- Gene Kallenberg, MD
Gene "Rusty" Kallenberg, MD
Executive Director - Centers for Integrative Health
Medical Director - Center for Integrative Medicine
Professor of Clinical FPM and Medicine
Gene “Rusty” A. Kallenberg serves as the Executive Director of the UC San Diego Centers for Integrative Health, Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, and Practice-Based Research Director for the Krupp Center for Integrative Research. As the former UC San Diego School of Medicine Division Chief of Family Medicine and Vice Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Dr. Kallenberg oversaw all clinical programs in Family Medicine as well as research conducted by the faculty of the Division of Family Medicine and family medicine physician training programs. Dr. Kallenberg has been involved in academic medicine actively practicing and teaching medical students and residents since 1979. After serving as the director of the Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine Residency Program from 1979-1982 he moved to the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington DC, where he developed and led the Division of Family Medicine. At GWU he became very involved in the development of the new medical school curriculum, community-based apprenticeship programs and the development of service-learning experiences for students and residents. He ultimately became an Assistant Dean for Curricular Projects and served in that role for 4 years before coming to UCSD.
One of many doctors in his family, Dr. Kallenberg developed his interest in medicine early from observing his father's approach to patient care in his general practice in Cincinnati. He has learned the importance of being sensitive to people's needs and educating them about their health care. He has also learned that getting to know one's patients and establishing long-term relationships with them and their families provides one of the greatest rewards of being a physician.
- Lauray MacElhern, MBA
Lauray MacElhern, MBA
Managing Director - UC San Diego Centers for Integrative Health
Co-Director - UC San Diego Center for Integrative Nutrition
As Managing Director of the UC San Diego Centers for Integrative Health, Lauray MacElhern oversees the business administration, strategy, operations, marketing, finance, management, and development of its five Centers: Center for Integrative Medicine, Center for Mindfulness, Krupp Center for Integrative Research, Center for Integrative Education and Center for Integrative Nutrition. As one of the founding members of the Centers for Integrative Health in 2011, Lauray has supported its growth over the years from a 10-person micro-granted program to a nearly 100-person multi-Center organization. As part of her role co-directing the Center for Integrative Nutrition, Lauray has expertise in curriculum development and is co-founder, teacher, and trainer of the UC San Diego Natural Healing & Cooking program and the UC San Diego Integrative Nutrition Certificate program. She serves on the boards of the Krupp Endowed Fund and of the prestigious Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. Lauray joined UC San Diego after running a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, The Cancer Project, dedicated to nutrition education and research for cancer prevention and survival. As part of that role, she worked with and trained more than 100 chefs around the world on how to teach the organization’s award-winning cooking and nutrition courses. Under her leadership, the organization reached millions through its public outreach efforts and within community centers, hospitals, and medical centers in more than 160 cities across the U.S., U.K., Canada, Panama, Jamaica, India and Spain. For the prior decade, Lauray specialized in technology, management, marketing, and leadership roles contributing to the successful start-up and growth of three companies. She has achieved formal recognition from NASA and the Telly Awards for her work. From an early age, Lauray has been personally immersed in and passionate about healing cooking, natural medicine, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication and commerce through coursework in the Wharton School and Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and advanced degree coursework in nutrition sciences through extension programs at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, and American University. She earned her MBA from Rady School of Management where she was the recipient of a Pauline Foster MBA Fellowship.
- Alice Chen, DO
Alice Chen, DO
Osteopathic Medicine Director
- Erin E. Raskin, DACM, LAc
Erin E. Raskin, DACM, LAc
Doctor Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Inpatient Director - Center for Integrative Medicine
Executive Committee - Center for Integrative Medicine
Erin E. Raskin, DACM, LAc is a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She has been involved in various aspects of meditation, yoga, Ayurveda and Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) for over 35 years. One of her favorite topics is Yǎng Shēng (nourishing life) which refers to the wisdom of self-care, lifestyle medicine, movement, meditation, nutrition, detoxification, sexuality, sleep, nature, music, art, creativity, gratitude, spirituality and natural healing. Yǎng Shēng is a key aspect of TEAM that informs our health, aging, living and dying.
At UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Raskin is helping to bring integrative medicine services into the UC San Diego Health hospitals. She is also a clinician at UCSD Student Health Services. In addition, her eco-friendly office is in San Diego where she has been in private practice since 1992. She joined the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine faculty in 1995 and has been a clinical supervisor at San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine, Seniors Clinic and Veterans Clinic. She is a health educator to her patients, the public and colleagues.
In 1988, Dr. Raskin was certified as a Hatha Yoga teacher and enrolled in the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. She studied in China, India, apprenticed with Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan for 10 years and is a lifelong student of ancient Eastern healing arts and modern science.
Dr. Raskin enjoys blending the wisdom from different healing traditions. She cultivates her own Qi with many self-care activities including yoga, meditation, cooking, ceramics class, singing, art, solitude, nature and time with hubby, family and friends.
- Alejandra Reyes, DACM, LAc
Alejandra Reyes, DACM, LAc
Acupuncture and Massage Services Manager
Alejandra Reyes, DACM, LAc is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and a board-certified acupuncturist. Dr. Reyes serves as the Manager for the Outpatient Acupuncture and Massage for the Center of Integrative Medicine at UC San Diego Centers for Integrative Health. She also provides acupuncture and Chinese Medicine consultations across various clinical sites at UC San Diego Health. Dr. Reyes specializes in family medicine, orthopedics, and mental-emotional well-being. She uses a wide range of Chinese Medicine evidence-based techniques to obtain the best results for her patients.
Dr. Reyes earned both her Masters and Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from The Pacific College of Health and Science (PCHS). During her doctorate program, she had the opportunity to intern at the UC San Diego Cancer Center in Encinitas and Rady’s Children’s Hospital. Dr. Reyes is also the founder of Awakening Integrative Medicine located in San Diego, California.
Dr. Reyes is a first generation Mexican-American who grew up in San Diego, California. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, road cycling, and spending as much time as possible outdoors soaking up the California sun.
- Susie Samano
Clinical Operations Manager
- Alex Bobadilla
Alejandra “Alex” Bobadilla serves as Revenue Manager and Patient Navigator for our Center for Integrative Medicine. She specializes in identifying and resolving any issues found within our revenue cycle and helping our patients navigate through scheduling, insurance verification, and finding the right fit with one of our prestigious providers to help address their needs. Alex is also the coordinator of the Supervised Lifestyle and Integrative Medicine Program for Weight Management (SLIM). Alex has collaborated with leadership to roll out many new lines of services and help improve established ones. Prior to Integrative Medicine, Alex was a referral coordinator for Collaborative Care and Family Medicine. Alex’s background is in psychology, certified substance abuse counseling, esthetics, and fitness, as a spinning instructor. Alex cherishes every moment of being a mother to her two amazing sons. In her free time, she enjoys high intensity exercise, dancing, the companionship of her partner, family, friends, and last, but not least, her long-tongued pug, Maya.