About the Practice

Our practice is in response to the need for a fully qualified, experienced medical service utilizing an integrative approach to preventive medicine and treatment of illness. Most often patients enter our practice after seeing several other doctors and specialists as symptoms of chronic illnesses overlap making the diagnosis and treatment more challenging..

Our founder, Dr. Raj Patel, has been practicing medicine for over 30 years and has honed his expertise around chronic conditions like autism spectrum disorders, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) (also known as Sick Building Syndrome), and chronic Lyme disease.

Due to the complex nature of these conditions, we address a myriad of chronic conditions that may be associated like autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, mast cell activation syndrome, PANS/PANDAS, hormone imbalances, digestive complaints and more. We, at Medical Options for Wellness, are dedicated to delivering and building upon this expertise to support the growing number of individuals affected by these chronic issues.

We believe that radiant, optimum health-not just the absence of disease-is the natural state of the body. If you are interested in achieving and maintaining health and vitality, or if you have a specific health problem, we can assist you in your healing journey.

Our Approach

After a thorough evaluation, we provide our patients with a detailed roadmap that we will be following in helping them regain their health. At Medical Options for Wellness, we believe less is often more as many of our chronically ill patients have extremely delicate systems. We take great care in understanding their system and creating the right path to healing.

By thinking critically, we are able to use therapies that allow the patient to feel gradually better as their treatment progresses. We utilize a nutritional/herbal approach to treatment and prevention of illness coupled with lifestyle changes. Drugs are prescribed occasionally when needed. We prefer to seek and correct the underlying causes of potential problems rather than to just suppress symptoms of illness.

Our Team

Dr. Raj Patel, Lyme Doctor

Dr. Raj Patel, MD

Founder

Dr. Raj Patel is trained to work with people of all ages with his education in Family Medicine. He is also trained in, and has extensive experience with, various natural therapies including nutritional medicine, homeopathy, herbs and mind-body medicine. Integrating these diverse therapies with allopathic (Western) medicine has enabled Dr Patel to offer a highly refined approach to healthcare that produces lasting results.

Dr. Raj Patel received his Masters degree in Physiology from Rutgers University and his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly Rutgers Medical School) in New Jersey. Thereafter, he finished a three-year residency and earned his Board Certification in Family Medicine.

Over the years, Dr. Patel has specialized in treating patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Lyme and tick borne diseases, and mold illness (or Sick Building Syndrome) from exposure to water damaged buildings. While these conditions seem separate and unrelated, they share many common underlying characteristics and frequently coexist.

He began working with autistic children in 1999 and to date has helped hundreds of children on the road to recovery. Dr. Patel also works with other childhood conditions like PANS, PANDAS, OCD and developmental delay.

Dr Patel’s interest in Lyme disease started in 2004 when he was diagnosed with it after having suffered from numerous seemingly unrelated symptoms for several years.  Having successfully gone through his own journey with chronic Lyme disease utilizing a variety of treatment modalities, Dr. Patel has been able to refine his approach to treating chronic Lyme sufferers with incredible success. Dr. Patel is an active member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).  He has also completed advanced training in pediatric Lyme disease and is a frequent speaker at Lyme conferences.

Dr. Patel first began looking into Dr. Shoemaker’s incredible work on chronic inflammation resulting from exposure to water damaged buildings (WDB) in 2010. He found that many of his “lyme patients” who had experienced only partial improvement, turned out to be simultaneously suffering from toxic exposure to WDB. Dr. Patel today integrates the findings from Dr Shoemaker as well as other doctors working with mold illness to see patients making impressive recoveries from this debilitating illness.

Today, Dr Patel, as the founder of Medical Options for Wellness, sees primarily severe chronically ill patients who have not been able to recover in spite of working with numerous other doctors. These individuals typically suffer from multiple health challenges including Lyme disease, Mold illness, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, chronic viral activation, food sensitivities and multiple chemical sensitivities among other illnesses.

Dr. Thalia Farshchian, Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Thalia Farshchian, ND

Associate Doctor

Dr. Thalia Farshchian is an accomplished healthcare practitioner who specializes in the field of integrative medicine. Dr. Farshchian completed her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has advanced certifications in Nutritional Intravenous Therapy and Herscu Model of Homeopathy.

She began her practice with a focus in digestive, hormonal and autoimmune conditions. In the process of working with patients affected by these conditions, she began to see an infectious correlation with many of these conditions. Over the past three years, she has been studying and implementing diagnostics and treatment of chronic viruses, Lyme disease and tick borne co-infections, mold illness and CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.) This larger tool kit has enabled Dr Thalia to provide her patients with a broader perspective of what may be impacting their health concerns and how to support them in their healing process.

Her education informed and eventually defined her approach to healthcare. She strives to motivate her clients to become active participants in their own health and wellness. Dr. Farshchian works closely with her patients to piece together the constellation of symptoms to ultimately understand the core issue.

In order to create a successful plan, she believes a treatment should be tailored to an individual instead of forcing the individual to fit a treatment model.

Dr Thalia is well versed in a wide array of treatment options including antibiotics, herbal medicine, diet and nutritional supplements, lifestyle modification, intravenous therapy, bio-identical hormones and other conventional medications when necessary.

Suzy, Patient Care Coordinator and Nurse, Medical Options for Wellness

Suzy

Patient Care Coordinator

Suzy has been working in the healthcare field for several decades and is an essential component of our team as our patient care coordinator. She completed her doctorate and residency in General Medicine from Alexandria Medical University in Egypt. Shortly after completing her program, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to start her life with her husband.

Growing up in Egypt, integrative medicine was already ingrained into their healthcare system where pharmaceutical medications were often complemented by nutritional support. Her education and background made joining a functional medicine practice focusing on autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and autism a perfect fit. She started working with Dr. Patel in 1998.

In addition to assisting with patient care and blood draws, she continuously learns new techniques and modalities to better help our patients including Heidelberg hydrochloric acid testing, allergy testing, immunotherapy treatments and more.

award

Dr. Patel Featured in Paradigm Change: 2016, 2017, and 2018 Medical Practitioners Poll as a Top Mold Doctor

Dr. Patel voted by individuals participating in online mold groups to share information about which medical professionals have been most helpful to them.

"New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment"

Best-selling author Connie Strasheim's book is based on interviews with ten leading Lyme doctors, including Dr. Patel, and takes you deep into their treatment programs, so you can see for yourself what is new and different about modern Lyme treatment.

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