Wellness Testimonials

PTSD Battlefield trauma

My husband is a 19D Cavalry Scout in the United States Army. He is a SSG and has been in for 7 years. He has been deployed twice to Iraq (for one year each time) and once to Afghanistan (also for one year). This type of job takes such a physical and mental toll on someone. My husband had gotten to the point to where his PTSD was getting pretty bad and he was no longer sleeping. Not to mention the fact that he was having more and more anger management issues. Anytime he was actually given time to talk to a military doctor about what was going on, it was always the same thing;

  • “You will be fine”
  • “You’re not the only one, so get over it.”
  • “It’s nothing that some Tylenol PM and a good night sleep can’t solve”
  • Etc.

After to talking to Dr. Paul Magarelli about all of the ways that acupuncture can help numerous other aspects of life, I decided to talk to him about my husband. He said he knew that Dr. Diane could help my husband and that he definitely wanted me to set up an appointment for him.

He went in for his first appointment with Diane in the fall of 2011. He was there for about an hour and a half and left feeling more like himself for the first time in a very long time. Diane also prescribed him a few herbs and talked to us both about how adding a few things to his diet could help as well.

Needless to say, we were both mind blown.

My husband continued to see Diane every week at first, then every other week and always looks forward to his appointments. Not only did his sleep pattern return to normal (as much as it can in the Army life with PT, training, and field time) but I got my husband back. It was so great to be able to see him smile again, to see him playing more with our children, and just be more socially active in general. It was amazing to fall in love with him all over again.

I am now a firm believer that acupuncture can help anyone and everyone. There is no way that I can ever thank Dr. Diane Cridennda & Dr. Paul Magarelli enough for bringing acupuncture into our lives. From the bottom of my heart: Thank You!

One Very Happy Army Wife

Over the past 7 years I have had three children and almost no colds

“Seven years ago I first decided to try acupuncture/ Chinese Medicine to help with some infertility issues. I found East Winds Acupuncture in the Phone book and when to see Dr. Diane Cridennda. I decided to let go of my western mind and give these foreign ideas a chance, and I figured that after all, medicine that’s been around for 5,000 years has to have something going right?

“I hate needles. I always cried when I had to get a shot, even as an adult and probably would still cry to this day. I can’t say I enjoy having the acupuncture needles put in, but I definitely enjoy the results I get when the treatment is done. The discomfort is over pretty quickly and I have had great results from many different treatments.

“Over the past 7 years I have had three children and almost no colds. I usually try acupuncture and/or Chinese medicine as my first resort for anything that ails me. The best part about it is that there are no adverse side effects and the treatments go after the root cause of the problem – not just the symptoms like western medicine does. We had to use IVF to get pregnant both times and the acupuncture was a wonderful compliment to having the IVF treatments work and to support me during my pregnancies. My second pregnancy was with twins and I was put on bed rest at 28 weeks to prevent preterm labor. I immediately contacted Dr. Diane to start weekly treatments to prevent preterm labor and I carried the twins to 38 weeks and a scheduled C-Section.

“When I walk into Dr. Diane’s office, I immediately relax and start to feel better. I know she will care about my problem, take the time to understand it, and do everything she can to treat me. She has always helped me manage my health in a holistic way – I have learned a lot about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle from her that compliments the Chinese approach to medicine. The best way to avoid problems is to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

“I have referred many people to Dr. Diane over the years, and some of them have had a quick and impacting results and some of them found that acupuncture wasn’t for them. No one I spoke with ever regretted giving it a try. I believe that it is certainly worth a shot, and I feel very empowered and in control of my own health by having access to Chinese Medicine.”

-Elizabeth Fugitt

Fisherman with pain from repetitive motion, fly fishing

Steve Smith Fishing

Dr. Diane treated me for pain in my trapezius muscle in July and August 2011. The pain only exists when I am casting a fishing rod off of a boat in Canada twice yearly. Due to the frequency of casting, while fishing in June 2011, the pain would become so intense and it made it very difficult fish and took the joy out of my trip. Another trip was planned for the last week of August 2011. I didn’t want to deal with pain again this year, so I began having acupuncture treatments twice per week for a few weeks before I went. I had an opportunity to test the progress of the acupuncture sessions. It was quite amazing when to my surprise (and delight) I hand no pain whatsoever for the first three days on my fishing trip. The fourth day I experienced a slight burning sensation but nothing serious. The fifth and last day it became a bit fatigued but not painful. This pain has persisted for the past six years and has gotten increasingly worse to the point where it would begin hurting the first day and hour I would start fishing. These few sessions of acupuncture have made my fishing trip a real pleasure without the pain I have endured previously. Thank you Dr. Diane.

A sincere thank you for your help and support!

