Doctor Nataliya M. Kushnir, MD, FAAAAI, TCMD

DR. NATALIYA M. KUSHNIRDr Nataliya Kushnir has truly unusual and amazing path in medicine. At the age of 16 she was the youngest medical student ever accepted to the top Russian Medical School (Voronezh Medical Academy). Simultaneously she applied and was selected (15 student class out of 364 applicants) to become a four year apprentice with the Tibetan Master of medicine. She achieved impossible – in 1994 she graduated with Honors as Medical Doctor and also as a Master and Instructor in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

She moved to the US to continue her studies and medical research at Stanford. Later she confirmed her degree of the Medical Doctor in the US and completed Residency training by 2002.

She received Allergy-Immunology subspecialist title at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. During the next 3 years she stayed as Junior Investigator conducting multiple studies at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Since childhood Dr Kushnir was fascinated by the mind ability to influence the body and affect health. Her cutting-edge research provided the first true evidence that brain hormone serotonin has powerful influence over allergy cells (mast cells). During the 3 years as Clinical Investigator she was also consulting patients with rare genetic disorders and became and expert in diagnosis and management of Mastocytosis. Dr Kushnir published 10 papers in the major clinical and scientific journals, wrote a chapter in medical textbook, presented at more than 20 national and international conferences.

It was her passion for healing and wellness that brought her to the next daring decision – she opened private clinic in Berkeley, CA. It was her disappointment in modern medicines and insurance-driven cold-hearted approach with 5 min appointments that led her to the next step – directing an Institute of Integrative Immunology. It took her a long time to find and recruit her team – gifted and inspired by the same idea – making the world happier and healthier.

Her big dream is to unite all modern knowledge of science with ancient knowledge of healing into state-of-art diagnosis and treatment. She uses best modern diagnostic techniques combined with the ancient art of listening, irido-diagnostics and energy flow techniques. She practices functional healing, acupressure techniques, medical hypnotherapy, herbal treatments and medical massage. She truly believes in healing powers of mind and biofeedback techniques.

Dr Kushnir is a big advocate of healthy environment. She believes that invisible toxic exposures such as mold, VOC (formaldehyde, resins, fast glues and counter sealants) are ruining immune system and causing multiple health issues. She works with environmental companies and fights for the rights of people who were harmed by unhealthy living or working conditions. She provides her expert evaluation and helps her patients to recover from damaging exposures and stress.

Dr Kushnir strongly believes that our body is an amazing creation that can achieve anything, even seemingly impossible – only if we find the right way. When she studied stem cells, she found that we know very little about regenerative forces imbedded in our structure. In her experiments she found absolute confirmation that almost any disease can be cured and almost any injury can heal – only if we switch on the process of self-repair. Such force exist in every person, and can be awakened by finding the right diet, herbal tea, exercise and with the help of meditation and energy even the cancer can be cured!

Dr Kushnir is proud Patient’s choice award of 2008-2010 recipient.She is invited speaker at the major specialty conferences. She is dedicated community educator – she gives free lectures at the local hospitals and schools. Most recent web publication in WebMD describes Rhinitis induced by medicines.

CONTINUING EDUCTATION

Dr Kushnir worked at the best clinical centers of the United States and Europe for over 10 years. She started her career as a researcher at Stanford; she was a faculty member and guest speaker for National Children’s Hospital Washington, DC; National Institutes of Health; John’s Hopkins University. Since she moved to California she is involved in community programs and public education. She is a volunteer speaker at Oakland Children’s Hospital, John Muir Medical Center, Alta Bates Hospital etc. She is training medical residents and students at her practice. She is an active member of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology. Read more about our doctor…

TRAINING AND ELECTIVES:
Dr Kushnir believes in continuing education and enjoys teaching. Our clinic selects outstanding candidates for training at all levels:

Medical assistant externship;
Medical student rotations ( 2-6 weeks);
Medical resident elective (2-4 weeks);
Nurse practitioners externship.

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OUR DOCTOR’S PHILOSOPHY

I am a scientist in mind and a doctor in my heart. I have been trained to the highest standards of the academic medicine and research and committed to deliver best science of clinical medicine to the community. I am a big believer in power of education and teach my patients everything I know. After all these years of medical studies I have learned the best practices of the diagnosis and treatment of Eastern and Western Medicine and merged them into a unique style and vision of my own. I follow the canons and traditions that started with Hippocrates. Modern science of medicine provides us with the best discoveries and technology, yet it becomes nothing without personal touch and humanitarianism.

HERE ARE MY BELIEFS:

O Observe and listen – simple and yet essential rules of making the diagnosis. I do not look into computer screen and only briefly write – by the time I am done talking to my patients I usually know the diagnosis. I never dismiss complaints – I feel that if my patient talks about issues – they do exist.

T Thorough but mindful – I order tests only when I need to confirm diagnosis. I do not believe in extensive and unnecessary testing – it creates more anxiety and brings little information.

S Simplicity and balance – those are two things that guide me in any treatment recommendations. If I can do it – my patients can do it. Disease can be viewed as an out-of-balance condition, and the treatment should directed toward achieving health – state of balanced functioning.

L Learn and teach – that is my job. As simple as it sounds – it is one of the biggest challenges that I face – in our modern world it is hard to coach my patients on the right choices. That work of reviewing hundreds of articles, books, websites and other sources is sometimes harder then following specialty medical news. I need to make sure that each of my recommendations is supported by studies and solid expertise. The job of my patients is also hard – they must comply with my recommendations and regimen. Our jobs a happy when the effort are combined – is is my greatest reward when my patients become healthy again.

E Earth bound – humans are a part of biosphere which has its own laws of existence. Even in a modern world we cannot forget about it. We actually should be more conscious about that now. We start understanding that the way we act with nature gets us back, sometimes in an ugly way. Global climate change is just the most visible result of our careless behaviors. As allergists we observe an unusual increase in allergies and asthma dated back only to 20th century since we started utilizing “modern” necessities and conveniences – polyesters, resins, parabens, polymers, sulfates etc. I believe while creating modern life style we are destroying our immune system from inside and outside – chemicals in the water, food, antibacterial soaps, air pollution. Allergy is not a disease of its own – it is a result of the hyperreaction of immune system overwhelmed with massive intrusion of unnatural foreign particles.

I have never been a supporter of medications as a treatment choice – only rarely it is necessary to prescribe antibiotics or an inhaler and in a short-term course that get the disease under control – the rest can be taken care of in a natural way. I advocate for prevention, focus on a healthy natural diet and modify the environment. Back to nature? you will ask. Yes 1000 times!

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