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Credentials - Catherine Ford is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed Acupuncture Physician. She is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In 2014, she graduated summa cum laude from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine where she received a Bachelor of Professional Health Studies and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. As part of her over 4000 hours of classroom and clinical training in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, she has successfully treated a variety of conditions which include headaches, fertility issues, sports injuries, stress & anxiety syndromes, women issues and more.
Her specialties include training in acupuncture, Chinese and western herbs, supplements, food therapy, cupping, moxibustion, Guasha and Auricular Acupuncture. She also has a certification in AcuPoint Injection Therapy.
In 2014, Catherine opened her own clinic in Orlando and in that same year she received a certification from The Whitfield Reaves Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program, which is a sixty-hour intensive course that teaches students about diagnosis, assessment and treatment of common sports injuries and pain syndromes.
Prior to her start in Oriental Medicine, Catherine received a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. She was born in Colombia, South America and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Treatment and care are available in either language.
Catherine has a very personal story with Oriental Medicine, which began her transition from Engineering to Medicine. It started when she suffered a subdural hematoma in 2008, during a routine epidural for child delivery. The damage suffered, left her with daily headaches, dizziness and ringing in the ears. After working with many neurologists and even the Mayo clinic, she was not able to find relief using modern medicine. She decided to explore alternative therapies like acupuncture, herbs and Chinese Medicine. After several acupuncture treatments, the symptoms improved and disappeared. This created a desire to understand more about Oriental Medicine, which had taken care of her medical issue. Even though she was a busy mother of three boys (at the time), she decided to follow her calling and started her Oriental Medicine studies. Catherine’s desire now is to share the healing she received with others and provide patients with another option of treatment.
In 2018, Catherine received a Regenerative Health Coach Certification from the SaJune Institute for Restorative & Regenerative Medicine. This training gave her more tools on how to restore optimal health by analyzing and interpreting diagnostic tests that assess hormones, toxicity levels, micronutrient deficiencies, food allergies and food sensitivities. Catherine uses this type of testing, in conjunction with her Oriental Medicine training, to design a personalized treatment plan and protocols for each one of her patients.
In her free time, Catherine enjoys spending family time with her husband and her four boys.
“I LOVE Catherine and College Park Community Acupuncture! I began treatments for infertility, and was able to get pregnant within only a few months of starting acupuncture and Chinese herbs. I truly believe Catherine helped me fulfill my dream of becoming a mother, and can't wait to bring my baby boy to visit her!” - Elizabeth V.