DiMaggio focuses on balance, healing

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* Name: Cathy DiMaggio

* Organization: Springs Health & Wellness Center, 7834 N. Academy Blvd. (across from Chapel Hills Mall), 598-9200

* Position: Owner

* Hometown: Monterey, Calif.

* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Since 1995

* Education: Master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine with more than 2,700 hours of class room and clinical training.

* A few words about your company: I have been in private practice since 2000.

Our mission is to work synergistically to assist our clients in achieving a balance of body, mind and spirit. Our focus is to provide a variety of techniques that will allow you to obtain optimum health.

* Recent accomplishments: Opening Springs Health & Wellness, a 4,000-square-foot center with a variety of holistic practitioners

* Biggest career break: Being a disabled veteran – the military paid for schooling

* The toughest part of your job: To see people in pain and know that if they would come in to see me I could help them. There is more to pain relief than Vioxx

* Someone you admire: Someone that does not follow the crowd, makes their own way and does something because it is the right thing to do.

* About your family: I come from a large Italian family; they were all fishermen and cannery workers. Every Sunday, all 23 of us got together for dinner.

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: To have an acupuncture school here in the Springs, and to help educate people about Chinese medicine; there are only 15,500 acupuncturist in the United States.

* How your business will change in the next decade: Education, education, education! How the body wants to heal itself.

* What book are you currently reading? “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown.

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? More tolerance for the diversity here, and stop urban sprawl.