Lisa PuglieseLisa Pugliese, R.N., L.Ac.

I have worked in the health-care field for more than 20 years. I began this journey as a registered nurse in the hospital setting. I loved being a nurse, but I always knew that my nursing degree would be the foundation for additional study or a new career. I considered becoming a nurse practitioner or a nurse midwife. However, when I discovered Chinese medicine, my future became clear to me. I enrolled in a Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine program.

Once I was licensed as an acupuncturist, I had the opportunity to work and learn with one of the most successful and talented acupuncturists in San Diego, Loisanne Keller, O.M.D. Like me, Dr. Keller had been a registered nurse, and she was also a naturopath. She was considered a specialist in women’s health and fertility.

Each week, I met with Dr. Keller for “grand rounds,” where we reviewed cases together. This was a unique learning experience not available to most acupuncturists. I learned at great deal from Dr. Keller and I was inspired to practice medicine with the same integrity, commitment, and skill that she did. In order to do this, I knew I would need to further my studies, especially in the field of functional medicine. I began my studies in functional medicine in 1999, and I continue to study both functional and nutritional medicine, especially as it pertains to women’s health.

My current practice is devoted to the care of women in all stages of life. Fertility is a large part of my practice and has been since 2001, when I successfully worked with my first “infertility” patient.

I was honored to be nominated for “Women Who Move The City!” in 2013 by San Diego Magazine.

I receive my inspiration to practice in three primary ways:

  • First, I am inspired by the medicine itself. Natural remedies are powerful and can be life changing. Each day, more and more information is revealed about the impact of diet, supplements herbs and acupuncture on health and function. I continue to read, study and learn.
  • Next, I am inspired by our bodies’ ability to endure in conditions of stress and illness, and, more importantly, to heal, change, grow, and thrive.
  • Finally, I am inspired by my patients. Each day I am given the privilege to share in people’s lives, struggles, and victories. I am honored to walk down the path of healing with my patients and am truly grateful for the opportunity.

Chinese Medicine Classwork

  • Master Tung’s Magic Points | Susan Johnson, L.Ac. September  2014
  • Nourishing The Womb: Prenatal Care of the Fetus | Dr. Jeffrey Yuen. October 2013
  • Gua Sha for Inflamatory Conditions: Organ Pathology and Pain | Arya Nielsen Ph.D., L.Ac. October 2013
  • Integral, Evolutionary and Spiritual Perspectives in Medicine | Lonny Jarrett M.Ac., M.S., FNAAOM October 2013
  • Treating Infertility with Traditional Chinese Medicine | Randine Lewis – July 2005
  • Obstetric Acupuncture | Debra Betts – October 2007
  • Treating Infertility with Chinese Medicine | Golden Flower Chinese Herbs – September 2009
  • Chinese Medical Support for Infertility and Menopause | Japanese-American Acupuncture Foundation – February 2003
  • Menopausal Disorders | Japanese-American Acupuncture Foundation – March 2002
  • Fukushin: The Application of Abdominal Diagnosis in Oriental Medicine | Nigel Dawes, L.Ac. – March 2007
  • Chinese Medical Support for Infertility and Menopause | Japanese-American Acupuncture Foundation – February 2003

Functional Medicine Classwork

  • Scripps Health 13th Annual Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update January 2016
  • Advanced Functional Approaches to Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Dyslipidemia and Hypertension | Mimi Guarneri, M.D. and Mark Huston M.D.
  • Dietary Supplements, Preconception, Pregnancy and Beyond |Paula Gardiner, M.D. and Leila Saldanha, PhD
  • Women’s Health-Supplements Across the Lifespan | Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.
  • Women’s Health-Supplements Across the Lifespan | Sarah Dalhoumi, M.D.
  • Thyroid Health | Datis Kharrazian, D.H.Sc., D.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S.
  • Fertility, Pregnancy and Postpartum. Institute of Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine. Portland, Oregon. October  2014
  • Naturopathic Approaches to Infertility and Recurrent Miscarriage, The California Naturopathic Doctors Association. November 2013
  • The Top 7 Hormone Imbalances and How to Correct Them Naturally. Sara Gottfried M.D. October 2013
  • The Fertile Soul Retreat as an Intern with Dr. Randine Lewis.  July 2013
  • Conscious Conception workshop for practitioners. Anna Verwaal R.N., CLE. August 2013
  • Nutritional Endocrinology | Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D. – February 2002
  • Nutrigenomic Modulation of Inflammatory Disorders Including PMS and Menopause | Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D. – March 2004
  • Endocrine Diseases | Daniel Weber Ph.D., M.Sc. – April 2012
  • The Heat is On! Menopause and PMS | Lani Simpson, D.C.
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Independent Study

I attended the following classes taught by Dr. Datis Kharrazian, D.C, D.H.Sc, M.S., M.NeuroSci., F.A.C.F.N., F.A.B.A.R., F.A.A.C.P., D.A.C.N.B., D.A.B.C.N., D.I.B.A.K., C.N.S.:

  • The Neuroendocrine Immunology of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth – November 2014
  • Mastering Functional Blood Chemistry – June 2012
  • Advanced Principals of Functional Endocrinology – August 2006
  • Functional Blood Chemistry  – March 2008
  • Neurotransmitters and Brain –  November 2008
  • Functional Blood Chemistry – September 2005 (I took this 2x)
  • Functional Endocrinology – December 2004
  • Mastering The Thyroid – May 2010
  • The Neuroendocrine-Immunology of Blood Glucose Issues – October 2012
  • Autoimmune Triggers of Gluten Sensitivity – May 2012
  • Environmental Toxicity & Neuroendocrine Immune Wind Up – November 2011
  • Neuroendocrine Immunology of Andropause – October 2011
  • Brain-Gut Axis and Clinical Applications – March 2011
  • Autoimmune Regulations by the Nitric Oxide & Glutathione System – October 2010
  • Cortisol & Melatonin Circadian Rhythm Physiology – September 2010
  • Thyroid – Brain – Immune Physiological Crosstalk – March 2010
  • Impacts of Estrogen on the Neuroendocrine Immune Axis – May 2009
  • Autoimmune Thyroid-Research & Practice Updates – September 2008
  • Autoimmune Physiology & Clinical Management – July 2008
  • Clinical Pearls Case Management – July 2007
  • Clinical Pearls #1 – March 2007
  • Cardiovascular GI Immune Axis – January 2007
  • Keys to Cardiovascular Stress – January 2006
  • Advanced Principles Trilogy – January 2006
  • Neuro Endocrine Stress Cycle – January 2006
  • Gastro Intestinal Hepatic – January 2005
In addition, I shadowed Dr. William Hummel of the San Diego Fertility Center in both the clinical and surgical settings, expanding my knowledge and understanding of ART.

I have provided acupuncture treatment for embryo transfer success at the following offices:

  • Dr. Gabriel Garzo | Reproductive Partners
  • Dr. David B. Smotrich | La Jolla IVF Founder & Medical Director
  • Dr. Arlene J. Morales and Dr. Wendy B. Shelly | Fertility Specialists Medical Group
  • Dr. William P. Hummel and Dr. L. Michael Kettle | San Diego Fertility Center
  • Dr. Brooke Friedman, MD and Dr. Suzanna Park MD| San Diego Fertility Center