I’m Laura Paris, LAc, FMP

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I solve women’s hormone problems with a Functional Medicine approach, tailored to YOU.
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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Laura solves women’s hormone imbalances and gut health issues. If you are a self-motivated woman looking for an effective and holistic approach, work with Laura. She identifies root causes of your unresolved symptoms, with compassion and precise clinical skills. See her in person in Aptos or Monterey, California. Or schedule a phone consultation from anywhere in the U.S.

Functional Medicine for Women Everywhere

ACUPUNCTURE

Drop deeply into restorative relaxation and healing, in the care of a seasoned Acupuncturist. Laura provides gentle and painless Japanese acupuncture, in two California clinics: Monterey and Aptos. Unwind stress, balance your hormones, reset your nervous system, and melt your pain away. Laura specializes in hormone health for women of all ages.

Acupuncture in Monterey and Aptos, CA

PROGRAMS

Laura and her educational partner Dr. Anita Sadaty, OB/GYN, provide DIY online programs for women’s hormonal health transformation. Their current program is for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, called The PCOS SOLUTION. See My Hormone Answers to find out more, take fun quizzes, and sign up for updates on the release of new programs.

The PCOS SOLUTION and Online Programs

Gals, let's solve your nagging hormone symptoms and transform your life today!

From the Blog

Your Vaginal Microbiome & Natural Prevention of Group B Strept (GBS) in Pregnancy

Let's talk about your vaginal microbiome! While the gastrointestinal (gut) microbiome has become a wildly trendy topic in recent years, the vaginal microbiota needs some catch-up. There's lots to discuss about vaginal bacteria, and we will. Right now this post is for you if you are pregnant or ... Read More

Microbiome Nuggets inspired by Datis Kharrazian

I was fortunate this week to attend a seminar with Dr. Kharrazian, well-known for The Thyroid Book and Why Isn't My Brain Working? Dr. Kharrazian is a faculty member of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), which is one place I study Functional Medicine. He's a brilliant guy, both in terms of ... Read More

Your Microbiome: Diversity is Best

Read the first post All About Your Amazing Microbiome. What’s this about diversity?   The general theory is that more diversity in your microbial species is better. Diversity provides a greater variety of beneficial byproducts to handle the tasks at hand. The species lactobacillus ... Read More

A Functional Medicine Cleanse, or Detox

Read the sister post to this, Detox Phases 1, 2, and 3. Want to do a "cleanse" but not sure how? The ritual of a cleanse, purification, or fast, has been around a long time, spanning many cultures, and is now making a comeback. There are lots of cleanses out there you may have heard of, ... Read More

Get Parasympathetic

Take our Adrenal Stress Quiz! activate your parasympathetic nervous system This is the final post in a series Say Goodbye to Stress. Start at the beginning or read the previous post. 5 ways to get parasympathetic This is different than just managing stress. Rather, it's activating the ... Read More

People Say

  • Liz

    "I've been working with Laura for nearly seven years now. First it was in person with her deeply healing acupuncture, combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine when needed. At times we addressed specific issues, but mostly it was for overall well-being. I savored my visits and felt completely held in her care and expertise.

    In the last year I have been working with Laura intensely on healing my gut dysbiosis as a way in to addressing a constellation of other health issues known as Metabolic Syndrome. I have learned so much about how my body works best, and have seen encouraging improvements on many fronts. I still appreciate my face-to-face visits, but I enjoy our phone appointments, too. And I absolutely rely on Laura's new website: my patient portal holds my entire visit history, labs, prescriptions, her recommendations and conversations. I can refer to them at any time, ask a quick question or make an appointment whenever I think of it.

    What I most enjoy is how versatile and intelligent Laura's care has been and how she challenges herself to keep growing. If she doesn't know enough about a topic, she will certainly find out. She's a wise counselor with a friendly twinkle in her eye and lilt in her voice. I feel I have a true partner who's fully invested in my total health and helps me be as well."

  • Jenny

    "I’d like to express my appreciation for what Laura Paris is doing for my health on an ongoing basis.

    When I started seeing Laura, I was suffering with symptoms from a debilitating autoimmune disease.  Through Laura’s acupuncture treatments and gentle guidance in making important dietary and lifestyle changes, I am in complete remission.  Laura has given me the tools to take control of my health, which I will forever be grateful."

