Claudia Mondragon, DO
I initially pursued a career in medicine (specifically osteopathic medicine) out of a deep desire to heal people. As I began practicing medicine, I quickly realized how the extensive use of pharmaceutical drugs rarely solved a patient’s health concerns and usually created several new ones.
A pivotal point in my career came when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. Instinctively, I researched methods to fight cancer through an integrative approach and with nutrition. This process introduced me to countless alternative cancer treatments I had never even heard of in my conventional medical education.
My mother’s cancer journey became a big part of my life and allowed me to understand cancer from the perspective of the patient rather than the practitioner. I witnessed the pressure that is felt with a new cancer diagnosis and the vulnerability of putting your health or the health of a loved one in an oncologists’ hands. This changed the way I saw myself as a physician and as a healer. I knew, more than ever, I needed to further explore these integrative approaches to medicine.
As a physician in the military, I traveled around the world. When I returned to California, I began studying integrative and functional medicine while working full time at a conventional clinic. I was very intrigued and excited to treat disease in a way that was more natural, using nutrition and supplements and non-toxic treatments that address the underlying cause of disease.
I also became interested in anti-aging and metabolism. We are all aging…and it is fascinating to understand what makes us age faster and what makes us become "ageless." What keeps our brains healthy? Why do some people run triathlons in their 70’s and some people in their 20’s start to deteriorate?
Medicine is a field where we physicians should be detectives. No human body is the same and as such, a patient’s treatment should reflect this uniqueness through personalized protocols. I have also become an immense advocate for the prevention of disease as much as possible.
I now understand just how vital physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing is to full-body health. Health is a journey, not a destination and it is a constant discovery.
I am so grateful and excited to have found the Center for New Medicine and the Cancer Center for Healing. Here, I know I will be surrounded by like-minded practitioners who inspire and enable me to create life-changing results in the lives of my patients. I am looking forward to supporting and guiding you along your health journey!