AJ Zamora, CPT
I developed a curiosity about natural medicine at a very young age. It always fascinated me that after my mom put a mud & herb poultice on my ant bites or after walking barefoot on rocks to stimulate healing (our form of reflexology), I immediately felt better. As I got older and experienced severe allergies and digestive issues, I found that I didn’t get relief from what my doctors were prescribing. I went back to my roots, remembering the healing power of nature that my mom instilled in me. I sought out a job at a health food store when I was seventeen to learn more. After changing my diet and utilizing natural supplements and herbs, I was amazed at the improvements in my health, energy, and vitality!
My original goal was to heal myself but the more I learned about how food can be our medicine, I wanted to tell all of my friends and family and help them with their health issues. I devoured books on the subject and decided to seek out more education about wellness.
I got a job as a certified nurse’s assistant with Kaiser. My experience there inspired me take a different path and work in preventative medicine in order to help people stay healthy and prevent illness. I continued to work in health food stores and fitness clubs in order to add to my knowledge and experience. After more than twenty years in this field, my background includes advising professional athletes, public education, and supporting both naturopathic and medical doctors as a nutritional supplement consultant.
I’ve always loved being active! At any given time I was out climbing rocks or trees, surfing, rafting, hiking, snowboarding, or rollerblading. Throughout my life several of my loved ones have been unwell or clinically obese. My goal was to inspire them and help them learn how to take care of themselves. While gathering as much knowledge as I could to help them, my passion eventually turned into a lifestyle, and then eventually into my profession as a personal trainer and wellness coach. I was certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and I am currently pursuing a Masters in Kinesiology with a focus on exercise science, wellness, & nutrition.