Welcome to the Golden Gate Institute for Integrative Medicine. See how health, scientific literacy, and the longevity arts can make a discernible imprint on our lives.

Mission & Purpose

GGIIM.org is the official website of the Golden Gate Institute for Integrative Medicine, the source for wellness, information, and clinical literacy born from the depths of Silicon Valley. Headquartered in beautiful San Carlos, with satellite offices in San Francisco, Pleasanton, and Beverly Hills, California, GGIIM offers educational experiences, clinical treatment, and natural approaches to health based on Dr. Moshe Lewis and Dr. Naheed Ali's books and ideas for a variety of audiences, including students, educators, policymakers, chronic illness patients, and lifelong learners. GGIIM also engages in research and advocacy efforts, applying Dr. Lewis' expertise as a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist) and notions to wellness. In the fall of 2015, GGIIM became a new resource for contemporary medical issues seeking to promote philosophical principles of holistic health and rational management of disease, including opioid addiction rehab counseling as well as the revolutionary new Biowave PENS treatment. GGIIM is composed of a dedicated executive leadership and an energetic staff who invite you to explore how we view the world and to consider the distinctive insights offered by GGIIM's thought leaders today.


Moshe Lewis, MD, MBA, MPH, QME

Founder / CEO/ Physiatrist

Moshe is an Ivy League-trained doctor who is board-certified in physiatry and subspecializes in pain management. He is also an experienced Beverly Hills expert medical witness and legal IME professional with extensive medical case file review experience. He is the former VP of Operations - Patient Safety Initiatives at NASA, as well as the former Risk Management Director at Kaiser Permanente. Currently, he is the Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehab at California Pacific Medical Center.

Naheed Ali, MD, PHD

Dr. Naheed AliChief Operating Officer (COO)

Naheed was published as a sole author of a high impact academic journal article as an undergrad pursuing a Biology degree. He later went on and earned an MD. He completed lifestyle medicine training from Harvard Medical School in 2012, before graduating with a PhD in holistic health in 2013. He has been teaching at colleges in the US for years, where he continues to lecture on various biomedical topics. His books can be found on the shelves in thousands of libraries across the globe.

Hasni Karmali, MD

Hasni Karmali, MDMedical Director/ Surgeon

Hasni has been an elite Beverly Hills cosmetic and plastic surgeon for more than a decade. He was Chief Resident of general surgery at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Karmali strives to develop an aura of transparency, meaning, and understanding with other disciples in the rapidly progressing integrative medicine industry. His technological interests include advanced dermal fillers as well as numerous laser and body contouring therapies.

Michael Halperin, MD

Micheal Halperin, MDNeurosurgeon

Michael is a neurosurgeon, anesthesiologist, and pain specialist who received his Medical Degree from the University of Southern California and completed residency training from UCSF. His therapeutic interests include implantable pain treatments, nerve blocks, and advanced injections. Michael enjoys traveling to remote areas of the world and helping medical students gain international perspective on the rapidly growing expanse of integrative medicine.

Ernest Cheng, DO

Ernest ChengPhysiatrist

Ernest is a board certified physiatrist who has been practicing in the Bay Area since 2007. Dr. Cheng completed a fellowship in spine and interventional pain management at Pain and Rehabilitative Consultants Medical Group in Oakland, CA. Dr. Cheng is experienced in industrial medicine both as a treating physician and independent evaluator (IME). Dr. Cheng trains regularly in mixed martial arts (MMA) and provides medical coverage for combat sports competitions.

Zeiad Alsaid, MD, MPH

“ZeiadStaff Physician

Zeiad had been practicing emergency medicine and trauma since 2007. He received the Distinguished Scholarship Award from The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). In 2015 he graduated with a master of public health (MPH) from Benedictine University in Chicago, IL, and obtained the American Board of Surgical Assistant (C-SA).

Michael Butler, MD, MA

Michael Butler, MD, MA Neurologist

Michael is a board-certified neurologist and electromyography (EMG) expert who graduated from the University of Oklahoma's medical school. He is fellowship trained in electrophysiology/ cerebrovascular disease from the University of Iowa. Dr. Butler enjoys all aspects of neurology and likes being able to render a wide range of clinical services to his patients in office. It brings him satisfaction to know that he can personally see each client through from start to finish.

Fannie Wuu, MD

Acupuncturist Acupuncturist

Fannie has been practicing Chinese medicine and acupuncture for 20 years. She specializes in pain management and all pain related problems.

Jennifer Sutton, PA-C

Jennifer Sutton, PA-C Physician Assistant

Jennifer has been practicing Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and pain management for 3.5 years after obtaining her Masters Physician Assistant degree from Samuel Merritt University. She believes in a holistic approach to pain management and understands chronic pain as she is still very physically active in rowing, hiking, snowboarding, and playing softball. Community volunteer work with underserved and diverse populations allows her to relate to her patients well while collaboratively improving their quality of life.

