I have a patient-centered approach and am passionate about understanding each individual's goals to help my patients look and feel their best. During my Osteopathic medical training, I realized that I loved doing hands-on procedures and treatments. Colleagues and mentors complemented me on having good hands and an eye for detail. My credentials have provided expertise in anatomy, especially cranial and facial, but my true passion is delivering results that will transform my patients' lives.
I grew up in the desert climate of Phoenix, Arizona and fell in love with the Bay Area when I moved to Oakland to earn my B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology at Mills College. Working as a Chemist and volunteering in women's health helped me to realize that my next professional leap was to Osteopathic Medical School at Touro University in Vallejo. In 2012 I completed my residency in Santa Rosa and received my Board Certification in Family Medicine.
The following five years at One Medical Group in San Francisco helped me to cultivate clinical excellence and understand how to deliver streamlined, empathetic, world-class patient care. In 2015 I completed a mini-Dermatology fellowship to advance my diagnosis and treatment skills for skin issues. I recently accomplished one of my dreams of becoming a published research author when my pilot study investigating the use of Osteopathy to treat Fibromyalgia was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in January of 2018.
Working with underserved has been one of the most rewarding and inspiring aspects of my medical practice. Through the Fountain Project, a local organization which organizes free local medical clinics in the Bay Area, I've been touched by the gratitude and resilience of patients with extremely challenging life circumstances. In February of 2018 I had the honor of volunteering medical services in the Dominican Republic at the Orphanage in La Urena with my four-year-old daughter. In my free time I enjoy cooking, hiking, swimming, meditating, practicing yoga and relaxing with my family and friends.
I am a Bay Area native with 20 years of cumulative experience as a health coach, yoga instructor, and registered nurse. I obtained my first bachelors degree in 2008 from The University of California, Berkeley where I majored in American Studies with a minor in Public Policy. In December 2022, I graduated with high honors from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Nursing. I completed my yoga instructor certification from the Bikram Yoga College of India in 2006, followed by my yoga therapy certification from the Niroga Institute in 2012
I’ve fostered a strong desire to help people achieve optimal health utilizing knowledge in nursing, nutrition science and functional movement. I’m thrilled to bring my skills in alternative medicine to my practice at Alchemy Restorative Medicine to support patients to develop a proactive approach to healthy aging and achieve their wellness-related goals.
When I am not working, you might find me at the baseball field watching my all star son pitching a no hitter, hiking with my sweet little dog, at my dojo kicking pads, or staying balanced and flexible at the yoga studio.
Kalila Sorrell, Patient Care Coordinator and Life Coach
I am a SoCal baby, born and raised and I come from a family of artists and healers. My maternal grandmother raised me in her garden. I was her fairy grandbaby and lived by her slow lifestyle brewing herbs, pressing flowers, speaking to the sky and snails and baking fresh bread. My family gladly bought me art supplies of all sorts. I played with clay, pencils, paint, made dolls out of dead matter from the backyard and always carried a sketchbook for my mermaid drawings in the back seat of Grammy's mustang.
I later studied art at the University of California San Diego and when I came back from studying abroad in Spain, I switched my major to Communications with a minor in Critical Gender Studies.
Working full time and being a full time student with serious health issues sucked the life out of me. I had undiagnosed endometriosis and I suffered from severe anxiety and depression, all of which worsened in my first 6 years in the workforce. I had no creativity left for art. Instead, I spent my energy and resources on therapy and healing. It has been a long and arduous journey, and it is one I now share openly in the hope that no one feels alone on their path.
I recently graduated from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts with a certificate in life coaching. Everything I have worked through, I now help others with and it is my greatest joy to facilitate wellness in the people I work with.
Keerthana Muthukrishnan, Virtual Patient Care Coordinator
I spent my early childhood in Pondicherry, India before my family and I moved across the world to the Bay Area at the age of seven. I attended De Anza College for two years, then transferred to UCLA and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor's degree in Geography. I had the privilege of studying abroad at the University of Ghana for 4 months where I did an internship in the maternity and children’s ward, which ignited my interest in Women’s Health.
Since graduating, I’ve continued to seek out diverse experiences in healthcare including volunteering weekly at the Kaiser hospital and applying therapeutic modalities as a chiropractic assistant. I joined Alchemy Restorative Medicine in 2021 and am extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn about Dr. Bernard’s holistic wellness practice. The next leg of my journey will be back to my home country of India to immerse in its culture and gather more information about how I can advocate for adequate access to healthcare globally.
In my free time, I like to have picnics with my friends or go to beaches and trails to enjoy nature. At parks, I usually read a recommended book or use my watercolors to paint something unique. I love traveling and exploring the world, meeting people, learning about diverse cultures, and also trying new cuisines.