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.

Julia Getzelman, MD, 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.

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