Faculty180 – Vita and Individual Profile Data Sheet

Erminia Guarneri, MD, FACC

Fall 1980 - Fall 2120

Visiting Professor


Los Angeles College of Chiropractic - STAC


Current Position

  • Position: Adjunct Faculty and Visiting Professor


Board-certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal
Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine, Mimi
Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM is a cardiologist
focusing on disease prevention and health a
A leading proponent of Integrative Medicine, she
serves on the Founding Board of the American
Board Physician Specialties in Integrative Medicine
(ABOIM). She is Co-founder and Medical Director
of Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. at Pacific Pearl
La Jolla in La Jolla, California, USA, where she
leads a team of experts in conventional, integrative, and natural medicine. Dr.
Guarneri is Co-founder and Treasurer of Miraglo Foundation, a non-profit public
charity providing Integrative Medicine education and research; and serving the
underserved in the U.S. and globally. A Clinical Associate Professor at University
of California, San Diego (UCSD), California North State University and Southern
California University Health Sciences. She also is President of the Academy of
Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) and the Past President of the American
Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). She served as Senior Advisor to
the Atlantic Health System for the Chambers Center for Well Being, among other
healthcare system advisory positions. She is an accomplished author and the
Professor of The Great Courses video series, “The Science of Natural Healing.”
Her television special, “Live Better Now with Mimi Guarneri, MD,” in 2019 and
2020 was broadcasted at hundreds of public television stations across the U.S.
Dr. Guarneri hosted “The Heart Health” series for Food Revolution Network in
Dr. Guarneri was an English Literature major as an undergraduate at New York
University. Her medical degree is from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New
York, where she graduated number one in her class. Dr. Guarneri served her
internship and residency at Cornell Medical Center, where she later became
chief medical resident. She served cardiology fellowships at both New York
University Medical Center and Scripps Clinic in California. She is a fellow
member of the American College of Cardiology, Alpha Omega Alpha, the
American Medical Women’s Association and Fellow of the American College of
She co-founded the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and served as
medical director for 15 years. She began her career at Scripps Clinic as an
attending in interventional cardiology, where she placed thousands of coronary
stents. Recognizing the need for a more comprehensive and more holistic
approach to cardiovascular disease, Dr. Guarneri pioneered the Scripps Center
for Integrative Medicine where state-of-the-art cardiac imaging technology and
lifestyle change programs are used to aggressively diagnose, prevent and treat
cardiovascular disease. Her current integrative health and wellness center at
Pacific Pearl La Jolla has received recognition as Best of La Jolla for several
consecutive years and is widely sought for clinical rotations and as a model for
practice transformation.
Dr. Guarneri’s book, “108 Pearls to Awaken Your Healing Potential,” was
published by Hay House in 2017, and she is the professor of “The Science of
Natural Healing,” a top-selling 24-lecture video set from The Great Courses. She
is the author of “The Heart Speaks,” 2006, Simon & Schuster, and co-author of
“Total Engagement: The Healthcare Practitioner’s Guide to Heal Yourself, Your
Patients & Your Practice,” 2014.
Dr. Guarneri is an internationally sought speaker and educator. She was an
invited presenter in November of 2017 for two international conferences on
integrative health and medicine in Brazil and at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy
of Sciences’ conference on global health. An annual featured speaker at the
Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine conference in San Diego, California,
she continues to advise, lead and present at national integrative healthcare
conferences. She also offers professional development programs to healthcare
providers for Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Guarneri was recognized for leadership in Integrative Medicine by the
Bravewell Collaborative and served as Founding Chair of the Bravewell Clinical
Network for Integrative Medicine. She has garnered numerous awards, including
the ARCS Foundation Scientist of the Year. In 2011, she won the Bravewell
Physician Leadership Award which honors a physician leader who has made
significant contributions to the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system. She
received the 2012 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement
Award from the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Grace A. Goldsmith
Award from the American College of Nutrition. She also received a Visionary
Award from Integrative Healthcare Symposium in 2020 and Bridges Award from
Vivos Therapeutics in 2021. Dr. Guarneri also was honored with San Diego
Magazine’s Woman of the Year Awards as Health and Wellness Pioneer 2016
for her outstanding leadership. In 2018 she received the Donna Feeley Memorial
Award from American Public Health Assoc./ Integrative, Complementary and
Traditional Health Practices. For more:
MimiGuarneriMD.com, PacificPearlLaJolla.com

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One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.

My favorite part of SCU is the collaboration from our beginning terms. We were working alongside chiropractor students, PA students, and ayurvedic students. It's a unique community where we get to learn about these different fields and sit in classrooms with them and work with them in the clinic. It allows you to get an understanding of all the different fields and how they can work together, and what is unique about your field. I think that is a wonderful aspect that I didn't think was going to be as prominent as it is here; even now, in my upper term classes and I am not in class with chiropractic students, I can still reach out to them about a certain aspect I may not understand or if I am working on a case. I want another perspective I know I have them to reach out to, so that has been a great networking community to have resources for.

Jamie Kuljis

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"There are a lot of things that I love about the program at SCU. The first one is that the faculty come from a long line of Ayurvedic knowledge deeply rooted in ancient classical text. They studied Ayurveda, but they also lived it. When you learn from people who embody this wisdom, it's much easier to grasp this knowledge. The second thing I love is the camaraderie within the cohort. The combination of the training, supportive faculty, and the support of my peers and classmates has given me the confidence I need to start my own practice."

Portia Harris

Student, Ayurveda Program

Some of my favorite courses at SCU have to be the chiropractic procedure classes; those are the classes you get to hone in on your chiro skills, your palpation skills and ultimately work on the adjustments that make you a chiropractor. Those are the classes I feel enhance my knowledge the most and are some of the reasons I chose to become a chiropractor here are SCU.

On top of chiropractic procedures classes, my favorite is the cadaver lab experience. The cadaver classes opened up my perception of what the human body is made up of. It allowed me to get an in-person perspective of how the body works and looks on the inside. I am genuinely thankful for those experiences because they opened and broadened my horizons to the human body and anatomy in general.

Jordan Vega

Student, Doctor of Chiropractic

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