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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What’s New at Whitaker Wellness

Whitaker Wellness has gone through a lot of changes over the past 38 years, and I want to update you on our most recent additions and improvements, which include our current Medicare status, a group care program for patients with diabetes, a powerful therapy for relieving pain and restoring function, and a new medical director. Whitaker […]

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Real Help for Diabetic Complications

“I’m sorry. We’ve done everything we can. Your only option is to have an amputation.” Every year, more than 185,000 people in the United States are hit with this devastating diagnosis. For some, a limb is lost to cancer; for others, it results from an accident or other trauma. But most amputations are caused by […]

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Your Summer First Aid Kit

This summer marks the 22nd anniversary of my bike ride across America. Several Health & Healing subscribers joined me on the more than 4,000 mile trek that started in Washington state and ended on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Back then I wrote an article stating that I hoped to complete the ride […]

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Dear Dr. Whitaker: Low Blood Sugar, Wound Healing, and More

Every month in my newsletter Health & Healing, I answer questions from patients, subscribers, and the social media realm in a feature called “Dear Dr. Whitaker.” We cover a variety of health topics from A to Z, ranging from serious diseases to diet and supplement concerns to minor but bothersome ailments—whatever people are interested in. […]

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Health Benefits of Walking

Here at Whitaker Wellness, exercise is part of the fabric of day-to-day life. It’s an integral therapy for all patients, and one they engage in daily while they’re at the clinic. The program we prescribe is simple, convenient, inexpensive, and pleasant: It’s walking. The benefits of walking are boundless. Walking tones the largest muscles of […]

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Tips for Smart Snacking

Did you know that eating burns calories? It’s true—5 to 15 percent of your daily energy expenditure is used digesting, absorbing, and storing the food you eat. It’s called diet-induced thermogenesis and it’s one of the reasons why smart snacking throughout the day can actually help you burn fat and lose weight. The emphasis, however, is on […]

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Infrared Light Therapy: Fast, Lasting Pain Relief

William began experiencing symptoms of diabetic neuropathy at age 61. Recently retired, he had been looking forward to having more time to do the things he enjoys, but the severe pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in his ankles and feet made walking difficult and golf impossible. When he lost the ability to sense pressure on the […]

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Whitaker Wellness Success Story: Rheumatoid Arthritis

When I arrived at Whitaker Wellness for the first time in the summer of 2011, I was in bad pain and barely walking. Six months earlier, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which caused me pain, inflammation , and stiffness in most of my joints and muscles. My nights were horrible. Every time I changed […]

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Atrial Fibrillation: What Works/What Doesn’t

Sam knew something wasn’t right when his morning walks left him exhausted and short of breath. Ann noticed it in the gym, when the pulse monitor on the exercise bike couldn’t register her erratic heart rate. Louise’s first episode occurred as she was rushing to catch a connecting flight and her heart began beating so wildly […]

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Six Tips for More Energy

One of the most common complaints we hear from patients at Whitaker Wellness is they are constantly tired or have no energy. While there may be some underlying issues that need to be addressed, anyone can try these tips for more energy.    Tip for More Energy #1: Build a Solid Nutritional Foundation If you […]

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