The team of healthcare staff at Vital Health Institute provide compassionate and comprehensive multidisciplinary care. Whether you are seeking routine women’s healthcare or coming to us for advanced surgery, we are here to provide you with the very best of care.
To effectively treat and optimize a patient’s overall health, we have to understand the bigger picture of a patient’s well-being, and support her in all the ways that affect her health.Danielle Cook| Email Integrative
Danielle has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science, and has a diverse background in the field of nutrition. She has worked as an inpatient Clinical Dietitian, as a Nutrition Support Specialist (specializing in tube feedings and intravenous feedings), and a Diabetes Educator/Dietitian in an outpatient setting. She also teaches classes on a university level, including Nutrition, Upper Level Metabolism, Environmental and World Hunger, Sports Nutrition, Nutrition Through the Lifecycle, and graduate level Dietetics. In addition to her nutrition background, she previously worked as a Personal Trainer for 9 years, and studied exercise physiology.
After becoming very ill herself, and failing to get better with traditional (Western Medicine) treatments, Danielle was introduced to Functional Medicine. In the last six years, she has studied Functional Medicine extensively. She has attended several trainings including the Institute of Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), IFM GI Advanced Practice Module, IFM Annual Conference, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine Mind Body Medicine Training, and several other integrative medicine conferences. Danielle is now specializing in functional, preventative nutrition and working on her Doctor of Health Science (D.H.S) in Integrative Healthcare.
When not studying or working, Danielle enjoys surfing, hiking, yoga, reading, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.
Through acupuncture and emotional freedom technique I am able to help my patients restore balance in both mind and body.Dr. Nancy Lowe| Email Acupuncture & Emotional Freedom Technique
Dr. Nancy Lowe began her career in holistic health over 30 years ago with an interest in natural foods and nutrition. She became a certified massage therapist, and soon afterward was enrolled at Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She received her acupuncture license in 1987 and is now a professor at Five Branches University.
In 2008, after two years of rigorous study with many eminent Chinese and American practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including study at Zhejiang University of Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China, she received her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). She continues to study energy and herbal medicine as it applies to the body, mind and spirit.
In 2009, Dr. Lowe added Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to her practice. She realized that many of her patients’ problems had strong emotional components. She needed a way to discover and resolve the emotional roots of her patients’ suffering. When she found EFT, she understood that this was the modality she had been searching for.
Mind and body are not two separate things. Mind and body form a continuum. All emotions in the mind, effect the body and all activity in the body effect the mind. Treating one without the other is like being married without love.Ram Gupta| Email Hypnotherapy
Ram Gupta is a certified Clinical & Medical Hypnotherapist (CCMHT) who studied at Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy. He studied under Dorothy Tyo, who is arguably the best hypnotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has received certificates in Advanced Hypnotherapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Medical Hypnotherapy. He also has a master’s degree in computer science from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Ram uses Hypnotherapy and Guided Empathy Meridian Tapping (GEMT), to help patients with pain, anxiety, depression, GI and hormonal issues.
By background Ram is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur having been in executive management roles at WebMD, PeopleSoft and Cast Iron Systems. He has served and continues to serve as director on a number of public and private company boards.
Ram had a life-changing event in 2013. He developed excruciating pain that spread throughout his body, and especially affecting the pelvic floor. He sought medical help at UCSF, UCLA Stanford, Cleveland Clinic, Oxford in the UK, University Medical College in Geneva, Switzerland, but found no relief of his pain. He was on a number of pain, anxiety, depression and sleep medications and a number of supplements, but nothing brought relief. Then he received Hypnotherapy and started to get better and now is the healthiest he has ever been.
This harrowing personal experience and transformation from sickness to health led him to pursue studies in hypnotherapy. Now, as a certified hypnotherapist he uses the same techniques that helped him to help alleviate others’ suffering.
Due to his successful career in business, Ram does not practice hypnotherapy in order to make a living but does so through his desire to help to others. His patients therefore receive his care free of charge.
Ram is happily married. He enjoys reading, Pilates and traveling. He never misses the Colbert Report show on television and is always up for a good joke.
As a Nurse Practitioner I want to make a real difference to women’s lives. I tailor my care to each patient’s specific needs, which starts by carefully listening to her and truly understanding what she is going through.Linda Mavity| Email
Building a meaningful relationship with each patient is essential so that they feel absolutely comfortable turning to me with any problems they may have.Sabrina| Email
Sabrina was drawn to a career as a medical assistant through her desire to help other women. Coming from a background in educational support and customer relations, one of her strengths is her ability to relate to others and, in particular, to put our patients at ease when they come in for their appointments. Sabrina’s welcoming smile and positive attitude will help allay any nerves you may have about undergoing surgery. She’s here to help prepare you for your appointment with the doctor, support you during your exam and to answer any questions you may have both prior to and after surgery.
‘Thank you’ is not nearly a grand enough gesture to express my gratitude for all that I have gained because of Dr. Cook and the staff of Vital Health.Melissa