I am a practicing physician and the founder and CEO of Parsley Health. As a doctor I combine the best of conventional primary care with a functional approach to health.
This means that I focus on getting to the root cause of disease rather than just treating the symptoms.
This also means I have a bigger tool kit than the average doctor. I prescribe specific nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and stress management protocols, as well as professional-grade nutraceutical supplements in addition to medications. I also leverage the power of cutting edge testing to understand the body and more accurately identify the drivers of disease.
This approach means I’m able to help my patients help reverse chronic disease and reduce reliance on pharmaceutical drugs.
Ultimately I want to help you be the architect of your own health. I am just a guide on your journey to being well.
I went to medical school at Columbia University and trained in internal medicine at Mount Sinai hospital, but before I got to Columbia I knew I wanted to do something different.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania summa cum laude in 2003, I was lost. I didn’t know what I wanted to do and found myself like many young 20-somethings in a job in NYC I hated, feeling disconnected to purpose. It was through my at-the-time new yoga practice that I reconnected to my earlier interests in public health and systems biology. This newfound passion sent me on a course to medical school, along the way working in research at NYU and working with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Oprah as a producer for their first ever radio show on health.
So when I arrived at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons I was already on a mission to make an impact.
Along the way I nurtured a growing interest in tech and communications and co-founded a technology company called Cureatr that connects doctors in hospitals through an app.
I also went on to add to my clinical training by studying at the Institute for Functional Medicine, an organization that trains physicians how to use their conventional training in the systems biology paradigm, and supplemented this training by working with some of the top physicians in functional health.
Along the way I became a certified yoga teacher and studied and taught meditation.
I saw when I was training as a doctor that the way primary care today is practiced in most places is woefully inadequate for the needs of modern life. So I decided to build a new health care system that reflects the future we all need and deserve.
Parsley Health combines my clinical passion for health care that is outcomes-driven, smart and relevant to today’s world – a world in which 86% of our health care costs are driven by chronic, lifestyle-modifiable disease – with cutting edge technology and a beautiful brand that is aspirational and educational.
I’m lucky that I have been able to make my dream a reality, with clinics across the country, thousands of patients and a new clinical training program to help more top doctors adopt this way of practicing.
I live in New York City with my husband, our son and our 2 rescue dogs. I love to travel, and I’m a bit of a tech nerd – I am really passionate about how digital technology can help make it easier for all of us to live a healthier life.