Announcing PDG Health and Wellness Center


A new conversation is happening in mainstream healthcare and, frankly, I am geeking out on this one. The return to patient-centered care, to approaching health, wellness, anti-aging, and even optimization of our potentials and possibilities is a welcome rediscovery of owning and directing our own lives. Mounting evidence that our thoughts, emotions, perspectives, and perceptions create either illness or optimal wellness prevails. Likewise, our environments – the spaces we move through and the people we surround ourselves with- also greatly influence our health.

In our modern western medical culture, lifestyle choices were long thought to be auxiliary considerations to health management. Finally, the understanding that mind/body/environment and lifestyle choices lie at the center of chronic disease and conversely, at the heart of optimal health, is becoming widely accepted.

We live in a time that’s simultaneously exciting and challenging. Exciting in the sense that Eastern ideologies and a holistic approach to modern day medicine is becoming more mainstream. That people are choosing prevention, anti-aging, and optimization of health strategies as their preferred paths to wellness is a move in the right direction. The challenge though is the with the rapid rise of health “experts” posting through the various media streams, we are inundated with so much information that this often conflicting advice can be quite confusing. It is in times such as this it is imperative to get to know your local healthcare providers.  With the right healthcare team on your side, together you can work to find what is best for you and your specific needs.

The past 6 years at the integrative clinic setting on Fay Avenue, in which I likely met you and we began our work together, have been very rewarding. I submersed myself into further studies, expanding and honing my skills to better serve your needs.  I learned from colleagues there as well, and we served our patients by cross-referring and consulting each other on difficult cases. These years have been nothing short of rewarding, and I remain grateful for my time there and the continued professional and personal relationships built in that clinic.

A humble but warm, accessible, and flexible place became available in April, and I recognized it as an opportunity to create a space to hold this ongoing conversation in a way that would better serve my patients and community. I secured a lease and have since completed the remodel.

And now for the fun part – assembling a collaborative team of talented and passionate professionals committed to providing quality healthcare in ways beyond that which individual efforts can offer. Expect more announcements regarding additional team members and services to arrive soon, but please allow me to briefly introduce the first five individuals that I am so thankful to have join me in this new center.

Dr. Jacqui Slavin, DC, Functional Wellness

Dr. Slavin’s specialty is Internal Medicine. She is passionate about the comprehensive functional medicine approach for identifying the underlying causes of chronic disease, and recognizes that lifestyle choices, genes, and environmental influences can and do affect our health in profound ways.

Amy Krasner, Holistic Nutritionist and Natural Chef

Amy holds that good nutrition is the foundation for living a vibrant, happy, and successful life, and that health is not only about the food that we eat, but the way we move, the thoughts we think, and our relationships with others.  She is dedicated to providing practical and effective solutions to help you live the life you dream to create.

Fernanda Aguiar, Registered Dietitian and Board Certified in Sports Dietetics

Fernanda teaches athletes how to maximize performance with nutrition, while also helping you understand how your body can recover and improve most effectively. She is passionate about helping individuals make healthy decisions for optimal performance, in athletics and in life.

Lorraine M. Hobbs, MA, Therapist and Mindfulness Leader

Lorraine is an experienced family therapist and the Director of the Youth and Family Programs at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Her concern for the adverse effects of stress on the social and emotional development of teens led Lorraine to develop pioneering work in the area of self-compassion for teens and parents. Lorraine will be offering mindfulness-based programs and core skills training to families, individuals, and professionals in our new space.

Bram Wiley, Meditation Leader and Personal Trainer

Bram has been teaching meditation for the past two and a half years in La Jolla Village.  After experiencing the life-changing and positive effects of meditation in his own life, he was inspired to share this gift with others.  His methods are grounded in current research and focus on making wide-spread changes by reducing stress, employing mindful compassion, and practicing gratitude.

As you might have noticed, there is a lot of synergy between all of us with significant overlapping of skills, strengths, training and experience. This is how we are able to collaborate as a team and best serve you – our patients, clients, and community. This is how we at the PDG Health and Wellness Center differentiate our collective selves from the integrative clinic model of the past. By bringing our unique experiences together with our shared belief in patient-centered holistic healthcare and lifestyle education, we are more than a clinic of divergent specialties.  We are a team committed to providing you a healthful resource of riches.

Yours in health,


PS. We now have classes, workshops, and meditations. See the class schedule for more details.