Dr. Arti Chandra is a family practice physician who earned her Certification in Functional Medicine as a member of the first class of practitioners to receive this designation from The Institute for Functional Medicine. She is also Board Certified in Integrative Medicine and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Dr. Chandra’s passion for Functional and Integrative Medicine is driven by her long-standing commitment to reduce the burden of disease and suffering and to improve health and vitality at a population health level by identifying root causes of symptoms and disease and restoring health through healing foods and supportive lifestyle measures. For the last 15 years, Dr. Chandra had a busy consultative functional/integrative medicine practice at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle based on her belief that all patients deserve access to this care.
Dr. Chandra provides care at every stage of the life cycle to patients who are from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. As an advocate for Functional Medicine and cross-disciplinary collaboration, Dr. Chandra receives patient referrals from both primary care and specialty providers throughout the Pacific Northwest. She serves as a mentor to allopathic and naturopathic students and residents, and serves as a small group facilitator at IFM’s foundational course, AFMCP. Dr. Chandra is active in community-based efforts to improve health. She has served on the Board of Toxic-Free Futures, an advocacy group that seeks to reduce chemical exposures to people and the environment. Based on her passion for using Food as Medicine principles as a core component of her clinical care and her teaching, she regularly partners with dieticians, chefs, community educators, and most recently with farmers, to help advance wellness for patients and communities. She has a particular passion for teaching about the gut microbiome and its interdependence on the soil microbiome and fostering the health of both for personal and planetary healing.
Dr. Chandra obtained her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago, with a dual focus in Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health and Global Health. She then received her medical degree from Loyola University and held the position of National Chair of the Nutrition and Preventive Medicine Committee for the American Medical Student Association. She completed a residency in Family Medicine at Providence Medical Center in Seattle as an extension of her commitment to work with underserved, diverse populations. She was a founding member and integrative nutrition faculty for the Global Medicine Education Foundation and helped to create a one month living/learning integrative health learning program for 4th year medical students as well as an 18 month combined on-site and distance integrative medicine learning program for health professionals called Transformative Medicine: The Ecology of Healing. She has recently completed Duke University’s Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare to advance her skills in leadership and management. She is presently on sabbatical focusing on her next steps of bringing root cause, food as medicine principles to help address food insecurity and health disparity issues, while working concurrently to help address root causes of climate change.