Dr. Dawn DeSylvia

Dr. Dawn DeSylvia is a nationally recognized family medicine doctor with a Functional and Integrative Medical practice in Los Angeles who trained and served on faculty at the UCLA Malibu Clinic and Santa Monica Hospital until 2013.

In 2013, Dr. DeSylvia opened her own Integrative and Functional Medicine practice, The Center For Whole Health, in West Los Angeles, CA, where she works with patients to identify the root causes of disease and foster optimal health.

In addition to integrating many different medical modalities and focusing on what is specifically causing inflammation (and thus disease or disease risks) in her patients, she emphasizes the importance of the mind, body and spirit integration.  She is bridging the work of advanced meditators alongside neuroscientists and technology to bring about the most advanced interventions available in physical, emotional, and spiritual well being and health.

“Having practiced and studied meditation and yoga for 25 years, I am acutely aware of the impact our mind and beliefs have on our health; as well as how our physiology (gut, hormones, and immune system) influences our brain.  It is from this perspective that I integrate the most up to date science, functional medicine and neuroscience into my practice; focusing on what is specifically causing inflammation (and thus disease or disease risks).”

Dr. DeSylvia is an awakened, impassioned integrative practitioner redefining standards of modern medicine. She is a sought-after speaker and author whose speaking engagements include Live Aware Conference with Amy B. Scher, Scott The Better Health Guy, Hay House Radio with Heather Dane, The Chalene Johnson Show, The So Cal Wellness Summit, OsteoStrong Strong Talks, The Thinking Mom’s Revolution Lyme Summit, as well as the upcoming Breaking Ordinary Podcast with Andy Petrankis, and The Upgrade Labs (Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof) Annual Conference. She also has written for many online publications including Organic Authority and Shape Magazine, to name a few.

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Dr. Dawn DeSylvia, MD
Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine

“It is with warm enthusiasm I welcome you to our office! I look forward to being a part of your journey towards optimal health and increased states of energy and wellbeing.”
– Dr. Dawn DeSylvia

Dr. Dawn is one of the best functional medicine doctors I know! I love sharing patients with her and getting treatments from her myself. In addition to her exceptional patient care, her vision and voice are needed in the evolution of medicine.

My Story… the Short Version

Shortly after entering medical school at UCLA in 2003 I read a report called Crossing the Quality Chasm: A new Health System for the 21st Century published by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. I was struck that such a prestigious Institute had found, what I believed to be true for quite some time. They stated that, “between the healthcare system we have, and the healthcare system we could have, exists not a gap, but a chasm.”

Twelve years later, it troubles me to report that this chasm has only increased. With exponential advances in scientific knowledge, much of which is supporting basic and ancient healing principles, it is astounding how little this information is integrated into the majority of healthcare today.

There are many reasons for this occurrence, and part of my mission is to bring about awareness of the factors hindering the existence of “a healthcare system we could (and should) have”. One factor is in medical school we are taught only to prescribe or recommend evidenced based medicine. However, for something to become “evidence based” it requires an average of 17 years and an estimated $800 million between the time of a scientific discovery and the time it takes to be integrated into medical practice. This leaves a narrow margin of things that can “afford” to get through, and often fails to take into account the whole truth.

You do not have to look far to hear of modern medicine falling short of it’s mission to serve, and above all else, “First do no harm”. The statistics are daunting. We loose more people annually to iatrogenic causes (the result of medical error or side effect) than we do in all the wars combined. We spend more money than any other country on healthcare, and yet we rank 43rd in outcomes. And some of our best medicines do more harm than good, and yet they are the standard of care.

However, I am not discouraged. I know there is a rising, and an awakening in many of the minds in medicine and other industries, that are working to create a shift and new ground for this paradigm.

An open discussion among leaders and pollination across medical specialties and modalities are required to facilitate this. The Latin root of physician is to teach, and it is here that I am deeply inspired to share the knowledge of what I know in order to evolve our healthcare in order to more fully serve.

I am inspired by knowing people everywhere are waking up to what they really need to sustain themselves and this planet. It is a most exciting time to be alive, practice medicine, and be part of this great movement toward increased health and vitality.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you!

– Dr. Dawn DeSylvia

Karen Jacobs, PA-C/MS

Karen has over ten years of experience in integrative family medicine in Los Angeles. She received her Master’s degree at NYU, and her PA degree at Long Island University in New York, before moving to Los Angeles with her husband. She has accumulated years of experience specializing in women’s health, pediatric care, and regenerative medicine. She incorporates homeopathy, nutritional support, and many natural remedies when treating her patients.

In addition to practicing integrative family medicine, she has been working in orthopedic and regenerative medicine with a leading MD in the field for the last three years, performing most of the injections in his office. She is highly skilled in techniques for joint and tissue regeneration, using prolotherapy and PRP.  She treats every joint in the body including the neck, low back, knees, shoulders, and hips. She also is skilled in using PRP for hair regrowth, and to stimulate collagen production on the face and diminish scars.

Karen has a passion for helping the whole family heal inside and out. When not at work, she enjoys traveling with her family and raising her two daughters, ages 11 and 14. She also enjoys swimming, hiking, yoga, and transcendental meditation.

Karen Jacobs, PA-C/MS

I had an incredibly informative and educational experience with Dr. DeSylvia. I have always been healthy and active, but decided to have general blood tests done as I am now in my early 40’s. Thankfully, Dr. DeSylvia performed more advanced tests than I would have received at a traditional doctors office. In doing so, we were able to catch a few genetic risks that may otherwise have been overlooked. Thanks to her dietary suggestions, I’ve lost a few pounds, I’m eating much less sugar and processed foods. I feel much better overall, my body feels clean and efficient while my energy levels stay consistent throughout the day! It’s this kind of medicine we need to catch risks and keep us healthy! Thanks Doc!

Ted McDonald

Founder, 5 Point Yoga and Adventure Yoga Retreats