This conversation with integrative OB-GYN Dr. Felice L. Gersh, MD, of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, in California, covers an expansive definition of "women's health issues" from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) to environmental toxins!
We talk about how to be your own health detective, what to look for when finding an integrative or functional medicine practitioner, the history and prevalence of PCOS, and why Dr. Gersh thinks of PCOS as the “poster child” condition for the link between reproductive and metabolic health. We also discuss what endocrine disruptors are and how they work, the perils of physician burnout, and the importance of a good doctor-patient relationship.
Dr. Gersh is a globally-recognized expert on women’s hormones, gut microbiome, and circadian rhythm. She frequently collaborates with numerous research organizations and lectures internationally on women’s health topics. As Medical Director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, she focuses on understanding women’s innate physical and emotional make-up. Through her research and practical experience, she has come to understand that women have internal, natural rhythms that are absolutely essential to female health. These rhythms are controlled by hormones, particularly estrogen, and may be kept in balance through both conventional and holistic treatments.
After receiving her medical degree from the USC School of Medicine, Dr. Gersh studied Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles, where she was honored with the CREOG top resident award every year. After graduating, she launched her private practice, founded on a passionate belief in holistic women’s healthcare. From its earliest years, way back before alternative medicine was popular, Felice's practice included acupuncture, massage, and Chinese medicine. Over a decade ago, Dr. Gersh pursued her interest in holistic healing and graduated from the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona to become one of the first dual board-certified Integrative Gynecologists in the United States.
Felice has been awarded the Orange County Medical Association’s ‘Physician of the Year’ Award for the last 16 years consecutively and Southern California’s ‘SuperDoctor’ Award for the last several years. In her role as a physician teacher, she served as Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at Keck USC School of Medicine for 12 years, for which she was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award. Dr. Gersh has also served on the Legislative Committee at the Orange County Medical Association and as a delegate to the California Medical Association numerous times.
You can learn more about Dr. Felice Gersh on her website: integrativemgi.com
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