Dr. Dilks began her quest for healing as a teenager with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It was through this experience that she came to appreciate the power of alternative medicine. At this time, she began to study Eastern Philosophy and Meditation. Dr. Dilks entered Loyola University in Chicago where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. This basis of theoretical thinking has proven invaluable as a framework for her practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Dilks entered the field of Integrative Medicine in 1999 while working at American Whole Health in Chicago with Dr. David Edelberg, an internist who is highly respected in his field working with patients with Fibromyalgia and chronic illnesses. Watching other patients manage and even beat chronic illness using complementary medicine including Traditional Chinese Medicine solidified Mary Claire’s desire to study it further. Dr. Dilks enrolled in the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the largest Traditional Chinese Medicine college in the U. S., where she studied at both the Chicago and the New York City campuses. In total, the rigorous 4 year Master’s program involved over 3000 hours of clinical and didactic study including both Chinese as well as Western Medicine Sciences. In January 2008, she completed a 2 year graduate mentorship program in Advanced Herbal Training with Sharon Weizenbaum.
Dr. Dilks opened Emerging Energy Acupuncture in 2004 in Providence, Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and son. In her free time, she enjoys playing the Cello, making jewelry, and researching a wide range topics in the field of complementary and alternative medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Oriental Medicine and has served as the President of the Rhode Island Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Sonja Marge-Barrows is a licensed Dr. of Acupuncture and Nationally Certified Chinese Herbalist. She received her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture in Newton, MA in 2011. Dr. Marge-Barrows' training in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine has also included Western Medical Sciences, chinese food therapy, Tui Na Chinese Bodywork, and the meditative practices of Tai Qi and Qi Gong. Her clinical experience in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine draws from a variety of settings including both inpatient and outpatient clinics in Boston Medical Center's Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Department, Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center, Pathways to Wellness, New England School of Acupuncture, and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. Additionally, she also holds a B.A. in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. Dr. Marge-Barrows specializes in supportive care for pediatric and adult patients with chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, and cancer. Sonja believes in an integrative approach to health and wellness for the whole family.A Rhode Island native, Sonja is happy to have returned home to practice acupuncture. When Sonja is not treating patients she enjoys cycling, hiking, and gardening with her husband and two year old son.