herbalist.”