Are you tired of female hormone problems, low energy, aches and pains, exhaustion, weight gain, or trouble sleeping?
You don’t have to accept these symptoms as normal – they aren't! They are signs that something isn’t right. This is often how people feel, that something isn't right, and it's worrisome. As a functional medicine detective, I help you solve these types of chronic and troubling symptoms, and get your vitality back.
How? By investigating and nailing down the underlying root causes of your symptoms, and using natural medicine to resolve them.
Do you find yourself unsatisfied with conventional medicine? Do you want more options?
You are not alone! Women and men frequently complain about the lack of safe and effective solutions from the conventional medicine toolbox. Dangerous synthetic hormones? Antidepressants? Long waits and short appointments? No solutions? A prescription for a symptom? This is how doctors are trained, and what we expect from modern medicine – masking and covering up symptoms, with more and more medications – all of which have side effects.
Did you know that many symptoms can be resolved simply with natural approaches and lifestyle medicine? It’s true. This is because genetics play only a small part in most diseases. It’s typically your environment and lifestyle that trigger disease symptoms. And, these are things that YOU can change, with a little help.
This is where functional medicine comes in . . .
We functional medicine doctors don’t simply mask symptoms with medications or even supplements. Instead, we investigate what went wrong and how to fix it! We delve deeply into how to fix broken sleep, moods, energy, and period problems.
Like a puzzle, symptoms that seem unrelated and random are often connected by the same body system gone awry. For example, we may find that by fixing a gut bacteria imbalance, your mysterious fibromyalgia goes away. Or improving your detoxification pathways clears up your skin, stops your PMS, and eliminates your headaches.
Conventional medicine hasn’t caught up with every other branch of science that recognizes interconnected, dynamic systems. We are not separate parts, we are complex, dynamic, living beings.
What exactly happens in my Functional Medicine appointments?
Whether in person or distance (phone or video), the appointment structure is the same. The first time we meet, we talk about your history, symptoms, concerns, and goals. We decide what labs to order to gather more information. I give you initial steps to take to feel better right away. At your second appointment, we review your lab findings, and I propose a treatment plan, using lifestyle and natural medicine. As you progress, we have follow-up visits and modify your treatment plan. I speak with other providers on your team or give referrals when needed. I counsel you on your options. When your goals are met, we discuss an ongoing plan to maintain your health.
What can you expect in my care?
You can expect compassion, time, and a deep level of thought. I use conventional blood labs with cutting-edge functional lab tests for precise diagnosis, which is often what is lacking. With this concrete data, and my extensive clinical expertise spanning over 20 years, I customize your healing treatment plan – a holistic (non-pharmaceutical) functional approach to fill in the gaps missing in your conventional care. I use only natural medicine (DIY lifestyle adjustments, nutrition, herbs, supplements, bio-identical hormones).
I want to hear from you in between appointments on my secure patient portal, so we are up to date. Sometimes you keep journals or logs that I can view between appointments. In addition, you get the benefit of a hive mind, as I am in a very special women's group of four Functional Medicine practitioners. We review our cases together on a daily basis.
Goodbye hot flashes, anxiety, allergies, and brain fog. Hello to your energetic, life-loving, healthy self!
I work with these conditions and symptoms:
Period problems, PMS, menopause, hot flashes, PCOS, infertility, postpartum, mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, depression, libido
Energy & Metabolism
Weight loss, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, blood sugar balance, adrenal fatigue, low thyroid function, poor mitochondrial function, fatigue and energy levels
Sensitivity to chemicals and fragrances, estrogen clearance, acne, headaches, mold, heavy metals, environmental toxins, poor methylation
Gut & Microbiome
Food intolerance, leaky gut, bacteria imbalance, candida, IBS, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, SIBO, brain fog & cognition, fibromyalgia
Chronic inflammation, allergies, infections, aches and pains, swelling, autoimmune remission, unhealing injuries, frequent illness, brain inflammation
Foods right for your metabolism, nutrient deficiencies, the right supplements to fill in dietary gaps, therapeutic food plans, weight regulation, what to eat?
How can you work with me?
It’s simple and easy! I offer Functional Medicine appointments for women and men across the United States, by phone or video. We can meet in person if you live in the Monterey Bay area or can come to Monterey. I offer three paths to private Functional Medicine appointments. You can start with a free consult for guidance on which to choose.
1. Single appointments - best if you want just 1 or 2 sessions or a protocol update, or if you are not sure how many sessions you will need. These are single appointments that include lab reviews and written protocols, plus 2 weeks of support afterward on my private message portal.
2. Monthly programs, choose 3 or 6 months - best way to work through one or more health issues. These are monthly appointments that include lab reviews and written protocols, plus unlimited support from on my private message portal. Monthly programs are by far the most economical and effective way to work with me.
3. Add-on for existing acupuncture patients - a perk for my acupuncture patients. This is a 30-minute appointment to schedule before your acupuncture treatment. It can include a single lab review and a protocol. These can be scheduled on an as-needed basis.
Please see my Service and Fee Menu for details. You will find that my fees are far more affordable than most practitioners at my level in this field. You are welcome to book a new patient appointment right now. If you have any questions before booking, you can book a free 15-minute consult, or contact us for support.