Dr. Bret Gerber MD
I came to Integrative Medicine through a long-time commitment to listening and learning from the needs of my patients. I was first introduced to alternative and complementary medical treatments in my undergraduate work at the University of Michigan. I never forgot learning about chi, chakras, yin and yang energy, and meridians. I experienced forms of energy medicine and mind-body medicine first-hand that at the time were just starting to be studied by the scientific method. I continue to seek out these experiences, practice yoga and am mindful of my dosha and food sensitivities.
I have served the San Diego community for over 25 years in pediatrics and have been complimented on my nurturing passion and natural healing way with children and their families. Beginning my practice with the underserved community, I learned things from grandmothers which were never taught in medical school. Their natural remedies seemed to work better than what I had to offer from Western medicine but with no side effects. I was mindful of their wisdom and respectful of their culture. It wasn’t for years until I really understood and embraced that they had a better way, as all my training was failing to make babies feel as good as a little chamomile tea.
In 2017 I started an Integrative Medicine Fellowship with AIHM. At this time I also began to work again with Dr. Renee, under whom I had studied 25 years earlier during my residency at UCSD. She had also come to Integrative Medicine and the two of us became fast friends, and embarked on the adventure to open Pacific Integrative Pediatric Health (PIPH).
I am providing pediatric care primarily as a Western-trained physician for acute and preventive care, vaccines, safety and guidance and then expanding more with nutrition, safe herbal treatments, vitamins, and other techniques I’ve incorporated. When appropriate I recommend integrative care for children within the office and with vetted colleagues around the county. In my spare time I sing with a large chorus, participate in spiritual practice, and have a knack for gardening, especially orchids.
It is with great excitement and pride that Dr. Renee and I have brought together so many talented professionals to serve children and their families. At PIPH we endeavor to support the whole child and the whole family, body, mind, and spirit.
Dr. Renee PhD, APRN, CPNP
I have been a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 40 years. I am married to a retired Navy Dentist and raised 2 children and have 5 grandchildren. My husband’s career gave me the opportunity to practice in 8 states and live 3 years in the Philippines where I studied the Faith Healers. This ignited a lifelong passion to learn about the health care practices of other cultures and some of the many places we have traveled include China, Tibet, Singapore, Russia, South Korea, and India where I have lectured and learned. During these years of practice, I specialized in pediatric dermatology and infectious disease in pediatric primary care. I started 3 private practices including one with a midwife providing home births. I have spent the last 30 years practicing in San Diego while I added teaching, research, and academic administration to my experiences.
I became a nurse practitioner because I am passionate about helping families develop healthy lifestyle practices that prevent disease and allow children to grow up to be healthy, productive adults. My own health challenges and my study of traditional healing methods led me to get advanced training in Ayurvedic medicine and certification as a “Healthy, Happy, Mother Baby” Ayurvedic provider. I truly practice what I preach, using daily routine, meditation, water aerobics, reading and gluten-free whole food plant-based cooking as ways to stay balanced. I have wanted to create a new model of health and healing for children that combined the best evidence-based practices using teachings from both Western and traditional medicine for years. PIPH is the answer to that dream.
Roeshan Shadravan, OMP PhD
My love and deep respect for the human body’s innate ability to heal itself began early in life. As an extremely active snowboarder, climber, surfer, gymnast, and skateboarder, I endured numerous injuries and concussions. These injuries drove my curiosity to find a better way to heal and remove the stressors and traumas that get held in the body — particularly those impacts that are too small to be detected. Yet are substantial enough to have negative effects on breathing patterns, cognitive and processing speeds, digestion, nervous system, sleep, energy levels, and our overall well-being.
My own personal journey to seek ways to naturally restore balance in my life and relieve pain and compensation in my own body fueled me to switch my major to osteopathic medicine, namely manual osteopathy. This played a huge role in my life and recovery. Manual osteopathic medicine is the art of a truly holistic hands-on approach to medicine and healing. Osteopathic manual medicine OMM or therapy OMT was originally founded in the U.S. by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO. Dr. Still was a surgeon who believed many things could be addressed prior to the progression of an injury to dysfunction or disease, thus preventing chronic pain, illness, and avoiding invasive treatments. Thus, I began to pursue my desire to learn and help rekindle the original flame of this holistic, preventive branch of osteopathic medicine.
Currently, most medical universities in the United States address disease through prescriptions and surgery. This led me to study abroad at universities where the primary focus is a hands-on approach to medicine and osteopathic holistic modalities to help alleviate the micro aches, pains, and traumas (physical, emotional, and environmental) that we sustain over our lifetime. Addressing these as early as possible is the best way to prevent the dysfunction and disease that occurs when these traumas are allowed to compound over time.
“I truly do believe that by design we are resilient, self-healing beings. We just sometimes simply need a little guidance back onto the path of innate healing. Manual osteopathic practices do just that, resolving the micro-traumas to allow the body to rediscover its natural freedom to move without pain while restoring proper function and joy in your body and life.”
I have devoted the past 20 years to continue enriching my practice. I approach the body from a traditional osteopathic non-invasive hands-on perspective. I have been studying and traveling globally to train and mentor world-renowned osteopaths, movement and manual medicine specialists, fascia researchers, and naturopaths. We will work together to restore balance and improve your overall quality of life by using a full spectrum of osteopathic techniques to address the root cause of disharmony within the body, brain, and nervous system. We can work to improve posture, pain, performance, cognitive function and development, digestion, and sleep.
In a nutshell, I am an integrative osteopathic manual medicine practitioner. I hold a doctorate in osteopathy and naprapathic medicine, a Ph.D. in Osteopathic Clinical Studies, and an MSc in athletic therapy. I look forward to meeting and working with you and your families!
Felicia Horton | Executive Director, PIPH
Since a young age I have been interested in natural healing and an overall holistic lifestyle. My core belief has always been that we have the tools we need to live a full and healthy life. I have continued this way of living with my husband, our five children and three grandchildren.
I have been an important part of the success of many companies throughout my professional career. I bring multiple talents to PIPH from time spent as a business development manager, overseeing large events, heading up successful sales teams, customer service leadership, and sitting on numerous boards.
I have come full circle in my dream role as the Executive Director of PIPH. My position allows me to bring my core beliefs and professional skills to one place. I am here for you and your family as I oversee the day-to-day needs of our practitioners, instructors and staff. You will see me setting up for a cooking class, managing the store or the finances, taking a yoga class, greeting you when you arrive for your appointment and ensuring you always feel welcome and loved for who you are.
I am blessed and grateful to serve you and your family.