The California Center for Functional Medicine was founded by two of the most respected thought leaders in the field of functional medicine, Dr. Sunjya Schweig and Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac. Our team of clinicians and staff has been hand-picked to provide the highest quality patient experience possible.
Sunjya K. Schweig, M.D., is an expert in complex chronic illnesses which require rigorous investigation and management. He has been studying, teaching, and practicing integrative and functional medicine for over 20 years.
Dr. Schweig received his B.A, from the University of California, Berkeley. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, where he helped design and lead the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) curriculum. He served on the Board of the Susan Samueli Center for Complementary and Alternative medicine and was chosen as one of twenty medical students to attend the NIH Leadership Training Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Dr. Schweig completed his family medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Family Practice Residency Program in Santa Rosa, CA. During his residency he was instrumental in developing and founding the Integrative Medicine Fellowship program.
Dr. Schweig continues to be active in medical education and has served as volunteer clinical faculty at the UCSF Santa Rosa Residency. He currently holds an adjunct faculty position at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Schweig has lectured nationally and internationally at conferences, hospitals, and universities.
Dr. Schweig has been in private practice since 2007, and is board certified in integrative and holistic medicine (ABIHM) and family practice (FAAFP). In 2014, Dr. Schweig launched the California Center for Functional Medicine (CCFM) with his friend and colleague, Chris Kresser, MS, LAc. CCFM is at the forefront of the functional medicine movement, offering patients a deep investigative approach to healthcare that is both high-touch and high-tech.
Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac is a globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine. He is the creator of ChrisKresser.com, one of the top 25 natural health sites in the world, and the author of the New York Times best seller, Your Personal Paleo Code (published in paperback as The Paleo Cure). Chris was recently named by Greatist.com as one of the 50 most influential people in health and fitness, along with Michelle Obama, Michael Pollan, Dr. Andrew Weil, Tim Ferriss, and Dr. Mercola—and his work is frequently cited in national publications such as Time, The Atlantic, and NPR, and on Dr. Oz and Fox & Friends, where he has appeared as a guest.
Chris has been studying, practicing, and teaching alternative medicine for more than fifteen years. He did his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley, and studied Chinese and integrative medicine at the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, also in Berkeley. He has trained with world-renowned healers and educators in a variety of disciplines throughout the U.S., Thailand, and Indonesia.
Chris works with patients from a functional medicine perspective. He uses lab testing and a thorough intake process to discover the underlying causes of disease, and a combination of diet, supplements, botanicals, and lifestyle change to address them. His work is deeply informed by his own decade-long struggle with a chronic, mysterious disease—which he later recovered from through his own research and experimentation. Chris lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and daughter.
Amy Nett, M.D., graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She continued her medical training with an internship in internal medicine at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and a residency in radiology at Stanford University Medical Center. She became board certified in diagnostic radiology and then completed additional specialty training in pediatric radiology. Prior to attending Georgetown, she received her undergraduate degree in pharmacology from U.C. Santa Barbara and then spent two years dedicated to pursuing medical research.
Dr. Nett began studying functional medicine after becoming frustrated with the conventional medical model in diagnosing and treating some of her own health issues. This experience brought to light the importance of diet and lifestyle as well as the need for a more holistic and integrated approach to support health and wellbeing.
She began training with Chris Kresser in June of 2014 and started treating patients through a functional medicine approach later that year. She blends her conventional medical training with a functional medicine approach to provide individualized patient care. She recommends nutritional therapy, meditation, stress management, herbal and nutrient supplements, along with prescription medications, including bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), to help patients achieve deep and lasting healing.
Dr. Nett is an instructor with the Kresser Institute ADAPT clinician training courses, while continuing her own studies in functional and environmental medicine as a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. She is also enrolled in the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) certification process.
Ramzi Asfour, M.D. is a Marin County local. From his earliest childhood memories, he felt a strong calling to study medicine and to help others. As part of his intensive medical studies, he did his residency in Internal Medicine at the California Pacific Medical Center, where he was chosen as Resident of the Year. These experiences also won him a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases (ID) at the University of California, San Diego.
