Welcome to GetzWell Pediatrics! We are San Francisco’s premier pediatric practice providing thoughtful, progressive medical care. We believe in stimulating the innate human capacity for healing. That’s why in addition to Western medicine, we utilize scientifically rigorous modalities like environmental and functional medicine. And before we write a prescription or recommend a test, we consider every aspect of your child’s health: body and brain, nutrition, sleep, emotions, family dynamics, their physical environment, and more. Our goal is always to prevent, identify and treat the root causes of illness instead of focusing solely on symptoms and their suppression.
In addition to the superb care we offer your child, we also take care of you. As a direct primary care (DPC) practice, we’re designed to fit your lifestyle. We offer 60+ minute visits, same day appointments, and minimal waiting time in our warm beautiful offices — some say they feel more like a spa than a doctor’s office. We also love making old fashioned house calls, and you always have 24/7 access to one of our providers.
Our practice is comprised of board-certified pediatricians and other advanced degree nurses, all with prestigious training from the nation’s most respected academic institutions: Yale, Tufts, Stanford, Columbia. We may have advanced degrees and clinical expertise, but in the end, we are humans who love taking care of other (little) humans. We love GetzWell, and we know you will too.
Julia Getzelman, MD
Julia Getzelman, M.D. founded GetzWell Pediatrics in 2008 with a passionate commitment to bring pediatric functional medicine to San Francisco.
Dr. Getzelman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford University with Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa. She later earned her medical degree from Yale University and completed her residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Thereafter, she was an attending physician in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pediatric clinic at Highland, Oakland’s county hospital, and also worked at After Hour Pediatrics in San Mateo. In the 5 years before founding GetzWell, she practiced at Sutter-Saint Luke’s Health Care Center in San Francisco’s Mission District where she provided whole kid care to over 1200 patients. She is board certified in pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Getzelman believes that many factors contribute to health and illness: nutrition, physical activity, emotional/psychological stresses and the environment, among others. She has a special interest in how nutrition and intestinal health contribute to overall wellness. To that end, she completed the core curriculum of the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2007. Dr. Getzelman has additional training in homeopathy and applied nutritional biochemistry/food as medicine as well as in using genetic polymorphisms as a guide for treating a variety of chronic problems like ADHD, anxiety, behavior issues, autoimmunity, etc.
Dr. Getzelman grew up in California and is the oldest of five children. She loves the outdoors and is fascinated by nature. She comes from a musical family, has sung in a variety of venues over the years, and recently recorded Asturiana, a compilation of soothing classics and lullabies. She has a passion for romance languages and is fluent in Spanish and Italian. Dr. Getzelman lives in San Francisco with her husband.
Learn more about Dr. Getzelman and why she founded GetzWell Personalized Pediatrics in her video here.
Nicole Glynn, MD
Nicole Glynn, MD grew up in Santa Cruz California where she was first introduced to the idea of integrative medicine. Dr. Glynn’s father, a pediatric dentist, influenced her to become a pediatrician. She received her bachelor’s degree in Combined Sciences at Santa Clara University and before attending medical school was involved in research at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition and Stanford University Center for AIDS Research. She earned her medical degree from Creighton University and completed her pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. During her residency, she provided care to many underprivileged children and became especially curious about the growing pediatric epidemics of asthma, eczema and obesity. After becoming a mother her interest in nutrition, supporting breastfeeding, and integrative medicine deepened. During her pregnancy, she made changes to “green the womb” as her awareness of the impact of environmental toxins on fetal development became more personal.
Dr. Glynn and her family live in San Francisco where she has practiced at a variety of locations including Kaiser, Noe Valley Pediatrics, and Stonestown Pediatrics. Dr. Glynn joined GetzWell Pediatrics in part because she loves taking more time with patients and their families, building strong relationships and providing personalized holistic care.
She is a board-certified pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, spinning, yoga, barre classes and nurturing her young daughters.
Learn more about Dr. Glynn and why she loves helping patients at GetzWell Personalized Pediatrics in her video here.
Rachel Lynch, RN, MSN, CPNP
Rachel Lynch is a Washington DC native and she earned her bachelor’s degree in biopsychology at Tuft’s University. During her college years, she cultivated an interest in the relationship between the mind and body, which was later strengthened by her involvement in research at UCSF. While Rachel quickly fell in love with Northern California, she migrated back to the east coast to complete her nursing and advanced practice nursing degrees at Columbia University. Rachel was drawn to nursing for its emphasis on whole-person care, which, in addition to physical health, prioritizes mental health, social and environmental factors, and nutrition. She was a Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society member and spent a month volunteering at one of the largest HIV clinics in the Dominican Republic.
Rachel returned to the Bay Area with her husband after finishing her advanced nursing education. She accepted a position as a pediatric nurse practitioner for a private practice in Orinda and simultaneously worked at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland on an enzyme replacement study for a very unique group of kids born without this necessary component of intracellular metabolism. She later accepted a position as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Rehabilitation Department at Children’s Hospital Oakland.
Rachel is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She loves working in pediatrics as it affords a unique opportunity to build relationships with children and their families. She joined GetzWell Pediatrics to practice a more inclusive style of medicine and to spend more time with families fostering these meaningful relationships. In her free time, Rachel loves to be outdoors, hiking and biking in the Oakland hills, camping with her husband and children, and traveling.
Learn more about Rachel and why she loves helping patients at GetzWell Personalized Pediatrics in her video here.
Alexa Knorr, BSN, RN, MSN, CPNP
Alexa Knorr’s career path was initially inspired by her aunt, a registered nurse caring for children in the ER and ICU settings. When she attended Vanderbilt University as an undergraduate, Alexa continued to explore her interest in pediatric health and wellness by earning a bachelor’s degree with honors in Child Development.
Subsequent to Vanderbilt, Alexa attended Columbia University’s School of Nursing to pursue her Master’s degree and become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP).
Upon completing Columbia’s program, Alexa worked for four years as a PNP at a well established community health center in Manhattan and practiced in two different clinical settings: the Women and Children’s center on the Upper West Side and within several school based health clinics. Later, she was promoted to a supervising role, providing administrative and clinical oversight to six school based health centers serving several thousands of children per year.
While she greatly enjoyed her fast-paced employment in New York City, Alexa is thrilled to be able to spend more valuable time with patients and families at GetzWell. She believes that shared decision making and establishment of strong relationships between care providers and families help children meet their best wellness potential. Moreover, through her various clinical experiences she is convinced of the environmental, social, and nutritional impacts that play a fundamental role in children’s physical, emotional and mental development.
On her own time, Alexa enjoys stopping to pet every dog she comes across on the street, trying new restaurants, traveling, exercising, and cheering on her favorite sports teams: the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Learn more about Alexa and why she loves helping patients at GetzWell Personalized Pediatrics in her video here.