Dr. Justin Penoyer MS, LAc, DACM is a scholar and clinician of Classical Chinese Medicine with a private practice in Hanover, Illinois, where he specializes in Chinese herbal medicine and the treatment of difficult and complex disorders. Justin is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, earning his Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2009 and Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in 2016.
Justin is originally from a small farming town along the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois, where he earned a trade degree in horticulture before entering Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. There he graduated as a double major in history and philosophy, Dean’s List honorary and Socrates Award recipient for outstanding achievement in the field of philosophy. Shortly after Justin experienced a traumatic injury that led to his discovery of acupuncture, which played a significant role in his recovery from nerve damage. He came away with a deep respect for Chinese Medicine, resonating with its medical philosophy–one that equips naturalistic metaphor to describe human behavior and instructs us to observe and mimic the patterns of Nature.
In addition to practicing medicine Justin directs operations at Three Hawk Ridge, a Chinese herb farmette and regenerative agroforestry study in Illinois. He co-owns AcroAma Blends LLC with renowned Chef Stephen Dowe, as well as the San Diego based Chinese granular compounding service Su Wu Herbs. Justin is equally comfortable conducting clinical grand rounds, consulting on classical treatment strategies, or equipping his forestry gear to study the effects of climate change on microclimatic conditions in the Driftless area of Northwest Illinois.
In his free time Justin has long enjoyed playing guitar and songwriting, and was fortunate to have studied gypsy flamenco in Santiago, Spain in 2004. He is an avid researcher and writes on subjects concerning medical science and ethics, systems thinking, environmentalism, and global humanities.