Our team of experienced physicians and health care professionals at the Whitaker Wellness Institute is devoted to enhancing the health of our patients. Our talented medical staff is dedicated to improving your quality of life by providing the best complementary and integrative medical treatment available. Our mission is to transform lives, one patient at a time.
Grace H. Chang, MD
Dr. Chang is Assistant Medical Director of the Whitaker Wellness Institute. She earned her Medical Doctorate from University of California, Irvine and completed her internship and residenc in Internal Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Chang also has an undergraduate degree in Psychobiology and a degree as Master of Public Health from UCLA. She is very well-versed in the many aspects of integrative medicine, natural healing therapies and nutritional supplements. Her caring and thorough approach is much appreciated by her patients.
Deanna Windham, DO
Dr. Windham is a graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internship at Brooklyn Hospital and her residency in family practice at Chino Valley Medical Center. Her experience ranges wide and deep in treating patients with various mild to serious health concerns. She is an extremely skilled physician and her smart and upbeat delivery is inspiring to all her patients. Dr. Windham heads up the Whitaker Wellness hyperbaric oxygen department. Dr. Windham is also the hyperbaric oxygen department Safety Director and the Director of Quality Assurance at the Whitaker Wellness Institute.
Sima Mirhashemi, DO
Dr. Mirhashemi is an honors graduate of the University of California, Irvine and the Western University of Health Sciences. She completed her residency training at the University of Southern California. She has extensive experience treating a wide range of health conditions with successful results. Her passion for integrative medicine and natural healing comes though in spades with every patient she meets.
Mark Filidei, DO
Dr. Filidei received his undergraduate degree in physiology from the University of California Davis and his medical degree from UNT Health Science Center in Texas. He completed his internship at Tulane University and his residency in Internal Medicine at Brown University. He has treated thousands of patients for acute and chronic medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, as well as preventive and anti-aging medicine including bioidentical hormone therapy.
Kim Hecht, DO
Dr. Hecht earned her medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California and is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She completed an internship at the Downey Regional Medical Center and completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of California Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Hecht’s valuable training in Chinese medicine, osteopathy, and physical medicine has provided her extensive experience in treating a wide range of conditions while focusing on the body’s ability to heal itself.
Additional Medical Staff
Vicki Weissler, LAC, OMD
Dr. Weissler is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a board-certified licensed acupuncturist. A graduate of the International College of Oriental Medicine in England, she has practiced acupuncture for more than 25 years in medical offices and hospital settings.
Dr. Wang graduated from Zhongshan Medical University in 1976, where he studied both western medicine and acupuncture. He continued his education in cardiology at Beijing University. In addition to practicing acupuncture, Dr. Wang also supervises the Whitaker Wellness Institute’s diagnostics department.
What’s the difference between a medical doctor (MD) and a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO)?
All licensed physicians, whether they are MDs (Medical Doctor) or DOs (Doctor of Osteopathy), have similar education and training. Both require four-year undergraduate degrees, with an emphasis in the sciences, followed by four years of post-graduate medical education. MDs and DOs both choose specialties after completing their residency programs—which typically calls for an additional two to six years of medical training. They must both pass similar licensing examinations in order to practice medicine. Most important, both MDs and DOs are medical doctors who can prescribe medications, perform surgeries, and treat patients in hospital and clinical settings.
One-Stop Shop for Wellness
Renowned physician, author, and speaker, Julian Whitaker, MD, opened the doors of the Whitaker Wellness Institute in 1979. Since then, our clinic and medical staff have helped more than 45,000 patients overcome serious health challenges and get back on the road to healthy living. We’re proud to offer nearly two dozen safe, innovative, healing therapies under one roof—that’s more than any other facility in the northern hemisphere. Just think of us as your “one-stop shop for wellness.”
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