I’m Dr. Felice Gersh. I have a unique take on women’s healthcare: I’m both a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and I’m fellowship-trained in Integrative Medicine. This means that I focus on the body as a whole, while making use of evidence-based therapeutic approaches and the most cutting edge advances in medical knowledge.
After years of treating women it became apparent to me that there are many aspects of a woman’s innate physical and emotional make-up that have not been considered by the conventional approach to medicine. I came to recognize that pharmaceuticals primarily deal with symptoms and often disrupt the body’s natural ability to heal and repair. I wanted to find an approach that looked at the underlying causes of women’s health problems with the support of evidence-based therapies and beneficial lifestyle choices. My research using state-of-the-art procedures and technology has revealed that women have a natural internal rhythm that must be respected and kept in balance through the application both of conventional treatments and those that exist outside of the medical mainstream.
I recognize women as amazing and complex creatures with a natural internal rhythm that must be respected. There is an inherent and complex connection between reproductive aspects of health and all other bodily functions in women, as the prime goal of life is survival and reproduction. When you interfere with reproduction, you interfere with the whole body. Traditional medicine approaches the care of patients as if they were a set of isolated body parts, but in reality we are a complete and integrated whole, much like a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle: to see the whole picture, you have to put the pieces together in the right way. Hormones make up hundreds of those pieces: they interact with everything in the body. I see a woman’s hormones in terms of their rhythmical quality and character, and I see estrogen as the hormone of love: it both creates life and it sustains it.
Through the decades of my career, I’ve delivered thousands of babies and dealt with complex, high-risk surgeries. I have a flourishing practice in Irvine, Orange County, California, and I’ve been honored with numerous awards. With this website, I’m determined to expand my legacy of good: to stop the harm being done to women by corrupted medical science, to question the unquestioned and to fight tooth and nail for recognition and understanding of the fundamental rhythm of a woman’s body.
I want to reveal to you how women’s bodies really work, and to help you understand what drugs can and can’t do for your body, both for reproduction and all-round well-being. This website will take you along with me on a journey of discovery, and become a tool for even those of you who I may never meet, to enable you to take control of your body and your health.
My primary job is Director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, where I work side by side with other doctors. My practice has become one the most successful in the area, and I embrace many varied tasks other than direct patient care, including lecturing and writing on numerous topics relevant to women. I’ve been fortunate to have been invited to travel and speak at medical conferences around the world, to appear on podcasts, and to deliver many webinars. And I’m hard at work now on my first book, on PCOS, which is due to be released in the fall.
I have an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University and a medical degree from USC School of Medicine, where I was named the top female graduating physician and invited into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society that recognizes the top five percent of graduating medical students in the country. I subsequently studied Obstetrics and Gynecology at the prestigious Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles, where I was awarded the CREOG award as the top resident every year. Soon after graduating I became Board-Certified, and over the following years as a practicing OB/GYN, I performed many complex surgeries and cared for high risk pregnant women.
From the beginning of my career, my interest in medicine was far-reaching, and in my medical group, which I developed in the early 1980s, I incorporated treatments rarely found within the confines of a conventional practice, such as Chinese Medicine, biofeedback, nutritional counseling, and psychological therapy. I ultimately pursued an interest in functional and integrative medicine, and graduated from the two-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. I have maintained my relationship with the university: I review and grade the case studies final exams, and go to Tucson to lecture to the Fellowship students.
I strive to be the very best of doctors, and I have been recognized with numerous honors, awards, and accolades throughout my career. I have been awarded the Orange County Medical Association’s ‘Physician of the Year’ Award for the last 13 years consecutively, and Southern California’s ‘SuperDoctor’ Award for the last several years. In my role as a physician teacher, I served as Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at Keck USC School of Medicine for 12 years, for which I was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award. I also serve my medical community, and have been active in organized medicine; I have served on the Legislative Committee at the Orange County Medical Association and as a delegate to the California Medical Association numerous times. I also care about our planet, and work with the Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Club. I’m proud to have a wonderful family: my husband, four children, and five grandchildren.
My primary goal is to care for my patients and to ensure they are in optimal health; to teach doctors the world over about the importance of creating a healthy environment within each and every woman, and now, with this website, to communicate with you the medical information you require to attain your healthiest state, mind, body and soul.