Marcey E. Shapiro, MD

Functional Medicine

Services - What Dr. Shapiro Does

Dr. Shapiro offers consultations on the use of complementary and alternative medicine as part of an overall approach to health and wellness.  Each consultation is unique, since she approaches each patient as an individual seeking his or her own personal health transformation.  Dr. Shapiro addresses the whole person, body, mind and spirit, and strives to help her patients to manifest greater harmony and joy as well as physical health.

At this time, Dr. Shapiro is not affiliated with any hospital or insurance plan.   She is not a Medicare or Medi-Cal provider. Although she has completed training in Family Medicine, Dr. Shapiro works as an Integrative Medicine consulting physician, rather than as a primary care physician. This means, functionally, that she is not available for consultation on weekends and evenings and does not handle emergencies. Patients with emergencies will need to go to the emergency room at a local hospital or contact their primary care physician.

Dr. Shapiro finds an integrative approach helpful for addressing many acute and chronic health concerns.


•  Comprehensive exam and consultation

•  Lab work as needed (ordered through our office, and not performed here)

•  Imaging such as x-rays, CT, and MRI as needed (ordered through our office, and not performed here)

•  Prescription medications as indicated

•  Herbal medicine, both Chinese and Western, including full pulse and tongue diagnosis

•  Dry Needling

• Energy medicine including

         Flower Essences
         Homeopathy with a biological terrain focus
         Biodynamic Cranial
         Cell Salts

•  Nutritional counseling

•  Emotional and well being coaching

•  Advice on exercise and movement

•  Breathing techniques

•  Meditation training

•  Genetic evaluation and advice including methylation and detoxification

We look forward to working with you to optimize your health and well-being.

Some conditions with which she works frequently include those below. If you have a condition you do not see listed, please feel free to contact us.


Allergies, asthma, and respiratory & sinus problems, tinnitus, ear infections, sore throat (acute or recurrent)

Frequent colds or flu, immune strengthening

Intestinal disorders such as gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD or heartburn), irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disorders, constipation, diarrhea, “poor digestion” and candida and food allergies and intolerance, including gluten intolerance and celiac disease, intestinal parasitism

Fatigue including chronic fatigue

Infectious diseases including Lyme, staph infections

Endocrine disorders including hypothyroid, hyperthryroid adrenal fatigue, and reproductive health. In the area of thyroid treatment, she is familiar and comfortable with using both natural as well as synthetic thyroid prescriptions and can help you make the best choice for you

Diabetes and pre-diabetes, especially regarding dietary, lifestyle and supplement choices

Emotional well being including diverse strategies for relief of anxiety and depression. This might include natural remedies, min/body techniques, prescription medications, breathing techniques and a customized program for your particular situation. She also works a great deal with stress reduction.

In the area of musculoskeletal disorders, she works often with arthritis, muscle & joint pain. She can work with autoimmunity and has used, when appropriate, low dose naltrexone for many years

Cardiovascular: hypertension, migraine headaches, mild congestive heart failure

Dermatologic: numerous skin disorders, including eczema, fungal infections, and psoriasis

Dr. Shapiro also advises many patients in complementary approaches as adjunctive/supportive therapies for the treatment of cancer

She works often on general health maintenance including anti-aging and wellness promotion.


Respiratory illness including asthma and allergies

ear infections


intestinal problems

attention deficit disorder

autism and autism spectrum disorders

general wellness promotion


arious menstrual disorders including irregular bleeding, heavy menses and cramping, premenstrual syndrome

Urinary tract: cystitis (urinary tract infections) including recurrent cystitis and interstitial cystitis.

Yeast infection, vaginitis, acute and chronic

Pre-menopausal and menopausal syndrome

Natural hormone replacement therapy, including bio-identical hormones, and consultation on whether adding hormones is right for you

Osteoporosis and osteopenia

Uterine fibroids

Libido and difficulties with sexuality


Prostate health, including prostate exams and PSA screening test



Skin disorders such as Balanitis


Dr. Shapiro is quite comfortable working with transgender patients for general health problems like those listed above. However she is not trained in hormonal management or counseling for transgender individuals.

“Always be kind to yourself.” I have written those words on patient instruction sheets for as long as I have had a medical practice. I have noticed that many people are distinctly unkind to themselves. They judge themselves harshly and even ridicule or belittle themselves when they do not live up to impossible standards. They are their own worst critics. If you will be your own greatest supporter, your health will flourish and your life will blossom.