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Integrative Health Moves to New, Healing Space

Cedars-Sinai Integrative Health will start welcoming patients to its new storefront space at 8820 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 110, beginning Feb. 12. The program combines conventional and alternative therapies to help achieve optimal health and healing.

Cedars-Sinai Integrative Health will start welcoming patients to its new storefront space at 8820 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 110, beginning Feb. 12.

It will be a particularly meaningful day for Integrative Health Medical Director Janet White, MD, as it marks a milestone in her medical career.

After two decades as a Cedars-Sinai internist, White started exploring other specialties that piqued her interest. Integrative medicine, which combines conventional and alternative therapies to help patients achieve optimal health and healing, was especially intriguing. Wanting to learn more, she attended an integrative medicine conference in November 2013.

"I walked out of that conference knowing integrative medicine was going to be my new focus. I didn't know how I was going to get there, but I knew somehow I was going to get there," said White.

Getting there involved White completing a fellowship at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in 2016 and earning board certification from the American Board of Integrative Medicine. Cedars-Sinai Integrative Health was launched last year within White's existing internal medicine practice, with the goal of moving to a space dedicated to integrative medicine.

Spanning 4,600 square feet, the new space features nine exam rooms, a spacious multipurpose room, abundant natural light and calming colors. "Studies have shown that using colors and other elements found in nature, along with a lot of ambient light, creates an environment that contributes to healing and reduces stress," White said.

In addition to White, the Integrative Health team includes: Stephen Meeneghan, ND, LAc, a board-certified naturopathic physician and acupuncturist; Gloria Kamler, MA, a holistic educator and stress-relief expert; and Pam Tarlow, PharmD, a clinical pharmacist. A registered dietician also will be joining the Integrative Health staff.

"As an integrative medicine practitioner, I focus on the connection between the mind, body and spirit, and the need to keep those balanced in order to help people heal and to maintain optimal health. I now care for my patients in a holistic way and guide and motivate them to engage in health-promoting behaviors," said White.

"Given that integrative medicine centers on prevention and health optimization it can benefit almost anyone, but the most common conditions for which people seek integrative therapies are cancer, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, headache, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease," White said.

Therapies available through Integrative Health include: lifestyle counseling, Western herbal medicine, Chinese herbal medicine, biofeedback, pharmaceuticals, acupuncture, cupping, therapeutic massage, bio-identical hormone therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

For patients who are under the care of a general practitioner or specialist, White emphasizes that the Integrative Health team coordinates closely with patients' other providers.

"We send their doctor a report and communicate directly about the patient's treatment and progress. Our therapies are intended to be integrated with whatever conventional care patients are receiving," White said.

Acupuncture services are provided by Meeneghan. "Acupuncture has been well studied in the treatment of acute and chronic pain, but it's also useful in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions such as nausea, fatigue, stroke, allergies, infertility, menstrual disorders, anxiety, depression and stress," said Meeneghan.

"I often use massage and cupping in my acupuncture treatments and also may prescribe Chinese herbs. In my naturopathic visits, I may prescribe herbal medicine, dietary supplements, specialized diets, stress-management techniques, bio-identical hormones, and, in some cases, pharmaceuticals," Meeneghan said.

Throughout February, Cedars-Sinai employees and employed physicians are being offered a 40 percent discount on their first acupuncture service.

Integrative Health also offers a free monthly, 90-minute introductory mindfulness-based stress reduction workshop. An all-day mindfulness workshop is being held on Feb. 10.

To register for the workshop or to schedule an appointment, contact Cedars-Sinai Integrative Health at 310-423-8200 or groupintegrativehealth@cshs.org.