Amy Diamond, L.Ac.,
Physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine, & Whole Health & Wellness Coach
Amy Diamond is a FL state licensed acupuncturist and Nationally Board Certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. She received her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from Yo San University in Los Angeles, CA, where she then maintained a successful private practice for seven years. In March of 2020, Amy migrated coasts to Sarasota, FL and established her practice there. Traditional Chinese Medicine physicians view disease with a very different approach than traditional Western medicine. As such, we are fully trained to treat a multitude of conditions, ranging from pain and injuries to gynecological issues and infertility, to psychological, physiological, digestive and neurological disorders, pediatrics, or even the common cold. Amy's approach to medicine is whole health & wellness oriented. Amy practices all modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine including Acupuncture & Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy (APIT) , cupping, moxibustion, manual therapy, pediatric treatments with non-needling methods, and herbal medicine, as well as virtual & in person whole health & wellness practices such as nutritional & lifestyle coaching, weight management support, anti-aging modalities, women's health, yoga & fitness training, trauma-informed yoga for healing and somatic vagal toning exercises to restore calm and balance to the nervous system.
Amy grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, and has been surrounded and supported by a multi-generational family of Western medicine physicians throughout her life. Amy has always had a natural inclination towards medicine, science and educating and helping others. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from UC Santa Barbara and a Masters in Education from Argosy University. She is a former collegiate swimmer, and spent most of her college and post-college years traveling and exploring her passions of science, education, curriculum and program development. Amy spent several years teaching environmental education and marine conservation both locally and abroad. Amy also co-founded the non-profit F.I.N.SEA Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing underprivileged children with experiential education about marine science and conservation. Most recently, Amy served as co-director of parent, teacher and student services for The Lean on Me project, a local non-profit affiliated with NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness). She has a background in trauma-informed healing, development of social and emotional wellness curriculums, and mental health & wellness programs. Amy is also author of The Adventures of Splash & Shelly, a children's book series focused on social & emotional health, well-being and empowerment for whole family-centered wellness.
Because of her own sensitivities to Western pharmaceuticals and medical practices, Amy became increasingly fascinated with alternative modalities of healing when she was faced with her own personal health challenges. Traditional Chinese Medicine and nutrition/lifestyle modifications became an integral part of her healing process. This ultimately led her to shift careers and follow her passion to help others heal as well.
The philosophy behind Chinese Medicine involves treating the "root", or cause, and the "branches", or symptoms, of a disease, rather than just easing symptoms. Chinese Medicine treats the person as a whole and is an all-encompassing medicine, taking into consideration the patient's diet, lifestyle, stress level, exposure to trauma and stress, and thorough medical history to diagnose and treat the patient accordingly. Our goal during treatment is not just to address the acute issue, but to help improve a patient's overall quality of life. Amy believes in using a strong integrative approach of Eastern and Western medicine when necessary. She is a firm believer in the "it takes a village" mentality -not just in raising children, but in healing our bodies as well!
Amy is also the owner of Lil' Guppies Swim School, a mobile swim school with branches in LA and Sarasota. When Amy is not working, you can find her splashing around the pool with her two energetic sons, spending time outdoors as much as possible, staying physically active, enjoying the company of friends and family, and experimenting with healthy recipes in the kitchen!