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UC Irvine Integrative Medicine Program

Through a collaborative partnership between the UC Irvine Department of Family Medicine, the UC Irvine Family Health Center, the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine and the community, we envision a new model of primary care at the UCI Family Health Center.

Our goals are to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for patients at the Family Health Center and increase access to Integrative Resources for our underserved patient community.

We also strive to change the focus of health care and medical education for UC Irvine Family Medicine residents, medical students, and faculty to include a multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach with emphasis on wellness, prevention, and self-care skills, adopting the principles and domains of the Optimal Healing Environment.

Residents »

The UC Irvine Family Medicine Residency Integrative Medicine Track is a unique program within the Family Medicine residency designed to offer additional education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of primary care patients using the tools and philosophies of Integrative Medicine. Click to learn more about the program.

Medical Students »

Health and Wellness Curriculum

The Health and Wellness curriculum provides first and second year medical students with practical, evidence-based information about the fundamental elements of health and wellness. The course goals are to provide medical students information to help improve their own physical and mental health as well as to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to educate and motivate their future patients in making healthy lifestyle choices. The course covers several major topics: mindfulness, nutrition, exercise, motivational interviewing and sleep hygiene. Students have the opportunity to learn from different professionals in each field. At the end of the course, first-year students are invited to take on health coaching roles as Health Catalysts with employees at local companies during a seven-week Healthy Living summer Program.

Culinary Medicine Workshop

In a collaboration with Southern California University of Health Sciences, the Department of Family Medicine Integrative Medicine Program hosted a Culinary Medicine Workshop at the UC Irvine  Anteater Recreational Center (ARC) teaching kitchen. Attendees included UC Irvine medical students and residents, as well as SCUHS chiropractic and acupuncture students. Dr. David Kilgore from UC Irvine and Dr. Gena Kadar from Southern California University of Health Sciences led the session with Chef and Nutritionist, Pamina Barkow.  Attendees learned about how they can deliver practical, evidence-based nutritional advice to their patients.  The session included a lecture, hands-on cooking and a family style meal to conclude the day.

Students seated behind long tables Men and women cooking soupPamina Barkow demonstrating chopping vegetables to studentsCooking students laying out their creations on a long table
Physician and Staff Wellness »

By planning and working with instructors and residents who are knowledgeable in a particular field, we strive to provide exposure to self-care skills and tools for personal wellness of faculty, residents and staff.

  • In June 2013, we started a bimonthly lunch and learn series on health and wellness for staff, faculty and residents. Topics have included: self-massage, stretching techniques, mindfulness, Tai Chi, yoga, healthy cooking and more.
  • On January 31, 2014, we hosted “Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals” at the UC Irvine Medical Center for the larger UC Irvine community.
  • An 8-week mindfulness course for staff and faculty at the UCI Family Health Center in Santa Ana was held from April-June, 2014.
Melissa Ricker teaching massage and yoga
Yoga instructor and Massage Therapist, Melissa Ricker, teaches various stretching and self-massage techniques to UC Irvine Family Health Center physicians and staff at a lunch and learn wellness session.
Shin Lin teaching tai chi
Shin Lin, a world-renowned Tai Chi expert and faculty member at UC Irvine, leads Family Health Center staff and faculty in a noontime Tai Chi class.
Pamina Barkow teaching cooking
Nutritionist and Chef, Pamina Barkow, conducting a healthy cooking demonstration for FHC staff.
Integrative Resources for Patients »

Integrative Medicine Consult Clinic

At the UC Irvine Family Health Center, Dr. Kilgore has established an Integrative Medicine consult clinic in which he delivers holistic healthcare to underserved populations. Unlike a regular clinic, doctors and residents specializing in Integrative Medicine conduct more extensive consultations with patients interested in Integrative methods of healing. Implementing a more biopsychosocial approach in assessing patients, doctors and residents help patients help themselves to overcome health-related issues using more natural treatments including nutrition, exercise, mind-body relaxation exercises, recommendations for herbals and supplements, and referrals for acupuncture and osteopathy.

Diabetes Education

On the 2nd and  4th Wednesday of each month, free Diabetes Management classes (español)  are held for patients from 5-7:00pm at the Family Health Center in Santa Ana. The purpose of the class is to enhance diabetes empowerment, self-management, and reduce the progression of type 2 diabetes. Instruction about healthy cooking, nutrition, movement and mindfulness are incorporated into each session.

Movement and Exercise

Our free classes are welcome to UC Irvine patients, as well as staff and physicians from the Family Health Center.

Additional Resources Being Planned

We are also planning osteopathic manipulation for musculoskeletal injuries and Healthy Cooking and Mind Body Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes the Family Health Center, so stay tuned!

Community »


  • The New York Times: Health For Tomorrow
    On May 28-29th, 2014, The New York Times: Health for Tomorrow conference was held at UCSF. Dr. Kilgore, along with Dr. Victoria Maizes from the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Dr. Karen Lawson from the Center for Spirituality & Healing, presented “The Physician/Patient Relationship in the 21st Century.”

  • Women’s Wellness Day was held on May 16, 2014 and presented by the UC Irvine Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kilgore, along with Dayna Kowata, ND, LAc,  presented on “Supplementing Your Life: Identifying Nutrients for Ultimate Health and Wellbeing.”

  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)  Annual Spring Conference
    On May 5, 2014, Drs. Kilgore and Julie Youm presented “Health Catalysts: Development of Health Coaching Skills in First-Year Medical Students.”

Community Partners

  • Click here to learn more about our collaboration with the Orange County School of the Arts and our goals for an optimal healing environment.