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Penney Stringer.

Dr. Penney Stringer is a board certified family physician specializing in integrative and functional medicine. Her education is grounded in both traditional and alternative medicine. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, her MD from Georgetown University, and her residency from a UCDavis family practice program, where she served as chief resident, she has dedicated the last 10 plus years of her career to studying and practicing functional medicine, a patient-centered health care approach that addresses the unique interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle causes of complex, chronic illness. In addition, she also a strong interest in acupuncture and other modalities of energy medicine and incorporates these modalities into her healing plans for her patients.

She has a passion for teaching her patients about the innate healing abilities of the body/mind/spirit and for finding the most gentle and effective treatments that address the root cause of the patient’s imbalance . She is strong advocate of nutritional therapies and utilizes functional testing to uncover specific imbalances in biochemical pathways that are critical to optimal health and wellness. This approach is especially well-suited for patients who are ready and willing to take responsibility for their health and their lifestyle choices.

When she is not sharing her passion for healing with her patients, you will find her playing with her two daughters (ages 5 and 3), enjoying Nature, hiking Badger Mountain, backpacking,in her garden, practicing yoga, or simply exploring fully what it means to be human.

Optimal Health Medical Center was created to promote wellness through healthy living. Our staff and practitioners provide a whole person-centered healthcare experience that offers a variety of natural therapies, lifestyle counseling, and programs designed to promote optimal wellness. The Optimal Health Medical Center is dedicated to assisting each client in creating their own wellness plan, eliminating obstacles to the healing plan, and providing a welcoming and loving healthcare environment.

We are thrilled that you have found us and look forward to meeting you along your healing journey.

(The focus in functional medicine involves viewing disease and chronic conditions as a function of imbalance in

  1. Environmental inputs including nutrition.
  2. GI function.
  3. Immune system function/inflammation.
  4. Oxidative stress.
  5. Detoxification/bio-transformation of the internal and external toxins.
  6. Hormones and neurotransmitters and/or.
  7. Structural alignment.
In this model, the mind/spirit of the individual is considered the foundation for the web of interconnections amongst these factors. )