Dr. Isaac Eliaz, M.D., M.S., L.Ac.
Dr. Isaac Eliaz is a respected author, lecturer, researcher, product formulator, and clinical practitioner. He has been a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980s.
Dr. Eliaz is a frequent guest lecturer on integrative medical approaches to health, immune enhancement, and cancer prevention and treatment. He has also taught several courses on Traditional Chinese Medicine for medical doctors and licensed acupuncturists. As an innovative formulator of dietary supplements, Dr. Eliaz developed and currently holds the patents for several of his unique herbal formulations.
In order to substantiate nutritional approaches to health, Dr. Eliaz regularly participates in clinical studies and has been published in well-recognized, peer-reviewed journals. In addition, many of Dr. Eliaz' formulations have been submitted for validation in independent human clinical studies whose results have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Eliaz continually studies, integrates and applies the best health practices of both western medicine and complementary and alternative approaches. A native of Israel, Dr. Eliaz lived in the Far East and in Latin America before returning to study medicine at Tel Aviv University. While studying for his degree, Dr. Eliaz' interest turned towards the role of alternative therapiesfrom meditation to martial artsin daily health. This led to his eventual research and personal experience with yoga, shiatsu, and acupuncture as therapeutic modalities.
After graduating medical school in 1986, Dr. Eliaz established a highly successful clinical practice in Tel Aviv, utilizing his training in both Western and Eastern medicine. While maintaining a clinical practice, Dr. Eliaz pursued graduate studies in clinical herbology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and classical Chinese medicine with teachers in Israel and Europe.
In 1989, Dr. Eliaz moved to the San Francisco Bay area in order to continue his studies at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, earning a Master of Science degree in 1991. During this time he also energetically sought out leading practitioners of alternative medicine to broaden his knowledge and experience.
Since 2001, Dr. Eliaz has led the integrative medical team at Amitabha Clinic.
Jay Callender, L.A.c.
Jay Callender is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine with thirty-seven years of varied and continuous traditional martial arts training, as well as a licensed acupuncturist currently in practice at the Amitabha Medical Clinic and Healing Center.
Acupuncture is one of several modalities of Chinese medicine, in which hair-thin needles are inserted at various points of the body to restore energetic balance. Jay performs acupuncture mainly on cancer patients at Amitabha, helping to relieve the many side effects of chemotherapy and radiation-maladies such as dizziness, vertigo, pain, emotional disorders, and edema have also responded very well to his treatments. He explains that his philosophy is that "less is more." While some acupuncturists might choose to use many needles on a new patient, Jay prefers to get to know his patient and understand the true root of the problemmeaning that fewer needles will be required to produce the same effect.
Elaine Weil, N.P.
As an integrative professional, Nurse Practitioner Elaine Weil's focus is on her patients. Whether they're dealing with cancer, chronic illness, or hormonal changes such as menopause, each of them have one thing in common: They're all in charge of their own health decisions but are guided toward enhancing their wellness. As Elaine explains, this could include supplements, detoxification, or intravenous vitamin therapies in addition to more conventional treatments. Whatever the protocol, it is always individually tailored to meet each unique patient's needsfree from a doctor's agenda, and driven by compassion. Elaine also writes educational materials for the Amitabha Clinic, which inform patients about how their treatments and supplements work. She says "keeping patients well informed helps them understand the work we are doing together and empowers them to be in charge of their own healing process."
"As a health care provider myself, I was extremely pleased with the care and compassion Elaine Weil, NP, lavished upon me during my check-up. Her gentleness and good-natured humor set me at ease right away, and she answered all my questions even calling me later that day with more information about a nutritional lab test we had discussed. She is an excellent clinician and I am thrilled to have her here in Sonoma County!" ~ Georjana Shames L.Ac.
Dr. Cheri Quincy
Dr. Cheri Quincy has been bringing integrative approaches to her practice for two decades, and was a founder of one of the first preventive health curricula for medical students in 1982.
