About Dr. Z


I completed undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Religion, plus a Masters in Public Health Education. I finished medical school and my Preventive Medicine residency at Loma Linda University in Southern California, where I then stayed on board as an Assistant Professor for clinical medicine. I’ve been a Keynote Speaker for the Breast Cancer Early Detection Program and worked in Breast Cancer research at Johns Hopkins. I’ve served as a Primary Care physician with Indian Health, Veteran’s Hospitals, College Health Services, and clinics for homeless and underserved populations. I’ve fulfilled the coursework for certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine. I’m very proud to be Board Certified in Integrative Medicine. This is only the second year that the American Board of Physician Specialties has offered and accredited Boards in any field of Holistic Medicine, so we are in the midst of historic breakthroughs in validating science-based natural medicine.

I’m excited to be part of the Apex Energetics National Speaker team, led by the legendary Dr. Datis Kharrazian, whose mission is to provide cutting-edge and science-guided Functional Medicine education for healthcare professionals. I was also honored to join Bill Sears, MD’s (Author of “The Baby Book”) Wellness Team in 2016. I wholeheartedly shared their vision and dedication to creating effective health and wellness solutions. Beginning October 2017, I’ve joined the staff of the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. I am very excited to be on the forefront of the nation’s first university-wide enterprise to embed integrative health approaches in research, teaching and patient care.

Education & Training

  • Environmental Toxicity and Neuroendocrine Immune Wind-Up, Apex, June 2015
  • Cortisol and Melatonin Circadian Rhythm Physiology Seminar, Apex Energetics, May 2015
  • Mastering the Thyroid, Apex Energetics, May 2015
  • The Neuroendocrinology of Andropause, Apex Energetics, May 2015
  • Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, Institute for Functional Medicine, March 2015
  • IFM Cardiometabolic Advanced Practice Module, February 2015
  • Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth, Apex Energetics, February 2015
  • The Neuroendocrinology of Menopause, Apex Energetics, Dec. 2014
  • Mastering Functional Brain Chemistry, Apex Energetics, October 2014
  • Advanced Qi Gong Certification I&II, Grandmaster Hong Liu, 2008
  • Preventive Medicine Residency, Loma Linda University, 1997
  • Doctor of Medicine, Loma Linda University, 1994
  • Masters in Public Health Education, Loma Linda University, 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts, Religion, Pacific Union College, 1983
  • Associate of Science, Nursing, Pacific Union College, 1981
  • Primary Care Physician, Cowlitz Indian Health, 2014
  • Wellness Coach, Preventive Medicine Consulting, 2000-2014
  • University of Texas Health Science Center Health Behavior Change Teleconference Instructor, 2002
  • Keynote Speaker, Breast Cancer Early Detection Program, 2001
  • Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, 1997-2000
  • Assistant Professor of Health Promotion & Education, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, 1997-2000
  • Preventive Medicine Clinical Intern, Johns Hopkins, 1993
  • Diabetes Nurse Educator, Kaiser, Fontana, CA, 1985-1987
  • Registered Nurse, Rehab Team Leader, Loma Linda University, 1984-1985
  • Registered Nurse, Medical-Surgical Units, St. Helena Hospital, 1981-1983
  • School Nurse, Pacific Union College, 1981-1983