Founded in 2000 by Dr. Christina A. Captain as the Family Healing Center, the Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition is an alternative healthcare practice that combines traditional Western medicine and beliefs with Eastern and other holistic strategies. This integration of East meets West allows us to provide our patients with specialized treatment for a wide range of health problems, from obesity to cancer.
Our mission at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition is to treat our patients in an environment where we provide the most effective healing techniques with compassion, integrity, and sensitivity to each patient’s unique needs and health goals. We also strive to foster patient enrichment, involvement, and responsibility in achieving their vision of health.
About Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA, Dipl. Ac, AP, SLP
Dr. Captain is a nationally board certified (NCCAOM) Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) and the lead practitioner at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition, formerly Family Healing Center, which she founded in 2000.
She earned her Master’s degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) from the East West College of Natural Medicine, Sarasota, Florida and completed her Doctoral specialty with a focus in Integrative Medicine at AOMA's Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Austin, TX.
Dr. Captain is the former chief administrative officer, senior faculty member, advisory board chairperson, and author of the East West College of Natural Medicine’s Doctoral program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
In 2014, she earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition (MSHN) from the University of Bridgeport, CT. Dr. Captain has received additional training in acupuncture, including training at M.D. Anderson in pain management and integrative cancer therapies. She is qualified by the state of Florida to provide injection therapies. Also in 2014, Dr. Captain co-authored a textbook titled "Laboratory Analysis for the TCM practitioner" that was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishing, UK.
Prior to becoming a practitioner of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Captain earned a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Communication Disorders from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. She remains an actively licensed speech pathologist (SLP) in the state of Florida.
Dr. Captain is also trained in a variety of techniques from allergy elimination to facial rejuvenation. Educated in the Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture, vibrational beauty, and injection bio-rejuvenation systems, Dr. Captain has the knowledge and experience to personalize a plan for your specific challenge. Other certifications include advanced standing as a practitioner of the Jaffe-Mellor Technique, an energy therapy treatment.
Dr. Captain is an expert feng shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Because feng shui is a branch of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Captain often blends feng shui principles into her treatment plans.
Dr. Captain's knowledge and enthusiasm for health and wellness has earned her a reputation as a qualified lecturer, keynote speaker, and experienced teacher throughout the United States.