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UC Irvine Integrative Medicine Program

The Department of Family Medicine, in a collaborative partnership with the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, the UC Irvine Health Family Health Centers and the Orange County community, is developing a new model of primary care.

Our goals are to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for patients at the family health centers in Anaheim and Santa Ana and to increase access to integrative medicine resources for our underserved patient community.

We also strive to change the focus of healthcare and medical education for our residents, medical students and faculty to include a multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach that emphasizes wellness, prevention and self-care skills, and the adoption of the principles for creating optimal healing environments.

Residents »

The UC Irvine Family Medicine Residency Program's track in Integrative Medicine is a unique program designed to offer additional education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of primary care patients using the tools and philosophies of integrative medicine.

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 learn from professionals in each field. At the end of the course, first-year students are invited to take on health coaching roles 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 how to give their patients practical, evidence-based nutritional advice. The session included a lecture, hands-on cooking experience 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 Jan. 31, 2014, we hosted “Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals” at the UC Irvine Medical Center for the larger UC Irvine community.
  • An eight-week mindfulness course for staff and faculty was held at the UC Irvine Health Family Health Center in Santa Ana beginning in April 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 conducts a healthy cooking demonstration for FHC staff.
Integrative Resources for Patients »

Integrative Medicine Consult Clinic

Dr. Kilgore has established an integrative medicine consultation clinic at the UC Irvine Health family health centers to deliver 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 with more natural treatments, including nutrition, exercise, mind-body relaxation exercises, herbals and supplements, as well as referrals for acupuncture and osteopathy.

Diabetes Education

On the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, free Diabetes Management classes (Español)  are held for patients from 5 to 7 p.m. at the UC Irvine Health Family Health Center in Santa Ana. The purpose of the class is to enhance patient empowerment over diabetes, self-management and to slow 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 open to UC Irvine Health patients, as well as to staff members and physicians from the family health center.

Additional Resources Planned

We also plan to offer osteopathic manipulation for musculoskeletal injuries along with Healthy Cooking and Mind Body Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes at the family health center, so stay tuned!

Community »


  • The New York Times: Health For Tomorrow
    On May 28-29, 2014, The New York Times: Health for Tomorrow conference was held at UC San Francisco. Dr. David 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 May 16, 2014, presented by the UC Irvine Health Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. Kilgore, along with Dayna Kowata, ND, LAc,  presented "Supplementing Your Life: Identifying Nutrients for Ultimate Health and Wellbeing."

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

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