"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
Amy Diamond is a CA & FL state licensed acupuncturist and is also a 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. Amy practices all modalities of Chinese Medicine including Acupuncture & Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy (APIT) , cupping, moxibustion, tuina, herbal medicine and nutritional & lifestyle counseling. Amy grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, and has been surrounded and supported by a family of Western doctors throughout her life- grandfathers, father, brother and cousins. 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 spent most of her college and post-college years traveling and exploring her passions of education and science, 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.
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. Amy fell in love with Chinese Medicine and it became an integral part of her healing process. This ultimately led her to switch careers and follow her true passion so she could share this incredible medicine with others and help them 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, past and present emotional, psychological , and physical trauma, 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.
Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine view disease in an entirely different way than Western medicine. Therefore 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, to even the common cold. 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 recently moved to Sarasota, FL from Los Angeles, CA, where she had her own private practice as well. Amy is also the owner of Lil' Guppies Swim School, a traveling 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, and experimenting with new fitness & nutrition ideas!