Dr. Sandro D’Amico, ND
I was raised in San Francisco and spent my summers as a child at my grandparents’ cabin on the St. Croix river in Minnesota. I was always intrigued and fascinated by nature. So much so that my mother became a volunteer docent at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park because, she said, I was continually asking questions that she couldn’t answer. The Academy became my playground and I spent many hours surrounded by Pacific white sided dolphins, manatees, and the dioramas of the African rain forest and Serengeti. I was amazed at the stories told by the aquarium staff about the surprising intelligence and creativity of the resident octopus who regularly found ingenious ways of escaping his tank only to be found enjoying a dinner of the occupants of other tanks in the aquarium!
My first career was in carpentry and construction because I also loved working with my hands and building things, but after a number of years of this I realized that I needed to move on. I was tired of spending so much of my time working with “inanimate objects” and wanted instead to work with people. As I contemplated my career options, I realized that I was already investing much of my free time exploring and experimenting with such things as diet, nutrition and alternative therapies. Through the study and practice of yoga and meditation I also became very intrigued by the relationship between the mind, the body and health. The focus of my fascination with nature had moved from the outer environment to the “inner environment”.
Through a series of events I discovered naturopathic medicine and realized that this is what I wanted to do. In 2002 I graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona where I also completed my residency.
My practice is centered in the conviction that our bodies have the innate intelligence to recover health and that my job as a naturopathic doctor is to assist and facilitate that process. I see patients as people and not as a “diagnosis” and try to understand everything that is interfering with their full recovery.
I have a special love for working with patients who have health challenges that affect their mental and emotional wellbeing. In over 13 years of clinical practice I have been repeatedly struck by the degree to which modern life places stress on both body and mind. Naturopathic medicine can be a powerful tool in restoring not only physical health but our capacity for serenity, happiness and self confidence as well.
Dr. Greta D’Amico, ND
I grew up in rural settings with animals and enjoyed learning how to take care of their needs and to “doctor” them when necessary. As the oldest sibling and cousin, I also did a lot of baby sitting, so it became part of my nature to care for others. That’s probably why I ultimately leaned toward the healing arts as a career choice.
I have always wanted to live a life that would contribute to a better world. Initially, my love for languages and cultures led me to pursue an education in social science and psychological & cultural anthropology at UC Berkeley. I wanted to be a part of bringing peace to the world and thought I could do that by working in intercultural relations. This interest led me to study in Norway, France and Thailand, before and during college.
After college, I worked for an international non-profit organization of business leaders who believed that socially responsible business can be a force of positive change in the world. I then worked in public relations, corporate communications and marketing in the telecommunications industry. At a certain point, I realized that there was something more I was being called to do and that it had to do with healing.
I moved to San Diego where I got a job at Scripps Clinic, and later, at a pharmaceutical company while starting pre-med courses. I learned a great deal about conventional medicine, drugs and drug development while working in those environments and came to appreciate both their strengths and weaknesses. I also studied several forms of iridology and enrolled in an herbal course during this period. After considering pursuing a professional degree in conventional medicine, chiropractic, or traditional Chinese medicine, I finally decided that naturopathic medicine was the best fit for me, offering a sound philosophy and great flexibility in treatment options for patients.
I chose to go to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in sunny Arizona. Shortly after arriving, I met my husband-to-be. It has been wonderful to share the educational journey with him and I very much enjoy having him as my colleague and practicing together.
In January of 2016, I was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Naturopathic Medical Committee, the medical board for naturopathic doctors. It is my hope that through this public service position, I can help to positively shape the role of naturopathic medicine in California as a safe, effective and well-regarded profession.
One thing I really appreciate about practicing naturopathic medicine is that we really seek to address the cause of illness. Sometimes, causes are straightforward and physical, but often, there are emotional or inherited components that need to be addressed for permanent results. This allows me to work with the “whole person” and really get to know my patients. Also, there are many ways of addressing issues, so we have lots of options for treatment. Working with children is especially rewarding because early treatment and prevention can help a person avoid chronic health problems later in life.
My goal is to help all my patients to be independently healthy in every way possible so that they can move forward in life with more freedom and joyfulness.