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Dr. Zahava Berkowicz

Clinical Director, Doctor of Acupuncture

Welcome to Imma! I’m Zahava, the ‘imma’ behind the clinic, and I’m genuinely thrilled to have you here.

The journey that led to founding Chicago Family Acupuncture in 2018 stemmed from my years in integrative medicine. From the outset, my goal was clear: to create a practice that embodies the highest levels of compassion and care for my patients. My deep dive into holistic medicine began in my early 20s when acupuncture sparked a passion within me. I was captivated by the idea of delving into the root causes of symptoms and fostering loving connections that help individuals reconnect with their bodies and minds.

The transformation from Chicago Family Acupuncture to Imma Acupuncture and Wellness has been nothing short of incredible. We started from a humble one-room sublease in Evanston, expanded to a two-room clinic in a prominent pain management medical office in Glenview, and eventually found our way to our current Northbrook location, driven by our desire to serve more wonderful people like you. Along this journey, we’ve welcomed incredible team members, and it’s been an amazing ride!

At Imma, we hold a strong philosophy and voice, one that challenges the conventional definition of wellness. We’re immensely proud of our mission and the thousands of individuals we’ve had the privilege to help each year.

As an acupuncturist and clinic owner, the most rewarding aspect for me has been nurturing the close relationships we’ve built with our patients and their families. They’re at the heart of everything we do here at Imma.

Currently, I am taking a temporary hiatus from direct patient care to embark on an exciting journey of expansion and growth for IMMA. My focus is on nurturing and empowering our talented practitioners to deliver the highest quality acupuncture treatments, ensuring that every patient receives the utmost care and attention. Rest assured, while I may not be treating patients directly, my dedication to providing exceptional service remains unwavering as I work tirelessly behind the scenes to create an even better clinic experience for you.  When you see me in the clinic, please make sure to say hi or introduce yourself because patient interactions are the highlight of my day! 

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  • Doctor of Acupuncture- Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 
  • Masters of Science in Acupuncture- Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 
  • NCCAOM Board Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture
  • Certified in Balance Method- Israel Tan Center
  • Certified Lactation Counselor- Healthy Children’s Project 
  • Licensed massage Therapist- Swedish Institute

Life has a curious way of leading us to unexpected places, doesn’t it? For me, it was a tumultuous chapter that started it all—a challenging relationship that left me not just emotionally wounded, but physically unwell.

After emerging from that difficult time, I found myself grappling with a cascade of health issues. Chronic bronchitis lingered like an unwanted guest, skin infections became a frustrating norm, and I felt constantly under the weather. It seemed my body was echoing the turmoil my heart and soul had weathered.

In the midst of this struggle, a dear friend, with a compassionate understanding, gently suggested acupuncture. I’ll always remember the conversation where she illuminated the intricate connection between our body and mind. It was an epiphany—the realization that our well-being isn’t just physical; it’s an orchestra of interwoven elements—emotions, thoughts, and physical health, all in harmony.

Curiosity and a yearning for relief stirred within me. I embarked on this new journey, stepping into the world of acupuncture. What unfolded was beyond my expectations.

Through acupuncture, I began to grasp the profound truth of who I am and how I got to this place. It wasn’t merely about treating symptoms; it was about understanding the root cause, the tangled web of stress, and its impact on my health.

The healing wasn’t confined to needles and points; it was a holistic transformation. Acupuncture became the compass guiding me toward a comprehensive understanding of well being.

Today, as an acupuncturist, I carry this profound understanding—the knowledge that our healing journeys aren’t solitary paths but intertwined tapestries of experiences and emotions. And it’s this realization that guides my practice—to foster not just physical healing but a holistic transformation towards well-being.

Align your actions and values. Genuine wellness sprouts from embracing your instincts and living genuinely, in tune with your purpose. Understanding who you are and embracing your uniqueness breeds real contentment. Dare to defy norms, set your own benchmarks, and craft a life that truly resonates. Remember, true wellness isn’t about perfect insta filters; it’s about keeping it real. When your actions sync with your values, that’s where genuine wellness takes root.

A remarkable aspect of my practice has been supporting fertility journeys. Several hopeful parents-to-be sought acupuncture to enhance their fertility, and I’m thrilled to share that many of these individuals successfully conceived and gave birth to healthy babies. There’s no better feeling in the world than receiving holiday cards each year from all of the families we supported.
My life outside of the clinic is devoted to having fun with my 3 rambunctious children and husband, Ari. We love spending time at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Lincoln Park Zoo and Ravinia.

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