Naturopath & Holistic Doctor San Diego
Dr. Gaila Mackenzie-Strawn
In 1979, I made a life changing decision.
Having suffering with painful abdominal pain since the age of two, I decided to find a solution. I have very early memories of being doubled over with pain, going to my parents bedroom in the middle of the night, crying, and pleading with them to help me. I spent countless hours with my knees to my chest, crippled with pain and having to cancel events.
Conventional medicine did not have any answers for me
Do you feel like no one has truly understood your pain or taken the time to find the answers for you?
I can relate to your pain because I have experienced it.
What I love most in life is to discover the underlying cause of your symptoms and create a plan to help you correct the problem.
I spent years studying and practicing natural medicine to determine the cause of my abdominal pain, what I could do to get relief, and how I could help others gain freedom from the pain and discomfort of unresolved health problems.
By the late 1980’s, I discovered that symptoms such as abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, colic, reflux, sinus congestion, headaches, skin disorders, headaches, asthma, anxiety and even depression are often due to allergy related inflammation.
I found that inflammation is often due to a combination of unrecognized food allergies, imbalanced gut bacteria, improper diet and nutritional deficiencies.
If you have inflammation in your digestive system, this can cause sinus congestion, sneezing and post nasal drip, skin inflammation leading to eczema and dermatitis, brain inflammation leading to headaches, anxiety, depression, ADD and ADHD, lung inflammation causing asthma and can cause you to have pain almost anywhere in your body.
By discovering the underlying causes, identifying and eliminating food allergies, correcting bacterial imbalances in your gut, and addressing nutritional deficiencies, I have had the pleasure of helping thousands of patients get relief from their allergy related symptoms.
My passion in life is to help patients suffering from health problems gain freedom from their misery and frustration so they can live their lives pain free.
Certification and Education
- Board Certified Traditional Naturopath
- Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition and Biology
- Certified NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Practitioner
- Licensed Chiropractor (DC) in the state of California
- Completed hospital rotations and all required courses for Medical Degree (MD)
- Lectured extensively, both publicly and to physicians groups, on the subject of integrative medicine and health.
- 30 years of experience treating and educating both patients and other healthcare practitioners in the field of natural medicine
- Invited as an expert guest on several radio and TV talk shows (including The Montel Williams Show)
- Produced and hosted a weekly radio program on San Diego radio stations – KFMB, KSDO and KCEO, from 1986-2004.
- Hosted and produced the syndicated talk show Women’s Health Talk, on 65 stations through Talk America Radio Network.
- B.A. in English, Cum Laude, from Windham College, Putney, Vermont
- M.S. in Biology/Clinical Nutrition, Magna Cum Laude, from University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut
- D.C. from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Glendale, California
- C.T.N., Board Certified Traditional Naturopathic Doctor from American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board
- M.D. (Candidate) from UHSA Medical School – finished all required courses
- Completed hospital rotations in 2007 at Maryvale Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona
M.S., D.C., C.T.N., M.D. (candidate)
American College for Advancement in Medicine
American Holistic Medical Association
Public Relations Director for San Diego COTA (Children’s Organ Transplant Association)
Provider for “Homecoming for Hero’s Program”