Testimonials


Thank you for your excellent care in this year.

You are truly a blessing for someone who is experiencing severe pain and comes to you for help.

Warmly,
H.K. (Gainesville, FL.)


I have received acupuncture treatments for pain and healing. In these therapies the acupuncture provided immediate relief and have expedited my healing.

I feel Theresa Rizzo is the most professional and experienced acupuncturist I have ever had. I would highly recommend acupuncture as a curative therapy and particularly endorse Theresa as the best provider of acupuncture.

M.F. (Gainesville, Fl.)


After learning I had cervical spondylosis with stenosis at C5-C6 and that there was nothing short of spinal fusion surgery that western medicine could offer me, I decided to try acupuncture for the first time. After my first session with Theresa Rizzo, the throbbing pain in my left arm went away for about 5 hours. This was quite a relief as traction, pain meds, and muscle relaxers had not been able to do this. After my 2nd treatment, my pain was gone for the whole next day. I continued with treatments and kept getting better.

As with any chronic musculoskeletal disorder, I have had relapses, but continued regular treatments have drastically reduced my pain levels, muscle spasms and nerve tingling. This has enabled me to regain my normal living activities and manage my condition. I would encourage others to try acupuncture for their health problems. It has made a world of difference for me.
Joe


I am a Graduate student working on a PhD in molecular biology.  When I was entering graduate school at the University of Florida I was dealing with some serious health concerns both physically and mentally – chronic insomnia, severe depression, anorexia nervosa, and more – and I was hitting a wall with traditional medicine.  Every pill that fixed one thing exacerbated others.  To make things worse, I am hard on my body — lack of sleep, long hours, inconsistent schedule, heavy exercise, long periods of sedentary activity, fluctuating diet, plenty of alcohol – your typical college student.  My studies are demanding and I don’t have time to be sick.  I was struggling.  I had never had acupuncture before visiting Theresa, but was desperate for help.  I found her brochure and business card; it spoke to my needs and I decided to give acupuncture a try.  Theresa has helped me balance my extremes, moderate my excesses, and has generally kept me in good health and sanity through stress, life changes, and both simple and serious health issues.  I’ve seen her weekly for over three years now.  Acupuncture has become an absolute necessity for my physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.  When I miss appointments my body knows it and my performance suffers.  The more I keep up with treatments and pay attention to her coaching, the better I succeed.  She is a blessing to all aspects of my life, and I cannot recommend her enough.
S.J. (Gainesville, Fl)


Acupuncture has changed my life. I have been going to see Theresa Rizzo for weekly treatments for over 4 years now. I am about to move to Tallahassee, and leaving the care of Theresa is one of the saddest things about an otherwise happy and exciting move to a new city and new job. I can only hope to find another acupuncture physician as wonderful as Theresa. I had many health problems when I started going to see Theresa, including high stress and anxiety, neck pain and stiffness, lower back pain, knee pain, and autoimmune liver disease.  After my very first treatment, my neck pain was immediately relieved, and I left her office amazed and overjoyed that I could turn my head completely to the right for the first time in almost a year. It was truly like a miracle.  This is true for the other health issues for which I have received treatment.  Sometimes the pains recur, but after treatment, they always subside and over time I have learned how to manage them better, thanks to the helpful advice and counseling offered by Theresa at every session.  One thing that has been the most amazing and important to me is that my liver function blood tests have all been normal since beginning treatments with Theresa, and they were way out of normal range for a long time before I started acupuncture.  With her attentive care, kind and gentle approach, I have become a much happier and healthier person, and I could not be more grateful.  Theresa is an extremely skilled, gifted, intuitive and kind acupuncture physician, and I highly recommend her to anyone who needs help with any kind of health issue, physical or emotional.  Not only has acupuncture changed my life, but you, Theresa, have changed my life for the better in so many ways.  Thank you so very much.
Sincerely submitted by Laila


I can’t recommend Theresa Rizzo highly enough! I have been going to her for acupuncture for almost a year, and I recently started taking my son as well. The atmosphere is so peaceful, relaxing, and comfortable. Most importantly, Theresa has a gentle, calm presence. She is trustworthy, accommodating, and holistic. She has helped me with several health concerns related to stress and anxiety, and she is the only professional who has ever been able to relieve my sinus headaches, which were severe before I started going to her. My son and I go once a week and plan to keep doing so. She is wonderful.
Elizabeth


I was just looking at Ismael and thinking of all of that Eczema when he was a baby… and there’s just no trace of it now, masha allah. No eczema, asthma, nothing. Anyways, I just wanted to thank you for for your expertise and support–you introduced me to a whole new way to manage my family’s health. I am thoroughly convinced that had we addressed his skin issues in other ways we would never have truly healed what was wrong. And boy, do I know dampness and yin deficiency when I feel them coming on now 😉 Anyways, thanks again, take care, and enjoy your new home.
Hilary


