Now Accepting New Patients (With Caveats)
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Now Accepting New Patients (With Caveats)

by Chris Kresser

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I am re-opening my practice to new patients that live in California and are able to come to my Berkeley, CA office for the case review appointment.

Note: Due to the overwhelming response we received, Chris has had to close his practice to new patients. We expect to open again later this year or at the beginning of next year. If you’d like to be notified when he begins accepting new patients again, please sign up for his newsletter at

I’m ready to open my doors again to new patients. However, there are three important caveats:

  • You must be a legal resident of California (and currently reside here) to apply. 
  • You must come to my office in Berkeley, CA for the case review appointment. (Follow-up appointments may be in-person, or via phone/Skype.)
  • You must be open to seeing Dr. Amy Nett, and/or future clinical associates that I train, for at least some of your follow-up appointments.

There are a few reasons for these requirements; in general they are related to my ongoing initiative to mentor and train other practitioners and expand the number of patients we can serve directly.

I did not make this decision lightly, and I know that it will disappoint a lot of people. I’m sorry that some of you who live out-of-state and have been hoping to work with me directly may not have that opportunity.

The good news is that both Dr. Sunjya Schweig, my co-director at the California Center for Functional Medicine, and Dr. Amy Nett, the clinical associate that I have recently trained, are able to work with patients that live elsewhere in the continental US. (However, they both do require an in-person visit initially.) Sunjya is currently accepting new patients on a limited basis, and although Amy is full at the moment, she’ll be re-opening to new patients very soon. To learn more about how Sunjya works with patients, and to apply to become his patient, visit the CCFM website

In the near future, CCFM will hire another clinician to train and work with me, and within the next 18 months we hope to hire a third, and possibly even a fourth, clinician. This will significantly expand our ability to serve the high demand for skilled functional medicine practitioners with an ancestral perspective.

How to Apply to Become My Patient

If you live in California, are willing to see me in person for the case review appointment, and are willing to see Dr. Nett or a future clinical associate for at least some of your follow-up appointments, please follow these steps to apply:

  1. Read the section entitled “Working with Chris Kresser and Dr. Nett” on the New Patients page of the CCFM website thoroughly. Make sure you are familiar with all of the procedures and fees before you apply.
  2. Fill out this application form*. After you submit your application, you will receive some forms from our clinic.
  3. Promptly complete, sign, and return the forms. You will then receive instructions on how to register for our electronic patient portal.
  4. Once you’ve registered for the portal, the staff will contact you to schedule your initial consultation.

Important note: you must complete steps 1–3 above in order to become a patient and schedule your appointment. If you do not complete all of these steps, we’ll assume you’ve lost interest and move on to the next application.

Given that we’re doing things differently this time (limiting to CA residents and requiring an in-person visit), I’m not sure how quickly the wait list will fill up—or if there will even be a wait list. Hopefully we’ll be able to just keep my practice open without doing these crazy open enrollment periods.

That said, if we get so many applications that the case review appointments are starting to be scheduled more than 4–5 months in advance, we’ll probably have to close the practice as we have in the past.

With this in mind, please do not apply unless you 1) meet the criteria I established above, and 2) are 100% committed and ready to begin.

I hope you had a restful and rejuvenating holiday season.

*Due to the overwhelming response we received, Chris has had to close his practice to new patients. We expect to open again later this year or at the beginning of next year. If you’d like to be notified when he begins accepting new patients again, please sign up for his newsletter at

  1. Hi Chris,

    I live in Australia and am wanting to find any medical providers who reflect your ethos. I am happy to travel or have Skype appointments etc. I am just wanting a list of providers who may have trained with yourself or through your institute.
    I have a 9 month old baby who has severe sleep issues (likely related to a posterior tongue tie which was already been lasered once and gut issues) and what I suspect to be SIBO (as I am pretty convinced I have methane producing SIBO and an associated hypothyroid problem). I am just getting sick of bouncing around clueless “medical professionals” and their band aid symptom treatment solutions without rectifying the underlying captive agents – in both of us. Most of all, I am sick of not getting more than 2 hours a sleep at a time.
    I am an allied health professional myself and I’ve been back at work for 5 months now, and I’m getting tired of burning the candle at both ends with the end of this poor sleep pattern no where in sight.
    I’m desperate. I need to find someone who can give me some answers and genuine guidance. I’m muddling along the best I can with eating 80% local and organic, no wheat, gluten, soy or dairy (she has an allergy to the latter two), continued breast feeding, water filter removing chlorine and fluoride from our water, probiotics daily (looking for a broader spectrum one and investigating a more suited one after listening to your SIBO podcast).
    Please help me!!

    Josie, Tom & baby Aiyana

    • Sorry for late reply but have at look at Alison Vickery’s website @ Alison is a Holistic Health coach and can via phone or skype I think, anyway her website is full of amazing information. Alsion has completed training in SIBO through The Kresser Institute and specialises in food intolerances, and chronic fatigue.

      Hope this helps.


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