Rachael Gonzalez, MD
Doctor • Los Angeles
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. When not at the office, Rachael enjoys Pilates classes, weight training, getting lost in a good book and cooking for family and friends.
About Dr. Gonzalez, MD
Credentials: Board Certified Physician in Family and Integrative Medicine
Training Institutions: Harvard College • University of California San Diego School of Medicine • Family Medicine Residency at Riverside Medical Center in Riverside California • Institute for Functional Medicine • Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine • The Women’s Integrative Health Institute
Clinical Interests: Thyroid Management • Menopause Management including bioidentical HRT • Adrenal Issues • Digestive Disorders • Asthma • Allergies • Autoimmune conditions • Migraines • Metabolic syndrome • Diabetes • Preventive Cardiology • Advanced Lipid Analysis & Management • Nutrigenomics
Previous Positions: Staff physician in various healthcare organizations in San Antonio, Texas and Renton, Washington • Director of Urgent Care Services in San Antonio • Owned and operated Paradigm Family Medicine which provided functional and conventional medicine services in a high touch, high tech environment • Received NCQA recognition for Diabetes and was recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home.
What I’m most excited to bring to Parsley Health members: I’m most excited to work in a vibrant collaborative environment where everyone authentically cares and is committed to enhancing the lives and relieving the burden that chronic illness has had on our patient members. I’m most excited to bring my curiosity and love of puzzles and combine these with the art of storytelling to help patients unravel the mysteries of their health issues.
Ask me about: My love of cooking and culinary nutrition
Most likely to find me: In my favorite Pilates class, weight training, or getting lost in a good book
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.