the iaomai team

At Iaomai, we believe true health is the healing of body, mind and spirit. And, this kind of healing requires the help of more than one kind of professional.


The Iaomai professional team is an experienced multidisciplinary group with over 35 years of combined experience. Our diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise include the following professional designations and credentials:

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)

Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT200 & RYT500)

Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)

This combined approach brings together the highly specialized knowledge and skills of each team member to meet your unique needs and provide you with the highest level of communication, cooperation and professional care.




The Benefits of a Multidisciplinary Team

A recent study in The Journal of Pain Research revealed that pain is relatively resistant to monodisciplinary therapy regimens (i.e. one type of therapy) and that no one treatment is best for all patients. The study concluded that the answer may be integrative care (massage therapy, movement therapies, relaxation techniques, structural modalities, etc.) in addition to convention treatments (medication and injections).

Recent research exploring the combination of conventional medicine with complementary and alternative therapies, such as yoga and massage, for low back pain demonstrates that a multidisciplinary treatment approach ameliorates pain and improves function and quality of life with medium to high effect, even for patients with a long history of chronic back pain. Results were better than for monodisciplinary treatments, and treatment effect remained stable at a six-month follow-up.


Amy began practicing yoga in 1990. Over the years, however, as the daily demands of her life and career as a CPA mounted, her personal practice gradually declined and ultimately ceased. Her life changed forever in 2008 when she was diagnosed with cancer and underwent two major surgeries. In 2009, as she began her journey to recovery, her therapist encouraged her to resume an activity she once enjoyed. It was then she remembered her love of yoga and rediscovered its power to heal – body, mind and spirit. Since then, Amy has received the highest level of yoga teacher training as an E-RYT200, RYT500, a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), and registration as a Holy Yoga instructor (R-HYI). She is an active member of the Yoga Alliance (YA), International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and Holy Yoga community in addition to being a Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). Today, Amy devotes herself to helping others achieve health and wellbeing through massage and the techniques and practices of yoga. She currently works with private clients at The Iaomai Center and at Blackberry Farm.


Karla is a registered dietitian/ nutritionist (RDN) in Knoxville, Tennessee. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin and completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics there in 2001. Karla began her career as a clinical dietitian at Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas. She later moved to Georgia where she worked at The Medical College of Georgia first as an adult dietitian and then as a pediatric dietitian. Having gained clinical experience, Karla chose to specialize in renal nutrition, working with patients receiving outpatient dialysis. Over the last seven years, she has gained additional experience and personal insight in child and family nutrition from meeting the dietary and nutritional needs of her own family. Karla is passionate and committed to helping people live the healthiest lives they can.