About Us

Lakewood Ranch Acupuncture and Wellness

Dr. Amanda Carter, Dr. Courtney Spafford, Dr. Steven Roensch, Dr. Brandon Fuller and Dr. Becky Palmer’s passion for acupuncture, Chinese herbals, holistic nutrition, and supplements along with their enthusiasm for learning about health and wellness makes them more sensitive to each patient’s individual needs. Our mission at Lakewood Ranch Acupuncture and Wellness is to empower others to achieve greater health using integrity and compassion and to support and inspire them to maintain their health in a harmonious and balanced way.

Dr. Amanda Carter Acupuncture Physician

Dr. Amanda Carter

Owner and Founder

Dr. Amanda Carter is a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She is the founder of Lakewood Ranch Acupuncture and Wellness and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the 5-year Traditional Oriental Medicine graduate program at East West College of Natural Medicine. The journey that led Amanda to study Chinese medicine began at the age of 25 when she found herself suffering from chronic pain which manifested in a continuous headache that lasted for seven months. In addition to that, she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, and a sleep disorder. After years of going to allopathic doctors to treat these ailments, she suddenly found herself on 6 different pharmaceutical drugs at this young age. The medications began to lose their effectiveness over time until they were no longer effective and she felt as if her health was declining more every year. Frustrated and completely desperate, she weaned off of the drugs with help from her doctor and started to read every book she could get her hands on about holistic nutrition and its role in the body’s health. After completely changing her diet and going off of the drugs she realized a spark of passion for learning had been ignited and she desired to learn as much as she could about natural health.

Dr. Carter’s own history of health problems has given her compassion and understanding for her patients and she is caring and completely focused on each individual. She truly desires to see each patient healthy and in physical and emotional balance and is motivated to help them achieve their own optimal health.

Dr. Courtney Spafford

Dr. Courtney Spafford

Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine

Dr. Courtney Spafford, DOM, AP, is a nationally board-certified (NCCAOM) and Florida licensed acupuncturist. Her primary focus is on women’s health and fertility. She earned her degree from East West College of Natural Medicine where she graduated summa cum laude and won the prestigious Founders Award. Spafford also received additional training in acupuncture injection therapy.

Prior to becoming a practitioner of Oriental Medicine, while on a full scholarship for tennis, Dr. Spafford earned a degree from Hillsborough College in Tampa, Florida. It was Dr. Spafford’s prowess as a tennis player that, ironically, led her to her new career. She was sidelined by an injury on the court that delayed her transition to the professional circuit. It was that injury, however, that exposed her to acupuncture for the first time. It was truly a blessing in disguise.

A continually evolving practitioner, Dr. Spafford remains inspired by this endlessly fascinating system of healing. She aims to empower her patients physically, mentally and spiritually through patient-centered care.

Dr. Steven Roensch

Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine

Dr. Steven Roensch is a Board Certified Acupuncture Physician, specializing in orthopedics, pain management, post-operative pain, and general wellness. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2003 from East West College of Natural Medicine with certifications in Cold Laser Therapy and Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy.

He is an internationally certified instructor of the martial and healing arts to include karate’, jiu jitsu, tai chi and qi gong for over fifty years. He first observed acupuncture while serving with the United States Army in Vietnam in 1971, where he witnessed locals receiving acupuncture for the debilitating effects of malaria and other indigenous diseases.

Dr. Brandon Fuller

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Dr. Brandon Fuller has a passion for helping others in need.  He believes the best care for his patients is an integrative medical approach in which the implementation of patient-centered care is essential. Healing is accomplished while incorporating the best of modern and holistic medicines help to mend almost any problem.  Using a personalized approach to healthcare by combining therapies as needed will assist with disease prevention and elimination of stress and pain, which is where he excels. By understanding an individual’s specific needs for achieving mental and physical balance, a real recovery may occur.

A Florida licensed and board-certified acupuncture physician, he holds a Clinical Doctorate in pain management and the associated psychological issues with pain from AOMA college of integrated medicine. Having over 16 years of experience in clinical settings, he often shares his expertise with patients and practitioners throughout the United States and Canada.

He is now working on his certificate in FACS (Facial Action Coding System). He plans to continue his knowledge in the medical aspects of psychology and pain management.   Dr. Fuller enjoys helping those in the community, educating on a healthier lifestyle, and how it can be achieved at an affordable price.

Dr. Becky Palmer

Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine

As a dedicated and compassionate preventative health care advocate, Dr. Becky Palmer has found her life’s purpose in caring for and enhancing the quality of life in the patients she treats. She began her healing career as a Licensed Massage Therapist in upstate New York, and after fifteen years found the need to offer her patients more effective tools to achieve their wellness goals. Having personal and clinical experience seeing the success and advantages of acupuncture and natural medicine in the treatment of both chronic and acute conditions where western medicine was falling short, she chose to pursue her dream of natural medicine in sunny Florida. She graduated summa cum laude receiving the Founders Award as well as her degree in Chinese medicine from East West College of Natural Medicine. Dr. Palmer strongly believes in holistic healthcare and the fascinating science of acupuncture with its capacity to stimulate biochemical balance and to enhance our body’s innate ability to heal emotionally and physically. She specializes in musculoskeletal concerns and pain management, anxiety and depression, stress reduction, immunity, weight-loss, and overall health management. She will always work within your comfort level, integrating her treatments with the additional care or recommendations you are receiving from your other healthcare providers.  As a lifetime learner she is also pursuing a second Masters degree in Health and Human Performance, and a Health Coaching certification accredited with the International Coaching Federation.  She practices tradition eight principal and Japanese acupuncture and has also received additional certification in dry needling. She is excited to be working as part of the team at Lakewood Ranch Acupuncture and Wellness.

“I have been so blessed to pursue a career in natural medicine.  I have such a passion for helping others alleviate disharmony and enhance their quality of living. It is an honor to share the path to improved health and well-being.  My goal is truly your wellness.”