Meet Trailblazer Diana Horowitz
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Today we’d like to introduce you to Diana Horowitz, Acupuncturist.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Diana. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Flashback to the mid-90s in New York City where I was a young yoga teacher, feeling the need to foster healing with my yoga clients on a deeper level. I was researching several therapeutic career paths when my 16-year-old cousin Adam took a 60-foot fall off a cliff. He underwent extensive brain surgery and was in a coma for a month before emerging and re-learning how to walk and talk. Although Western medicine had clearly saved Adam’s life, his immune system crashed once he was released from the hospital. His father took him to see an acupuncturist in their small town in Idaho. A few months of acupuncture and Chinese herbs completely restored his immune system. When I spoke with Adam, he gushed about how much acupuncture had helped him recover. His experience inspired my decision to choose acupuncture as my career path.
After graduating from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in 2003, I moved to Denver with my boyfriend and started my practice out of our tiny rented bungalow in the Highlands neighborhood. Coming from the guarded, driven culture of New York City, I was greatly impressed by the generous and non-competitive nature of other acupuncturists that I encountered. I found a mentor in “Doc” Ron Rosen, a genius acupuncturist who held one of the first acupuncture licenses in Colorado. And I connected into Denver’s community by volunteering at a hospice and serving on the board of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado.
As my practice grew and developed, I began to figure out which areas of expertise felt most satisfying to me. After Doc Rosen suddenly and tragically passed away in 2007, I found a second mentor in Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, an international leader in the field of facial acupuncture. Rosen had also been a practitioner of facial acupuncture, but his style required placing around 40-60 needles in the face, which was quite laborious for the practitioner and too painful and exhausting for patients. In contrast, Wakefield’s style uses far fewer needles, feels incredibly nurturing and relaxing for my patients, and is just as effective as Rosen’s style. I began to assist Wakefield’s seminars in a variety of locations around the US, taking a break to give birth to my amazing daughter in 2010.
For 12 of my 16 years in practice, I was a “one-woman show.” I worked out of my home, at a cooperative until it failed, and at a medispa before moving into A New Spirit Wellness Center four years ago. A New Spirit is a gorgeous, palatial spa featuring an assortment of wellness services including flotation, massage, skin care, ionic foot baths, a salt cave, and a far-infrared sauna. The services at A New Spirit combine beautifully with the acupuncture services that I offer, and I often collaborate with my talented coworkers to help clients de-stress, detoxify and slow down in this crazy world. It’s an amazing place to call my home.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?