About Autumn Zamzow LAc
A fall snow skiing resulted in a shoulder injury which had caused me pain for months. After numerous trips to doctors and various forms of physical therapy, I was still in so much pain I could hardly lift a telephone. I decided to try acupuncture out of desperation. After the first treatment my pain level had decreased and after a few more treatments my pain was gone and my shoulder was healed.
During my treatments I had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Chen that she was teaching acupuncture at a school nearby. I was amazed that you did not have to grow up in China and apprentice under a wise old grandmother to learn these amazing healing techniques. I was surprised to learn that to practice Chinese Medicine in California requires four or more years of full time study. I decided to enroll in Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and take it one class at a time. Once I started, I never looked back. Chinese Medicine offers numerous wonderful, gentle forms of medicine which continually amazed me.
I received my Master’s Degree in Tradition Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California with 3000 plus hours of training in Acupuncture, traditional Chinese diagnostics and treatment and Chinese herbology. My degree included three years of clinic internship. I chose this school because of its strong emphasis on integration with Western Medicine.
I am Licensed under the NAACOM and State of North Carolina. I specialize in pain management and sports injuries, having received additional training in orthopedic acupuncture techniques from Mat Callison, and Dr. Richard Tan using the Balance Method of acupuncture. I also have certification in Cosmetic Acupuncture.
When I graduated and passed the required licensing exams, my husband and I decided to move to the beautiful North Carolina hills. We weren’t sure how well acupuncture would be accepted. But I knew that as one patient after another experienced the healing power of acupuncture, my practice would grow.
My first experience with acupuncture a couple years prior to the shoulder injury was not a pleasant one. The doctor did not speak English; he was in a hurry and had me lay down on a paper covered table in a tiny dark room. As I lay there with numerous needles in my sore back, I kept asking myself “Whose crazy idea was this?” I just wanted to leave. As soon as the needles were removed, I paid for the treatment and never went back.
This experience taught me the importance of helping my patients understand the logic of the treatment, how it is expected to work, and what they might expect to feel. I am committed to making each new patient feel safe and comfortable. My patients know they can ask questions and will have an understanding of why I am administering the treatment.
I have been practicing in Lake Lure, NC for eleven years and recently opened an office in Tryon, NC.