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About Us



Laughing Tao is a healing center that offers acupuncture in Central Illinois. Our mission is to provide care that empowers people to walk their own unique path towards health and healing. We seek to partner with our patient's care team to provide them with the most high quality, comprehensive care. We are a nonprofit care center that partners with local organizations to provide acupuncture free of cost to underserved populations in Central Illinois.


We're a husband and wife team with six awesome kids and one big, friendly dog. We met in acupuncture school and fell in love with each other - and the dream of offering healing services to the community we live in. We are a home-based business, so if you're turned off by the occasional bark or enthusiastic kid, please consider an alternative acupuncturist.


10% of every acupuncture appointment, as well as the missed appointment fees we receive are funneled back into our Pay It Forward program. Pay It Forward makes it possible for us to partner with local organizations and provide acupuncture free of cost to underserved members of our community, including veterans, amputees, victims of domestic violence, and others. Read more about our charitable activities.

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Glenn Salazar Werry, LAc

Acupuncturist & Herbalist

Glenn served as an infantryman for over 10 years, where he partnered with intelligence, became staff sergeant, and taught hand-to-hand combat to hundreds of soldiers. His service included four deployments spanning 37 months to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and he spent an additional 18 months supporting injured and wounded soldiers in their transition back to civilian life. Glenn practiced and taught martial arts for over 25 years, and is the co-founder of and a fifth degree blackbelt in Elemental Jujutsu. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition, a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine, and a Doctorate in Acupuncture. He specializes in supporting the healing of issues stemming from chronic pain and PTSD. 


Genevieve Salazar Werry, LAc

Acupuncturist, Herbalist, &

Reproductive Health Specialist

Genevieve  has worked for healthcare organizations for over 15 years. She specializes in women's health and reproductive health, including infertility, fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, irregular menses and hormonal imbalances. She also supports the relief of many mental health conditions including PTSD, bipolar disorder, PMS, premenstrual dysphoria, depression, and anxiety. Genevieve holds a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. She also has a background in communications, marketing, and project coordination. Additional degrees include a Bachelors in English and a Masters in Writing and Publishing.

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