2021 issued in a year of grace for me. I was content and happy with my friends and my practice in Oakland when an offer to take on a large property in Ojai suddenly became available. Although hesitant at first, this offer was a magical opportunity which re-awoke my dream of seeing patients surrounded by nature. I have longed dreamed of serving tea picked from the garden and treating patients in an outdoor environment, specifically in a yurt. Yurts encourage environmental and personal chi flow and a yurt is the perfect place to practice acupuncture, massage and Chi Nei Tsang. I’m excited to welcome new patients, regulars from the Bay and specifically all women and non-binary identified persons into this magical realm of healing!
Dr. Amy Schlegel has been studying and practicing in the world of herbalism and qi and refining her art of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1993 and holds a doctorate in Acupuncture; specializing in Women’s Health and Neuromuscular Medicine.
Dr. Amy has vast experience in the healing world. Early on, she ran a busy practice in Santa Barbara, assisted patients with drug rehabilitation through CADA using Auricular acupuncture, and offered community acupuncture at Duell Chiropractic.
Later, in an attempt to deepen her knowledge of healing, Dr. Amy pursued a doctorate in Women’s Health and Neuromuscular Medicine through Five Branches University in San Jose, CA., and completed intensive training in China at Zhejiang University under Dr. Gong Yiping.
As a professor at ACTCM in SF, she taught acupuncture classes and supervised clinic shifts. A highlight of Amy’s career is when she was able to guide acupuncture students in treatments at the traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation department at CPMC, Davies in SF.
Dr. Amy has experience with the hospital birth wards and perinatal care clinics from doing research at Lutheran Medical Center, NYC Langone Hospital, and Brooklyn with Claudia Citkovitz. Dr. Amy is also grateful to have assisted Midwife Angelika Nugent with acupuncture and hands-on healing at home births in San Francisco.
Dr. Amy believes that we need to improve the compassion level of medicine and the time spent listening and caring for patients. The goal is to value the individual to empower patients to find healing within.
As Toni Morrison said, “You are your best thing.” (Beloved), and as Shakespeare said, “Sweet flowers take time, weeds make haste.”
Amy’s Healing Yurt for Women is a slowed-down space to tend to the garden of one’s self.