Doctor • Los Angeles
About Dr. Gonzalez
Rachael Gonzalez, MD is board certified physician in both Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine. Rachael graduated with honors from Harvard College and completed her medical school education at the University of California, San Diego. She trained in Family Medicine at Riverside Medical Center in Riverside California. Following residency, she served as a staff physician in various healthcare organizations in both San Antonio, Texas and Renton, Washington. In 2005 she opened her own practice, Paradigm Family Medicine, a practice which combined high touch and high tech offering virtual visits, patient portal and same day access. In her practice, she placed a great emphasis on patient education and on the role of nutrition in both preventing illness and reversing disease processes. Her practice was NCQA recognized for diabetes care and was a Patient Centered Medical Home. In 2008, she discovered Functional Medicine, which gave her an operating system to practice comprehensive root cause medicine. Rachael completed certification from the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2013 and sat for the first board exam in Integrative Medicine in 2015. In 2016, Rachael returned to her native Los Angeles to be close to her family and return to the city where her medical aspirations began. Rachael is thrilled to join the team at Parsley where she will be part of a dynamic therapeutic team that partners with her patients to achieve their health goals. Her professional goals are to get further education in the fields of Integrative Nutrition and Culinary Nutrition.
When not at the office, Rachael enjoys Pilates classes, weight training, getting lost in a good book and cooking for family and friends.
Interests: thyroid management, menopause management including bioidentical HRT, adrenal issues, digestive disorders, asthma, allergy, autoimmune conditions, migraines, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, preventative cardiology, advanced lipid analysis and management, nutrigenomics.
Frequently asked questions
Can Parsley Health be my primary care physician?
We are considered a primary care practice, so we treat all conditions that a primary care doctor would. We are not specialists. However, if you need to see an OBGYN, cardiologist, or surgeon, for example, you will be referred appropriately. The costs associated with the services provided by specialists or any other healthcare provider outside of Parsley Health are not covered by your Parsley Health membership. Beyond visits, the primary mode of communication with our care team is messaging. We answer quickly during the week (within 24 - 48 hours) and always have a doctor on call to address urgent issues on weekends and holidays. We are often able to take care of acute issues without the need for a visit. A few points to remember about your Parsley Health membership: 1. We do not take insurance. However, we can provide paperwork for you to submit for out-of-network reimbursement from your insurance. You can also pay for your membership using FSA/HSA dollars. 2. We are not available for same-day emergency appointments. 3. If you have a medical emergency, we recommend that you visit urgent care or an ER.
Is Parsley Health covered by insurance?
We do not accept any form of insurance. Parsley Health is classified as a primary care practice, but insurance companies don’t recognize our membership model. After each medical visit, a lab manager can provide a superbill that you can submit to insurance for out-of-network reimbursement. Many members choose to pay for their plans using FSA/HSA dollars.
What is included with my plan?
What’s Included: Doctor’s visit(s) Health coaching visit(s) Online billing and scheduling Unlimited messaging with your care team through an online patient portal (Parsley Membership only) Prescriptions for medications and supplements (Parsley Membership only) In addition to our services, you’ll have access to: Our online supplement store at a discounted price Members-only events Exclusive access to and deals from our wellness partners - our favorite places to sweat, stretch, zen, and shop!
Do I need health insurance if I have a Parsley Health membership?
A Parsley Health membership does not replace health insurance. We advise all members to maintain a separate health insurance plan of their choosing. For blood work, insurance frequently offers full coverage. Please also note that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) includes a requirement that all U.S. citizens purchase health insurance. A Parsley Health membership does not meet this requirement.
Is testing included in my membership fee? What costs can I expect to see?
Your doctor will work with you to customize testing orders based on your health needs and personal preferences. Costs for blood work and specialty tests are not included in the membership price. Blood work is usually covered by insurance. Specialty tests range in cost from $100 - $350. These tests, however, are completely optional.
What types of diagnostic testing does Parsley Health perform?
We offer both standard blood work and in-depth specialty testing to help construct a comprehensive picture of your health and better inform treatment. A personalized testing plan will be recommended by your doctor. All tests, however, are optional. Some of our most frequently prescribed specialty tests assess allergies, cortisol, genetics, microbiome health, and toxic metal levels.