Dr. Richard Chen

I grew up the son of a family doctor, so taking care of others’ health has always been a part of my life. As a medical practitioner for over 30 years, I have seen the limitations of traditional Western medicine in treating complex health conditions. That’s why I turned to functional medicine to find more effective ways of helping my patients.

But my journey didn’t stop there. After developing multiple food problems, including a fermented food allergy and several food intolerances, I had to find a way to heal myself.

Through integrative medicine, I studied different fields of medicine, including genetics, biochemistry, physiology, nutrient supplementation for mental health, acupuncture, homeopathy, and energy medicine to help myself and others.

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As a result of my own journey, I have developed a deep understanding of the mind-body connection and the role of nutrition in achieving optimal health.

I am committed to providing personalized and compassionate care to my patients, and I elieve that true healing comes from addressing the root causes of illness rather than just treating symptoms. If you’re looking for a doctor who will work with you to achieve your maximum health potential, I’m here to help.

“Dr. Chen is a functional medicine practitioner and he has helped our family finally get answers for long standing health issues. He is a medical doctor, but specializes in Chinese medicine, so he recognizes the impact that nutrition, the environment, and mental and emotional health have on the body. We have learned a lot from him in our health journey and we are particularly thankful for his understanding of biochemistry. Dr. Chen is a warm and compassionate, attentive doctor and we are so thankful that we found him.”

– Natalie H

“Dr. Chen has worked wonders with our family members in relieving pain. My father and mother have both been to him and both had relief from hip and back pain. My daughter and I went to Dr. Chen after someone rear ended us and within a few days my daughter was already feeling better from neck and shoulder pain. After two appointments the pain didn’t come back. Dr. Chen helped me tremendously with back and arm pain. I have no pain in my back now. Thank you Dr. Chen, we feel much better.”

– Rebekah M

“My experience with Dr. Chen has been truly life changing and life saving! He has listened, intuited, diagnosed (through unique DNA testing) and has customized treatment modalities specific to my body’s needs. No other doctor or healthcare practitioner over the past 20 years has been able to help me the way Dr. Chen has. He has returned my quality of life and I consider him to be an innovative pioneer in the ever evolving advancements of new and emerging medical approaches. If you or anyone you know is suffering from chronic diseases, they will find a light of hope for healing in Dr. Chen’s care.”

– Christy H

“I really appreciate that Dr. Chen has diversity well beyond his MD. His unique treatment of my lower back pain had me out of pain for the first time in many years. My back was in pain from old injuries and after the first treatment a great deal of the pain was relieved. For that I am so grateful.”

– Philip D

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Are you ready to take control of your health and well-being?

As an experienced practitioner in both Western and Eastern medicine, I have helped countless patients overcome complex medical conditions and achieve optimal health.

If you’re looking for a doctor who will take the time to listen to your concerns, and provide personalized and compassionate care, look no further.

I offer a free consultation to new patients, so you can experience the benefits of my integrative approach firsthand.

During this consultation, we will discuss your health history, symptoms, and goals. I will also explain my methods and answer any questions you may have, so you can feel confident in your decision to work with me.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dr. Chen's medical background?

Dr. Chen has an impressive medical background, beginning with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology, which he received Magna Cum Laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He went on to receive his Medical Doctor degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society in his third year.

Dr. Chen is a board-certified family medicine physician since 1993 and is also a certified Institute for Functional Medicine practitioner since 2014. These credentials and training demonstrate his commitment to providing high-quality care to his patients and staying up-to-date with the latest advances in medicine.

What types of conditions does Dr. Chen treat?

Dr. Chen is a board-certified family medicine physician and a certified Institute for Functional Medicine practitioner. He has treated a wide range of conditions, including complex medical illnesses that have not improved despite seeing multiple practitioners. Some of the conditions he has treated include -Long Covid, electrohypersensitivity, pain (both post-surgical and long lasting), chemical sensitivity, autoimmune issues, anxiety, depression, Lyme disease, mold toxicity, and many more.

Dr. Chen’s approach is holistic and focuses on improving the eight different areas on the Wheel of Health, which represents the major categories of health: Mental, Dental, Gut, Adrenal, Environmental, Hormonal, Immune and Electromagnetic.

