Julia Getzelman, MD, Holistic Pediatrician

San Francisco pediatrician Julia Getzelman, MD. Photo of Dr. Getzelman outside of one of GetzWell's two San Francisco pediatrician offices.
San Francisco pediatrician and GetzWell founder Julia Getzelman, MD.

Dr. Julia Getzelman is dedicated to changing the practice of pediatric medicine. With a passionate commitment to life long wellness, Dr. Getzelman founded GetzWell Pediatrics in San Francisco in 2008.

Dr. Getzelman—and her provider team—are like old-fashioned doctors but armed with all the modern tools and technology.

San Francisco Pediatrician Practicing Functional Medicine

Dr. Getzelman believes that many factors contribute to health and illness: nutrition, physical activity, emotional/psychological stresses, family systems and the environment, among others. She has a special interest in how nutrition and gut health contribute to overall wellness.

Dr. Getzelman graduated from Yale University Medical School and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland. After her residency training, she discovered functional medicine and realized this systems based paradigm incorporates the best elements of allopathic medicine along with nutrition and science and behavioral health, providing a better roadmap to optimizing health and achieving vitality.

Eat a rainbow to treat overall health—Dr. Julia Getzleman


  • BA in psychology from Stanford University, with Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa
  • Medical degree from Yale University
  • Residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland

Work History

  • Attending physician in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pediatric clinic at Highland, Oakland’s county hospital
  • After-Hour Pediatrics in San Mateo, California
  • Primary care physician at Sutter-Saint Luke’s Health Care Center in San Francisco’s Mission District

Training, Affiliations and Certifications

    • Board-certified in pediatrics
    • Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
    • Core curriculum of the Institute for Functional Medicine
    • Training in homeopathy and applied nutritional biochemistry/food as medicine
    • Training in using genetic polymorphisms as a guide for treating a variety of chronic problems like ADHD, anxiety, behavior issues, autoimmunity, etc.


More about Dr. Julia Getzelman

Dr. Getzelman grew up in California as 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 recorded Asturiana which is 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.