Dr. Dawn is one of the best functional medicine doctors I know! I love sharing patients with her and getting treatments from her myself. In addition to her exceptional patient care, her vision and voice are needed in the evolution of medicine.
Dr. Dawn DeSylvia is a nationally recognized board-certified doctor in Family Medicine, with over 15 years experience in Functional and Integrative Medicine.
In 2000, Dr. DeSylvia’s honest approach and ability to speak to all areas of Functional and Integrative medicine lead her to help co-create and manage an Integrative Medical Program for the Los Angeles Free Clinic.
Dr. DeSylvia soon learned she had an innate ability to create programs and connect people and organizations in a meaningful and lasting fashion leading her right into medical school. In 2003, Dr. DeSylvia entered into UCLA Medical School, where she continued her passion and commitment for integrating and evolving healthcare.
After completing her UCLA residency in 2007, she accepted a faculty position as an associate clinical physician at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and the UCLA Malibu Family Practice Office.
While on staff with UCLA, she studied extensively with The Institute of Functional Medicine, The Academy for the Advancement of Medicine, The American Academy of Ozone Therapy, as well as with many of the leaders in Biologic, Environmental, and Mind Body Medicine. Through this self directed secondary medical residency she was able to cultivate an understanding of the two underlying questions about health, healing and longevity. Specifically they are, “What is really making us sick, and causing inflammation which we know fosters disease to grow and develop?” and “What does science, confirmed by direct and reproducible experience, tell us, and show us, can be done on a root (not merely symptomatic) level to facilitate and foster health, healing and longevity?”
In 2013, Dr. DeSylvia left her position at UCLA as an Associate Clinical Faculty member to form an Integrative Medical Center of her own on the Westside of Los Angeles, Ca. Whole Life Health MD.
It is her firm belief that by improving the quality of our questions we ask as doctors that we will obtain more informed and effective interventions, thus decreasing disease risks, improving outcomes, and decreasing health care costs for all parties involved.Click Here to Schedule an Appointment Today
Dr. Dawn DeSylvia, MD
Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine
“It is with warm enthusiasm I welcome you to our office! I look forward to being a part of your journey towards optimal health and increased states of energy and wellbeing.”
– Dr. Dawn DeSylvia
Twelve years later, it troubles me to report that this chasm has only increased. With exponential advances in scientific knowledge, much of which is supporting basic and ancient healing principles, it is astounding how little this information is integrated into the majority of healthcare today.
There are many reasons for this occurrence, and part of my mission is to bring about awareness of the factors hindering the existence of “a healthcare system we could (and should) have”. One factor is in medical school we are taught only to prescribe or recommend evidenced based medicine. However, for something to become “evidence based” it requires an average of 17 years and an estimated $800 million between the time of a scientific discovery and the time it takes to be integrated into medical practice. This leaves a narrow margin of things that can “afford” to get through, and often fails to take into account the whole truth.
However, I am not discouraged. I know there is a rising, and an awakening in many of the minds in medicine and other industries, that are working to create a shift and new ground for this paradigm.
An open discussion among leaders and pollination across medical specialties and modalities are required to facilitate this. The Latin root of physician is to teach, and it is here that I am deeply inspired to share the knowledge of what I know in order to evolve our healthcare in order to more fully serve.
I am inspired by knowing people everywhere are waking up to what they really need to sustain themselves and this planet. It is a most exciting time to be alive, practice medicine, and be part of this great movement toward increased health and vitality.
I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you!