Functional Medicine Physician
While training for an endurance triathlon in 2010, Sandy Ziya started experiencing repetitive stress to her hamstring. After accepting the offer to try acupuncture from her chiropractor, she was able to finish her training and ultimately her race. As a coach she shared the strategy of acupuncture for many ailments and recovery to her athletes; and they, too, improved!
This experience inspired her to become more than just a coach, and after learning that one of the best US schools for acupuncture, the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, was located in Fort Lauderdale, Sandy Ziya applied and earned her degree. This added acupuncture, cupping, injectables, Chinese herbals, CBD and sports injury management to her repertoire. As a licensed Functional Medicine Physician, she offers a unique suite of services to anyone who may be experiencing pain during their fitness journey or who simply wants an alternative way of living a better, more healthy life.
Meridians and Marathons, Dr. Sandy Ziya’s practice, is so named after the 12 primary meridians that course through the human body representing all organs and provide “locations” for needle insertion. Marathons is a metaphor for the commitment to wellness, health and longevity for which we all strive. Dr. Ziya’s office is conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Sandy Ziya has been a triathlon coach since 2007, in Omaha, Nebraska coaching kids at Lifetime Fitness. She launched the ever-growing Kids Triathlon Race, started a Kids Tri Club, Running Club and Endurance Club. In 2013, Sandy dedicated herself full-time to her own full-time coaching business, SwimBikusRun, where she encouraged and enabled athletes from ages five to 65 to personal bests on a journey of fitness involving running, swimming and biking.
After moving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2015, her coaching career morphed again, this time including creating and directing the famed Naked Feet 5K on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Sandy Ziya considers herself a "health coach", and offers not only fitness coaching, but nutritional and lifestyle coaching.
Sandy Ziya has been practicing yoga since 2010 as a way to recover and enhance her endeavors as an athlete. After a very short while she found that she appreciated yoga on its own merit and has respected it more each day.
In 2014, Sandy received her Power Yoga Certification from Omaha Power Yoga under Jeff Beaudoin, Ph.D. Sandy has a unique style of yoga steeped in Ashtanga with a blend of strength, balance and core work unlike anything you have previously experienced resulting in a full body exercise for any “body”.
Ever the fitness and healthy lifestyle advocate, today Dr. Ziya practices functional medicine and health coaching for every body -- young or old, active or injured. Hook up with Dr. Sandy Ziya to get well, stay well and learn how to live longer!