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Faculty Members

Richard S. Lord
Richard S. Lord, PhD
(Lead Faculty)

Duncan MacDonald
Duncan MacDonald, LAc
(Junior Faculty)

Kristi Hughes
Kristi Hughes, ND
(Founder Center of Natural Healing Arts)

Michael H. Cohen
Michael H. Cohen

(Healthcare & FDA Attorney)

About Kalish Institute


The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) has partnered with the Kalish Institute to deliver the in-depth, online practice implementation course, “My Practice Plan.” Launching in January 2018, this 3 Month cohort program will support clinicians on the entire spectrum of their Functional Medicine career—whether they are building a practice, growing their practice, or reinventing their business model. Through this strategic partnership, Functional Medicine practitioners are offered extensive instruction and resources to prepare for and overcome challenges in practice management.

My Practice Plan guides clinicians through modules on legal matters, business and financial planning, telemedicine, operations, marketing, and patient communication skills while considering the specific needs of their patients, their practices, and themselves as practitioners. By the end of the course, practitioners will develop a fully operational, personalized business plan as well as the skills to lead an effective clinic. “The creation of a personalized business plan emerges through weekly, practice-specific assignments, peer-based coaching and guidance, and access to legal, financial, insurance, and business growth resources,” IFM Director of Medical Education Kristi Hughes, ND, said. Likewise, practitioners will clarify which practice model (fee-for-service, insurance-based, membership/concierge, or hybrid) best suits their practice.


Online Training Programs

Provide the latest educational materials available in the integrative market.


With our experience

We teach practitioners practical clinical and business models that have been implemented by clinics worldwide.


In Our Community

Practitioners have a one of a kind opportunity to interact with their peers and learn from experts in the field first hand.


Membership includes

An extensive case study library, clinical resources and the “how to” of functional medicine treatments.

Dr. Kalish Functional Medicine

Dr. Daniel Kalish is dedicated to teaching doctors Functional Medicine philosophy and practices. Through The Kalish Institute’s educational programs he has trained over 1,000 practitioners worldwide in The Kalish Method which solves patient challenges through a proven lab based approach.

In May 2016 a research study published by two Mayo Clinic researchers confirmed the efficacy of the Kalish Method showing significant improvements in GI health and quality of life in the study participants. The study was based on Dr. Kalish’s model of Functional Medicine based on 25 years of successful clinical results. Graduates of The Kalish Institute include practitioners ranging from Dr. Mercola’s medical staff to Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic physicians.

Practice History

Over the past twenty five years Daniel Kalish, D.C. has directed three integrative health clinics in California where he has coordinated teams of medical doctors, nutritionists, chiropractors and acupuncturists. He now maintains an active international consultation practice with patients around the world.

Other Recognition

Dr. Kalish proudly served as an advisor to the Honorable Patrick Kennedy and participated in the first One Mind For Research Conference where 200 of the nation’s top neuroscientists gathered to promote research on brain disorders.

Dr. Kalish spent two years in formal monastic training in Asia. He lived at a Zen monastery in Japan where he studied under Zen Master Harada Roshi. He also lived in a forest monastery in Thailand meditating and transcribing Buddhist texts for Vipassana Master Achan Buddhadasa.

Author and Authority

He is the author of three books, “The Five Pillars to Building a Successful Practice,” “The Kalish Method: Healing the Body Mapping the Mind” and “Your Guide to Healthy Hormones” and is a frequently requested speaker for integrative medicine conferences across the United States.


Dr. Kalish studied at the University of London and conducted research with biochemist Dr. Robin Monroe at Cambridge University. His studies led him to mentoring with renowned psychiatrist R.D. Lang, as well as John R. Lee, M.D. a pioneer in the use of progesterone and to teaching collaborations with leading endocrinologist Diana Schwarzbein.


When I began practicing twenty-five years ago, people suffering from multiple debilitating conditions had few places to turn to receive the care they needed to get better. As the years have gone by, my own clinical experiences have mirrored what we have all read in the national statistics, with more and more people hit by chronic health problems—feeling tired, depressed, gaining weight, experiencing digestive problems, allergies and a host of hormone issues.

Having enough clinical experience to understand these were all well treated using integrative medicine, I decided I needed to do something about these ominous trends and so I made it my life’s work to educate as many people as possible as to the natural solutions available for these common problems. Along the way I’ve learned how to identify those people I can help using the Kalish Method. The Kalish Method employs the modality of functional medicine, so let me tell you what functional medicine is and how this new system of natural healing can help you better treat your patients.



