Specialty: Integrative Internal Medicine, Nutritional Medicine
Clinical Interests: Clinically complex medical conditions, cancer, nutritional interventions,anti-aging and longevity
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine certification 12/2003 and recertification date 12/2013
Pamela Yee, MD is board certified both in Internal Medicine and Holistic Medicine. She combines her medical training with evidence-based integrative and functional medicine modalities for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions including digestive disturbances, chronic fatigue, rheumatologic and neurodegenerative disorders or for conditions without a name or diagnosis but with clear symptoms. Dr Yee also has a particular focus on oncology and has developed integrative and nutritional treatment strategies for those trying to prevent cancer, those with active cancer in treatment and for patients in remission.
Each patient’s goals with their cancer treatment differ whether it be reduction of side-effects, augmenting benefits of their therapy, or strengthening their immune system. Post-treatment (usually radiation or chemotherapy) can be crucial times to implement other non-toxic evidence-based treatments done with the intent of remission or sustained remission. The watching and waiting period are opportune times to include other treatments rather than a time to sit back and monitor.
Her anti-aging preventative health program’s goals are to optimize longevity, physical performance, and cognition by the use of an individual’s biomarkers and guides her patients who pursue this to find unique ways to “bio-hack” their bodies through various modalities.
Supporting her patient’s goals, treatment can co-exist with their conventional management to enhance effectiveness, reduce the reliance on pharmaceuticals, or, to otherwise take control over a treatment by involving different modalities such as nutritional intervention. Many of the issues that Dr. Yee treats don’t simply fall into diagnostic check-boxes; illness and disease are often the manifestations of complex interactions between many biologic processes and systems. Complex and difficult to diagnose and difficult to treat conditions are the standard cases Dr. Yee welcomes.
“What is extremely fulfilling to me as an integrative physician is being able to see each and every one of my patients as an individual outside of their particular illness or diagnostic label they may have been given. Taking into account the unique genetics and potential lifetime exposures for each person, a tailored treatment plan can be devised for them and can vary between patients that I see with identical diagnoses. This is what I think of as the true definition of holistic medicine – the evaluation of every person as a distinctive individual and being able to creatively think outside of the box that oftentimes limits conventionally trained medical doctors.”
Dr. Yee received her education at Barnard College at Columbia University and State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine and trained in Internal Medicine at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California where she also served as Chief Resident. She also completed a prestigious fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York. Her diverse training includes clinical hypnotherapy through the Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis and medical acupuncture through the UCLA School of Medicine. She and her husband manage an organic micro-farm at home and frequently write and speak on the topic of nutrient dense farming and local and sustainable food practices. She is also on the advisory board of Women’s Health Magazine.
Pamela Yee in the News
There are several NPR talks I did with Amy Eddings on “Last Chance Foods”
Last Chance Foods: Beets
Last Chance Foods: Bitter Melon
Last Chance Foods: The Tart taste of Sorrel
Valley Table Magazine