I just want to say how much I benefited from my appointments with you as I struggled with my ear challenge. I was in such distress when I came for my first acupuncture appointmet; your support, empathy and kindness meant a great deal to me. Your passion as a healer and your knowledge of your medicine created a safe and calming environment for me. Thank you for taking the time to teach me about the various dietary changes which will reduce the inflammation in my system. I never realized how detrimental carbs and sugar in my diet could be. I feel ready to use this new found knowledge to create wellness and longevity for myself. AEC

Kelly active Golf professional LPGA

I suffer from Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia. I have had both of these diseases for over 15 years and I am currently 43. Western medication over a period of five years put me body into several other medical problems: irritable bowel syndrome, constant yeast infections, bladder infections, and no tolerance for wheat or yeast or processed foods. Over the past ten years, I have seen Dr. Cridennda for many related issues. My arthritis doctor in March of 2010 suggested from my blood work that I was developing RA. Thankfully-I only have the antigens for this disease as well as Lupus, but stress and lack of exercise and poor diet could contribute to me developing this as I get older. Dr. Cridennda has helped me keep these diseases at bay for now and I have felt an 80% improvement in my pain levels since targeting these problems with acupuncture. My dosage of pain killers has been cut in half and I am able to continue what I love-teaching golf as an LPGA Golf Professional as well as my active lifestyle of skiing, hiking and biking. Thank you Dr. Diane, Kelly Hodge-LPGA Golf Professional


Dear Dr. Diane I just wanted to say thank you for the tremendous help you have been to my son Ryan. He had been having trouble falling asleep at night and when he finally did, he could not wake up in the morning. It took our whole family to try to wake him up. He would talk to us but fall right back asleep then would miss work or at best be late. I made a list of specialists I wanted him to see and started calling – you were the first to call back and get him in, thank God. We noticed a huge difference after the first treatment and use of the herbs you recommended. He actually made it to work all week for the first time in ages. He didn’t think the herbs were going to help but took them anyway and fell asleep quickly – slept through the night and was able to wake up the next day much easier and had a fair amount of energy. The same thing happened the next night to our amazement. He was more alert, less agitated around people and able to hold a conversation longer. We met with a doctor two weeks later to run tests to see if anything else was wrong. The doctor laughed at us telling us this was normal – a way of life. He said Ryan just didn’t want to work or get up. He told us that holistic care would not help, has no proven track record and that we were just looking for excuses. He gave us no hope. So glad we saw you first because we may have given up. We told the doctor how you had already helped us, thanked him for his time and left. We have since found out that the car accident he was involved in, years before, had been a large part of the problem. Acupuncture, herbs and your caring way of help has set him on the road to healing. Thank you! Cathy

Radiculopathy Diane helped me get rid of the pain from spinal degeneration

Diane helped me get rid of the pain from spinal degeneration Radiculopathy Like many Diane helped me get rid of the pain from spinal degeneration Radiculopathy medical conditions, I had never heard of this one until I developed it myself. Apparently, age-related spinal degeneration or possibly some trauma which I could not identify caused some encroachment of nerve roots in my lower cervical spine area (C6 and C7). The pain in my back and down my arm into my hand increased from a very slight tingling sensation in my left arm, fingers and thumb to a late night trip to an emergency room where even a morphine drip could not alleviate the pain which was 8 or 9 out of a maximum 10. My Doctors diagnosed me with Radiculopathy and prescribed Percocet, Methocarbamol, and Naproxen. They prescribe Lidoderm Patch, and Methyl Prednisolone. These medications lowered the pain level to a 3 or 4 but after about 6 weeks I was becoming concerned about side effects, so with the knowledge of my physician I began seeing an Acupuncturist. I am a very active guy spending most mornings at the gym. My arm was beginning to lose muscle mass from lack of enervation to the muscles and inability to work out. After several acupuncture treatments the Pain levels began diminishing. Diane recommended that I continue her treatment combined with that of a Chiropractor who specializes in Active Release Techniques (ART). This combination seemed to be the winning combination. There is no question that the medications helped to lower the pain level, but it wasn’t until I received acupuncture and chiropractic ART treatments that the pain disappeared. I should also mention that throughout this period (about three months) I continued with an exercise routine, with the knowledge of all of my medical practitioners, and being very careful not to aggravate my condition. There is no question in my mind that acupuncture and “active release technique” saved me from costly possible spinal surgery. I should also mention that I kept my neurosurgeon fully informed on these techniques and he was fully supportive! Radiculopathy. I hope that it doesn’t recur. But if it does my first appointment will be with my Diane my acupuncturist.
-Wally 2009

Ulcerative Colitis

“I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis 7 years ago and was on Prednisone for 5 months after the diagnosis. Each flare up after that I was also put on Prednisone, though never as much as the first time. I was never the best about taking my medication, which probably caused them to come more frequently. This past summer when I felt a flare up coming on, I was told about acupuncture and Diane Cridennda. I thought “Well, I might as well give it a try”. I knew from the start that I have a chronic disease and it will never really go away. I have now made it through tow flares with no medication (preventive or otherwise) and could not be happier. I no longer worry about how all of the medication is affecting me, no longer get mandatory blood work done every three months, and no longer deal with the side effects of Prednisone. I am 100% satisfied with my results.”

