Nathalie Bera-Miller, MD, MPH
Dr. Bera-Miller is the Founder and Medical Director of Pacific Integrative & Functional Medicine. She attended the UCSF School of Medicine after she completed her undergraduate studies in Nutritional Science at Cornell University and then UCBerkeley. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and her residency in Preventive Medicine at UCBerkeley where she received her Masters of Public Health degree. She is Board-Certified in Preventive Medicine and Certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
Dr. Bera-Miller is a also member of the Institute of Functional Medicine and has completed all their modules in preparation for Functional Medicine Certification. Finally, she completed the year-long Practitioner Mastermind training with Sara Gottfried, MD, Integrative OB/GYN and author of The Hormone Cure. She keeps abreast of research and developments in preventing and treating chronic diseases and participate in monthly professional meetings with the Bay Area Functional Medicine group. She's also been a volunteer for the UCSF Alumni Association and plans to in the future carve out time to be a mentor to UCSF and other medical students.
During the first 10 years of her career, Dr. Bera-Miller delivered primary and preventive medical care, conducted research in physical activity promotion, and developed and delivered preventive health programs including as Assistant Health Officer in Marin County from 2002-2005. She was a Visiting Physician Researcher at UCSF's Institute for Health & Aging , working with Professor Anita Stewart, PhD, and her team who have researched and published extensively in the field of physical activity promotion. She's published articles in the topics of preventive medicine education and physical activity promotion and have given many presentations, including at physician Grand Rounds, on physical activity. From 2000 to 2015, she also worked part-time with an interdisciplinary disability team in San Francisco which evaluates and helps poor, often homeless, individuals who are disabled by chronic medical and mental health conditions.
For over 10 years she's had her own private consultation practice which first focused on obesity and related conditions such as diabetes and now has expanded to addressing hormonal, intestinal, immune and all types of chronic illnesses . In 2015 she founded Pacific Integrative & Functional Medicine, bringing together a team of holistic health practitioners to support her patients.
In her non-work time, Dr. Bera-Miller tries to keep up with her son, daughter and husband. She enjoys being physically active (walking/hiking, biking, running, resistance training), all types of music (except for maybe heavy metal), ocean activities (boogie boarding, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving), cooking, live theater, fiction reading and writing, and wine tasting. She also enjoys singing, dancing, and drawing with her kids at home. Having played piano for 8 years in her own childhood including competitively, she also greatly enjoys listening to her kids practice and play their violin and drums.
Having had a father who was a stained glass artist, Dr. Bera-Miller enjoys the visual arts including glass art. Having a mother from Normandy, she has family in France, speaks French, and loves traveling near and far. Her father’s parents were both from Poland, though she never learned to speak that language. To keep herself in balance amidst a very busy life, she meditates every day and tries to do a bit of yoga during the week in addition to other physical activity most days of the week. She always keeps in mind her father's advice "Don't forget to stop and smell the roses."
Dannenberg, A. L.; Quinlisk, M. P.; Alkon, E; Bera, N; Cieslak, P.R.; Davis, J. P.; Kaye, K; Paul, S. M.; Rubin, JD; Sewell, CM; Touma, O. U.S. Medical Students' Rotations in Epidemiology and Public Health at State and Local Health Departments. Academic Medicine. Volume 77, Issue 8, August 2002.
Stewart, AS; Grossman, M; Bera, N; Gillis, DE; Sperber, N; Castrillo, M; Pruitt, L; McClellan, B; Milk, M; Clayton, K; and Cassady, D. Multi-level Perspectives on Diffusing a Physical Activity Promotion Program to Reach Diverse Older Adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 14(3):270-87, July 2006.
Seligman, HK; Grossman, MD; Bera, N; Stewart, AL. Improving Physical Activity Resource Guides to Bridge the Divide Between the Clinic and the Community. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2009; 6(1)
Bera, N; Stewart, AS; Kahn, J; Brown, W; Ritter, P; Bortz, W. Can a Physical Activity Promotion Program for Older Adults Save Money for Health Plans & Health Departments?