We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Walker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Patients are coming out of the woodwork with persistent and mysterious symptoms that don’t add up. Our conventional medical system is well equipped for certain emergencies and conditions, but individuals struggling with chronic conditions often fall through the cracks. A holistic and functional medicine approach to healing has truly saved my life and shown me that it’s possible to reverse symptoms with the right approach. My personal journey in this arena inspired me to pursue further education and training so that I can provide clients with a “root issues” approach to healing from chronic illness. To me, there’s nothing more empowering than helping others get their lives back.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and my first business was a paddle boarding company in my home state of Alaska. Starting an outdoor recreation business from the ground up was an incredible experience that boosted my confidence to open up my own holistic wellness practice here in Colorado. I am passionate about uncovering the root issues responsible for chronic illness, and my business logo is an iceberg which represents the importance of addressing things that are hidden under the surface. I specialize in working with conditions that are often missed by conventional medicine, including mast cell activation disease, dysautonomia, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and inflammation from mold exposure. As a doctor of physical therapy, my personal experience with these and other conditions led me to write two books and I’ve subsequently pursued additional training in functional medicine, nutrition, and energetic healing. The road to get here has certainly not been easy, but it’s been rich with unique friendships and opportunities for advocacy, education and spiritual growth—I wouldn’t change a thing! I feel so blessed to be able to give back to this patient community and I hope to be a beacon of hope to show others that healing and reversal of symptoms are possible.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start out at Red Silo Coffee, one of my favorite gems in Arvada. From there we’d grab the paddleboards and head up to Gross Reservoir for some fun in the sunshine (which, by the way, is not gross at all!) Or we’d take a SUP yoga class with Rocky Mountain Paddleboard (full disclosure: I teach lessons for them!) We’d be sure to grab some whole food plant based goodness from one of my favorite restaurants on the way back (Just BE Kitchen, Vital Root, Watercourse) or perhaps some Peruvian food from Los Cabos downtown. (I spent a year living in Peru in my 20’s and Los Cabos is the real deal!) If it was fall, we’d head up to Rocky Mountain National Park, or check out Sweetheart Winery or Ya Ya Farm & Orchard. If we had time in the summer, we’d do a road trip to Steamboat, Buena Vista or Ouray for some hot springs action and camping/hiking adventures. In winter we’d head over to Joyful Journey Hot Springs and explore the sand dunes or hit the ski slopes on the way back.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My partner, rock and biggest cheerleader, Graham Houle. My “trifecta” (MCAS, POTS, EDS) colleagues who are paving the way with innovation and compassion. Dr. Tony Smith for helping me think outside of the box. My functional medicine mentors and my clients who teach me something new each day.