She produced a conference on Death & Dying, and has previously been invited to lecture on life transititions by groups as various as the International Conference on Shamanism, and the American Osteopathic Association.
She has been interviewed on New Dimensions radio, WBAI Radio (The Positive Mind) in NYC and KQED in San Francisco. In her career, she has been an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Quincy also has special interests in aging and life transitions.
Holding and directing the energies of the Amitabha Clinic staff, she recruits the wisdom of her colleagues, and applies scientific, practical, comprehensive approaches to direct a return to health.
Here is a brief description of Dr. Quincy's healing background and philosophy, in her own words:
Since resettling in Sonoma County in 1986, I initially practiced with my husband, Dr. Joel Alter, (now retired). During those years, our office provided a transitional professional home for many of our best local practitioners, when they first came to the area. I'm a specialist in Internal Medicine, and my practice focuses on the medical evaluation and treatment of difficult health problems ranging from hormone issues and menopause to fibromyalgia - it also includes inflammatory and toxic challenges, and cancer. In treating patients with cancer, I bring together the talents of multiple experienced practitioners of Acupuncture, Chinese medicine, nutrition, body work and osteopathy to the problem. The creation of a new relationship between clinician and client includes a transfer of information, and the creation of a sacred space between them, where honesty, and healing can happen.
Dr. Nafysa Parpia, ND
Dr. Parpia specializes in working with patients who have Lyme disease, cancer, autoimmune disease and environmental toxicity. She draws upon her training with world renowned Lyme and chronic disease specialist, Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD in treating patients with such complex conditions.
She is a partner and guide on the path to wellness of each of her patients, taking into account all aspects of their life and health as a unique whole. Dr. Parpia addresses physical symptoms and also the mental, emotional or spiritual aspects of her patient’s lives that may affect or be affected by their condition. Using her clinical expertise she works as a detective to discover and ultimately remove the underlying cause(s) of illness. At the same time she helps to alleviate symptoms.
External factors to the body such as the environment, pathogens, diet, and lifestyle can alter the expression of internal factors like genetic expression, cellular biochemical function, mood and nutritional status. Dr. Parpia strives to help her patients find balance between the external factors of their lives, their body’s internal mechanisms and their mind.
As the health of each individual is dynamic, so is the nature of the treatment plans that Dr. Parpia tailors for each patient. She uses a variety of modalities including oral and intravenous micronutrient therapy, botanical medicine, functional nutrition, homeopathy, lifestyle counseling, neural therapy, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, detoxification programs and yoga therapy.
Prior to joining Amitabha Clinic, Dr. Parpia worked at San Francisco Natural Medicine. Previous to that she lived in Seattle, where she worked at Dr. Dietrich’s Klinghardt’s clinic. While in medical school Dr. Parpia became a yoga instructor and taught vinyasa yoga for several years.
“My insights were for the first time listened to and explored by Dr. Parpia. She took a genuine interest in treating me as a whole person, not just a symptom, guiding and prescribing comprehensive health solutions. I feel Dr. Parpia recognizes that many things lead us down the road of wellness and offers wisdom, compassion and guidance to lead us there.”
Education & Training: Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University, 2012; California Naturopathic Doctor License #638One year working and training with Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD and senior doctors at Sophia Health Institute, Woodinville, WashingtonOne year advanced training in integrative cancer care with Leanna Standish, PhD, ND, LAc, FABNO at the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center, Kenmore, WashingtonOne year advanced training in Ayurvedic medicine with Shailinder Sodhi, ND, BAMS at the Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Medical Clinic, Bellevue, WashingtonNeural Therapy training and certification with Dietrich Klinghard, MD, PhD and Jeff Harris, NDIV Nutrient Therapy training and certification, IV Nutrient Therapy for PhysiciansCraniosacral Therapy training and certification with Nancy Solivan, DC, MDVisceral Manipulation training and certification with Ron Mariotti, NDYoga teacher training and certification with Andrey Lappa and Baron BaptisteBSc, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada