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Now Accepting New Patients (And Other Big News)


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Now accepting new patients! mum_ble/istock/Thinkstock

UPDATE: The current open enrollment has closed.

If you are on the wait list, you will receive an email with an estimate of when your initial appointment will take place by Monday, October 13. Please note this is only an estimate of when your initial appointment will take place, and your invitation email may come a little earlier or a later depending on patient flow. We thank you in advance for your patience.

If you did not make the wait list, keep in mind there will be more opportunities to become a patient in the near future.

The good news is that I’ve taken steps that will enable me to provide better support to existing patients, and eventually more slots for new patients that need help:

  • I hired a clinical associate, Dr. Amy Nett, whom I supervise and train directly
  • I partnered with an experienced functional MD, Dr. Sunjya Schweig, to create a new functional medicine clinic/treatment center: the California Center for Functional Medicine
  • I am launching a formal clinician training program to train the next generation of functional medicine practitioners with an ancestral health focus

Read on to learn more about each of these developments.

Introducing Amy Nett, MD

As a single practitioner, there are only so many patients I can serve—especially given my other obligations, including research, writing, teaching, and of course, personal and family time. By hiring and training other clinicians in my particular approach, I can serve a much larger population of patients. 

Amy NettThat’s why I’m excited to introduce Dr. Amy Nett. Amy came on board about three months ago after an extensive search for a clinician that would be a good fit in my practice. She has been working closely with me during that time, and I continue to be impressed by her strong grasp of ancestral nutrition and the fundamental principles of functional medicine. Amy also has an insatiable thirst for learning, and as a radiologist, is an expert at reading and interpreting the scientific literature. 

Learn more about Amy and her background. 

Amy is currently available for follow-up appointments to my existing patients. As we’ve just added her to the schedule, she has a lot more availability than I do and thus the wait to see her is much less than it is to see me. Amy is already very familiar with my approach and protocols, and I supervise her directly with contact and meetings throughout the week. If you’re a current patient, and you’re interested in scheduling with Amy, you can book an appointment with her through MDHQ, our new electronic patient portal.

In a short time (2–4 months), Amy will begin accepting her own new patients, and this will of course significantly increase the number of patients we can accommodate in our clinic. We’ll make another announcement when that happens. 

Introducing Dr. Sunjya Schweig and the California Center for Functional Medicine

In addition to hiring Amy as my associate, I have also partnered with a functional medicine physician who is both a colleague and a friend, Dr. Sunjya Schweig. We have merged our practices to create a new center/clinic called the California Center for Functional Medicine (CCFM).

sunjyaI joined forces with Sunjya because he and I share a similar approach to functional medicine and patient care, and have a similar vision for how to revolutionize medicine. I also have tremendous respect for Sunjya as a clinician (he is my doctor—that’s how much I trust him!) and as a person. 

Sunjya treats a wide range of conditions, but he has special interest and experience in treating chronic infections such as Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Learn more about Sunjya and his background. 

The CCFM website isn’t ready yet, so for now you can make an appointment with Sunjya by submitting an inquiry through the contact form on his website. He is currently accepting a limited number of new patients since he has recently relocated to Berkeley, CA, but he will fill up quickly so if you’re interested in seeing him you should act quickly.

Once the CCFM site is ready, I’ll make another announcement here with a link to it and additional information about the new clinic. 

Update on the Clinician Training Program

Each week I get several emails from people who want to incorporate Paleo-based diet and lifestyle instruction and/or functional medicine into their existing coaching, training, or medical practice, or from students or people seeking a career change who wish to start such a practice from scratch.

The main question I get from these folks is always some variation of: where can I learn to do this? How can I train to do work that is similar to what you’re doing in your practice?

So far, I haven’t had a good answer. There are several different options for getting “pieces” of the puzzle, but there is currently no single training program that offers it all: functional medicine, ancestral health (Paleo diet and lifestyle), and practice building and management. 

This is exactly what I will offer. The curriculum and structure of the training will be based on the functional medicine “systems model” of understanding how disease develops (and thus, should be treated):

systems model

As you can see, it all starts with what some scientists are referring to as the “exposome”. This refers to the totality of environmental (i.e. non-genetic) exposures from conception onwards—including our diet, lifestyle, physical activity, exposure to toxins (including prescription drugs), and early life influences (our parents’ health at conception and mother’s health during pregnancy, our method of birth, whether we were breastfed). 

The exposome is what determines how our genes express (or don’t express), which in turn contributes to the unique manifestation of underlying mechanisms, diseases, and symptoms that occur in each individual as they move through their life.

So, as you might expect, the first module of the training program will focus on how to modulate the exposome, the environmental factors that are the primary drivers of health and disease. In most cases, addressing these factors is by far the most important thing you can do (and sometimes the only thing you need to do) to restore health. I’ll provide instruction on how to modify diet, physical activity, and other lifestyle factors for the most common health conditions and goals, from people with chronic illnesses like Hashimoto’s and IBS to athletes who want to optimize their performance. 

The next module will be the core functional medicine training. That will cover the most important diagnostic, therapeutic, and practice management skills you need to master to have a successful functional medicine practice.

From there, I will offer additional modules on advanced topics such as functional blood chemistry, methylation, lipids and heart disease, chronic infections, fertility/maternity, and more.

The training will be available virtually to begin with, though I am also considering in-person events (such as retreats or workshops) as well. 

I’ll make another announcement a few weeks before the training becomes available. If you’d like to be sure to be notified when it is, sign up for my email list if you are not already (enter your email in the blue box in the sidebar on the right).

Please let me know your thoughts and questions in the comments section.


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  1. I appreciate the tremendous work that must be going into The Clinical Training Program. I’m excited and wondering if you have a rough idea of when you’ll making the next announcement about its roll-out…weeks, months?

