the emperor's medicine

About Dr. Selma S. Gladney DAOM, Founder and Director

Dr. Selma S. Gladney, DAOM uses Chinese medicine (acupuncture and herbs), combined with Functional Medicine for a patient-specific approach vs. a disease-specific approach. Dr. Selma says, “Everyone heals differently. Many times, I find myself treating 2 or more patients with the exact same symptoms, but I use entirely different protocols for each of them. The patient-specific approach is the foundation of what we do at The Emperor’s Medicine”.

Dr. Selma specializes in women’s health, and pain relief and has taken advanced acupuncture classes for cancer patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston. MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the largest cancer research centers in the world. And at their cancer center, 90% of their patients receive acupuncture. At The Emperor’s Medicine, patients who receive acupuncture along with functional medicine accelerate and progress about 50% faster than the patients who don’t.

Dr. Selma S. Gladney, DAOM carries her positive, patient-centered approach to her speaking engagements on topics ranging from women’s health to inspirational talks for women and girls. She is also an active board member of the Illinois Society of acupuncturist.

Selma is board certified in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). She obtained her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and Bachelor Degree in Nutrition from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago Illinois. Where she also received the academic award of Cum Laude.

Selma has had advanced classes and internship in Beijing China at the Training Center of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. While in China she worked in the hospital alongside top Chinese medical physicians and learned from medical scholars. “It was truly a learning experience that will never be forgotten”.

In 1996 she also graduated from The Chicago School of Massage Therapy where she specialized in chronic muscle pain and works with many Medical Doctors, Chiropractors and Physical Therapists.

Combining 15 years of experience in wellness with massage therapy and a master’s degree in Chinese Medicine she will tailor a health plan specifically for your needs. She helps patients regain their health by addressing the true cause of disease, not just the symptoms.

Dr. Selma says, “Everyone heals differently. Many times, I find myself treating 2 or more patients with the exact same symptoms, but I use entirely different protocols for each of them. The patient-specific approach is the foundation of what we do at The Emperor’s Medicine”.

My China Studies

In Beijing China, I worked with some of the best third and fourth generations Oriental Medicine Physicians. There, I earned a certificate for advanced acupuncture studies. They passed their knowledge down to me and I am using what I learned to heal as many people as possible naturally without drugs. They taught me about extra acupuncture points that are not taught in Traditional Oriental Medicine schools in the United States. These acupuncture points can make a real difference in a patient’s treatment. I use these acupuncture points quite often with my patients here in the United States with great results. I also attended Advanced Oriental Medicine classes where we learned many different Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture point combinations. Depending on the patients health problem, the correct herbal formula will aid in a patient’s recovery. 

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We offer a safe, effective and drug free alternative for those suffering from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, allergies, depression, anxiety and fatigue. We also address acupuncture points for fertility, acupuncture for thyroid issues, weight loss, smoking or overall living a healthier, more productive and energetic lifestyle. 

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine is very similar to Chinese Medicine by using a patient centered approach to focus primarily on identifying the cause of illness, not just treating the symptoms of illness. Read more about functional medicine here.

Other Services

The Emperor’s Medicine offers numerous therapies to assist with your overall health and well-being. Whether you are recovering from an injury, battling a sickness, or simply need a deep, therapeutic massage, we are here.

About Dr. Gary Tennant, DC, Functional Medicine Practitioner, DACRB

Dr. Tennant's passion for helping patients in their mission to live healthy lifestyles has been a passion of his for over thirty years. Dr. Gary Tennant is committed to better health and wellness for each patient. Having trained in the most up-to-date functional medicine procedures and techniques used by practitioners today, you can rest assured that your health is in great hands. Dr. Tennant specializes in digestive disorders, autoimmune disorders, thyroid disorders, blood sugar disorders, and neuropathy. Dr. Tennant can successfully advise you on specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance your return to optimal health and help you achieve your health goals. Many patients credit Dr. Tennant over the years for preventing surgeries, reversing serious ailments, and being able to get off of medications to prolong their life.

Licensed by: Illinois and Indiana
Registered Nurse
Bachelor’s of Science Degree
Masters of Science Degree
Diplomate in Chiropractic Rehabilitation
Certified in Functional Medicine
Doctorate of Chiropractic, National College of Chiropractic
Certified Acupuncturist

Clinical Director of Functional Medicine at Functional Medicine of Valparaiso

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Mariya D., MSOM, L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

Mariya’s passion for acupuncture began after she saw the great relief that her father received from it after an at-work injury left him in pain. Mariya has completed a one and a half year Massage Therapist certificate program from Pacific College of Health and Science and a three-year Master’s Program at National University of Health Science as well as over 1000 clinical hours including an externship at the pain clinic of John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. She furthered her education by studying other acupuncture modalities abroad in Japan as well as continuing education in cosmetic acupuncture and Kiiko Matsumoto style acupuncture. Utilizing techniques such as acupuncture, electrical stimulation, cupping, and massage, Mariya will use whatever treatments that afford her patients the best results in order to aid them in their healing journey. Mariya is excited to join The Emperor’s Medicine along with its other practitioners in order to help as many clients as possible through the use of both Eastern and Western Medicine modalities. In her spare time, Mariya enjoys watching thought provoking documentaries, taking nature walks with her family, and cooking up delicious meals for them to enjoy.


Youstina B., Clinic Assistant

Youstina is our clinic assistant who enjoys working with people. She currently studies nutrition at NIU. Her decision to major in nutrition came from loving to cook and she wanted to learn more about the chemistry behind food. In her free time she enjoys reading, going for walks, swimming, and teaching her friends how to make food that is both healthy and tasty.


Denise Y., Clinic Assistant

Denise is our new Clinic Assistant who enjoys providing a welcoming environment for all our patients. She brings more than 30 years of experience that have included roles as an administrative assistant, spa manager and office manager. She is a licensed esthetician who believes in a holistic, organic approach to health and wellness. Having grown up in an agricultural community, she has an appreciation for the great outdoors and staying active. Denise and her husband have two grown children. Together they enjoy leisure golf, travel, hiking, reading, and are avid fans of college football. The Emperor's Medicine is honored to have Denise apart of the team!

                                                           Giving Back

The Emperor’s Medicine believes in giving back to those in need. We have chosen two non-profits to donate funds and/or supplies to.
Hope for Paws ( is an animal rescue organization.

CARE ( changes the world by empowering women and girls and those living in poverty all around the world.
We at The Emperor’s Medicine are encouraging all businesses big and small to adopt a non-profit (or 2).