Patient care

Regardless of the type of healthcare provider, discipline or specialty, the most important element is the patient. Every healthcare provider pledges to place the patient first. I have been privileged to care for many patients, of all ages and types.

My formal education as a chiropractic physician began in 1973 at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. After completing a little over a year of intense basic science courses, I transferred to the National College of Chiropractic in Illinois to take advantage of better clinical training opportunities. I graduated summa cum laude in 1977, then began a two-year clinical residency in chiropractic family practice. Following my residency, I was offered a faculty position, became enamored with academic life, and made that my career.

My residency, hospital rotations, and specialty training primarily revolved around the diagnosis and management of internal disorders. It became obvious to me that despite the incredible successes and sophistication of conventional medicine, there were still many patients who suffered from chronic conditions that had not responded to medical care. My work in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM; integrative medicine) led me to a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare called "Functional Medicine". I further describe functional medicine and my work with the Institute for Functional Medicine

In the academic health center in which I practiced, most of the patients I saw were referred to me for diagnostic evaluation and management of some type of unusual condition. I describe some of the diagnostic work that I did
here. For many years I supervised a residency program and typically had 2-4 resident physicians working under my guidance. These men and women were fantastic colleagues and contributed to my professional development by keeping me on my toes at all times. Several of my residents later took faculty positions at various institutions throughout the country.