Contemporary Acupuncture

Ricky J. Colmer, Ph.D., L.Ac

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Our Story

20 years ago, Contemporary Acupuncture began as R&R Therapy located in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Four years later, it was relocated to Grayslake, and then to Lake Villa, Illinois. March 1, 2016 it was introduced to Lake Bluff, Illinois where it is currently located.

Dr. Colmer received his Ph.D. in Traditional Chinese Medicine in a joint venture between the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine and Guangzhou International University, China where he completed his doctorate. Only 25 professors were selected for this honor.

Dr. Colmer has introduced Contemporary methods with acupuncture therapy, for increased results.

When he is not working, Dr. Colmer enjoys bicycle riding, martial arts, racquet ball, and swimming.

Dr. Colmer's Credentials:
1. United States Marine Corps Veteran
2. B.A., Healthcare Administration - Concordia University Wisconsin - Graduated Magna Cum Laude
3. M.S., Oriental Medicine - Midwest College of Oriental Medicine - Graduated Cum Laude
4. Ph.D., Traditional Chinese Medicine - Guangzhou International University of Chinese Medicine - Graduated Honors

NCCAOM National Board Certified
AcuGraph Specialist
Dr. Tan Balance Method
AAOM Board Certified Clean Needle Technique
Divine Dragon Shaolin Kung Fu (Black Sash-Sifu)

Ancient Healing Practices Combined With Modern Technology


The AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system is a computerized tool used to analyze and document the energetic status of the acupuncture meridians or pathways. A short examination touching a probe to the acupuncture points in both hands and feet allows the computer to determine your energy patterns.

Acupuncture meridians are visible energy pathways in your body that have been used therapeutically for over 5,000 years. These meridians conduct life-force energy, or QI (pronounced "chee") in and around all the parts of your body. Blockage or interference in these meridian pathways can result in energetic imbalances that may contribute to negative health conditions.

AcuGraph instantly provides complete graphical analysis and interpretation of your meridian energetics in 9 different graph styles in a format that allows us to explain your energy in plain-simple English. The Personal Integrated Energetics (P.I.E.) score boils the results down to a single number you can readily understand.

The most effective acupuncture points are treated based on AcuGraph’s intelligent analysis and nine available guided treatment protocols.

Safe Electro-Stim

The ITO® ES-160 is the latest most advanced 6 channel electro-acupuncture device used for patients who are intimidated by needles.

The probe is moistened with water and minimal electrical current is sent through the acupuncture points.

Can not be used on pacemaker patients.

Stimplus Pro

Advanced Pain-Free auricular stimulation. The Stimplus is used to manage pain by introducing a minor electrical current at specific points in and around the ear. Treatments are gentle and are often used in conjunction with body acupuncture.

Laser Therapy

There are two types of lasers used at Contemporary Acupuncture; Qi Calm and Qi Pulse.

Laser Acupuncture is a safe, effective, painless method of performing acupuncture without using needles. Often applied in situations where needles are inappropriate or undesirable.

The Red or Qi Pulse laser is used to increase cell growth, wound healing, and to increase energy within the body. The Blue or Qi Calm is used for calming and sedation of energy within the body.