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About Dr. Carla Guggenheim


Carla Guggenheim was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Iowa and Kansas. She graduated from the State University of New York with a degree in dance. She danced in New York City, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area for years before entering Osteopathic Medical School in Des Moines, Iowa. Following graduation in 1988, she completed a DO internship and an MD residency at Michigan State University. Her Fellowship in Rheumatology was completed at the University of Iowa in 1994.

She is board certified in Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is in the process of becoming certified by Institute of Functional Medicine. She has extensive experience caring for rural and urban populations and professionally related problems of musicians, dancers, actors and artists. She has taught residents and medical students for over 25 years and has been awarded "Teacher of the Year" by the MSU Medicine Residents. She has combined her wide ranging interests in the wisdom of the body through dance and moving, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Functional Medicine.  She can direct patients to reputable practitioners of Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Ayer Vedic Medicine, Chinese herbal medication, and numerous "body" therapies. Her goal is to enable patients to flourish by minimizing medical intervention and improving health. She is the Director of the first Naturopathic Rheumatology Residency in America which was started in 2012.