Felice L. Gersh, M.D.
About Felice L. Gersh, M.D.
Founder and Medical Director
Felice L. Gersh, M.D. is that rare combination of a physician who is Board-Certified in both OB/GYN and Integrative Medicine. As such, she is able to utilize the most cutting-edge and high-tech diagnostic testing, while incorporating science-based therapies – from the herbal to the surgical – to assist in the healing process. Adept in all areas of women’s health, Dr. Gersh is especially renowned for her expertise in hormonal management of women, with a unique specialization in PCOS, the most common endocrine problem faced by women. She also approaches the female aging process in a holistic manner, comprehensively addressing the negative impact of circadian rhythm disruption, sleep disturbances, pharmaceuticals, environmental toxins, nutrient and hormonal deficiencies, gut microbiome imbalances, and chronic stress. Reproductive abnormalities, chronic pelvic pain, female urological problems, the array of sexual concerns of women of all ages, chronic vaginitis, and vulvar disorders, are a sampling of the issues addressed by Dr. Gersh.
Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Gersh received her education and training at some of the most intellectually demanding institutions in the USA. Her undergraduate degree was obtained at Princeton University, where she was granted advanced placement status, majored in History and was graduated in only three years. Her medical degree was earned at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where she was awarded entry into the prestigious medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. In 2010, she returned to formal academic studies, enrolling in and completing a 2-year, Integrative Medicine fellowship program at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, under the directorship of Dr. Andrew Weil.
Subsequent to medical school, Dr. Gersh did her residency at the renowned program at Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles, where she won the CREOG Award annually, recognizing her as her program’s highest scoring resident on the standardized tests administered to all OB/GYN residents across the nation. Following her residency, Dr. Gersh became a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, passing on the first attempt. After completing her fellowship in Integrative Medicine, she passed the board examination and is now board certified in Integrative Medicine, as well.
Since founding the Women’s Medical Group of Irvine, which transitioned years later into the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, Dr. Gersh has continued to gather numerous awards. Among the many awards she has received is the Orange County Medical Association’s Physician of Excellence Award, given to her each of the past 14 years. She has been named a SuperDoctor of Southern California Award for the last four years in a row. She was honored with the Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award by the OB/GYN department at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where she taught residents surgery as an outside attending faculty member and Assistant Clinical Professor for more than 12 years. Dr. Gersh has also been honored for her philanthropic work and popularity with online referral networks.
Another unique aspect of Dr. Gersh’s career is her role as a forensic medical expert. She was designated an Expert Reviewer for the Medical Board of California in the 1980’s and has continued serving in that role. Nearly a decade ago, Dr. Gersh became a trained and qualified forensic expert, and has served as an expert witness on numerous, high-profile legal cases.
Dr. Gersh has spent her entire career as both an educator and student. She has never stopped learning and striving to increase her expertise in all areas of medicine. She sees the patient as an integrated whole, and refuses to accept conventional medicine’s limited view of people in terms of isolated organ systems. To properly treat her patients, she believes that continual learning is a must, and, to that end, she attends numerous conferences each year. In addition, Dr. Gersh is now one of the most sought-after lecturers on topics of women’s health and speaks around the world at major medical conferences, as well as participating in webinars, webcasts, and podcasts. She also writes articles and blog posts, covering varied subjects of great interest to women across the age spectrum.
On a personal note, Dr. Gersh loves children and has four highly accomplished offspring of her own, along with five fabulous grandchildren. Her husband, Bob, is her lifelong companion and is also the fitness specialist at the practice. Dr. Gersh loves adventure travel, reading, writing and dining with friends.
Assisting each patient to regain the health, happiness, and vitality desired and deserved is the overriding mission which guides the care which Dr. Gersh provides. Her career has evolved over the years she has practiced, into one in which she utilizes the most cutting-edge and high-tech diagnostic testing, while incorporating a unique blend of science-based therapies – from the herbal to the surgical – to assist in the healing process. Adept in all areas of women’s health, additionally, Dr. Gersh has exceptional expertise in the area of women’s hormones across all ages, addressing the negative impact which pharmaceuticals, environmental toxins, stress, and aging impart.
Dr. Gersh is one of small handful of Board Certified OB/GYNs who have graduated from the prestigious Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. She recognized the underlying fallacy of conventional medicine, which is that we humans have the capability to micromanage the incredible complexity of a human being. Although pharmaceuticals can be lifesaving, they have serious side effect potential. Dr. Gersh’s goal is to use pharmaceuticals when truly needed, while working in collaboration with patients to address the root causes of their problems.
Recognizing that no one doctor has all the medical skills needed in all cases, she has teamed closely with several highly respected and experienced naturopathic doctors, creating a dynamic synergy rarely, if ever, seen in medical practice.
Dr. Gersh is available to see patients on most days of the week, and appointments can usually be arranged within one to two weeks. In the event of an emergency or urgent need, Dr. Gersh will always make time in her schedule to see a patient on short notice. Please click here, if you would like to make an appointment.