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Hidden Gems: Meet Dr. Nancy Rahnama

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Nancy Rahnama.

Hi Dr. Rahnama, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
As a child, I was taught that nutrition may be the solution to most physical problems; that every illness or ailment could be resolved with a natural ingredient. Growing up, I watched my mother create a nutritional lifestyle that allowed my father to live approximately 30 years past his life expectancy as he battled heart disease.

As a young child, this became an influential part of my life, feeding my passion for nutrition. I no longer saw eating as solely a source of fuel, a form of pleasure or something to do when I was bored, but a gateway to health and wellbeing.

This mentality carried with me as I pursued Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in physiology at UCLA and into Medical School at USC. As a resident in Internal Medicine at Cedars Sinai, I would walk into a 30-hour shift with my lunch box, prepared with my homemade foods and my yoga mat. I understood that taking care of my body meant that I would be better able at taking care of others. As they say, “you can’t pour from an empty glass.”

During my Internal Medicine residency, I was offered a position in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at UCLA. The position entailed performing clinical trials illustrating the physiological changes in the body with different foods. I also continued my training in preventive medicine as I learned how to treat specific medical conditions through proper lifestyle modification. With each patient I had the pleasure to influence, I would remember my mother’s teachings.

I practice Clinical Nutrition, a practice that helps patients achieve general wellness, anti-aging benefits and overall wellbeing with simple changes in their daily routines.

It is gratifying to see a lifelong illness resolved by simple changes in diet. Helping patients realize their physical capabilities and guiding them to be the best version of themselves is what makes my field truly gratifying.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Throughout my journey, I was lucky to have many mentors to support me through school and my training. However, I did find struggles as a single female entrepreneur, starting a business on my own in a field that was traditionally run by men. Additionally, the nature of my practice was very unique and different from those that surrounded me. Starting a distinct medical practice that did not follow traditional western medicine practice was also a challenge. Something that I had to prove and to continue to fight for. Fortunately, my patients’ success was able to speak for the power a treating a patient, understanding all the many aspects that may contribute to the problem at hand, as opposed to jumping to traditional prescription treatment.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
The development of my practice began ten years ago and has now evolved to a boutique clinic in the heart of Beverly Hills, tailoring lifestyle plans for all ages and celebrities alike. Each plan is unique for each patient, taking into consideration their goals, genetics, hormone function, gut health and microbiome, micronutrient status and lifestyle. This has allowed my patients to reach their health, weight loss and anti-aging goals efficiently. I take pride in treating all aspects of each patient that I treat including their mental health, physical health and struggles. It is not a cookie-cutter program, but one that is tailored for specifically for each individual.

We are most proud of the success our patients have achieved. We see their success as our success.

We would like people to know that there are solutions to their weight and health struggles, that if one physician has dismissed their complaints that it does not mean that there isn’t a solution. It just means that they need to find a practice that understands their struggle and will do everything to solve it. We are that practice.

More can be found on our website

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
Sunny weather and cultural diversity is what I love most about our city.

LAX and traffic would be what I like least.

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