Thriving Special Families

Better Health 4 Our Kids: Intro to Pediatric Integrative Care

April 16, 2021 Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP Season 1 Episode 17
Thriving Special Families
Better Health 4 Our Kids: Intro to Pediatric Integrative Care
Show Notes

Does your child with special needs struggle with health issues? Or, have you considered making a change from a traditional pediatrician?
There are options special families...and there is hope! Learn about pediatric integrative health care from our guests Dr. Bret and Dr. Renee (Pacific Integrative Pediatric Health).

Dr. Bret Gerber MD
I came to Integrative Medicine through a long-time commitment to listening and learning from the needs of my patients. I was first introduced to alternative and complementary medical treatments in my undergraduate work at the University of Michigan. I never forgot learning about chi, chakras, yin and yang energy, and meridians. I experienced forms of energy medicine and mind-body medicine first-hand that at the time were just starting to be studied by the scientific method. I continue to seek out these experiences, practice yoga and am mindful of my dosha and food sensitivities.

Dr. Renee PhD, APRN, CPNP
I have been a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 40 years. I am married to a retired Navy Dentist and raised 2 children and have 5 grandchildren. My husband’s career gave me the opportunity to practice in 8 states and live 3 years in the Philippines where I studied the Faith Healers.  This ignited a lifelong passion to learn about the health care practices of other cultures and some of the many places we have traveled include China, Tibet, Singapore, Russia, South Korea, and India where I have lectured and learned. During these years of practice, I specialized in pediatric dermatology and infectious disease in pediatric primary care. I started 3 private practices including one with a midwife providing home births. I have spent the last 30 years practicing in San Diego while I added teaching, research, and academic administration to my experiences.

Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP
Crystal is the president and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting families like her own impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about assistance in advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at

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