By addressing the right issue at the right time, Dr. Chen helps his patients achieve optimal health and wellness.

What is functional medicine and how does it differ from traditional medicine?
Functional medicine is a personalized approach to healthcare that focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of illness rather than simply treating symptoms. Unlike traditional medicine, which often relies on medication or surgery to treat symptoms, functional medicine aims to restore balance and optimize the body’s natural functions through a variety of holistic and integrative therapies.

Dr. Chen is a board-certified family medicine physician with additional training as a Certified Institute for Functional Medicine practitioner, which means he has expertise in applying functional medicine principles to the treatment of a wide range of chronic and complex conditions.

He approaches patient care with a focus on identifying the underlying factors that contribute to a patient’s symptoms and tailoring treatment plans to address those factors.

What is The Wheel of Health?

The Wheel of Health is a model that Dr. Chen has developed to help improve the mental and physical health of his patients who have been sick for years. It is based on seven different spokes representing the major categories of health: Mental, Dental, Gut, Adrenal, Environmental, Hormonal, and Immune. Those issues can affect a person’s risk of Electrohypersensitivity (being aware of electrical, magnetic, and radiofrequency waves such as cellphones/wifi).

Dr. Chen believes that addressing the right health issues at the right time is essential to get the Wheel turning and the person back to health. He has written a book called “A New Way to Health: The Wheel of Health” where he explains his philosophy about healing and how this model has helped many of his patients.

Does Dr. Chen offer free consultations?
Yes, Dr. Chen offers free consultations to prospective patients who are interested in exploring how he can help them with their health concerns. During this consultation, you have the opportunity to discuss your medical history and symptoms, as well as learn more about Dr. Chen’s approach to healing and how he can assist you.

This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have and get a better sense of whether Dr. Chen is the right practitioner for you. If you’re interested in scheduling a free consultation, please visit our website or give us a call.

How does Dr. Chen approach treatment for his clients?

Dr. Chen listens to his patients and their story. From there, he does his examination and determines the most probable causes for what is going on. Once he determines the causes, he prioritizes them (if we want to plant a flower, we have to make space in the ground, plant the seeds and water them in that order). There is an order of treatment based on the individual. Treatments are done with supplements, food changes, acupuncture, neural therapy, and lasers.

Does Dr. Chen accept insurance?

Because of the cutting edge medicine that Dr. Chen provides, he does not accept insurance. He does provide Superbills which may be reimbursed depending on your insurance. PPO and private insurance companies reimburse better than others in his opinion.

What can I expect during my first appointment?

The first thing you can expect is to be listened to. Dr. Chen allows patients up to 1.5 hours for their first visit. From their story and their physical exam, Dr. Chen intuits their possible issues. He will tell you what your health issues are based on the exam, then determine what lab testing should be conducted. If you wish, a session of laser acupuncture or laser neural therapy can be done if it would be helpful to your health.

Can I schedule a virtual appointment with Dr. Chen?
Yes – you can. You can make a virtual appointment to see Dr. Chen in any of the 50 states in the USA. Dr. Chen can function as a physician in CA and MA where he is licensed. He can help you figure out what health issues you may have, order appropriate lab testing, and suggest supplements, and lifestyle changes that would help you get better.
Is there a cancellation fee if I need to reschedule my appointment?

No, If you need to reschedule your appointment or cancel your appointment there is no cancellation fee. Dr. Chen does require 24 hour notice if possible.

What should I bring to my appointment with Dr. Chen?
Bring yourself fully present, an open mind, and if you have recent lab work please bring those with you. Consider wearing loose fitting clothing in case you decide to do laser work to help your health.
How long does it typically take to see results from Dr. Chen's treatments?
Together we are peeling back layers of disease depending on how long you have had your health issue, Usually people can see results as soon as immediately or more usually, after two appointments. It is said that it takes people half the amount of time it got to get sick to get fully better.
Does Dr. Chen work with children as well?

Yes, Dr. Chen is a board-certified family physician, so he works with children as well as adults. Vaccine exemptions are not available at this practice. 

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