Today we’d like to introduce you to Tara Schachter Diaz.
Tara, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in LA in Venice and Santa Monica. My mom was an artist and her dream was to live in Venice. We would walk down Main Street in Santa Monica and I loved going to this natural foods store called One Life. I would look at all the herbs and books for hours. My grandma (dad’s mom) was a holocaust survivor and we were really close. Once you literally starve, you never will let that happen again. So, my grandma was obese and had a lot of medical issues including type 2 diabetes. I remember poking my finger and testing my blood sugar when I was at her house. I was always curious about health. When I got older in high school, she lived with us and I was in charge of making her breakfast sometimes and giving her, her insulin shot.
I thought my passion was psychology and always saw myself in the health field. Luckily, once I graduated undergrad in Psychology, I got a job in hospitality. I say luckily because now, I can’t imagine being a psychologist. I was a hotel sales manager and loved that job. I was still curious and used herbs for myself and friends. This was years ago. Now, everyone is treating themselves with this one herb they heard about on the internet. But, I digress. After a few years into my career, I was really dissatisfied because my passion was the healing arts and medicine. I decided to take one class at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica. I fully matriculated into their 4-year master’s degree program and never looked back. That was 9 years ago now. Now, 5 years into my practice, I opened up my own clinic in El Segundo. I’m very proud of my clinic. I love seeing my patients get better and hearing their stories. I also have had 2 babies since being licensed. So, balancing it all is always new and exciting.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Of course not. I was mentored by Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald. I worked with her the last two years of my time at Emperor’s College. I had an amazing opportunity to practice out of her space upon licensure. The problem is that like all new grads, I had no idea on anything about marketing. It was also at a time when many people in California realized they had acupuncture benefits with their insurance. So it was hard for me to find patients who were willing to pay a high rate for a new practitioner. Then, I started practicing in the Pico-Robertson area, and then moved to the south bay and started in Westchester after I had my first son. During this time, I went in a network with the insurance companies and learned a lot more about marketing myself which is what allowed me to take the jump to opening my own practice.
Please tell us about Tara Diaz Wellness.
As an acupuncturist, I specialize in personalized medicine. Many people come to me for pain, but continue treatment because they’re sleeping better, have better digestion and a better outlook on life because while their stress is still there, their stress hormones are regulated with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Having two babies in the last couple years, I naturally meet a lot of moms and pregnant patients. So I do a lot of prenatal wellness, postpartum wellness, lactation support. And all the things that go along with being a mother, like stress, stress, and more stress. I also treat a lot of digestive, emotional, and thyroid disorders.
I’m new in the neighborhood, so I’m trying to create a place that’s a community. My waiting room has a foot soak area and I have community acupuncture days. I love it when my office is bustling with people who are excited about the medicine and talking to each other. LA lacks community so I definitely want to build that vibe here.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Easy, cooking chicken soup with my Grandma. Jewish Penicillin and all that. It seems like all cultures show love with food. I experienced this at Emperor’s College. The founder would find me on campus and lovingly give me one organic Chinese date or a water chestnut or lettuce from his garden.
- New Patient Evaluation, Exam, and Treatment $135
- Established Patient Treatment $75
- Address: 519 Main Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
- Website: taradiazwellness.com
- Phone: 424-258-0738
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taradiazwellness/
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Head shot: Julia Sperling
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