Meet Amy Petrarca... Registered Nurse, Licensed Acupuncturist, IFM Certified Practitioner

...born on the East Coast, raised in the Mid-West, and migrated to the left coast, San Francisco in 1999.

After graduating from Auburn University School of Nursing with her BSN degree in 1993, Amy Petrarca had already solidified the foundation of her Professional Emergency Nursing experience at some of the most reputable hospitals in the country including:

  • The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida
  • Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California

Amy Petrarca spent nearly fifteen years functioning as the Relief Charge Nurse on weekend night-shifts at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.  During her last years of employment with the Department of Public Health (DPH), Amy Petrarca was able to achieve a Master's Degree in Science at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in Potrero Hill.

Reinventing herself as an Integrative Medicine Practitioner, Amy Petrarca has spent more than a decade immersed in the study and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, founding her own company, BiaoHealth in 2007.

Amy Petrarca recognized after working in tertiary care teaching hospitals for decades, that the majority of the patients seeking help & health care in the ERs around the country were actually suffering from chronic health care problems that were not being addressed at the root of their problems.  Patients were typically given pharmaceutical prescriptions for their symptoms and instructions to follow-up with primary doctors that they may not even know, sometimes even waiting months for appointments.

Amy wanted to create a clinical experience where she could spend quality time with each patient, really listening to their issues, and getting to the root of their problems.   Amy longed to work with people in partnership, who are dedicated to their own health and wellness goals.

In 2010, Amy had the great fortune of finding The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM.) 

IFM changed everything.

Helping to create a structure – a framework that really integrates all of the Clinical Experience of the Western Medicine model – and the holistic Traditional Chinese medicine lens as well, Functional medicine provided the scaffolding for Amy to really build her “dream medical practice.”

Amy Petrarca is licensed by the California Board of Nursing, the California Acupuncture Board, and is a Diplomate of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM. 

Amy Petrarca completed her IFMCP (The Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner) Certification in 2019. She has attended the following IFM modules and conferences:

  • AFMCP (Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice) - Portland, OR, 2010.
  • Advanced Practice Hormone Module - New Orleans, LA, 2012.
  • Advanced Practice Immunology Module - Tampa, FL, 2013.
  • Advanced Practice Detoxification & BioTransformation Module - Denver, CO, 2014.
  • AIC (Annual International Conference) - The "Omics" Revolution, Nature & Nurture, Austin, TX 2015.
  • Advanced Practice CardioMetabolic Module - Atlanta, GA, 2016.
  • Advanced Practice GastroIntestinal Module - Denver, CO, 2017.
  • AIC (Annual International Conference) - Solving the Puzzle of Autoimmunity: The Interplay of Gut, Genes, and Environment, Hollywood, FL, 2018.
  • Advanced Practice Energy Module - Portland, OR, 2018.

In addition to this, Amy Petrarca has studied Qi Gong and Tai Chi with Li Ping Zhu, of Qi Dragon Center in San Francisco, CA since 2003.

Amy Petrarca has also studied Facial Constitutional Acupuncture Renewal (2005, 2011, 2012)  with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, Awarded Educator of the Year by the American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAAOM).
Amy Petrarca also completed the (200+ hour) premiere Gold Standard Facial Acupuncture Certification program (2012 - 2013)  at The NorthWestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, Minnesota with Ms. Wakefield.

Amy Petrarca also enjoys public speaking and educational opportunities.  She has created presentations and demonstrations for the following institutions by invitation:

• The University of San Francisco Medical Center School of Nursing, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
• AirBnB Health & Wellness Fair, 2012.
• The San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibition:  "The Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Three Treasures, Four Levels, Five Elements" - (March 2013)
• The San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibition:  "Exploring the Elixirs of Immortality; Ancient Medicines & Modern Beauty" - (April 2013)
• Guest speaker, Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco, Nov 2015.
• The Olympic Club, Health & Lifestyle Expo, San Francisco, Jan 2016.

Both of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum lectures are available on YouTube.

Please inquire if you have an interest in having Amy Petrarca speak at your event.