America’s Leading Alternative Medicine Clinic

Whitaker Wellness Medical Clinic is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health—not just the absence of disease, but a state of vitality and wellness that will allow you to live life to its fullest. With two dozen safe, innovative, healing therapies under one roof, top-notch physicians, and friendly experienced staff, Whitaker Wellness is your “one-stop shop for wellness.”

Exciting News From Whitaker Wellness…


We are pleased to welcome Svetlana R. Stivi, MD, as Whitaker Wellness’ Medical Director. Well versed in all aspects of nutritional and functional medicine as well as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Stivi brings 20 years of experience to her new position. Most recently, she served as Medical Director of the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UC Irvine and Associate Clinical Professor, Family Medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Stivi will lead the expansion of clinic services and community outreach programs.


We are happy to announce that we now accept Medicare. Like most clinics of its kind, Whitaker Wellness used to operate on a cash-only basis. Unfortunately, even though we keep out-of-pocket costs as low as possible, they are prohibitive for many people. Therefore, we are now accepting several major insurance plans and recently signed on with Medicare. 


Another exciting change is our new group care programs. As anyone who has attended Whitaker Wellness’s Back to Health Program knows, a powerful synergy develops when people with similar health concerns spend time together. These new programs, which are specifically for our patients with diabetes and heart disease, meets every month on an ongoing basis for an hour and a half per session. 



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Gut Health 101: Digestive Disorders

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