I’m Dr. Laura Paris, a women’s holistic health specialist.

My passion is to help you take charge of your health with personalized Functional Medicine. Like you, I’ve had my own health challenges. The most profound was in 1999 when I was diagnosed with an aggressive type of Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease. 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 devoted my life to learning the tools to climb out of this condition. Now I live a full, vibrant, and healthy life. My immune system is stable, strong, and resilient. I had a lot of help along the way, and my mission is to provide that help for you.

For over 20 years I have worked with women who suffer from unexplained inflammation, gut issues, body pain, hormone imbalance, infertility, fatigue, weight gain, and many more problems that aren’t solved by conventional medicine alone. I commit to helping you regain health so you can enjoy your precious life!

How do I do this?

  • Individual Functional Medicine appointments in person in Capitola and Monterey, or through telehealth appointments from anywhere in the U.S.
  • 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 with a special discount, take fun health assessments, and enroll in classes, workshops, and programs.
  • Acupuncture treatment for local folks in Capitola and Monterey

My credentials

I am a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I am a certified Functional Medicine practitioner, a licensed herbalist, and a certified nutrition consultant. Two decades of seminars, mentorships, and study groups round out my knowledge.

You can work with me from anywhere in the United States. Or, see me locally in Capitola or Monterey, California. Start with a discovery call to learn more.

  • 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
  • Institute for Functional Medicine Certification Program (IFM), 2017-ongoing
  • 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 Board License 2004
  • Master’s Degree (Traditional Chinese Medicine) 2004
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Fine Arts and Women’s Studies) 1987
  • Certificate Candidate at Institute for Functional Medicine, current
  • 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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