Since having surgery, in November 2008, for a bone spur pressing against my spinal cord, recovery has been a long process. After months of physical therapy and medication, I have improved, though I still have nerve pain in my hand and arm. I consulted with my physician, and he referred me to Dr. Theresa Rizzo, believing that acupuncture would be the only option at this point in my recovery. I showed improvement after my first treatment, and continue to improve with each additional treatment. I am very pleased with her concern for my wellness, and the professional manner in which she conducts business. I have and will continue to highly recommend Dr. Theresa Rizzo.
Ron


I have been a patient of Theresa Rizzo for 2 years. She has treated me for problems related to a stroke, for pain suffered during and after 2 hip replacement surgeries. She has successfully relieved me of the discomforts of restless leg syndrome which had troubled me all my adult life. Most recently she banished a toothache, the cause of which had baffled 2 dentists. Through all of this, she exhibited an admirable professionalism, competence and unflagging patience, compassion and understanding. Its is a pleasure to offer these observations and to highly recommend her to you.
Ellen


What can I say…She’s the best!!!! Very experienced, always on time, puts you at ease (even someone like me that is terrified of needles), and genuinely cares about doing everything in her power to make you feel better. She does this because she cares….not for a paycheck. Love her!!!
Tessa C


Helped me successfully quite smoking – 6 years and counting!
Helen S.


Outstanding service. Always felt comfortable during the process and even better after.
Molly M.


It is wonderful to have the option of the community clinic. Very reasonable sliding scale for great acupuncture! The atmosphere is relaxing and the treatments make a difference.
Loren P.


Theresa helped me get my immune system back up to normal when I started getting sick. Usually I end up getting Bronchitis and a Sinus infection but I started seeing her at the beginning of the symptoms and I got better without having to go through all of that. She also addressed some other issues I was having that resolved over a few treatments. I’m a believer that Acupuncture really works! Lisa
Lisa F.


Theresa listens well and is very responsive to my particular needs. She is a calm presence and offers many suggestions for trying outside of the office to improve my pain. I have had a good reduction in my pain level since receiving acupuncture treatments and have been able to resume some activities that I was avoiding due to pain. I am happy that I made the choice to see Theresa.
Sharon P.


Thank you from the fullness of my heart for being such an extraordinary Healer. You are not only the best of all Acupuncturists/TCM practitioners I’ve ever encountered, but you are also a comprehensive Healer who has been helping me with Healing in all areas/dimensions of my life. I feel miraculously better now than the pain-filled mess I was when I entered your office earlier today. Thank you for the gentle reminders of how to once again take charge of my life despite toxic others pushing my buttons, and for alleviating all the pain & tension in my body & in my spirit. My sincere appreciation & gratitude go far beyond mere words. Thank you for choosing to be a Healer in Gainesville, Theresa 🙂
Susan Y.


Theresa helped me get my fertility cycles on track and offered loving support through my pregnancy and early breastfeeding struggles. Professional, kind, and effective.
H.D. (Gainesville, Fl)


Theresa listens well and is very responsive to my particular needs. She is a calm presence and offers many suggestions for trying outside of the office to improve my pain. I have had a good reduction in my pain level since receiving acupuncture treatments and have been able to resume some activities that I was avoiding due to pain. I am happy that I made the choice to see Theresa.
S.P. (Gainesville, Fl.)


Theresa is by far an extraordinarily knowledgeable and talented acupuncture physician and nutritional consultant. She has made a huge difference in my quality of life, and my daughter’s quality of life. I give her the highest possible recommendation for anyone who wants the highest-quality healing help.
S.B. (Gainesville, Fl)


Theresa is an excellent listener and takes time with her patients in non-rushed atmosphere. I have gotten much needed relief for insomnia under her care.
T.P. (Gainesville, Fl)


Theresa is exceptional with needles, making my visits pleasurable. Most importantly, she is a healer. Her treatments have enabled me to gain a quality of life I haven’t had in twenty years. I’m so glad I found Theresa and recommend her highly to anyone.
L.C. (Alachua, Fl)


Theresa helped me get my immune system back up to normal when I started getting sick. Usually I end up getting Bronchitis and a Sinus infection but I started seeing her at the beginning of the symptoms and I got better without having to go through all of that. She also addressed some other issues I was having that resolved over a few treatments. I’m a believer that Acupuncture really works!
Lisa


Since having surgery, in November 2008, for a bone spur pressing against my spinal cord, recovery has been a long process. After months of physical therapy and medication, I have improved, though I still have nerve pain in my hand and arm. I consulted with my physician, and he referred me to Dr. Theresa Rizzo, believing that acupuncture would be the only option at this point in my recovery. I showed improvement after my first treatment, and continue to improve with each additional treatment. I am very pleased with her concern for my wellness, and the professional manner in which she conducts business. I have and will continue to highly recommend Dr. Theresa Rizzo.
Ron R.


