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Amanda graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island with a B.A. in Development Studies, and an M.A. in Environmental Studies. While there, her research focused on environmental planning and community change. As our bodies are our first and most immediate environment, becoming a Rolfer was an easy transition for her.

Amanda first came as a client to Rolfing when, at twenty years old, she felt like she had lost a basic sense of grace. Although physically fit at the time, she no longer experienced the ease she had in her body prior to a spinal fusion surgery in her teens. Again and again, people told her to "get used to it" or "it's only down hill from here".

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But years of dedication to dance, gymnastics, diving, and cycling had instilled in her a basic belief in the body's resilience - its capacity for both agility and strength. Her Rolfing series served to deepen this belief; she not only recovered what she felt she'd lost through it, but felt that it helped her to develop new somatic awareness and subtlety. The experience inspired her to learn Rolfing so that she might catalyze the recovery of such possibility with others. She enjoys doing so daily for people of all ages, body types and walks of life.

Amanda enrolled at The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration (RISI) in Boulder, Colorado and, in early 2002, she finalized her clinical studies in Munich, Germany through the Institute's continental counterpart, the European Rolfing Association.  She achieved her advanced certification in 2005. Amanda regularly pursues continuing education in, amongst other topics, visceral manipulation, pediatric Rolfing, spinal and pelvic mechanics, and functional integration. She participated, as a committee member, in the drafting of RISI's current Standards of Practice from 2007 until its passage in early 2010 and served on the RISI's Faculty Development and Review Board during 2008-2009.

As her interest in medicine deepened, Amanda enrolled in the four-year, full-time East Asian medical program at Chicago's Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, all the while maintaining a thriving Rolfing practice. In addition to extensive academic training, the M.S.T.O.M. program included substantial clinical application. Amanda was a practicing intern at Pacific College’s onsite clinic as well as the Chicago Women's Health Center, a health collective that provides outstanding gynecological care on a sliding scale basis to the women of Chicago. 

During the summer of 2009, Amanda traveled to Columbia County, NY where she completed the botanical studies internship at High Falls Garden, which provided a vivid, hands-on, straight-from-the-soil sense of the medicine she practices.  It also enhanced her gratitude for pioneers who were already hard at work to begin the long process of righting the enormous carbon footprint of shipping herbal medicinals from halfway around the globe.  Her strong passion for “greening” her profession guides her to make earth-friendly choices for her practice daily and also inspired her to found Inner Ecology Botanical Pharmacy & Prescription Service, which provides medicinals of exceptional quality to her patients as well as to those of eligible practitioners throughout the upper Midwest.

In 2008, Amanda volunteered for five weeks in East Africa where she co-facilitated trainings for local health-workers in simplified acupuncture protocols that could be applied to treat village health concerns.  The intersection of medical cultures - allopathic, homeopathic, traditional East African, traditional Chinese, and more - gave her a palpable sense of the tremendous potential for collaboration available to meet the global health challenges of our time.  It further solidified her observation that East Asian Medicine has a powerful role to play in preventative care and public health.  Now she volunteers more locally with Mindful Medicine Worldwide, an organization that currently operates free acupuncture medicine clinics in Nepal and Thailand and aims to fortify access to integrative primary care in underserved communities worldwide.

As a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) and NCCAOM Board-Certified Chinese Herbologist, Amanda weaves Acupuncture, Eastern Nutrition, and Botanical Medicine in the Chinese tradition and Rolfing Structural Integration as appropriate for each individual client. 

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