I Would like to Share My Story and how I came to find True Health for myself…
I’m Diana Joy Ostroff and I founded the Center for Natural Healing in 1989, straight out of medical school in Oregon. It had been a dream of mine to come to Hawaii. When I got here and began exploring our islands, I noticed that many scenes looked just like those in my dreams. It was also fitting to learn that my name – Ostroff, (in Ukrainian which is the country from which my grandparents originated) indeed means island. Quite serendipitous!
I have two teenage boys, and a most amazing team of supporters at our beautiful healing center in Aina Haina. I play piano, dance ballet and jazz, do yoga, spend time with friends and loved ones and just love my life in Hawaii. But it wasn’t always like this:
My inspiration to go into the field of Natural Medicine began when I was quite young, though I don’t think I was conscious of it at the time and all along until I became much older. My mother died three months after my birth. She had been given pain pills to stop pain and other pills to suppress excessive bleeding. This was done instead of the doctors learning that she had retained placenta and a resulting infection. Her death could have been prevented had the cause of her bleeding been determined prior to providing her with medicine that may not have been necessary at all. Her death was due to improper administration of medication. I grew up without the proper nurturing of a loving mother; and while my peers at the time were nursing and receiving mother’s milk, my loving grandfather fed me lots of ice cream and milk in effort to make me happy. At age two, I was admitted to the ER for an abdominal surgery – largely exploratory in nature though they removed my appendix for good measure- because I was having stomach pain. This set me up for 25 years of daily stomach aches.
This malady was compounded with a series of other struggles I had throughout my teens and twenties…ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER, PMS, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME, ADRENAL FATIGUE, DEPRESSION, LOW ENERGY, ADDICTION TO SUGAR AND CAFFEINE, INSOMNIA, STRESS ; and at age 30, after somehow miraculously finishing medical school, I was diagnosed with a serious liver disease. I later learned that it was caused by a certain prescription that I was given to assist me in sleeping due to the incredible stress I was under Starting a new life in Hawaii, as a new “alternative medicine doctor”, knowing no one, and trying to begin a medical practice.
When I was told by a nice man that I may wish to consider getting my affairs in order, due to the severity of this liver disease (my liver enzymes were over 2000); I looked him in the eyes and said, “thank you, that won’t be necessary”. I decided in that moment that I was determined and committed to healing myself completely! I did so in one year employing all the tools that I had learned over the 12 years of prior study and by age 31 I felt 100% better. My energy was so high and I was happy for the first time in my life –authentically HEALTHY AND HAPPY – like never before. That, my friends, is what I am committed to assist you in finding and feeling for yourself. It is a magical feeling to wake up each day ready to give your best self to the world. I am grateful for all of the experiences I had that assisted me in being the doctor and person I am today. I would love to share what is possible for YOU!
Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff has been practicing Naturopathic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine on Oahu since 1989. She was motivated into her career of choice by a desire and drive to heal herself. Realizing when she was a teenager that life could be so much richer if she felt amazingly healthy in mind, body and spirit, Dr. Joy began her quest for knowledge, skill, and mastery in 1978 when she started learning yoga, psychology, meditation, nutrition, and physical fitness. Holding to a philosophy that we are able to heal our own bodies through elements found in nature, guided Dr. Joy decided to seek out the field of naturopathy. Twelve years of additional study in pre-med and medical sciences as well as Naturopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Hawaiian healing arts and study abroad in Asia; plus 31 solid years of treating thousands of patients gives Dr. Joy the experience and credibility to make a deep and long lasting impact and impression on how her patients’ bodies work, and how they can work with greater efficiency and vitality.
In 1989, Dr. Joy founded the Center for Natural Healing Hawaii to focus on: • Optimal Health for the MIND, BODY, AND SOUL • Balanced Wellness For Mothers And Children – Holistic Pediatric Care • Restorative Health For Mothers • Emotional Well-Being – Freedom From Depression And Anxiety • Nutritional Health, Digestive Health – Freedom From Eating Disorders, Weight Gain, Cravings, And Bloating • Hormonal Balance – Freedom From PMS, Happiness After Menopause, Male Virility. She is the author of the “Wisdom of Well-Being Book series” – “Your Health is in Your Hands”, “The Joy of Eating – for Kids and their Moms”, and “Get the Skinny on Getting Skinny”.
Speaking Engagements & Seminars
Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff is an engaging speaker and teacher on Naturopathic Medicine and Health and often appears as a guest speaker at events, seminars and other educational lectures.
Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff is available for speaking engagements. Please contact us! 808-373-9966.
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