Who We Are


Leigh Gilkey

Owner & Practitioner, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.

Leigh was introduced to acupuncture as a patient in 2002. It was a last resort to dealing with a chronic digestive problem after exhausting all familiar medical treatments. This began her journey to healing, not only her digestion, but avenues she did not know acupuncture could help with.

After graduating with her Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2010, she opened Essential Acupuncture Chicago. Her continued studies and life experience have formed her specialization in Women’s health and Trauma/Mental/Emotional health.

Her practice is rooted in the classic texts of Chinese Medicine. She is thankful to her teachers, to those who came before them and all who have kept the tradition of Chinese medicine alive.

She believes there is healing, in many forms, to be discovered in each and every body.

Leigh is a member of ILSA, Illinois Society of Acupuncturists and is NCCAOM certified.

Success Story: Pain Relief

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Leigh has been a blessing. She shares the details of what procedures she is doing, how it remedies my ailments, and suggests preventative exercises I can do on my own to resolve future pains. I would highly recommend trying Acupuncture. I can only speak for me, yet it has been a game changer.
— Mike T

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Our acupuncture clinic in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood has helped hundreds of people naturally heal with safe drug-free therapies.