About Us

Wellness Associates of Chicago

Wellness Associates of Chicago was founded in 1989 - one of the earliest and most innovative centers of integrative medicine in Chicago.

Our focus is on prevention; allergy and environmental medicine; healthy menopause-including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy; healthy aging; Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - herbal medicine and acupuncture; and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a TCM based therapy effective for many conditions, including stress, chronic anxiety, chronic pain, and PTSD.

We specialize in investigating chronic illnesses that are associated with undiagnosed allergies. These illnesses are often identified as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Chronic Sinusitis, ADD/ADHD, Migraine Headache, Fibromyalgia, Eczema, Acne, Restless leg syndrome, and various autoimmune diseases. Many of our patients have had these diagnoses for years, and no one has looked into their underlying causes. At Wellness Associates of Chicago, we are dedicated to uncovering the reasons for your illness and helping you to enjoy better health.

Wellness Associates of Chicago

Our Team

Martha H. Howard, MD

Dr. Howard combines Traditional Chinese Medicine - including traditional acupuncture, laser acupuncture and herbal medicine - family practice, environmental and preventive medicine, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and sound-based therapies in her practice. She is a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, which she has been practicing since l982. An administrator, teacher and speaker as well as a clinician, she is Medical Director of Wellness Associates of Chicago.

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Gene Arbetter, CMT

Gene Arbetter is Managing Director of Wellness Associates of Chicago and is our computer assessment and IT specialist. Gene's training and background are in massage therapy. He is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and is a graduate of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, where he was a faculty member from 1986 to 1994. He was in the first group of massage therapists to take national board exams and earn the National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

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Leon Chen, OMD

Dr. Chen's unique background combines education, theory and practice of eastern and western medicine, integrating both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Orthopedics. A 1985 graduate of Gansu College of TCM, he became a full professor of Chinese medicine and O.M.D specializing in Acupuncture and Tuina. He also had an MD in Orthopedics and was head of a large hospital department of orthopedic surgery in China. Currently Dr. Chen is licensed for acupuncture and bodywork in the US.

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Chris Costas, MD

Dr. Costas is our hospital consultant for Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Infectious Disease.

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