Inner Gate Therapeutics

About Us

Miriam Tamara Derman, RN, LAc, Diplomate OM, DTR
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Shiatsu, Reiki
847-323-2002 • email

As an acupuncturist, herbalist and nurse, Miriam Tamara, combines her expertise in oriental medicine, shiatsu bodywork, Reiki and Western medicine into a unique therapeutic prescription just right for you. With a compassionate attitude and a wealth of knowledge of health and healing, she enjoys treating a wide range of problems from pain to prevention. With past experience in psychiatric nursing and dance movement therapy, areas of interest include mental and emotional disharmonies and gastrointestinal disorders. She also offers facial rejuvenation treatments based on the Mei Zen methodology to help you look and feel your best. She has studied at the Heart Center with Brugh Joy, MD, and focuses on supporting patients as they transition to improved health. Visit her web site at

  • Licensed by the State of Illinois in acupuncture
  • Faculty, Zen Shiatsu Chicago, Evanston
  • Nationally Board Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs by the NCCAOM
  • MSTOM: Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago
  • Graduate of Ohashi Institute specializing in Shiatsu
  • AOBTA Certified Practitioner
  • Licensed RN, experienced in Psychiatric Nursing
  • BS in Nursing, University of Illinois
  • MA in Dance Movement Therapy, Registered Dance Movement therapist, Columbia College, Chicago
  • Certified Reiki Level II: Japanese Healing Touch
  • Certified NAET (Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques) practitioner

Marsha Warren, LMT, AOBTA
Shiatsu, Thai Massage
847-204-9721 • email

Life is motion. Using an integrated approach — drawing on the traditional Asian Bodywork forms of Shiatsu and Thai Yoga Massage — and incorporating therapeutic exercises, Marsha helps you to keep moving, to move more efficiently and to be self-directed.

Marsha's clientele vary in their needs and goals. Some are seeking relief from stress or anxiety; some are processing complex emotions such as grief. Many are learning to manage chronic illness. Others simply want to feel more open, more grounded and to move more freely.

  • Licensed by the State of Illinois as a Massage Therapist
  • Faculty, Zen Shiatsu Chicago
  • Certified AOBTA, American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia
  • Certified ABMP, American Bodywork and Massage Professionals
  • Graduate of Ohashiatsu Institute specializing in Shiatsu
  • Certified Level 3 Thai Massage, Thai Bodywork School of Evanston
  • MEd, Interdisciplinary Arts, Special Ed. Dance, Columbia College
  • BA, Social Psychology, Dance, Washington University

Lok-Kwan Cheng, LAc, Diplomate OM
Acupuncture, Qigong, Herbs, Oriental Bodywork, Aromatherapy
847-323-9297 • email

"Lok-Kwan" means "happily serving the people". It is the name his parents gave him. Lok-Kwan was born and grew up in Hong Kong. He started practicing Qigong and Chinese martial arts when he was a teenager. In the U.S. he continued his practice with Master Wai-Lun Choi of Chicago and served as his assistant instructor for many years. In the nineties his tenure as secretary of the Midwest Buddhist Council enabled him to learn and practice meditation closely with monks from many traditions. At the same time he studied Zen Shiatsu with Wataru Ohashi Sensei and became a Certified Ohashiatsu Instructor. In acupuncture and Oriental medicine he studied with the renowned Daoist teacher Jeffrey Yuen who is his biggest influence in theoretical understanding. He learned auricular acupuncture under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Niemtzow, the creator of the Battlefield Protocol who was instrumental in bringing the practice of acupuncture to the US Armed Forces. Lok-Kwan also uses Master Tung's Miraculous Points and studied with Dr. Young Wei-Chieh, the foremost authority on the subject.

Lok-Kwan's aspiration is to live and work in harmony with nature and help others do the same. He treatments combine acupuncture, herbs and bodywork to achieve the best therapeutic result. He offers private Qigong instruction that is customized for each student's needs. Please visit his website and his blog

  • Licensed Acupuncturist, State of Illinois
  • National Board Certified in Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, NCCAOM
  • Instructor, Inner Gate Qigong
  • Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine, PCOM
  • Certified Ohashiatsu Instructor, Ohashi Institute
  • National Board Certified Shiatsu and Tui Na Practitioner (AOBTA)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Our office is conveniently located at 1213 Wilmette Avenue, at the south-west corner of Wilmette Avenue and Greenbay Road in Wilmette. We are one block south of the Metra Station and just minutes from the Lake Avenue East exit on I-94. We serve residents of Wilmette, Evanston, Skokie, Glenview, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Chicago and the surrounding area.
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Off-Street Parking
Park by the east wall in the parking lot of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1235 Wilmette Avenue, just west of the office. Free.

Street Parking
Free parking on Wilmette Avenue and Greenbay Road.

Handicapped Parking
Handicapped parking right by the office is available by special arrangement. Please inform us of need ahead of time.








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Marsha Warren

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Lok-Kwan Cheng

Lok-Kwan Cheng