China Rose Zamora, NTP, CCH, RYT
I feel blessed to say that I love my work! I’m so grateful that I get to make a positive contribution towards my community’s health on a daily basis and that I work in a genre of medicine that not only has its roots deep in our history but continues to develop and thrive as time goes on. What more could I ask for?
I first became interested in holistic healthcare as a young woman. I started to feel run down, got sick often, and developed some chronic digestive issues. I had no idea, at the time, that poor diet and dehydration were sources of my problems. Once I started learning about natural medicine I changed the way I was eating and tried some medicinal herbs. My body responded right away and I was hooked! I loved learning about the mechanisms of my physiology and how I could support myself naturally!
I worked for a family owned health food store and my interest in herbalism grew. In 2000 I attended the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine and was certified as a clinical herbalist. When I returned, I decided to further my studies at the Living Awareness Institute where I added folkloric herb use, holistic nutrition, and women’s health to my repertoire.
In 2009 I was certified as a nutritional therapist. I had learned a lot about holistic nutrition over the years, but I was looking to gain the deepest understanding possible. I found the program I was seeking with the Nutritional Therapy Association. They taught me how to discover each client’s individual health needs through both in depth consultation and physical assessment.
When I began to learn about the intricacies of male and female hormones a light went on! I was immediately intrigued because I had found a way that I could support my clients on a deeper level. Dr. Janet Lang, an expert in restorative endocrinology, has been my biggest influence thus far.
While searching for ways to bring balance to the daily stresses of my life yoga presented itself as the perfect ally. I was so amazed at the physical & emotional benefits that I received that I was inspired to personally spread “the good word”! I was certified as a teacher in the Raja tradition by Yoga Community in Sonoma, CA. I can’t explain how much depth this has added to my work with clients!
We have a private practice in beautiful, downtown Napa, California. I also consult with clients all over the country on the phone, by Skype, and through email. I work with local companies to support and educate their employees and enjoy giving public lectures in the community. My thirst for knowledge will never be quenched, driving me to seek out additional education and training in holistic healing, always striving to be my clients’ best resource!
AJ Zamora, CPT
I developed a curiosity about natural medicine at a very young age. It always fascinated me that after my mom put a mud & herb poultice on my ant bites or after walking barefoot on rocks to stimulate healing (our form of reflexology), I immediately felt better. As I got older and experienced severe allergies and digestive issues, I found that I didn’t get relief from what my doctors were prescribing. I went back to my roots, remembering the healing power of nature that my mom instilled in me. I sought out a job at a health food store when I was seventeen to learn more. After changing my diet and utilizing natural supplements and herbs, I was amazed at the improvements in my health, energy, and vitality!
My original goal was to heal myself but the more I learned about how food can be our medicine, I wanted to tell all of my friends and family and help them with their health issues. I devoured books on the subject and decided to seek out more education about wellness.
I got a job as a certified nurse’s assistant with Kaiser. My experience there inspired me take a different path and work in preventative medicine in order to help people stay healthy and prevent illness. I continued to work in health food stores and fitness clubs in order to add to my knowledge and experience. After more than twenty years in this field, my background includes advising professional athletes, public education, and supporting both naturopathic and medical doctors as a nutritional supplement consultant.
I’ve always loved being active! At any given time I was out climbing rocks or trees, surfing, rafting, hiking, snowboarding, or rollerblading. Throughout my life several of my loved ones have been unwell or clinically obese. My goal was to inspire them and help them learn how to take care of themselves. While gathering as much knowledge as I could to help them, my passion eventually turned into a lifestyle, and then eventually into my profession as a personal trainer and wellness coach. I was certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and I am currently pursuing a Masters in Kinesiology with a focus on exercise science, wellness, & nutrition.