Thrive Integrative Health

San Francisco, CA 94133

About Your Practitioner:

Rachel Schaefer is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the State of California. She is also a National Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and specializes in Endocrinology, Women's health and Fertility. She received her BS in Biology from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a four year Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, California. To match her belief that "Food is Medicine," Rachel completed a two year apprenticeship in Nutrition and Functional medicine. Her clinical style reflects this training and patients are empowered with individualized nutritional stratgeies.

Rachel also studied at two renowned Chinese Universities-- in Hangzhou and Chengdu. While there, she followed a specific course on the treatment of Diabetes and blood sugar regulation using Chinese Medicine. She lectures on treatment of the endocrine system and women's health. She is an expert in the treatment of infertility and endocrine disturbance, such as PCOS.

The "Integrative Medicine" Rachel employs draws from the best of Chinese Medicine, Nutrition and Functional lab assessment. She offers state-of-the-art testing as standard care for many patients.

Rachel has worked in various capacities clinically. She began her clinical work sharing a holistic practice with one of her mentors, David Anzaluda M.D. (Family Practice). She has served on faculty at Five Branches University, a Chinese medical school. She is a founding member of the program for Clinical Excellence in Fertility organized by The Fertile Soul and her teacher, Dr. Randine Lewis. Rachel is a member of NorCal Fertility-- a collaborative group of acupuncturists specialized in Reproductive Medicine. She is currently on staff at Pacific Fertility Center, one of the leading reproductive medicine clinics in the U.S. She is honored to work with women and couples toward their objective to become parents.