  • Jill

    "Laura listens, and then feels into what I need to provide the purest form of health care. She is present and allows time for your body to integrate the treatment. She is a joy to work with!"

  • Woman with PCOS

    "I look forward to my appointments, they're relaxing and help me to destress. I began seeing Laura due to my PCOS. Since working with Laura, my cycles have become regular, and I am ovulating!"

  • Brandi

    "When I first came to Laura’s office eight years ago, I was riddled with pain, brain fog,  fatigue, and a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Through careful discussion, correct blood tests, and analysis, Laura was able to bring me to a correct diagnosis of Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism. Through the years, I have worked with her to discover my root reasons for my autoimmune disease and I am forever thankful for her. I was able to get pregnant with my second child, at 37 years old, after being told that it wasn’t possible. Through her expertise, I have learned proper eating habits, how to supplement, general well­being, and self care. She really listens. She treats each patient as an individual and is very informed and precise. I love that she has training in both functional/Western medicine and traditional/Eastern medicine. Her understanding of both is a huge plus! Before I came to Laura, I saw several MDs and natural doctors. None of them gave me the comprehensive information or attention that she has. She really has a passion for what she does”

  • Maggie

    "Laura is extremely present and answers all of my questions thoroughly. She is flexible and honors my experience unlike many other medical professionals who don't listen as well. She has helped to improve my energy, hormones, food cravings and health. She cares so much and loves her work which shows. I always look forward to visits. She's perfect!"

  • Tina

    "Laura Paris is a gifted practitioner.  About two years ago I came to her because I was feeling sluggish about two weeks of every month.  I had felt like that for about two years   Laura reviewed my blood test results, prescribed a vitamin regime and in a week I felt better than I ever had.  I visit her periodically for blood test result reviews and any changes in vitamin supplements.

    Laura also helped my 15 yo son who was very thin, had no energy and was depressed.  Again, after reviewing blood results was able to prescribe protein powders, diet change and supplements that gave my child more energy and made him FAR  more pleasant to be around.

    I highly recommend Laura to anyone seeking better health and well being."

  • Susan

    "Laura paid close, unhurried attention to my health story, and asked for targeted labs to be taken. She gives you the feeling that you are important as you sit with her. She knew from my symptoms and their trajectory what labs to have me take. She was on the button! She then designed a protocol for my specific thyroid issues and sent me home with a list of supplements to order. It was remarkable how much better I felt in just weeks on the protocol. I hadn't felt that good for several years. I had already been on thyroid medication and Laura's plan was to see if we could optimize things nutritionally. I still use Laura's services for functional medicine, nutrition and acupuncture."

  • A Female Patient

    "Laura has been wonderful to work with. I am only in the first few weeks of my Functional Medicine protocol and am already seeing improvements. I feel as if she really listened to me, respected the knowledge that I already have, and was able to jump ahead and apply her advanced training to my situation."

  • Dani

    "I had been seeing my doctors about my stomach problems for a few months and they weren't doing anything to help me. So a close friend of mine told me about Laura.

    The first time I met Laura, I was a mess. I couldn't eat anything without feeling sick. Laura was so kind and sweet, and let me cry to her about how stressful it was to feel like a "prisoner" of my own body. We talked about my options and what I was willing to try (at this point I was willing to try anything). We added some probiotics, vitamins, acupuncture, and and I watched what I ate.

    It was so nice to have someone listen to what I had to say, who didn't make me feel like I was just another patient. I have come so far because of Laura. I feel a 100 times better, and she still goes out of her way to email me and make sure everything is going good. I can't thank her enough!”

  • Heather

    "After actively trying to get pregnant for almost a year, I became pregnant once I started seeing Laura for acupuncture. In fact, I conceived the very first week I started seeing her. Not only did I have a very healthy, happy pregnancy but I had a very healthy, happy baby. I know she played a role in this. To say that she is amazing at what she does would not begin to attest to the magnitude of care and skill she provides. She is extremely knowledgeable and devoted to her patients. Her compassion goes beyond measure and she felt like so much more than an acupuncturist...she felt like a friend. She provided me with the utmost care during my pregnancy journey and I will be eternally grateful to her. If you are struggling to get pregnant or looking into acupuncture for any other reason, Laura Paris is the person to see. I can't sing her praises loud enough."