Rhoda Tabligan, RN

“RhodaRegistered Nurse

Rhoda is a nurse who claims nursing as her foremost passion. Her clinical training is quite strong and she is dedicated to assuring a favorable patient experience, as well as collaborating with GGIIM physicians to boost integrative healthcare quality and safety. She also works closely with other members of the healthcare team to ensure cohesive treatment.

Raphaelis Triunfante, RN

Raphaelis Triunfante, RNRegistered Nurse

Raphaelis has served as a staff nurse in the Outpatients Department of a prestigious clinic and she is well versed in intravenous therapies. After completing her med-surgical specialty training in 2012, Raphaelis went on to finish her post-graduate nursing practicum in 2013. She boasts a very tech-savvy acumen which was quickly noticeable when she joined the GGIIM squad in March 2016.

Mariela Molina, CMA

Mariela Molina, CMAMedical Assistant

Mariela joined the GGIIM team in winter 2016. The best part of her job is working and interacting with the patients at GGIIM. She has training in both administrative and clinical settings. Her typical workday is full and by no means boring, owing to her multitasking skills necessary for a well-organized and established medical clinic. While doctors do the doctoring, Mariela strives to make a visit to GGIIM a positive undertaking for each patient.

  • The science of health comprises prevention while life addresses disease.


  • The world of medicine should be established in such a way as to make being ill a very terse experience. While people learn a whole lot about themselves when they are sick, the goal of wellness and fitness should be to lessen the overall burden.


  • Wellness and desirable health is essentially perpetual labor. Civilization is ironically disorganized, chaotic, and vexing, and integrative medicine has now spared that reality.


  • Wherever wellness is heeded, there is also a passion for Humanity.


Wellness CENTERS

Our physician-directed health care has a mission to become more sensitive to your condition and to dedicate time helping you to live productively despite medical disorders. The objective of the wellness centers (which include the practice of physical medicine and rehab and pain management) is to reduce the disease and restore vitality to the body regions suffering. At GGIIM we want you to feel content and remain functional and productive as you were before the inflammation or other source of pain commenced. However, accomplishing this requires a psychological and a physical tactic. In our many years of experience, we've seen pain take control and reduce the quality of many lives. We acknowledge that degenerative disorders are excruciatingly real and have always striven to find the best and most personal solution for individuals who anguish from them. New patients are encouraged to please fill out our new patient form and bring it with you to your first visit: [Click here for new patient form.] Make a payment online [here].


GGIIM offers online courses to the general public. Become a GGIIM-certified integrative wellness coach today.

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GGIIM regularly hosts interns from Cornell University, UC Berkeley, U of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, UCLA, and the like. We offer a wide spectrum of opportunities post-baccalaureate individuals interested in gaining solid experience to meet their career ambitions in the medical and holistic health fields. We also offer a transitional nurse program for recent nursing school graduates.


& Meetups
GGIIM offers seminars, classes, support group meetups, and meditation sessions for patrons of the Institute as well as for the general public. California Society for Physical Medicine and Rehab. 4.22.17: “Suboxone Treatment”
American Bone Health’s 5th annual Bone Health Fair on Osteoporosis. 3.29.17: “Osteoporosis”
International Conference on Geriatr. & Gerent. 10.3.2016, "Aging Successfully: Pain Management Solutions"
Genentech/Roche Group, 6.01.2016, "Biopharma Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Opportunities & Challenges" @ 6:30 PM
California Society of PM&R, 5.01.2016, "Confronting the Challenges of Inpatient Rehabiliation" @ 9:30 AM
Eden Medical Center, 3.1.2016, "Bone Health in the Elderly" @ 6:00 PM
Pacifica Mission Villa, 1.28.2016, "Understanding Pain in the Elderly" @ 8:30 AM
ANX Home Health headquarters, 1.20.2016, "Advances in Ortho and Pain..." @ 3:30 PM
San Jose Memorial Hospital, 1.12.2016, "Best Practices in Pain Management" @ 12 PM
Please check back for news, updates, and correspondence for our events.

On the Horizon

Peek into some current and future GGIIM initiatives.

  • Peer Reviews

    Peer Review & Consulting

    Our experts often serve as elite consultants on medical and clinical subjects and provide peer-to-peer review services. Visit our LinkedIn page to learn more.

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Enjoy top-notch care and explore our innovative and expanding clinic. Our team of experts is also available for media appearances and keynotes on a wide variety of wellness topics.

  • Headquarters
  • 1213 Eaton Ave. #6
    San Carlos, CA 94070
  • P/F: 650.366.4542
  • info@ggiim.org
  • Beverly Hills
  • 8500 Wilshire Blvd. #1020
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
  • P/F: 323.487.0870
  • infobvh@ggiim.org
  • Pleasanton
  • 5720 Stoneridge Mall Road, #250
    Pleasanton, CA 94588
  • P/F: 925.730.0202
  • infopln@ggiim.org
  • San Francisco
  • 1580 Valencia St. #703
    San Francisco, CA 94110
  • P/F: 415.642.0707
  • infosfo@ggiim.org

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