To help as many people as possible attain optimum health and vitality through education and natural means without the use of unnecessary drugs or surgery. Or, simply, to heal the world.
Longevity Wellness, a division of Crane Health, is dedicated to providing excellent healthcare to the Sarasota and gulf coast community. Each practitioner in our clinic has an undergraduate degree and then attended a four-year graduate school program in Traditional Chinese medicine. Their medical education included extensive training in Chinese medical theory and diagnosis, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, western medical theory and diagnosis, as well as massage and qi gong. The clinical training took place in a busy outpatient setting under the supervision of doctors of both Chinese and Western medicine.
While all of our acupuncturists have been trained as general practitioners, each has their own unique specialty. The acupuncturists at Longevity are devoted to integrating the use of Chinese medicine with the more mainstream western care most people receive. They are proud to be a part of the established professional medical community the Sarasota Florida region.
Dr. Cynthia Clark
Acupuncture Physician & Applied Clinical Nutritionist
A highly skilled acupuncturist, Applied Clinical Nutritionist, Herbalist, and Creator of Energy Evolution, Dr. Cynthia Clark has successfully treated patients with a wide range of health issues, including musculoskeletal pain, digestive and gastro-intestinal issues, endocrine, reproductive, psychological, respiratory, and nervous system disorders. Her comprehensive knowledge of herbal safety and herb-pharmaceutical interactions allows her to safely and effectively integrate herbal medicine, nutrition and whole food supplements into her treatment programs.
An undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineer helped form Dr. Clark’s mind into a systems-based approach to the workings of the body. Years in the technology industry helped her realize the great advances man has made with science. Over a decade of martial arts training prepared her for both the meridian paradigm of energetic Chinese medicine healing, and the discipline required to master the study of it. She graduated with a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from AOMA, Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas. AOMA is the leading graduate school for acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the U.S. and the first to be regionally accredited. The four-year Master program includes extensive training in both Chinese and Western medical theory, diagnosis and practice. Dr. Clark completed her board exams while still in school, pursued her advanced functional medicine nutritional certification during her last year, and served as AOMA’s Student Association President.
As a believer in community involvement, Dr. Clark has served on not only AOMA’s student government, but is also a past board member for the national professional association, AAAOM. She is the current president of SMART, the Sarasota Manatee Acupuncture Research Team, the local chapter of the state association FSOMA. She is also co-founder of the Natural Healthcare Forum, a visionary alliance of multiple holistic disciplines dedicated to educating our community about natural healthcare options and alternatives to pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Cynthia is a NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. She also has an Applied Clinical Nutrition Certification (ACN). She is licensed to practice acupuncture by the Florida Medical Board.
Dr. Cynthia’s Healing Story-
How many trips to the doctor’s office would it take to figure out how to make my stomach stop hurting? Between 1984 and 1992, I would go to our family doctor countless times to figure out the root of my stomach problems. There seemed to be no escape; I was trapped in a body that seemed to hijack me into realms of pain without warning, without consent. In fact, I actually thought it was normal for people to have excruciating pain on a daily basis. I suspected stress was involved, but other people got stressed and didn’t seem to have these symptoms. I thought there must be more. After multiple dead ends, I was prescribed an antacid.
It wouldn’t be until 1993 that I would start to understand the powerful connection between stress, my mind, and my body. And I would learn one important fundamental fact that had eluded me for almost a decade. This fundamental truth would affect the way I related to my body forever; it also ultimately guided me in the direction of my career today.
What could possibly have taken me a decade to learn, when I experienced the symptoms daily? I’ll come back to that.
You see, I had an unusual upbringing. At age 3, my dad decided that he was likely to lose all custody rights in the impending split from my mother. So, he simply took me. We traveled far away, and I didn’t end up re-meeting my mother and step-sister until I was 9. This schism gave me a little different world-view than most of my play-mates. And because we were in danger of being reported if we were found out, things could be a little stressful for both my dad and me.
This stress of unknowns, of not being in control, of things not necessarily going in a direction that I thought was good for me constantly stressed my system. Even though I knew that my father and my mother both loved me, the circumstances at the time caused certain physiological shifts in my body. For one thing, because my nervous system was a little taxed, my digestive system didn’t get as much energy. As a result of that, I tended to have difficult and painful digestive disorders.
What did I realize in the spring of 1993 that would change my life forever? That I could participate in my body’s healing. That I had a choice of which stress to take on; that seemed impossible at a time when so many things in my life were not in my control. I was a teenager after all, and the atmosphere in one’s home as a child is often largely beyond our control. When I realized that I could participate in my healing, that I could really make a difference in how I felt, my whole life changed. That is a story for another time, but you already know the ending: I love love love getting to be a practitioner of Oriental Medicine and Functional Medicine!
A sudden onset of seizures is where Heather’s journey with alternative medicine began. She spent many years in hospitals and doctor’s offices, always leaving more confused than before. Being sick for so long leads to many challenges. She was cut off socially, emotionally, and spiritually. A top performing student now was a couch potato because the seizures left her immobilized. She began to lose short term memory, was losing weight at an alarming rate, and was not fun to be around. When you are that miserable you feel angry and sadly that came out on other people. Thankfully, Heather had a mother and aunt who refused to give up. Doing their own research, they discovered that her diet could be causing her symptoms. A preservative called Monosodium glutamate is a hidden preservative that can cause adverse reactions. She tried an elimination diet- strictly eating meat and vegetables. It is now nine years later and she has been living seizure free.
She turned her focus towards helping others change the way they view their body and well-being. She believes in an approach that has a foundation of a healthy diet, a strong mind, and spiritual growth. Through her greatest challenge came her greatest blessing. Heather finished high school and enrolled at Everglades University in Florida. She will graduate this April with her B.S in Alternative Medicine. After graduation she plans on becoming a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. She will be moving up in the Longevity clinic, getting to work more closely with Dr. Cynthia and the patients. She wants to be a support for those who are scared and confused, just as she was. There is great empowerment that comes from holistic healing and treating all the aspects of your health—body, mind and spirit.
About Our Name and Clinic
What’s in a Name? Longevity Wellness is now our name, but our original name was Crane Health. We chose the image of the Crane in reference to a story told by our teacher, Dr. Wu. Ages ago Confucius was carried from the mountains down to the people on the shoulders of a White Crane. We thought that this was a good image for our philosophy of practice as we believe that as practitioners we are teachers. Historically, the title ‘Doctor’ denotes a teacher. We always try to explain how we can help or how processes in your body are occurring. As acupuncturists we ‘teach’ your body to activate the self and healing intelligence that exists with each and every one of us.
Serendipitously, the crane is also a symbol of harmony and longevity which fits perfectly with our clinic name, Longevity Wellness. The white crane is the symbol of Longevity – fate had us in hand! Even before we knew it. And our clinic is very near a the Sandhill Crane habitat in the Palmer Ranch area of Sarasota so we get to see and hear the magnificence of cranes in our daily lives.
We have clients from all over Manatee County and Sarasota County visit us for our acupuncture services including the surrounding towns of Anna Maria, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Palmetto, Sarasota, Siesta Key, Venice, North Port, Osprey, Nokomis, Englewood and surrounding towns. Some regulars travel from as far away as Orlando. We are also available via phone consults, allowing us to help clients all over the country.
Contact the Clinic
Where to Find Us
2106 Bispham Rd, Sarasota FL 34231
Our Service Area
We work closely with our patients from both Manatee and Sarasota County including residents from Sarasota, Siesta Key, Venice, North Port, Osprey, Nokomis, Englewood, Anna Maria, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and surrounding towns.