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Learn More About Dr. Girish Kalva, MD

Where did you grow up? I grew up in South India and did my medical school training in the same city, where I was born. I have since worked in Jamaica, West Indies, and then Brooklyn, NY before making Utah my home in 2005. I've loved this place so much that it's hard to imagine myself being anywhere else.

My birth country gave me the tools to be a good human and a good physician, where as this country, which is my home now, has given me everything I have learnt today to be a better person, holistic healer, and lifestyle coach.

How did you get into functional medicine? In the past, I've dealt with sinus issues, prolonged antibiotic use, stress from work and family issues, all of which left me with gut issues, fatigue, and brain fog. I lost my way using conventional medications and antibiotics for many years, which didn't help me get to the root cause of my health issues.

I ended up changing to a less stressful job, started learning about nutrition, and attended many conferences and training courses. This was the icing on the cake for me, and I decided to make functional medicine my life's mission - not just to heal myself, but also to help others try and do the same. I want everyone to enjoy long lasting health.

How would you describe what you specialize in? I think of myself as a go getter. I chase issues that I can resolve for my clients - especially metabolic health, gut health, obesity, nutritional deficiencies, candida related problems, food addictions and lifestyle problems. I love addressing autoimmune disease, acid reflux, adrenal fatigue and thyroid problems, all of which are extremely common in this day and time.

What’s your favorite part of your job? Spending time with the people at Rising Health, educating others on what a healthy lifestyle means and then helping them slowly make these changes. I love watching as they reap the long term benefits and these healthy choices become second nature.

When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing for fun? I love comedy, action movies, espionage and spy thrillers. I am a big foodie and love researching food labels, product ingredients and more while I shop. I also listen to spiritual hymns on a daily basis to calm my mind.

You could give your patients one piece of advice, what would it be? Avoid sugar, soda, sitting all day, stressful jobs, social media and sleeping late. The package of problems that we are all facing today especially our children who are the future of our country.


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