Our Core Principles
1. Do No Harm
Provide the most effective health care available with the least risk to patients at all times.
2. The Healing Power of Nature
Recognize, respect, and promote the self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual human being.
3. Identify and Treat the Cause
Identify and remove the cause of illness, rather than eliminate or suppress symptoms.
4. Treat the Whole Person
Treat each person by considering all individual health factors and influences.
5. Doctor as Teacher
Educate, inspire rational hope, and encourage self-responsibility for health.
Emphasize the condition of health to promote well-being and to prevent diseases for the individual, each community, and our world.
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Dr. Shannon firmly believes that an individual’s support structure and surroundings are the most important factors in healing and achieving autonomy in life. She takes great pride in the powerful sense of support and community flourishing within her practice and wellness business endeavors. Dr. Shannon empowers her patients with the necessary knowledge to make the best possible choices for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. This philosophy of empowerment and support is the fundamental premise for her relationships with all of her patients.
Dr. Shannon received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry from the California State University, Chico. There, she went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science. This provided her with a new direction for her medical training, as she realized the true importance of preventative care. Dr. Shannon graduated as a Naturopathic Physician in 2005 from Bastyr University and concurrently completed the Naturopathic Midwifery program. Dr. Shannon has assisted her clients in hundreds of births, including extensive work internationally.
After graduate school, Dr. Shannon had the opportunity to explore her other passion, travel. She was a flight attendant stationed in New York City for three years. This allowed her the opportunity to see and experience cultures throughout the world. In 2005, Dr. Shannon participated as a midwife in a local hospital on the island of Vanuatu. This clinical experience combined both her love of travel and her passion for childbirth and women’s health.
In her midwifery experience, Dr. Shannon used vitamin B12 injections to naturally energize exhausted women during labor. In realizing that such a gentle, yet powerful boost was beneficial for everyone, her vitamin injection business, Got Vitamin B12, was born. Currently, Dr. Shannon works alongside her husband Armando Gallegos, COO, bringing healthy vitamin injections to neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area in pop-up style B12 Happy Hours. Got Vitamin B12 has allowed Dr. Shannon to share the amazing benefits of vitamin injections with those who need it most and she is very proud of her dedicated team of wellness professionals.
In addition to a flourishing business and a bustling naturopathic patient care practice focued on bio-idential hormone therapy and fertility, Dr. Shannon and her husband are raising their four sons all under five years old. These little guys bring endless joy, laughter, and love into their lives. Dr. Shannon's amazing patients, family, and community are her inspiration and daily motivation to work hard and live life fully.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ:
As of January 2018, Dr. Shannon is not currently accepting new patients. Please note, Dr. Michaela Falkner is hand-selected and mentored by Dr. Shannon Wood Gallegos. She is well equipped to help you and your loved ones on the path to good health.
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Dr. Michaela values treating the whole person and addressing the cause of symptoms, not just masking them. Dr. Michaela works with patients toward a mutual goal of restoring health and maximizing his or her potential.
Dr. Michaela first discovered naturopathic medicine while living in Hawaii. She was working in a natural soap store and learned the potent effect that herbs could have on our skin. After some searching, Michaela came across naturopathic medicine and decided to leave the beaches behind for her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona to attend Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. After earning her doctorate in naturopathic medicine, she also completed a first year residency, focusing in General Medicine. She is licensed to practice as a Naturopathic Doctor.
Her areas of particular interest are endocrinology, chronic disease, rheumatology, gastroenterology, and women’s medicine. She also enjoys aesthetics. Dr. Michaela utilizes individualized plans including nutritional therapy and supplementation, botanical medicine, hormone replacement therapy, hydrotherapy, and lifestyle modification. She is certified in IV nutrient therapies and micro-needling facial treatments. Dr. Michaela has focused much of her education on treating chronic autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, ulcerative colitis, and psoriasis. She often takes a multi-pronged approach in healing the gastrointestinal system, modulating the immune system, and symptom management.
Dr. Michaela is excited to serve the community of the Bay Area. In her free time, she enjoys gluten-free baking, knitting, and exploring new hiking trails with her two dogs.