Renee Smiley

 The Power of Acupuncture on Hyperthyroidism

“Three years ago I was officially diagnosed with Graves Disease. While I had hyperthyroid symptoms on and off since 1996 they became very severe in 2003.

“My blood labs were as follows: T-4 14.8, T-3 <0.01. My blood Pressure was 194/95 my heart rate was about 120 most of the time, it got as high as 160 with atrial fibrillation. I also had severe anxiety. The doctors told me I needed to have my thyroid destroyed with radio-active iodine or risk a heart attack or stroke. I agreed that my outlook was not good, but I didn’t like what I had read about destroying the Thyroid gland so I decided to try acupuncture.

“When I first met with Dr. Diane Cridennda she told me that she couldn’t promise that she could cure me but that she knew she could help me to feel better. With in 4 months both by T-3 and T-4 were normal and within a year my TSH was in the normal range.

“Dr. Diane gave me my life back, and for that I will always be grateful. My blood labs remain normal and I am now working on improving my diet to insure optimal health.

“Thank you Dr. Diane for giving me hope when no one else would”

Sandy Lane

Diane is amazing at what she does. I’ve been seeing her for over a year now and am very impressed with her knowledge and the way she really takes care of you and gives you her all. She is my favorite acupuncturist! 

Kalyn Lapidus (Google Review)

Dr. Diane is an amazing and compassionate Doctor. She helped my husband and I get pregnant, and I have continued seeing her through my pregnancy. She takes such good care of you. I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Laura (Google Review)

Dr. Diane is absolutely fantastic! Not only is she extremely knowledgeable but, she is caring and compassionate. She is extremely skilled and is very dedicated to her field. She involves herself in and keeps up with the latest research in acupuncture. I highly recommend Dr. Diane for anyone seeking acupuncture and oriental medicine treatment.

Kristina Koch (Google Review)

I’ve been seeing Dr. Diane for well over a year, since my sister recommended her for my poor immune system and other chronic conditions, even though I’m highly active. Dr. Diane, being an athlete herself, recommended a few courses of action to begin with that would help fix my gut issues (which were the root cause of many problems), improve my energy levels and help recover from some past injuries. Because she is so willing to spend time and actually listen to your symptoms, she is able to treat you as an individual and not simply brush things off as “normal”. I’ve had some great improvements, in mental clarity and energy and we are continuing to work on maintaining and fixing those little things that pop up unexpectedly. It is really nice to work with someone you can trust to have your best interest at heart!

Lauren Barrett (Google Review)

Dr. Diane has been such a huge part of my athletic career and life. She has been able to help treat me through recovery from hip surgery, many minor injuries, as well as digestive and any body issues or concerns I am having. I feel that in every session she really tries to treat all of my concerns and truly cares about me and helping to get me to feeling and performing at my best. The East Winds Acupuncture office has a great vibe and they are always great about working with my schedule to find times for me to get in for a treatment or just to pick up a supplement. I have noticed a huge transformation in my athletics and life by seeing Dr. Diane and trust that she will provide me with great quality care each visit.

Samantha Achterberg (Google Review)

Diane is not only a fantastic practitioner and researcher, but an amazing woman overall. Any patient of hers is in for a very special treat!

Debra Kuhn (Google Review)

Dr. Diane is amazing! I went to her for multiple health issues as well as during my pregnancy. She is extremely knowledgeable and digs deep to find the root cause. I have only had a great experience with her care. I am a firm believer in the healing powers of Chinese medicine after being treated by her!!!!!

Mary Whitlock (Google Review)

I had the honor of serving on the American Board of Oriental Medicine with Diane. She was always professional. I have found her to be a great source of information and she constantly offers help to the new ABORM fellows in both Western and Eastern medicine knowledge. She is an asset to the field and should you choose to work with her you certainly will be in capable hands.

Bethany Richardson (Google Review)

As a fellow clinician, I have to say that Diane is one of the most dedicated and skilled clinicians I have had the honor to work with. In addition to being an amazing clinician, she has made a significant to the field of reproductive medicine through her extensive research. If my sister lived in Colorado, Diane would be the only person I would consider sending her to. You are in excellent hands in her care.

Kirsten Karchmer, CEO Conceivable (Google Review)

I was Diane’s intern for a couple of years so I had the advantage of not only learning from her but also watching how she treats her clients. And I have to say, She is one of the best acupuncturist that you can find. Diane is Extremely knowledgeable in this field and continues to research to stay abreast of the latest findings and research to give her clients the best possible outcomes available. She’s not only gifted with intellect but her heart for her clients is absolutely beautiful. She truly cares about your wellbeing. Her desire is for you to live a positive productive lifestyle and will work for you to gain it and obtain it. If you’ve never tired acupuncture before this is the place to start.

Holly Michel (Google Review)