As you might imagine, specialists in Infectious Disease are in very high demand around the world right now. Dr. Asfour was honored to bring his skills and training to patients in need in countries such as South Africa, Ethiopia and Guatemala, and to have worked with the World Health Organization. One of the most startling facts that he observed in the developing world was a much lower incidence of Autoimmune Disease, IBS and related illnesses. In that respect, they were healthier than the people that he knew back home. This was, so to speak, food for thought, and from this observation, and his own personal journey, his interest in functional medicine began to emerge. He could clearly see that there were a variety of different approaches to healing and that these bodies of knowledge had never been adequately investigated by practitioners of conventional medicine.
When Dr. Asfour returned home, he practiced conventional medicine with a focus in Infectious Diseases, but soon came to the realization that he could do much more for his patients using a more in depth approach. He joined the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) and had the good fortune to meet and work with Dr. Sunjya Schweig, who has supported him in his journey. He is committed to helping his patients through an entirely original combination of conventional and functional medical practices.
Tracey Clow is a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) who graduated from Samuel Merritt University with a Master’s degree in Nursing. She became board certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and was first introduced to Functional Medicine in 2013, when she began her journey through the Institute for Functional Medicine’s certification program. She has trained with the Kresser Institute (ADAPT) program and is an IFM Certified Practitioner.
Tracey chose to become a nurse practitioner because it provided her the opportunity to help patients gain control of their health and become active participants in life. Seeing people enjoy every aspect of their health is rewarding. Studying and practicing functional medicine has given her additional tools to ensure that patients get the individualized, comprehensive treatment they deserve.
Tracey finds that communication is key for all successful and sustainable relationships. She tries to emphasize this with her patients during the first encounter, so that they understand what makes functional medicine different than conventional medicine. She listens carefully to the patient, especially as they discuss their needs and how they fit into a comprehensive, individualized health plan. Tracey hopes that she gives her patients motivation to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Her goal is to help them understand the pivotal role they themselves play in designing and carrying out their treatment plan for health optimization. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the California Center for Functional Medicine and is honored to be part of this journey.
Lisa Deptula is a board certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) with a Master of Medical Science (MMS) from Northwestern University. After graduation, Lisa practiced in the field of dermatology. In addition, Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Michigan.
Lisa was led to the field of functional medicine after being dissatisfied with the recommendations and treatment outcomes from her conventional medical doctors. She was thrilled with the results functional medicine had in her own life, and recognized the potential benefits of using this approach with her future patients.
Lisa has trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and the Kresser Institute (ADAPT). Her training included a functional medicine approach to gastrointestinal dysfunction, immune dysregulation, hormonal imbalance, cardiometabolic syndrome, stress management, toxins, food sensitivities and nutritional therapy.
Lisa is passionate about using functional medicine and an ancestral perspective to help her patients prevent and reverse disease and achieve optimal health.
Kristi Turchi, Practice Manager
Kristi Turchi was born and raised in Southern California. After graduating Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Management and a minor in Computer Science, she worked for 12 years as a senior business administrator at TRW.
Though she enjoyed her work, she realized she enjoyed staying home with her children more. She now has four daughters and has been extensively involved in their school and sports from being the regional commissioner for their youth soccer organization comprised of over 4000 members and their teams’ manager to holding multiple positions on the PTA Board and making sure they got to all of their games and practices. During this time, she also volunteered alongside her daughters while they performed many hours of community service.
Kristi worked as an office manager and patient administrator for her husband’s dental office as well as a chiropractic and wellness practice. She began working as a virtual assistant and proofreader in 2003. Kristi enjoys providing excellent service and compassionate care to the patients of CCFM.
In her spare time, she can be found watching her girls play sports, walking the dogs, exercising, cooking, reading or watching movies. After suffering with multiple health issues, Kristi has recently changed her way of life by removing gluten and sugar from her diet and has felt numerous changes in her health from this shift.
Shannon Martin, Operations Specialist
Shannon Martin is a New Hampshire native with an extensive career in Health Care Administration. She has close to ten years industry experience in Insurance, Urgent and Primary Care. Shannon has a passion for servicing others, and is proud to come from a family with a long lineage of nurses, firefighters and policemen.
In 2008, Shannon moved to California and fell in love with the sunshine, warmth, and healthy lifestyle. She first learned of the Paleo or Primal lifestyle in 2011 and was instantly attracted. Through her love of cooking, Shannon began experimenting with Paleo recipes to make healthier food for her family. Eager to learn more, she began researching the internet and, like thousands of others, found Chris Kresser. Shannon followed his blog, read his website daily and in the Spring of 2013, she took a chance and applied for a position as Patient Coordinator in Chris’ growing clinic. Since accepting the position, Shannon continuously strives to provide the highest quality of patient service while remaining empathetic and enjoying sharing her ever growing knowledge.
