This blog is about our never-ending journey towards wellness. It’s a collection of my notes on health, yoga, food, and family.

I’m a practicing primary care doctor in Silicon Valley where I live with my husband (CJ) and two sons (JJ and Max). I’m originally from the DC area, went to Dartmouth for college, UPenn for medical school, and then moved to San Francisco for residency at UCSF.

As a family doc, I care for patients from birth to end of life, partnering with them to live in optimal health and prevent illness. I have a strong interest in food and nutrition, having seen how one’s diet and lifestyle can profoundly influence health.

As a mom, I know the central role that family plays in one’s health, and want my boys to grow up in a loving home and become good men.

As a yogi, I know the importance of a daily practice for staying present and engaged in our busy lives, and I am always trying to do more yoga.

I love running, reading, cooking, coffee and wine. I also blog at San Francisco Moms Blog, an amazing community of women.

We are all on a collective journey towards wellness and I hope to learn from you all… please join me!


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**Disclaimer: Information shared on this blog is for general informational and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please contact and consult with your primary care physician about your specific medical condition.**

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steve kraunz April 17, 2011 at 6:04 am


sitting here in the Cornell ER with Aaron Paul talking about life and yoga. I am a ER resident here and Aaron is rotating through. I have long been interested in applying yoga practices to medicine–mostly in my ER practice I encourage breath during painful procedures. I look forward to continueing this interest and association so am very psyched to find your website…so thank you and keep up the good work!


Christina April 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Hey Steve,

So great to hear from you and glad you’re also interested in the overlap of yoga and medicine! I was in NYC in February and there’s a TON of amazing yoga there… have you been able to check any places out (hah I’m sure you don’t have tons of time to do that as a resident).

Look forward to connecting more in the future (and say hi to Aaron from me!)



Ali Schechter November 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Hi Steve,

Check out the Urban Zen Foundation: http://www.urbanzen.org/about/wellbeing/

They are doing incredible work threading yoga and mindful awareness into Western medicine.

Take care 🙂



Lisa October 15, 2011 at 4:22 am

Hi Christina, thank you for writing! I’m a first year med student at UCLA and your blog is a big source of inspiration for me to stay healthy and maintain perspective. I lived in San Francisco for the last few years… it’s a great city, hope you are enjoying it! If you’re ever in the Marina, maybe check out Aha Yoga… they have some really great classes, and the studio is heated. Take care!


Christina October 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Hi Lisa! It is so great to get this comment from you and to hear you’re a first year student at UCLA – awesome! It’s a long road, and a pretty amazing one 🙂 I’ll definitely try to check out Aha yoga some time, thanks! Keep in touch, I’d love to hear from you and how it’s all going…


Heather February 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I’m a 3rd year medical student (almost 4th!) & new mom and just stumbled across your blog. It is refreshing to find like-minded people in this field! It’s also motivational to me to continue practicing the good health habits I established long before both med school & motherhood. I’m also interested in FM, so your site is providing a little extra motivation/inspiration for me. Thanks for sharing! Take care.


Christina February 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Hi Heather!

It’s great to hear from you and connect! Wow — med school and a new mom and staying healthy — super challenging!

Please keep in touch as you continue on your journey… and if you ever want to do a guest blog post on how you manage it all, please do! I am sure we can all learn from you!



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