WHAT TO EXPECT/PATIENT CARE/MY INTEGRATIVE APPROACH
I am proud to say I am the only doctor in Santa Cruz county who is licenced to practice primary care, naturopathy and acupuncture! My unique background in science and research, in addition to more “alternative” medical philosophies, allows me to keep one foot firmly rooted in each of these worlds.
Early in my clinical experience I discovered the power of combining conventional, naturopathic and Chinese medicine. Naturopathic medicine is the science of health. It requires a comprehensive understanding of the interconnectedness of the various organ systems, physiology, and biochemistry. Chinese medicine provides specificity through attention to nuances of tissue state, archetype and the energetic nature of all life. Conventional medicine is a powerful tool to be used when necessary to prevent crisis or create a “bandaid” until the underlying cause of disease can be identified and corrected.
As a primary care physician, I treat both acute and chronic health concerns. A typical visit with me will include a detailed health history, relevant physical examination, requisition of any appropriate laboratory studies, and creation of a holistic health assessment that takes into account body, mind and spirit.
I utilize an array of treatment modalities in my practice including specific supplementation, customized dietary intervention, lifestyle modification, western and chinese herbology, acupuncture, intravenous and intramuscular injection therapy, pharmaceuticals, fire-cupping and clinical muscle manipulation.