By: California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine on February 27, 2014, 1:40 pm
Dr. Allan Kurtz is board-certified in internal medicine and specializes in functional and integrative medicine. In practice for 30 years, he is the owner of the California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine, which he established as a way to integrate cleanses and supplement therapy to assist people in developing an integrated approach to wellness and longevity. Dr. Kurtz says that each patient’s health is a result of his or her lifestyle, habits, environmental exposures and experiences; his goal is to restore each patient’s optimal health. When not at work, he enjoys exercise, playing tennis and spending time with his wife and family.
"Functional medicine creates a focus on prevention and maintains better health through exercise, lab testing and a combination of medication, nutritional supplements and proper diet.”
What would you like potential patients to know about you?
“I am dedicated to helping my patients maintain optimum health and control chronic disease through proper diet, exercise, nutrition supplements, natural bio-identical hormones and medication. Being board-certified in internal medicine, I have found a passion for pro-active treatments before symptoms and disease become a medical problem. Functional medicine doctors are trained to access the underlying causes of complex chronic diseases and to treat and prevent these illnesses. This approach allows me to operate as an overall health coach who functions with an understanding of each patient’s specific environment and creates a day-to-day prescription for health and wellness practices that don’t rely on the traditional ‘prescription for symptom’ program that is so common today.”
What do your patients like best about you?
“I have a caring nature, and we offer personalized service.”
What’s one trend that is changing the medical field today?
“Conventional medicine tends to look at a constellation of symptoms, which results in a disease diagnosis that is treated with medication. Functional medicine addresses the underlying cause of disease. We integrate genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and chronic disease. Functional medicine creates a focus on prevention and helps maintain health through nutrition, exercise, the use of laboratory testing, and a combination of medications, nutritional supplements and diets.”
What does the future hold for your practice?
“I see functional and integrative medicine growing. Patients are becoming more informed about proper diet and nutritional supplements and their role in treating and preventing disease.”
6325 Topanga Canyon Blvd.,
Suite 501 in Woodland Hills