Amy Cox


A 15 year career in the cardiology medical device field made Amy keenly aware of the need for sustainable wellness solutions to address preventable disease. This awareness became heightened in 1999, after Amy was diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease and was told there was no cure.  The irony of being at the height of a successful career in the medical field with no medical advice given other than to take a pill and bear it left Amy feeling unfulfilled.  She believed there had to be another way.

Steadfast in that belief, Amy took a leap of faith and quit her job.  She immersed herself in studying the basic aspects of wellness and was soon working collaboratively with renowned experts in the areas of sustainable farming, gardening, cooking, fitness, lifestyle and nutrition.

Amy’s decision paid huge dividends.  Blood work performed at the University of Chicago proves she no longer has autoimmune thyroid disease and no longer requires medication.

Wanting to empower others to feel their best, Amy sought professional training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she has been trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and has studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.  Passionate about using this knowledge to create an organization where wellness information can be shared, Amy created omstead.   Onsite and offsite, omstead offers a wide variety of programs.

Amy has served as the President of Slow Food Chicago and was honored as a United States Delegate for the 2010 International Terra Madre Conference. She regularly collaborates with many wellness based organizations, such as The Edible Schoolyard Project, Wellness House Hinsdale, and Chicago’s Green City Market.  Her spare time is spent in her organic garden, cooking beautiful fresh food, traveling, enjoying deep relationships with family & friends, appreciating nature and practicing Pilates and yoga.  Amy has been blessed with two thriving teenage daughters and a life giving marriage of over twenty years.