Every state of discomfort is a call from your body to get help. All your various symptoms are clues that will give me information to see what the patterns are and where the root of imbalance is. For example, if you have insomnia, I need to gather more information to understand what type of insomnia you have. I will question you on which part of the night seems to be affected, whether you are wide awake or in light sleep. Then I look at all the other symptoms that may not seem associated with insomnia. Such symptoms may be digestive issues, dizziness, pain, urination issues, hormonal disturbances, and more.
For the local patients in Boulder, Colorado, acupuncture is the main therapy used, along with functional medicine. For long distance I use functional medicine combined with lifestyle support.
I work with a team of wonderful healthcare practitioners at my center, Corca Center for Sleep and Radiant Health.
- Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
- Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Institute for Functional Medicine
- Masters of Oriental Medicine, East West College of Natural Medicine
- Bachelors in Health Sciences, East West College of Natural Medicine
- Studied Sleep Disorders with Dr. Hamid Montakab, MD and author of the book “Acupuncture and Insomnia”
- 60 credits of Law School, Transilvania University, Romania
- Teaching since 2014 at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado, specialty topic class “Acupuncture and Sleep Disorders”
- Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Colorado
- Board Certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Chinese Herbology and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
- Certified in Functional by the Institute for Functional Medicine
- Certificate for Acupuncture Injection Therapy
I am one of the few acupuncturists in the world who focuses on sleep problems. After having a general practice for a few years treating many different disorders such as back and neck pain, depression, fatigue, and digestive and hormonal issues, I gradually shifted my practice towards sleep problems such as insomnia, sleep apnea, nightmares, and other related disorders. However, because sleep problems are part of a bigger imbalance, I often work with hormonal imbalances, gut issues, thyroid disorders, and mental and emotional issues.
I am originally from Romania, from a small village called Poiana Marului (Apple’s Valley) and I am the youngest of 8 children. I first attended law school at Transilvania University in Brasov and later moved to the United States to attend East West College of Natural Medicine.
“Daca dragoste nu e, nimic nu e,” said Marin Sorescu, a Romanian author. It roughly translates to, “If there is no love, nothing is.” When I was in law school, I found that I lacked the passion and love for the law, but I discovered a renewed passion and love when I went to the acupuncture college.
What healing means to me and how it influences my practice
Our emotional and spiritual health is impossible to separate from our physical health. In my personal life, this has been my biggest struggle and blessing. I have experienced trauma that has deeply affected my physical body. Since then, I had to learn that it is important to care for the physical body, but equally important to heal the emotional and spiritual aspects.
God or the Universe, or whatever you call that It, is what actually does the healing. Whether it is acupuncture, or a supplement, or a food, or a drug, or a loving word – healing flows through it all.
I ask many of my patients what they feel about certain supplements, treatments, etc. Or what is their take on why they feel ill. Many, many times their answers are spot on. Trusting ourselves is very important and adds great value to the knowledge I have.
There is so much value in integrating various therapies, from natural to Western medicine. There is a place and time for everything. I believe in science-based medicine, which includes scientific studies along with experience-based medicine.
The Italian proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for his life time” deeply resonates with me as I am a teacher at heart.
I look forward to meeting you soon and helping you feel better. Use the link below to make an initial appointment or a free consult if you have questions.
“Dr. Damiana is a leader in her field, provides outstanding patient care, possesses excellent interpersonal skills, and most importantly – her patients consistently improve with her treatments.”
– Dr. Todd Dorfman, MD