About the Practitioners

About the Practitioner

Connie Schwartz, L.Ac., Dipl. OM, MSTOM

Connie first became interested in holistic medicine in high school when she was introduced to massage therapy. While attending community college, she became a Certified Massage Therapist. With a growing desire to find other alternative methods of health care, Connie completed a comprehensive four-year graduate program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA and earned a Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTOM).

During her internship, Connie treated patients at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego Cancer Center, Downtown San Diego Senior’s Clinic, San Diego Community Clinic, as well as the school clinic. She has gained experience with treating a wide variety of health issues.

After she graduated and obtained her California Acupuncture License and National Certification, she began a year as an apprentice at a well-established Acupuncture clinic in Roseville.

She provides an individualized treatment plan to naturally and effectively improve a patient’s current condition. A combination of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and other traditional therapies may be recommended as part of a treatment plan. Her goal is to help restore balance and promote healing, and overall wellness. This approach makes it possible to address the symptoms of a condition, as well as the underlying root of the problem.

Connie treats using a Japanese Meridian style, which consists of shallow needling, allowing for a more pain-free experience, while treating the root of each patient’s illness.


Japanese Meridian Therapy


Women’s Health




Amanda Gaitaud, L.Ac., Dipl. OM, DAOM Cand.

Amanda is dedicated to providing compassionate patient care through gentle and effective acupuncture emphasizing wellness and prevention. With six years experience in collaborative family practice she has had success treating a variety of conditions including sports injuries and orthopedics, pain management, women’s health and pediatrics, as well as general health and wellness.

Amanda received her Master’s of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego and completed integrative clinical training at San Diego Hospice and Institute for Palliative Medicine, Rady Children’s Hospital, and the UCSD Free Clinic.

Additionally, she attended Yo San University’s two year integrative medicine program in healthy aging and longevity where she further developed her expertise in acupuncture, herbology, and functional medicine. She is completing research exploring the physiological effects of acupuncture as the final requirement to receive her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM).

Fascinated with the modernization of traditional medicine in China, Amanda completed an intensive program in internal medicine at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine teaching hospital. She also received certification in auriculotherapy in France from Groupe Lyonnais d’Études Médicales where she studied the therapeutic points of the ear.


Contemporary Acupuncture

Functional Medicine



Healthy Aging & Longevity


Internal Medicine

Oncology & Survivorship


Inner Balance Medicine
801 S. Ham Lane
Suite B
Lodi, CA 95242

office: (209) 369-5008
email: info@innerbalancemedicine.com

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A note from Magenta:

This looks like it hurts, huh?
Because of those marks, I feel so much better.

So what happen? The last few days I’ve woken up with a sore neck. It would usually feel better by mid morning, after some stretches are done. This morning I woke up and I was stiff from the base of my neck and up; I was in a lot of pain. When I got to the office Connie did gua sha, or scraping, which stimulates blood flow, releases restricted fascia and adhesions, and loosens up the muscles. I immediately felt looser, and the pain was about 95% gone. After working for a bit, the pain has reduced by 98%. The marks on my neck only appear with gua sha when something is wrong; notice the areas of the skin that are pink only from the stimulation, no marks.

This is one of the modalities we offer during time of treatment. If Connie or Amanda suggest it to a patient, I would tell them to consider saying yes. The amount of relief I received after it was done, is worth the look it leaves on the skin. And the marks will be gone in 4-7 days. ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago  ·  

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine