Credentials and Philosophy

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Dr. James is a board certified family physician who graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1997 and has been practicing medicine since 2002. She is a member of both the AAFP and the AOA honor society. She is also one of the few local physicians who has completed the two-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona under noted physician Dr. Andrew Weil. Although Dr. Andrew Weil did not invent integrative medicine, he is considered a pioneer in the field.

Weil PhotoDr. James’ mission is to enrich conventional medical practice with a more natural approach to prevention and healing in one holistic practice. Rather than waiting for something to cure, or treating one symptom at a point in time, Dr James stands at the intersection of traditional evidence-based medicine and effective alternative (or preventative) medicine for a healthy ongoing lifestyle.

Dr James can also serve as a bridge between your doctors & specialists and your overall lifestyle. Within her integrated “whole person” approach, her passion is prevention and her means to this end is a keen focus on nutrition and anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle.

imlogoAs of May 2014, the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) became the only recognized platform for board certification in Integrative Medicine. The ABOIM was formed by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as part of a working relationship with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

The first round of certification occurred February 2015 and I am proud to announce that I am one of 2 physicians in Rochester and the surrounding area to achieve this goal!

Certifications and Accomplishments:

  • Graduate of Jefferson Medical College 1997
  • Board certified in Family Medicine
  • Board certified in Integrative Medicine
  • Practiced Medicine since 2002
  • Member AOA honor society
  • Member of AAFP
  • Fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona Integrative Medicine under Dr Andrew Weil (2 years), 2011

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