How did I come up with this solution? By treating regular people, folks just like you, day in and day out for over two decades in my natural health clinic. The chronic health problems from diabetes to chronic fatigue, include some of the most serious health problems facing us today. And because the standard medical community has done little to address these issues, many people seek my help as an alternative to conventional medicine.

Barbara was one of those people. I never intended to create a whole new treatment model. What I wanted to do was help people while working in my small, comfortable, and busy practice in Del Mar, California. Then one day Barbara came to the clinic. A tall and imposing woman from Texas, Barbara took a seat, glared at me, and said these exact words: “I am fat, tired, and depressed, so what are you going to do about that?”

I was never confronted by a patient in that way, but Barbara challenged my authority, and me. She was direct, honest, and somewhat skeptical, yet remained hopeful because I had already helped so many of her close friends. In my moment of confusion while preparing to respond, I had a flash of realization. Suddenly, my work with patients in all the previous years coalesced. Barbara’s unexpected directness caused me to finally put all the puzzle pieces together, and in that room on that sunny San Diego day, staring out my window, I came up with my clinical model.

I had treated thousands of patients, and in each case I looked for the exceptions and individual differences. I was treating symptoms while basing my success on being sure people felt better. Barbara’s challenge (What are you going to do about it?) forced me to see that there was indeed a pattern under all the chaos. I knew I could help her, as I’d already helped six of her close friends with the exact same problems, but suddenly I grasped why. Despite all the variations from patient to patient, I finally saw the obvious: While the patients and their symptoms and their individual expressions of the problems varied, the underlying problems with the various body systems remained the same. These similarities were there, hidden from me because my attention was directed towards symptoms and symptom relief.

I now had to throw away focusing on relieving symptoms, which up to that point I’d thought of as my job. Instead of looking at each case as an individual with their own unique problems, now I saw repeating patterns of problems, manifesting as different symptoms. The problems were with the body systems. The symptoms weren’t really the problem. Up to this point being happy when patients came back saying their symptoms were gone, I could now only be satisfied when the functions of the key body systems improved.

Through many years of practice I’ve developed the Kalish Method to help people suffering from a multitude of issues. Through the study of functional medicine I hope you too will come to understand how these problems are related and that they are often the result of a single underlying cause.

Regrettably, these issues have become part of the modern American life, so much so that many people have given up hope that they will ever feel better. I teach this work to show that there is indeed hope. Leading health practitioners are employing curative methodologies that were simply unavailable to us as recently as ten years ago. My hope is that through learning more about the Kalish Method you’ll understand more about the progress that’s been made and how you can benefit from these advances.



The Kalish Method is based on Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine uses lab-based natural health programs along with lifestyle changes to reverse chronic health challenges. One of the things I like most about Functional Medicine is that it’s based on laboratory science. The pioneer in me is drawn to these cutting edge functional lab tests, which differ from conventional lab testing in that they aren’t designed to pick up a disease after it occurs. Instead, they are designed to discover health problems early on so they can be effectively reversed with natural therapies, avoiding the unnecessary use of drugs or surgery.

The Kalish Method is not a cure-all; it does not cure cancer, or reverse bone loss or, as you can see from my photo, prevent baldness. What the Kalish Method does do is work incredibly well as a basis for correcting the lifestyle generated diseases of our times.



As I adopted new guiding principles in my pursuit of ignoring symptoms and fixing body systems, I realized there was a three-part process, the one I mentioned earlier that bears repeating:

  1. The stress response is the trigger. People start to develop health problems within a year of being under intense emotional stress as their bodies respond to that stress with an increase in cortisol.
  2. The high stress levels combined with poor diet choices then causes their digestive systems to fall apart, at least for a little while, sometimes for long periods of time.
  3. Over time, as you’re breathing and eating every day, toxins build up and liver detox pathways break down.

All this because Barbara scared the daylights out of me and I had to stammer out a response.

Moving away from symptom-oriented thinking towards a body system model, I finally saw what had been right in front of me all those years of practice. We have three basic body systems that can be thrown off: the adrenals, the digestive system, and our liver detox pathways. Additionally we have the brain and all its regulatory functions. The brain impacts the gut, and the gut impacts the brain. The brain impacts the hormones, and the hormones impact the brain. Toxins impact everything. And to top things off, our feelings, thoughts and the emotional events we experience control it all. The complexity of the body was revealed to me in the simple and predictable breakdown patterns of the three key body systems.

Now, fast forwarding fifteen years and having applied this model to several thousand new patients and having taught it to hundreds of doctors, I am convinced I have proven methods worthy of your time and consideration.

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