Dr. Leslie Yedor
Dr. Leslie Yedor
Dr. Leslie Yedor, DAOM, L.Ac. is an integrative medicine specialist and is trained in a scientific, evidence-based approach to both Western Allopathic and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
She holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is a Licensed Acupuncturist.
Dr. Leslie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied pre-medicine and classical archaeology. She graduated with honors and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society.
Dr. Leslie then went on to complete six years of graduate medical education at Five Branches University in San Jose, California where she finished at the top of her class.
In 2015, Dr. Leslie began her Integrative Medicine residency training through Highland Hospital’s UCSF affiliated Western Medicine Residency program in Oakland, CA.
While at Highland, she rotated throughout the Department of Medicine with a primary focus in Neurology.
Her integrative residency training also included rotations in Integrative Orthopedic and Physical Medicine in Santa Cruz, CA and in Primary Care and Urgent Care at the Yosemite National Park Medical Clinic.
Dr. Leslie also traveled to Hangzhou, China to complete a Traditional Chinese Medicine residency program through the Zhejiang University School of Medicine.
Her desire to help her patients find quality of life and optimal health at every age led her to pursue training in the cutting edge field of Functional Medicine.
Dr. Leslie is currently attending ongoing training through the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine.
In addition, Dr. Leslie has a passion for research and has presented on a variety of topics, which began early in her academic career and continues presently.
Personally, Dr. Leslie is an avid outdoors woman with a particular love for skiing, rock climbing, and yoga.
She has a passion for cooking nutrient dense food and loves to share both meals and outdoor adventures with her friends and family.
From Daughter To Doctor
My journey into the field of Integrative Medicine was a personal one. Playing doctor with my parents, brother, or stuffed animals was a favorite childhood game of mine and as I progressed through school my love of science grew. When it was time to apply for college, pre-medicine seemed the obvious choice, but it wasn’t until my junior year that I actually stopped to consider what kind of doctor I wanted to be.
It was spring break and I had gone home to visit my parents. “I have something important to tell you,” my mom said as she sat down next to me on the living room couch. “I have cancer.”
My mom had cancer.
Looking back now, this was probably the single most defining moment of my life. My mom’s journey with cancer would ultimately determine my career path and plant the seed for what has become my passion – healthcare that not only saves lives, but helps people thrive.
What happened next is a familiar story to those who have experienced or witnessed cancer and chemotherapy treatments. I watched my mom wither into a ghost of her former active, fit, and seemingly healthy self. After extensive surgery and a year of chemotherapy, she was declared cancer free but was left with terrible pain, nerve damage, and a reconstructed digestive system that made eating almost insurmountably difficult.
In the meantime, amidst trying to balance school, frequent trips home, and my own worsening digestive issues and anxiety, my aunt suggested I try acupuncture. I saw a medical doctor turned acupuncturist who introduced me to the style of medicine that would change both my life and my mother’s. “Integrative Medicine,” she said, “is where East meets West and we use the best of both to help our patients where one modality alone is not enough to help them feel their very best.”
Today, my mom is eight years in remission and, with the help of Integrative Medicine, she has a full and vivacious life. If you are ever in Beaver Creek, Colorado and a lady with a silver pony tail flies past you making impeccable race turns on her slalom skis – that’s my mom.
Given the right tools my mother regained her health and vitality and so can you. Integrative Medicine changes lives and promotes true lasting health in mind, body, and spirit.