Gianina Knoth, AP, DOM, LCPC, LMT, is a licensed and board certified acupuncture physician, doctor of oriental medicine, licensed clinical pastoral counselor and licensed massage therapist specializing in holistic family health including pain relief, pediatrics, integrative oncology, individual and family temperament therapy and medical massage therapy.
I am nationally board certified by The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed by The Florida Board of Massage Therapy. I completed 4 post graduate years of schooling, over 3 years of clinical work and passed all required national exams before being licensed. Since then, I have completed 5 years of advanced pediatric training, integrative oncology training with Memorial Sloan Kettering and over 500 hours of advanced continuing education. I am certified as a professional clinical christian counselor specializing in temperament therapy with the National Christian Counselors Association. I am currently working towards my PhD in Clinical Christian Counseling from the Colorado Theological Seminary.
In my clinical practice, I combine acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine, massage therapy and my Midwesterner’s love of getting to know people to give my patients small town health care in a big city. I have a passion for education that borders on the fanatical. I read incessantly, take continuing education classes weekly and I can’t help sharing everything I’m learning with my patients, students and the unsuspecting stranger next to me in line at the store.
WHY I DO WHAT I DO Have you seen an ad for a prescription drug on TV lately? Unless you're living under a rock, you couldn't miss one if you tried. People tell me “needles are scary”. I say anything with a list of side effects that take the better part of a 60-second commercial to name is scary. Acupuncture, not so much. We’re talking needles that are thinner than a cat’s whisker!
Acupuncture excels as a preventative medicine but is also for acute and chronic pain and illness. The bottom line is, poor lifestyle choices will only make you more miserable and more dependent on more drugs with more risks and side-effects as the years go by. I am committed to partnering with you to proactively approach your health with a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, lifestyle changes and nutrition counseling.
I DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO AN "US" VERSUS "THEM" MENTALITY I think the best way for patients to get the best health care is for western medicine and holistic medicine to work together. I refer my patients to medical doctors, specialists and encourage all preventative and diagnostic medical testing as necessary. Emergency medicine is a literal lifesaver, and so are many drugs.
That said, I am not in favor of taking a pill when lifestyle changes, which can be harder and take longer, are ignored for the sake of an easier, albeit temporary “fix”. I know some people who believe that alternative health care providers would just assume dance around you waving incense and chanting while you’re bleeding out than have you take a prescription. Not so. I know that acupuncture can often help before more invasive procedures or treatment are needed. But sometimes those treatments are and I will always do what is best for you, the patient. THE STORY OF HOW I WAS DRAGGED TO MY FIRST ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT If the very thought of acupuncture conjures up visions of late night horror films or sounds like a subject Harry Potter might study, you’re aren’t much different than I was in 2004 when I was just short of dragged to my first acupuncture treatment.
I wish I could tell you I was always a fan of acupuncture. After all, it does have over 2,500 years of history as a safe and effective healthcare modality. The truth is, I was flat out skeptical, scared and completely weirded-out by the whole thing. That is, until I woke up the next morning after my first treatment with less pain than I’d had in almost 2 years after a nasty car accident.
After that first treatment, I bought an 800 page book on acupuncture, read it cover to cover, and did the same with two more. One year later, I left a successful career in advertising to begin the training that would change my health and my life forever.
Today, the weekly migraines I had since I was 7 are gone. The neck pain I was told required surgery 10 years ago is completely under control, sans operation. The children I was told I could not conceive naturally? My husband and I have two. I’m here to tell you friends, ACUPUNCTURE WORKS! It’s why I do what I do.
ADDITIONAL TRAINING I believe that the best way to serve my patients is to never stop learning. In 1998, I earned my first Bachelor’s degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a double major in Advertising and Graphic Design and a minor in Psychology. In 2005, I graduated as Valedictorian from the Acupuncture Massage College in Miami with a degree in Massage Therapy. I earned a second Bachelor's of Science Degree in Health Sciences and a Masters of Oriental Medicine from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in 2009. I have since completed several advanced pediatric acupuncture programs, integrative oncology training with Memorial Sloan Kettering and advanced training in Tung's acupuncture (otherwise known as distal acupuncture or the balance method). I have also been trained by the National Acupuncture and Detoxification Association to treat addiction, trauma and post traumatic stress disorder. I am currently working towards my PhD in Clinical Christian Counseling at the Colorado Theological Seminary with a focus on temperament therapy for individuals, families, couples and children. Other training includes: Cranio Sacral Therapy (Upledger Institute, West Palm Beach), nutrition, massage therapy, reflexology, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, kinesiology (muscle testing), homeopathy, injection therapy, detox protocols, tai chi and qi gong. GIVING BACK I don't have a lot of free time, but I still do my best to give back to my community when I can. Currently, I volunteer as a 4-H leader in Palm Beach, I work as a team manager for the American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO), I am a volunteer support mentor for the HER Foundation, which helps mothers to be suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy, I serve on the controlling board of the Wellness Project Foundation, which provides low cost or free care to cancer patients, victims of violence and veterans, I periodically write and speak for the MOMS on a Mission organization at Rio Vista Community Church and I am a One to One Discipleship mentor for Connect Church.