Dr. Brian Pendergast
DAC, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Brian’s mission is to facilitate the healing of past traumas and injuries so that people can live fully in the present and create beautiful futures. He has successfully treated low back pain, sciatica, knee pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, hip pain, foot pain, carpal tunnel, Bell’s palsy, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, numbness, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, IBS, insomnia, infertility, TMJ, dysmenorrhea, hemorrhoids, and fatigue.
When he was 7 years old, he used to draw the human body with energy lines emanating from the body. In his sports career, he would imagine that he had an inner energy switch that he could turn on when he needed an extra boost for a major sports performance. Inspired by a Bill Moyers PBS special entitled “Healing and the Mind", he purchased a book on qigong and started practicing yoga in his early 20’s. Those practices gave him a visceral understanding of what he felt as a child and allowed him to work with energy flows within his mind-body. Brian had an outstanding career as an athlete and enjoys treating sports related injuries and traumas. Brian was a US National Team member training for the 2000 Olympics. He was a state champion swimmer and water polo player in Illinois and a 3-time NCAA All-American water polo player. He rediscovered his interest and passion for working with the energetic properties of the body at the ripe age of 39 and became an acupuncturist.
He is currently working towards my certification in Dr. Michael Corradino’s Neuropuncture system, a groundbreaking approach that incorporates neuroscience into its clinical applications for pain management, orthopedic conditions and internal medicine. He is certified in Holographic Memory Resolution, which was developed by Brent Baum and utilized after major traumatic events like 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombing. Having had direct experience with trauma and teaching military personnel, he is interested in serving the veteran community with acupuncture and holistic medicine. He has applied to be a provider with the Veterans Choice program.
His interests include reading, yoga, qi gong, mind-body medicine, somatic psychology, and depth/transpersonal psychology as well as spirituality and the exploration of consciousness. He grew up in the Portage Park neighborhood and now enjoy living in Arlington Heights with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.
2000 BS U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
2018 MS Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago, IL
2019 DAC Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago, IL
Activities and Professional Affiliations:
Illinois Society of Acupuncturists
American Society of Acupuncturist
Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR)