Dave V

David Vavrinchik, M.S., L.Ac. Dipl.OM

Dave is a licensed, board certified acupuncturist and herbalist. He holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, where he also serves as a faculty member/instructor and clinic supervisor. Dave teaches an advanced acupuncture class – Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders, and supervises a weekly pain clinic for local clients in downtown Chicago. Dave also works, as needed, at the noted Executive Fitness Training (E.F.T.) Sports Performance facility in Deerfield, IL. Northshore’s practitioners (i.e. sports MDs and PTs) partner with EFT’s trainers to assist athletes of all levels to achieve their performance goals.


Dave specializes in orthopedic acupuncture. It is musculoskeletal imbalance, or muscle and joint pain due to sports injury or activities of daily living. This may include acute and chronic pain complaints/spasms of neck, shoulder, back, elbow, knee, or foot. Dave is also certified in utilizing Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). He may use this modality separately, or in combination with acupuncture to reduce inflammation and pain, and to speed the healing process. Dave also treats adults and children with a wide range of complaints, including but not limited to supportive therapy for cancer, respiratory disorders, neurological conditions, stress/anxiety, gastrointestinal and digestive problems, headaches and migraines, and smoking cessation. He maintains a private practice in Elmhurst, Illinois


Dave also has a western medical background for a combined 35 years experience in healthcare. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Respiratory Care Program, Chicago, and, has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist since 1979.   Dave worked both as clinician and manager, in the areas of intensive care, home care and hospice, healthcare consultation, and as a healthcare inspector/evaluator.   Prior to working with the NorthShore Integrative Medicine Program, he served at the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), where he assisted in the development of health care standards and the evaluation of health care facilities, nationwide.


Dave maintains a healthy respect for both western and eastern (oriental) medicine, two of the world’s most widely used medical systems.   Dave has treated many clients where these two systems have been combined, or integrated, to achieve very favorable results.   Integrative medicine offers the client more choice in treatment, as well as proven prevention and lifestyle strategies. These practices can help bring the body back into balance and have the potential to help the individual achieve the highest possible levels of energy and well- being.