Dr. Dave Larson joins the Team!

The Center for Healthy Change welcomes Dr. Dave Larson, MD, Integrative Functional Medicine and Psychiatrist to the team.

David Larson, M.D. (most patients call him “Dr. Dave”), is an integrative medicine physician, author, and speaker who is passionate about helping patients create vibrant health.  Dr. Dave Larson has dedicated his life to exceptional experiences and professional training. A native San Diegan, Dave graduated from Brown University, spent a year in Spain as a teacher and researcher on a Fulbright Fellowship, and then went on to work in rural India on a grassroots public health program. Following his calling to medicine, he then attended USC’s Keck School of Medicine and graduated with highest distinction, earning the Alpha Omega Alpha merit scholarship. He then spent 6 years at UCSD for post-graduate residency training in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, and also completed a fellowship in integrative and holistic medicine through the University of Arizona. He is double-board certified by both the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and is a voluntary clinical professor at the UCSD School of Medicine.

Dr. Dave is passionate about assisting clients in creating personal breakthroughs in their health & wellness. He has devoted his career to changing the paradigm of medicine from a focus on disease management, to focus on root cause resolution of chronic illness, and interventions to promote and support vibrant health of the body and mind. His warmth, curiosity, attention to detail, and “whole person” approach to health makes it easy for patients to build trust while they learn new skills to grow towards peak performance.  He sees his role more as a partner and coach in health, working with clients to positively transform their health with personalized high leverage lifestyle strategies.  An avid technophile, and life long learner, he is always looking for new technologic tools to make wellness medicine more personalized, collaborative, and precise for the people he works with.
As an integrative psychiatrist and psychotherapist, he has extensive experience working with stress management, work-life balance challenges, navigating life transitions, relationship difficulties, grief, depression, anxiety, addiction, as well as more serious mood disorders and psychotic disorders. His focus is on ruling out medical causes of psychiatric symptoms, supporting the body’s organ systems in optimal health, and often is able to assist patients in not only overcoming challenges, but moving to an even greater state of health and wellness, without the use of prescription medications.  He has trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Couples Therapy, and Positive Psychology. His psychotherapeutic approach is to pull from existing strengths, cultivate resilience, and teach practical tools to assist clients to build a greater sense of fulfillment, connection, and purpose in their lives.
Dr. Dave has been studying and practicing functional medicine and wellness medicine since the beginning of his journey in healthcare.  For the past 2 years he has been working at Lifewellness Institute in Point Loma as a wellness-focused primary care doctor, and integrative psychiatrist. He has recently started his own private practice in Encinitas and  joined our team at The Center for Healthy Change in Del Mar and Cardiff.  An accomplished author, teacher and speaker, Dr. Dave is fluent in Spanish and is a regular invited teacher for company wellness talks, accelerated learning programs for medical students, and personal growth and leadership seminars. He even has a TED talk to his credit. A surfer, yogi, runner, health nut, and life long learner, Dave practices what he preaches. Devoted to his family, Dave resides in Leucadia with his beloved wife Janna, toddler son Eli, and their adopted animal family.