  • Lisa

    "Laura has been wonderful to work with over the last few months. When I started seeing her, I had been dealing with several health issues including hormone imbalance, thyroid problems, exhaustion and sleeplessness. I also have an autoimmune disease. She has been so helpful with everything. After a few short months, I am feeling healthier, my sleep has regulated and my hormones are more balanced. I am so thrilled and very thankful for all Laura has done for me! She is a joy to work with."

  • Jennie

    "Most of my life I have struggled with a sugar and yeast imbalance. Although I was able to get mild relief from time to time, I thought it would be a constant, lifelong, losing battle. I arrived at Laura's office desperate for some relief.

    Laura provided an analysis of my body, metabolism, and provided fascinating information about the function of biofilm. She even helped me figure out some of my efforts we're actually working against me!

    Laura and I worked together to develop multiple strategies to finally start to get some relief. Overcoming sugar cravings and an intense yeast balance was no easy task. However, with Laura's guidance, it finally became came realistic. After a few months of diligence and determination, I feel as though I am on top of it for the first time in my life."

  • Paula

    "Pregnant at 40 thanks to Laura!  I had a difficult time conceiving my second child.  After two consecutive miscarriages, I knew that I had to go back to Laura.

    I have known Laura for five years now.  She has helped me tremendously with my many allergies and with the fertility of my first child.  So when I was having difficulty conceiving my second child, I visited Laura for help. She knew what to do right away and with her support and wealth of knowledge, I became pregnant soon after my first visit with her.

    Laura is kind, caring and very knowledgeable but above all she is patient.  I am the type of client that comes in with a list of questions and often I am received with frustration by others.  Not with Laura!  She listens actively and always has an insightful response to my every question.

    Her healing center is warm, clean and relaxing.  For these reasons, I look forward to my appointments with her. I recommend Laura to anyone needing a health tune-up to those of us with difficulty conceiving.  She is a hidden gem!"

  • Cori

    "I have been seeing Laura for about a year for unexplained weight gain, anxiety, insomnia, and infertility. I was feeling pretty hopeless after seeing a number of doctors. Laura ordered extensive testing which revealed conditions which my doctors completely missed, imagine their surprise when I brought my labs back to them which showed a clear, treatable diagnosis! After a year of hormone balancing supplements, adjustments to my medications, and lifestyle changes, I finally feel normal again! I highly recommend Laura’s services, both functional medicine and acupuncture. Thank you so much Laura!"

  • Jacqueline

    "Laura is an incredibly gifted practitioner. She assisted me in getting pregnant with my now, 9-month-old son (I have PCOS), and saw me all throughout my pregnancy and into the postpartum period (so so needed!). My husband goes to her for his moderate/severe arthritis, as well!

    Laura has a deep knowledge base that seems to flow effortlessly from her fingertips. She is compassionate, witty and smart. She combines treatment modalities like diet, lifestyle, herbs and movement with acupuncture to give you a comprehensive care plan. Unlike some practitioners, she is thoughtful with her recommendations, and doesn't try to upsell you on anything that may not be in your best interest. She's always current on the latest research, and forever taking courses and conferences to increase her skill.

    I can't recommend her enough."

  • Jane

    "I was very ill 6 months ago, and with Laura's help and practices of Functional Medicine and Acupuncture, today, I am sleeping, my hair has stopped falling out, my forever hot flashes are minimal, I have lost weight, and I have energy again. Thank you. I am so grateful."

  • Sasha

    "I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Laura and her healing practice. I went to Laura dealing with severe anxiety, fatigue, and depression that came on rather suddenly. Through thoughtful interviews and investigation, she was able to help me figure out that I had been dealing with hormonal imbalance due to Hashimoto's disease. She helped me navigate my diet and use food and supplements to help heal my imbalance in addition to acupuncture treatments to help me manage my anxiety, Laura is truly a healer and I highly recommend friends and family to her without hesitation. Thank you so much, Laura, for all of your thought, care and active listening - I am truly grateful!!"

  • Georgia

    "I absolutely am so gratefully blessed for having Laura be in my life. I have finally met the angel that knows the secret to my troubles. Laura, thank you for your wisdom, kindness, and love you share with me and others to help make us healthy, beautiful, and our best.

    Many blessings"