Shannon lives in Southern California with her husband and two children.
Natalie Jackson, Patient Service Coordinator
After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Natalie spent years in the ownership and management of small businesses. For the past five years she has worked in the wine industry in Southern California. During these years, a focus on a well lived life led her more deeply to understand that nutrition, in the form of healthy and satisfying food, leads to an enriched lifestyle. The discovery and implementation of Paleo living proved to have such a positive impact on her daily life and overall health that she has developed a desire for sharing her experiences with others.
When she was introduced to Chris Kresser in 2014, she found an opportunity to use her extensive administrative skills, customer service experience and her passion for healthy living to offer exceptional patient support within the clinic.
Natalie lives in Southern California with her nine year old daughter and spends her free time traveling, cooking and enjoying friends and family.
Sandi Gaertner, Patient Service Coordinator
Sandi Gaertner has lived in the Bay Area with her family for 8 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in management and has over 17 years of customer service management experience. She loves to work with people and enjoys making sure patients get the best level of care and support.
Sandi’s hobbies include volunteering, cooking and nutrition, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Sandi and her family have been gluten free for over 9 years. In an effort to help others, she runs a gluten free blog called Fearless Dining. She started the site after being diagnosed with gluten intolerance. There was so little information out there on how to adapt to a gluten free lifestyle that she wanted to make it easier for others. Her website has a huge database of the safe gluten handling procedures at over 645 Bay Area restaurants. You can also find gluten free recipes, restaurant interviews and reviews. For more information go to: http://www.fearlessdining.com
Laura Montgomery, Patient Service Coordinator and Special Projects Administrator
Laura has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology, and has a long-time passion for wellness and helping others. Born and raised in central Ohio, she escaped the Midwest winters and traded the clouds for sunshine with a move to Las Vegas five years ago. Here, she earned her masters degree in public health while working at a large orthopedic surgery practice.
In 2013, while researching nutrition and exercise, she stumbled across the Paleo diet and quickly found Chris Kresser’s website and podcasts. After making some dramatic lifestyles changes for herself, she experienced amazing results and wanted to keep learning more and share this information with others. Laura strives to provide excellent support and superior service to the patients of CCFM and is excited to be a part of the team.
During down time, she can usually be found outside enjoying the West coast sunshine and weather with her two dogs, or at the gym working on her Olympic weightlifting.
Nicole Petty, Patient Service Coordinator
Nicole has a passion for helping others improve their health using nutrition and functional medicine. She has over 15 years of customer service experience; she has worked everywhere from health food stores to the emergency room of a veterinary hospital (and many places in between).
Nicole has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado and a Nutrition Consultant certificate from Bauman College.
In addition to her studies, Nicole learned a lot about nutrition and lifestyle from her own health challenges. Nothing has helped her more than eating a Real Food/Paleo style diet. She wholeheartedly believes that food can nourish and heal. She loves researching and learning more about nutrition, cooking new recipes and geeking out about food in general.
Nicole lives in sunny Colorado with her husband and dog. In her free time she enjoys time outdoors, rock climbing, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Jodie Murphy, Patient Service Coordinator
Jodie Murphy graduated from the University of Scranton with a bachelor’s degree in health administration and received a minor in business. She pursued her graduate work in education, and she has spent the past ten years as an elementary educator in Pennsylvania. Prior to teaching, Jodie served as the graduate medical education coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and as a patient administrator for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Jodie became interested in functional medicine after she was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. She discovered Chris Kresser when she sought to improve her health, which ultimately led her to the California Center for Functional Medicine. Her professional experience along with her health and nutritional interests are aligned with CCFM, and she is committed to supporting others on their journey towards health and wellness.
Jodie lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, two young children, and her dog, Bella. When she is not working, you will find her spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, reading or meditating.
Laila Remishevskiy, Patient Service Coordinator
Laila is from Las Vegas, NV, where she was born and raised. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in administrative leadership. Laila is very passionate about educating people on how to live a cleaner lifestyle by choosing the right kind of foods, exercise, meditation and natural/herbal remedies.
Laila has been married for 8 years and has 2 young children. She and her husband homeschool both of them. In their free time, you can find them traveling in their Airstream, enjoying the outdoor beauty and researching overall health and fitness.