We had the good fortune of connecting with Amylee Amos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amylee, what principle do you value most?
Above all, our business seeks to operate with integrity. There are so many charlatans in the in the field surrounding treatment and management of chronic diseases. On both personal and professional levels, our team has had so much experience with businesses and practices that prey off of people’s fear of diseases like Alzheimer’s disease to make a profit. We wanted our company to be the exact opposite. We work from a place of integrity, honesty, and kindness.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
At the Amos Institute, we specialize in helping individuals prevent and reverse cognitive decline utilizing a functional medicine approach. Our Cognitive Health Program is the most comprehensive and affordable program of its kind and is designed to help you optimize your brain health through nutrition and lifestyle interventions. Our program is completely virtual and is broken down into specific lessons which each include an instructional video lesson, as well as resources and strategies to help you implement the interventions. Our program is remarkable and completely unique. It includes countless resources and weekly access to practitioners who are able to answer questions and help you troubleshoot issues with the implementation of the interventions. We have worked hard to ensure that it is affordable because we so strongly believe that everyone should have access to this lifesaving information.
When I was in graduate school, I first learned about functional medicine. Functional medicine seeks to identify the root cause of disease, rather than simply masking the symptoms. It made so much sense to me. So I completed post graduate training in functional medicine and received specialized certification from the Institute for Functional Medicine. I was ready to help get the functional medicine approach out to the masses. But the more I learned, the more I saw that functional medicine in its current state seems only to be available to the affluent. Many tests and services are not covered by insurance, dramatically limiting the reach of this essential healthcare approach. At the Amos Institute, we are doing our part to try to make functional medicine affordable and accessible to all.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Our very first office was located in the historic Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax. Before it was our office, it was a bra storage closet, which gives you an idea of how big it was! But I loved that windowless little office so much. I will forever recommend the Farmers Market as a must see to anyone visiting the area. It’s easily a day’s worth of sightseeing, eating and drinking! Some of my other favorite local places are Gracias Madre, Joan’s on 3rd, Toast, and Zinque. And of course, no trip to LA is complete without spending a day at Malibu Wines (arrive early so you get a table, bring lunch, and stay for hours!). The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Dad deserves the credit for all success my company has had. Before starting my business, I was working a job that I absolutely hated. I was miserable every day before going to work. One day I was sitting having coffee with him at his office, looking out over the 405 freeway. He could see how unhappy I was. “Maybe you’ve worked your last day” he said to me. I don’t know why, but it was liberating. Before he said those words, I felt so stuck. I never went back to that job. I decided to open my own business. We still talk about that moment, and how my life changed in that instant. When I was in the very beginning stages of starting the business and needed to make a website, I remember sitting at his dining room table with a blank word doc open, ready to write the website copy. I drew an absolute blank. “What do I say?” I asked him. And he sat down with me and together we brainstormed and talked it out. Fast forward to several years into the business, and he is the call I make when I feel like I’ve had the worst day of my career, or when I want to celebrate the biggest wins. He has been with me through it all, and now we work together as partners in our business. He has uncompromised faith in our company, and pushes me to have confidence in my abilities and to step out of my comfort zone. I couldn’t do any of it without him.