Deena Neff, MD
Deena Neff MD completed her postgraduate medical training at UCSF, is Board Certified in Family Medicine and completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. She brings 30 years of experience to her practice of family medicine and integrative/functional medicine.
Meet Dr. Deena Neff
Medical Education, Certification, and Experience
Dr. Neff's medical degree is from Jefferson Medical College, with a post graduate residency in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco where she was awarded the Julius R. Krevans Award for Clinical Excellence. Her undergraduate degree was in Government from Smith College. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and completed Fellowship training at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, along with advanced training in functional medicine with IFM.
Her clinical experience includes 12 years as a hospitalist at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. She has been a faculty member at UCSF where she taught residents and students. Early in her career she spent four years with the Navajo Nation, providing primary and emergency care for a very rural and traditional population. More recently, Dr. Neff was Medical Director of Berkeley Primary Care and Medical Director of Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless.
From Dr. Deena
I imagine that you, like so many of my patients, are looking for a doctor that will actually listen to you and believe you.
The special relationship between a doctor and patient is healing. Taking the time to listen to your whole story, to dive deeply into understanding you, where you’ve been and where you would like to go, is fundamental to addressing the root cause of your suffering. Your body is your biography.
If you’ve been wishing that your doctor would be more of a healer, as well as the scientist that she is, then you’ve come to the right place.
I began my whole-person medicine journey in 2009 after practicing conventional medicine for 20 years, with the start of my fellowship in Integrative Medicine. To practice truly patient-centered medicine has been a dream come true, allowing me to incorporate conventional, integrative, and functional medicine into a whole-person care practice.
My aim is to create a healing and welcoming environment where you are comfortable, where your context matters and our interactions are consistently about your needs. In my experience, it’s not about what’s wrong with you, but what’s happened to you that makes a difference in your health and well-being. I utilize my deep and extensive training to bring a much broader and grounded perspective to patients who have not found answers from their more conventional doctors.
One of my deepest passions is for the nourishing, nurturing and healing properties of food. My nutrition training with my fellowship and with the Institute for Functional Medicine broadened my scientific perspective of the healing qualities of food and eating. It helps that I cooked in several restaurants prior to medical school – making cooking my favorite creative outlet.
Mind-body medicine, another passion and a cornerstone of integrative medicine, is the belief in the power of the mind and that the mind and body are not separate. I started my studies of mind-body medicine, and spirituality and healing with my mentor, Jeff Draisin, MD, at UCSF, who is now the Medical Director of the Health and Healing Institute at California Pacific Medical Center.
My ongoing practice of yoga and meditation are key to my own wellbeing and deepening of my understanding of this connection. I have been an athlete my whole life and have practiced yoga for more than 20 years and with over 400 hours of teacher training. I currently study Shadow Yoga with Scott Blossom, which combines asana, Indian temple dance, and marshal arts. Through my fellowship and the study of yoga, I bring the perspective of Ayurveda to my practice, knowing first-hand the healing power of movement, meditation, and breath-work.
Dr. Neff joined My Doctor Medical Group in 2020 and is accepting new patients.
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