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  • Cardiologist: Combining natural healing and modern science to reinvent healthcare

Published on October 21, 2011

Cardiologist: Combining natural healing and modern science to reinvent healthcare


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MONTEREY, Calif. — Mimi Guarneri, MD, moved to La Jolla, California in 1994 to work with two world renowned interventional cardiologists, learning to mechanically open blocked coronary arteries using devices such as angioplasty balloons and stents. Soon after, she was placing hundreds of stents per year.

But then, her life took a radical turn.

“While stenting clearly provided a quick mechanical fix to a blocked artery,” Guarneri says, “I realized we were doing very little in healthcare to empower people with the knowledge to prevent disease. I also realized that the human heart is much more complex than just a physical pump, and that true healing goes way beyond cholesterol.”

So she founded the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, to “reinvent healthcare by complementing the natural healing abilities of the body with the marvels of modern science.”

Guarneri, who is board-certified in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear medicine, and holistic medicine, will talk about her approach to health and wellness at the annual Women’s Forum for Health luncheon of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. The event is from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2 at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Tickets are $65. Funds will also be raised at the luncheon to benefit Community Hospital’s Diabetes Initiative, aimed at increasing education, services, and prevention efforts related to diabetes. Tickets may be purchased by calling 625-4506. More information is available at





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