by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Tyler McElhaney

Wellness and Prevention: The New Frontier in Medicine

Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena, Md, Mph: Bringing Chronic Disease REVERSAL And Prevention To The Forefront

There is a growing trend in medicine, bringing wellness and disease prevention into the spotlight. Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena, a Preventive Medicine doctor in Encinitas, specializes in chronic disease prevention and reversal. “I like to see people living optimally, at the peak of their physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health,” stated Dr. Mcilvena.

Dr. Mcilvena aims to address the root of chronic disease in order to reverse it completely. She realized during medical school and her residency that conventional treatments for chronic disease do not focus enough on lifestyle habits. “It became clear to me that many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arthritis, and many autoimmune diseases could be stopped if patients were encouraged to change certain aspects of their everyday lives including their food choices, exercise habits, and certain patterns of thought,” said Dr. Mcilvena. “I chose preventive medicine as my specialty because I wanted to help patients feel empowered. I wanted patients to understand how much of their health was in their own control.” Lindsey recognizes that the top causes of death in the United States – heart disease and cancer – are mostly diseases of poor diet and lifestyle. “Dietary choices ultimately decide the fate of our health because our food acts as either a medicine, which will help us keep or attain good health, or as a poison, perpetuating the existence of chronic disease,” she stated. “The beauty here is that because our everyday choices make such a huge impact on our health, it is never too late to start making better choices.”

“I chose preventive medicine as my specialty because I want to help patients feel empowered; I want patients to understand how much of their health is in their own control. 

To address chronic disease reversal and prevention on a community level, Dr. Mcilvena offers the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a month-long intensive program. “CHIP is the most comprehensive program in optimal health available in a community setting. It is commonplace to see impressive weight loss, normalization of cholesterol and blood pressure, and improvement in blood sugars within the first month,” said Dr. Mcilvena. She added, “Many people have their medications reduced and sometimes eliminated altogether.” There have been over 20 scientific papers published worldwide attesting to the power of CHIP. The CHIP curriculum is available for people of all ages. Everyone can benefit from CHIP, and it is available at a fraction of the cost of similar programs. CHIP draws on the power of the group dynamic. “Making improvements in our lives is so much easier when we are supported. CHIP is offered within a group setting so that a social network is instantly created,” said Dr. Mcilvena.



Dr. Mcilvena will be offering her next CHIP program beginning the last week of January. The nine session program will occur twice weekly, each session lasting two hours. Each participant receives two complete individual health assessments, one at the beginning and again at the end of the program. Both assessments include a biometric screen which allows simple tracking of weight, fasting blood sugar, blood pressure, body fat percentage, and a complete cholesterol panel. Group meetings include food demos, nutritional and lifestyle education, group discussion, and question and answer sessions. “How healthy we are determines so much of our quality of life. That is why I offer CHIP, to help individuals and families live healthier, more fulfilling lives. I want to see 2015 be the year that San Diego County residents are able to achieve optimal health,” said Dr. Mcilvena.

Dr. Mcilvena stays active in the community by giving free lectures and teaching community yoga classes at Anahata Yoga Studio. In January she will be speaking at both the Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe libraries, and in February she will be speaking at the Magdalena Ecke YMCA. You can access her information and lecture schedule at or you can call her at 760-652-9060.


Business Owner: Lindsey Mcilvena, MD, MPH
Certifications: Double Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and Integrative Medicine
Other Qualifications: Masters in Public Health, CHIP facilitator, Medical Acupuncturist, Yoga Instructor
Year of Establishment: 2014
Address: 230 Second St. Suite 201, Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: 760-652-9060
Description of Business: Lindsey’s approach to medicine focuses on wellness and prevention, addressing the root cause of disease; she helps patients make healthy lifestyle changes to restore optimal health.