Lisa Portera-Perry, DC
Lisa Portera-Perry, DC has more than 25 years of clinical experience and 10 years of educating physicians about Functional Medicine, and is adept at combining integrative chiropractic care and Functional Medicine Based Nutrition to assess and treat many complex, chronic illnesses.
Lisa is passionate about how Functional Medicine Based Nutrition provides a new paradigm to assess many complex and chronic illness. By using a “system’s biology” approach, it makes possible the ability to “see with new eyes” the underlying cause and/or triggers of disease. This model of care uses specialized lab tests to consider and evaluate the biochemical and genetic uniqueness of each individual. It then takes an additional step known as epigenetics, which looks at how to influence gene expression.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Lisa assesses the musculoskeletal and craniosacral systems to identify physical misalignments as well as systemic inflammatory imbalances. Looking for the root cause, rather than just addressing symptoms, she does an in-depth assessment focusing on lifestyle, stress, food choices, food sensitivities, gut health or imbalance, blood sugar regulation, and mind-body and spirit which all can play a role in creating inflammatory responses.
Lisa provides therapeutic support for:
- chronic inflammatory conditions including autoimmune dysfunctions, inflammatory bowel, gastrointestinal imbalances, inflammatory arthritis, and Celiac and gluten sensitivities
- chronic pain and orthopedic issues including headaches and TMJ disorders, neck and back pain, fatigue, and osteopenia/osteoporosis
- blood sugar imbalances including nutritional support and interventions for pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, Type 1/Type 2 Diabetes and cardio-metabolic syndrome
- cancer and chronic disease prevention
Self-care and homework are an important part of Lisa's relationship with her patients. It is her desire to empower each person to take better care of themselves, on their own, and feel better and more hopeful. Then, with her assistance as a coach, they can stay on track and keep moving forward.
Lisa earned her Bachelor’s in Biology at Southern California University of Health Sciences, and Doctorate at their Los Angeles College of Chiropractic campus. She played a key role for several years, as one of six physicians/clinicians educators throughout the U.S.; providing the latest findings from the Functional Medicine Research Center (FMRC) which is at the vanguard of developing scientifically-based approaches to treating chronic disease. She continues to teach and consult locally as well as via webinars nationally and internationally.
Lisa has worked closely with family members with autoimmune disorders as well as cardiovascular disease and cancer support care. As a result, she has a great deal of compassion for individuals facing the challenges of illness. Her love for her family inspired Lisa to learn new approaches and fostered her passion for teaching patients and physicians. She is often described as a great communicator and motivator, who has an intuitive and warm approach.
Lisa sees patients at our Santa Rosa clinic.