    • Jen,

      I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot by announcing a date, and then missing it. As you can imagine, it’s an enormous amount of work, and I have a lot of other “jobs” so I can’t devote myself to it full time. That said, I am planning and hoping to launch the training before summer of next year.

      • THANKS a bunch for the very rough ETA. I greatly appreciate your work and I promise to be patient however long it takes.

  2. Hi Chris,
    I’m a family nurse practitioner (DNP / FNP) I’ve been studying and practicing functional medicine, nutrition and ancestral health for quite some time now. You mentioned in a previous podcast that you might be hiring some NPs to help you in your clinic. I tried to find another way to contact you but your website “contact” options don’t work so well. I am very interested in applying for a nurse practitioner position at your clinic if you are hiring. I have admired your work for a long time and would love to be part of the solution you provide.
    Dr. Janae Devika, DNP, FNP

    • Hi Jane,

      When we hire again we’ll probably send an email out with information about the position and an application.

  3. I was so excited to get the email about accepting new patients. I’ve been hoping to get on the wait list for a while. I immediately clicked the link to fill out the new patient info form, and was surprised to see that it was already closed. I only just received the email 50 minutes ago, and it’s already closed. I guess there were only a few spaces, and even fewer spaces on the wait list. I guess I’ll have to be fast next time.

    • Unfortunately the 100 spaces filled up in less than 30 minutes. There will be more opportunities to become a patient in the near future. Thanks for your patience!

    • There will be more opportunities to become a patient in the near future (3 to 4 months). Thanks for your patience!

  4. I jumped straight to the form to sign up and alas, couldn’t believe it was already not accepting new clients. I am hoping there was an error and there is still slots available…

    • Unfortunately the list is closed. There will be more opportunities in the near future (3 to 4 months). Thanks for your patience!

    • The list filled up in less than 30 minutes. There will be more opportunities in the near future (3 to 4 months). Thanks for your patience!

  5. I would LOVE to be on the waiting list! I’ve been praying for this opportunity, and was so excited to see this in my email, but then, alas, 20 minutes later it was already full :(. Will there be another opportunity? Would you consider taking a wait list for the wait list?:)

    Chris you embody the exact skill set, knowledge, and heart that I’d love in a practitioner–so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!!

    • There will be more opportunities in the near future (3 to 4 months). Thanks for your patience!

  6. I received the email 38 minutes ago and it’s already closed. Oh my I am so disappointed.Can I at least be on a wait list?

  7. I am a health science professor interested in transitioning to patient care. I have been thinking about Wellness Coaching certification and would love to do the Duke program, but I cannot leave my teaching responsibilities to attend their classes on campus. I have considered the IIN and Wellcoaches online programs, so if you are an alternative to those, I will be very interested.

    • Ron,

      Yes, the training is geared toward folks in your exact situation, as well as students wishing to get started in functional medicine and current MDs and other clinicians with conventional practices that want to integrate functional principles.

        • IIN is supposed to very “light on” with actual nutrition information from what I’ve heard. If I was to choose, I’d be going with Chris’ program.

      • Chris, I am extatic to hear about this program you will be offering. As a dietitian, will this program be appropriate to take my knowledge to the next level? Thanks!

  8. Dr Schweig is a great doctor. He helped me reverse my gut disfunction and stop the downhill slide in my health. I’ve been Paleo for a year at his suggestion, had my mercury fillings removed, started LDN for my Hashimoto’s antibodies, etc. Very wise decision to partner with him.

    BTW, the link to his background is not there.

    • Yes, Sunjya is a fantastic and caring physician. I’m excited to be working with him.

  9. I tried to submit the new patient interest form and got this message:

    There was a problem with your submission.

    Sorry, but this form is no longer accepting submissions.

    Does this mean you have already closed the waiting list for new patients? If it’s still open then how do I submit the form?

    • Yes, unfortunately we had to close the enrollment period. 100 people signed up in about 25 minutes. This is why I’ve merged with Sunjya, hired Amy, and will be doing formal clinician training as soon as I can develop the program. I am working as hard as I can to create more opportunities for people that need help.

      • Yes, I clicked on the link for new patients within 25mins. of seeing the email and it was already full.:(
        So sorry to have missed this opportunity Chris.
        Hopefully there will be more along the way.
        All the best,

      • Thank you so much for everything that you and your team provide Chris! You are taking paleo and functional medicine into the mainstream with grace and ease of understanding and offering so many valuable resources to the public. Clearly, the demand is so high for your clinician practice because there is an overwhelmingly high population in need of what you offer. I am delighted by all the progress you are making to offer more support in such a short period of time. Very excited about your training program! This will clearly be a breakthrough approach to helping each other heal. Thank you for all your hard work!

      • Unfortunately the wait list reached capacity. There will be more opportunities to become a patient in the near future.

        • What is a program Chris can recommend, whether in person or online, for a novice looking to enter the Health Coaching/Nutrition field with no background in the sciences or a medical practitioner? Where to start as he fine tunes his program?

          • Stay tuned for more details on his formal clinician training program. This week’s RHR podcast (posting 10/9) will touch on education in paleo / functional medicine as well.

  10. Link to new patient sign up still says no longer taking submissions. Please don’t tell me that 100 people have already signed up in the 22 minutes since I received the email notification!?

  11. I am so excited about the new training! I’m starting my masters in nutrition and functional medicine in April hopefully this will be something that I can add to my learning. Thank you for all of your hard work and knowledge!

  12. Wow, this is amazingly exciting! “Thank you” doesn’t seem nearly enough for all you do to further truly excellent healthcare and health knowledge, Chris!