Richard Tunkel, MD
After practicing as a Chiropractor for many years, Dr. Tunkel received his medical degree from SUNY-HSC at Brooklyn in 1987. He then received his specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation through Cornell Medical Center in NYC and became board certified in 1992. After more than a decade of academic medical practice at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the NYC Health and Hospital Corporation through Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, he moved to California in 2003. He lives in Marin and is married to well-known chiropractor and medical doctor, Ellen Cutler. He is coming out of retirement to share his gifts with people who suffer from pain and other chronic issues.
Dr. Tunkel initially entered private practice using predominantly non-pharmacological interventions for those suffering from chronic conditions, especially pain and fatigue, and related symptoms.
Throughout his career, he has become increasingly involved in and received extensive instruction on the application of natural methods of healing, including breath-work and meditation/mindfulness training, clinical nutrition/supplementation and sound and light therapy. Dr. Tunkel’s major interest has been the healing of body, mind and spirit in those suffering from chronic pain, decreased vitality, and other functionally limiting conditions.
Dr. Helena Riess
Dr. Riess is an Integrative Health and Detox Coach who has worked with thousands of individuals, corporate clients and Olympic athletes during her 33 years in practice. Using the latest testing and detoxification protocols, she develops individualized plans for each client. Dr. Riess holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from CIIS in San Francisco and Masters’ Degrees in Integrative Medicine and Herbal Studies from San Francisco State University.
You might say her new work at Preventive Medical Center of Marin completes a circle of wellness as she started her career at Wholistic Health and Nutrition in Mill Valley with Drs. Richard Shames and our dear departed colleague Michael Rosenbaum, a pioneer in integrative medicine.
Since 2006, Dr. Riess has been an environmental detox coach and this will be her focus at PMCM. She will address a number of health issues such as high levels of Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Round-Up), heavy metals (mercury and lead for example), chemical toxins (such as benzene found in plastics) and many of the 85,000 chemical substances that Americans are exposed to on a daily basis.
Along with the team at PMCM, she will focus on a variety of approaches including laboratory testing and analysis, nutritional supplements, individualized lifestyle changes, as well as cutting edge approaches such as the Bemer (bioelectric) therapy system.
We are excited to have Dr. Tunkel and Dr. Riess join our team to bring greater healing opportunities to our patients.