I’m Dr. Laura Paris, an autoimmune specialist

My passion is to help women reclaim their immune health and live with wellness and vitality. Like you, I’ve had my own autoimmune struggles. All through my 20s, I felt unwell, and even though doctors could not find anything that showed up on labs at the time, I knew something was wrong. In 1999, at age 33, my inflammation exploded and finally showed up on lab tests as an aggressive type of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was excruciating to turn a doorknob, walk down a flight of stairs, or even hold a fork. I was literally crippled and devastated. I was already studying holistic health, and I devoted my life to learning the tools to climb out of my debilitating condition. Now I live with vitality and comfort. My immune system is stable and resilient. I had a lot of help along the way, and my mission is to provide that help for you.

I am a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine (DACM) and a licensed herbalist, and I am certified in functional medicine and nutrition. For over 20 years I have worked with women who suffer from all kinds of autoimmune conditions and runaway inflammation. I provide the holistic aspect of their care, to complement their conventional care. Fortunately, there are safe and natural approaches to help control inflammation and reverse autoimmunity. I am committed to helping you regain health so you can enjoy your precious life!

True healing and a path to restoration.

“Wow, what can I say about Laura Paris…Thank you! Your study and understanding of functional medicine and immunology, together with your kind spirit has returned my brain, bladder, and gut! I have experienced the aftermath explosion of Hashimoto’s, IC, and Celiac damage. I really thought I was forever lost… However, I decided that I would spend a little money on myself in an effort to change a situation that conventional medicine couldn’t change. Unfortunately, I am a conventional medical provider and had to admit that we are discouraged to seek insight past classic medical training. You have inspired me to help those around me in similar situations. True healing and a path to restoration.”
-Nancy

How do I do this?

  • Functional medicine and Paleo-inspired nutrition, which is the best approach for autoimmunity and inflammation.
  • Acupuncture – a bonus for locals in Monterey and Capitola.
  • Right here on this website, where you can read my educational blogs, download free resources, purchase your own functional labs, shop for medical-grade supplements, and take fun health assessments.
  • My social media, where you’ll find educational and inspirational posts on women’s autoimmune health.
  • My biweekly emails that have specials, news, and autoimmune wellness tips.

You can work with me from anywhere in the United States. Or, see me locally in Capitola or Monterey, California.

I am forever thankful for her.

“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.”
-Brandi

My credentials

My formal credentials are below. In addition, over two decades of seminars, mentorships, and study groups round out my knowledge.

  • Institute for Functional Medicine Certification Program (IFM), 2017-2022
  • Cogence® Functional Immunology Mentorship with Dr. Sam Yanuck, 2019-ongoing
  • Pacific College, Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, 2019
  • Dr. Datis Kharrazian Functional Medicine Programs (Autoimmune, Blood Chemistry, Endocrinology), 2018-ongoing
  • Kalish Institute for Functional Medicine Mentorship, 2018
  • Kresser Institute ADAPT Functional Medicine Training, 2015-2016
  • Hawthorn University Nutrition Consultant Training, 2012
  • Five Branches University, MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2000-2004
  • Feldenkrais Resources Professional Training Program, 1993-1997
  • Washington University, BA in Fine Arts and Gender Studies, 1983-1987
  • Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine 2019
  • California Acupuncture & Herbalist Board License 2004
  • Master’s Degree (Traditional Chinese Medicine) 2004
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Fine Arts and Women’s Studies) 1987
  • Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner
  • Kresser Institute ADAPT Functional Medicine Provider 2016
  • Nutrition Consultant 2012
  • Metabolic Typing Practitioner 2000
  • Feldenkrais® Practitioner 1997
  • Acupuncture Sports Medicine 2004
  • Acupuncture Orthopedics 2004

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