Meet Dr. Ionela O. Hubbard
Specializing in Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Integrative Cancer Care, Nutritional Healing, Allergy Elimination, Acupuncture, Preventive Medicine, Auto Immune Disorders, Detoxification and Much More.
Ionela O. Hubbard is currently Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and CAM Curriculum Director at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, where she teaches Integrative and Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Herbs and Dietary Supplements, and Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also developed and runs the LLUSOM Acupuncture and Chiropractic Clinical rotation and offers Senior Clinical and Didactic Electives. She maintains a private Integrative and Functional Medicine, Nutritional Counseling, and Acupuncture clinical practice in Loma Linda and Santa Ana, Orange County California.
She received her master degree in Oriental Medicine from the South Baylor University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Anaheim, California in 1993. Before that, she attended the School of Medicine and Pharmacology in Iasi, Romania. Additionally, she has advanced clinical training through the Institute for Functional Medicine and The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. She received her Neuro-Endocrine-Immune Certification (NEI) from Neuroscience in 2011.
She founded the Center for Holistic Preventive Medicine in 1993, a multi-specialty medical group, where she maintained a private practice until October 2003, when she accepted her current position at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Also, she had been serving as a subject matter expert for two licensing boards, the California Acupuncture Board and the California Industrial Medical Council, since 1996 through 2005. Beginning 2005, Ionela Hubbard has been serving as Senior Editorial Board member for Natural Standard, a database providing information about complementary and alternative therapies. She is a frequent lecturer and consultant for medical groups, insurance companies, and patient support groups.
Her areas of interest within medicine include: complex medical conditions, integrative cancer care, optimal aging, detoxification, gastrointestinal health, systemic inflammation, chronic pain syndrome, autoimmune disorders, mood and cognitive disorders.
My Practice Philosophy
The human body has the wisdom to heal itself if given the proper support.
By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the patient and I enter into a discovery process, which leads to customized treatments that address the individual patient’s unique needs, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.
In my patient-center care approach, I take in consideration the complex web of interactions between the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. My patients and I become partners in healing, which allows me to meet all of their health issues that are either affecting them now or are likely to impact them in the future.
I honor each patient’s preferences. I believe in the necessity of teaching my patients about their medical condition and therapeutic options. I strive to empower every patient to make appropriate lifestyle changes that are essential to their future well being.
I specialized in the prevention and treatment of chronic, complex disorders, by identifying and addressing their causes rather than suppressing symptoms. I correct the imbalances through nutrition, therapeutic diets, botanical medicines, dietary supplements, detoxification programs, acupuncture, laser therapy, specific exercises, or stress-management techniques. These natural strategies are carefully integrated with standard conventional medical protocols. This integrative holistic approach has high likelihood of success with minimal side effects.
Services Dr. Hubbard Provides:
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the causes and prevention of diseases.” (Thomas Edison)
Integrative Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine which addresses the health care needs of the 21st century. By shifting the focus of medical practice to a patient-centered system, Integrative Functional Medicine offers a personalized, whole person approach which addresses the causes of your illness, not just the symptoms.
- Are you under a lot of stress at work or at home?
- Do you often feel tired for no apparent reason?
- Do you have a family history with diseases such as: heart disease, diabetes, cancer or arthritis?
- Is losing weight difficult, but gaining seems unavoidable?
- Do you often eat or crave foods like pasta, chips, and sweets?
- Do you have trouble remembering things or concentrating?
- Do you wake up tired and wishing you could go back to bed?
- Does your doctor say “everything’s OK” but you still feel lousy?
- Are you taking supplements, but feel they’re not working?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, Integrative Functional Medicine can help you. Start treating the causes of your illnesses rather than just the symptoms. Prevent illnesses instead of spending time, money, and heartache treating them.
Functional Medicine is a science-based practice that emphasizes the interconnections of physical and biochemical processes in the body, and how they interact with the environment to create disease or health. It identifies the causes of your symptoms by trying to find their triggers. When we understand how your unique genetic makeup interacts with your environment, we can change how the genes are being expressed (behave) by changing their environment. Using a Functional Medicine approach has helped many of our patients find answers to complex, chronic conditions.