Functional Medicine Practitioner

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Functional medicine MD Sep 28, 2020 (4 responses below)
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    I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a functional medicine practitioner in the area or able to do telemedicine? I am trying to heal and get to the root of metastatic papillary thyroid cancer and neuroendocrine lung cancer. 

    Many thanks,


    RE: Functional medicine MD ()

    I wish I had names for you, but I don't. Following the thread as I would also like to find a functional medicine doctor.

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    I've been seeing Cynthia Li in Berkeley and have found her to be VERY helpful.

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    Hello! I can give a strong recommendation for Dr. Todd Maderis at Marin Natural Medicine Clinic in Larkspur (he does telemedicine as well as in-person). I have been his patient for about 3 years and he has helped me tremendously with mold toxicity, Fibromyalgia, low hormones, adrenal fatigue among other issues. He was referred to me by a close friend. Both she and her daughter saw him for chronic Lyme disease.  Wishing the very best of luck and treatment to you with your diseases. I hope he's a good fit.

  • Hello community,

    We go diligently to our experienced and well-regarded pediatrician for regular check-ups, but they last all of 15 minutes, and provide no real insight into the nature of the girls' development, nor does the doctor really address our questions outside of the conventional medical fold. We are looking for someone who is trained as a doctor, but is thoroughly versed in more "holistic" approaches to health, particularly of young children. We are open to either a pediatrician or a "family doctor" who can see all of us, but are really looking primarily for our two young daughters. We already have a resource pool of acupuncturists, homeopaths, chiropractors, etc., so we are seeking a physician who is perhaps an N.D. or a functional medicine doctor. We live in the East Bay, so would love to find a practitioner there, particularly for acute matters if a visit is called for last-minute, but if you know someone amazing over either bridge, please let me know. Please note: Pediatric Alternatives in Mill Valley (highly regarded) is *not* accepting new patients. Thanks for your suggestions.

    Dawn Jacobson, MD, functional medicine, in Walnut Creek, is welcoming, and thorough. She practices a few days a week. My appointments with her went 75 minutes each. And I'm fairly healthy!  She integrates, if you wish, an Ayurvedic approach. Highly recommend her, perhaps best in conjuction with someone who does traditional testing/has that equipment. (Office is next to Heather Farms.)

    I strongly recommend Dr. Joan Margaret. Her website is old, but the care and wisdom I receive from her and the circle has been life changing for me.

    Hmm, maybe the problem is your insurance or your practice. My kids go to Berkeley Pediatrics and I'm pretty sure each child is allotted 30 minutes for an annual well-check. With 3 kids, it feels like we spend an entire afternoon there!  Our pediatrician is thorough and spends time with all of us together, me and each kid together, and the older kids alone. We cover lots of ground. I've liked all of the docs that we've seen there, with the exception of one who is no longer with the practice.  But I'm honestly not sure if my (excellent and expensive) insurance dictates the length of the well-check visit, or if it's a Berk Peds thing.