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 is the official website of the Golden Gate Institute for Integrative Medicine, the source for wellness and clinical literacy born in the depths of Silicon Valley. Headquartered in beautiful San Carlos with satellite offices in San Francisco, Pleasanton and downtown Los Angeles, California, GGIIM offers educational experiences, non-opioid clinical treatment, and natural health approaches based on Dr. Moshe Lewis and Dr. Naheed Ali's books and ideas for a variety of audiences, such as educators, policymakers, chronic illness patients, and lifelong learners. GGIIM is a contemporary resource for rational management of disease. The Institute also engages in research and advocacy efforts applying Dr. Lewis' expertise as a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist) and notions to wellness. The team is composed of a dedicated executive leadership and an energetic staff who invite you to explore the distinctive insights of 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. He is also an experienced California 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 is a non-practicing physician who runs strategy, corporate development, and operations at GGIIM. He completed lifestyle medicine training from Harvard Medical School in 2012, before graduating with a PhD in holistic health elsewhere in 2013. Dr. Ali has been lecturing on various biomedical topics at U.S. colleges for years. His books can be found on the shelves in thousands of libraries across the globe.

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 Oakland, CA. Dr. Cheng is experienced in industrial medicine. He trains regularly in mixed martial arts (MMA) and provides medical oversight for combat sports competitions.

Zeiad Alsaid, MD, MPH

“ZeiadSpecial Projects

Zeiad is a former practicing physician in emergency medicine and trauma and he received the Distinguished Scholarship Award from The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). In 2015 he graduated with a masters of public health (MPH) degree from Benedictine University in Chicago, IL.

Mikel Davenport, LAc

Mikel DavenportAcupuncturist

During his decadelong training in Chinese Martial Arts, including traveling to China for advanced Qi Gung trainings, Mikel discovered the healing powers of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Mikel is licensed by the California State Acupuncture Board to practice Acupuncture and Herbology and is board certified by the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics in acupuncture orthopedics.

Jennifer Sutton, PA-C

Jennifer Sutton, PA-C Physician Assistant

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

Syam Palakurthy, BA

“SyamCBT Liaison

Syam focuses on helping patients use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to manage their medical conditions and live fulfilling lives. In a previous occupation he helped patients save health care costs as a Senior Director at ClearCost Health. He holds a bachelors degree from Dartmouth College and enjoys the outdoors, tennis, and meditation.

Meann Baeza, RN

“MeannRegistered Nurse

Meann 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 and proper medical documentation/ charting.

Raphaelis Triunfante, RN

Raphaelis Triunfante, RNRegistered Nurse

Raphaelis has served as a staff nurse in the outpatient 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.

Walter Vayson

“WalterEMG Tech

Walter is a certified EMG technician with many years of experience. He performs nerve conduction studies in patients who are in pain. He is an expert at providing specialized nervous system data and coordinates his findings with GGIIM practitioners on a routine basis.

Evelyn Kim, BA

“EvelynLead Medical Scribe

Evelyn graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a deep passion for integrative medicine. She studied Swedish Massage for two years under a massage therapist of 30+ years experience, and volunteered at a well-known Santa Cruz PT clinic for a year. At GGIIM she plays an important role alongside the receptionist, interns, and doctors, ensuring that the clinic is always in great flow.

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 all.

  • 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 help you live productively despite any medical disorder. The objective of the wellness centers (which includes the practice of physical medicine and rehab) is to reduce the disorder and restore vitality to the body regions suffering via psychological, physical, and holistic tactics. New patients are encouraged to register for our online course to receive a $50 discount on their first visit. Full completion of the course is not required to enjoy this limited-time offer. Click [here] to sign up. Please bring your completed new patient form, clinic agreement, and online course receipt with you to our clinic: [Click here for new patient form.] [Click here for agreement] Make a payment online [here].


GGIIM offers 100% 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, Stanford University, 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 at various venues throughout the year. 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 medical business consultants ready to take your health and medical ventures to the next level. Visit our LinkedIn page to learn more.

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  • HeathTap Moshe Lewis

    Virtual Appointments

    Secure video or text chat with Dr. Lewis anywhere, anytime, 24/7 - get prescriptions, referrals, second opinions and more.

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  • Medical Legal

    Dr. Lewis is an experienced San Francisco expert medical witness and legal IME professional with extensive medical case file review experience.

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Enjoy top-notch service and explore our innovative and expanding endeavor. Our experts are 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
  • Los Angeles
  • 1400 South Grand Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • P/F: 650.366.4542
  • San Francisco
  • 1 Daniel Burnham Ct. #388C
    San Francisco, CA 94109
  • P/F: 650.366.4542
  • Pleasanton
  • 5720 Stoneridge Mall Road, #250
    Pleasanton, CA 94588
  • P/F: 925.730.0202

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