Thank you for going above and beyond as my acupuncturist. I can’t thank you enough for how you have helped me. You are incredibly kind and generous and wonderful at what you do. Many thanks.
Rebecca


I came to Theresa because of shoulder and arm pain. I had received physical therapy for a rotator cuff tear and tendinitis but still had considerable pain. She has been able to eliminate the pain. Currently, she is helping me with my inflammatory bowel condition. I am feeling much better and have been able to add many more items back into my diet. I have also gained some weight (which is a good thing for me). In treating these issues, she has resolved much of my old “chronic” back pain and I am sleeping better than I have in a long time.
Patricia H.


Thank you for your healing touch and part in my healing journey. Thank you for your support as I become a contributing member of our community again!
Michele P.


In only 6 months of working with Acupuncturist Theresa Rizzo she addressed a multitude of problems that plagued me for years. I came to her exhausted, unable to have back to back functional days. After working with Theresa my body is now naturally energized and I am walking 2 miles a day, something I haven’t been able to do in nearly 10 years! She helped relieve me of everything from heart palpitations and fatigue, to back pain, joint inflammation, night sweats, grinding my teeth and anxiety. Theresa is a delightful person, easy to feel that you are in trusted hands, who seamlessly adapts her wide range of knowledge and skills to suit her patients needs. I know when I go to Theresa she will treat the problem I am experiencing and help me move forward with balance and joy. I recommend her to all my friends and family. Thank you Theresa, you have been a God send.
Leela 


I was just looking at Ismael and thinking of all of that Eczema when he was a baby… and there’s just no trace of it now, masha allah. No eczema, asthma, nothing. Anyways, I just wanted to thank you for for your expertise and support–you introduced me to a whole new way to manage my family’s health. I am thoroughly convinced that had we addressed his skin issues in other ways we would never have truly healed what was wrong. And boy, do I know dampness and yin deficiency when I feel them coming on now 😉 Anyways, thanks again, take care, and enjoy your new home.
Safiyyah 


I first contacted Theresa for my infant son’s eczema. Not only did she help me cure his ‘incurable’ condition, but she helped me discover a vitality and well-being I didn’t even realize I had lost. Her gentle touch, knowledge and empathy will always be remembered.
H.S., Gainesville, FL


Pain is the unwelcome chronic visitor that descends without choice and nags with determination. Despite years of doctor’s visits with orthopedic, chiropractic and pain management specialties I suffer with daily hip pain related to greater trochanter bursitis. A prescribed shoe orthotic, massage sessions, months upon months of physical therapy training with regular implementation of the exercises turned into six years, daily stretching, prescription anti-inflammatory’s and ice application have slowly and methodically improved my strength and over all mobility. However, each night continues restlessly as the discomforting ache settles in the darkness and any trip in the car over an hour is a shifting fidget of time biting unease. As a registered nurse, my lower limbs have little time in recovering mode between rigorous work shifts and thus complicating the issue.

The fortitude to continually implement recommended therapies and the determined drive is to be triumphant over daily pain. My patience had become tired when a friend and physician recommended acupuncture treatment prior to a steroidal injection. My knowledge of acupuncture was minimal as I began researching the topic and found acupuncture physician Theresa Rizzo. The first assessment was personal and thorough rendering a treatment which provided total pain relief for four days! My body was ecstatic as it truly rested and achieved a sense of restoration and healing it had longed for. I look forward to the weekly sessions and see true progress.

With utmost thanks and highest regard from one healer to another,
H. Barrs RN


In 2008, I was in a severe car accident. A year later, I was still having discomfort. A coworker shared her experience with Acupuncture and Theresa, so I decided what could it hurt? It’s been over 3 years and I am still amazed at the diverse benefits that Acupuncture provides. Of course it helped me with the pain, but needles placed in unique places also, lowered my blood sugar, and helped me with a wide variety of GI distress. Much to my surprise it also did life saving things for my mental health. Theresa is an amazing calm presence. I do not experience pain from the needles, but she always checks to insure I am comfortable, just in case. Theresa’s energy itself, envelopes me in a safe healing world , conscious of my individual pains and needs.
Barbara T.


I tried acupuncture with Theresa Rizzo for the first time about a year ago at the urging of my physician. Although I have exercised regularly for most of my life, I had some weight gain, I was tired, stressed, did not sleep well, and I was on cholesterol medicine. First, I made a major change in my diet. Then, I began acupuncture with an open mind to stimulate my adrenal gland. Almost a year later, I am an advocate for acupuncture and found that I have had so many benefits from this treatment. I recommend it to all of my friends! I dropped about 20 pounds with my new healthy eating habits, I sleep through the night, I have a lot of energy, manage my stress, I am no longer on cholesterol medicine and feel great! I enjoy a treatment every other week and enjoy a refreshing and relaxing 45 minute nap each time. I feel strong, and I have stayed healthy throughout the flu and cold season.

My experience with acupuncture has been so positive, and I attribute this to the professional treatment and caring approach that Theresa Rizzo gives her patients. Thanks for making my life better!
Cheryl C.