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Daniel Kalish, DC

Daniel Kalish, DC

Dr. Daniel Kalish is founder of the Kalish Institute, an online training program dedicated to building Functional Medicine practices. Since 2006, the Kalish Institute has helped develop practice models for more than 1,000 practitioners worldwide.  

In 2017, Dr. Kalish partnered with The Institute for Functional Medicine to create “My Practice Plan,” an online training program. The course curriculum centers around the development of business skills to assist doctors with practice implementation. This collaborative project between the Kalish Institute and IFM focuses on a heart-centered, hands-on approach to designing an ideal practice plan and is intended to address the lack of practice management instruction available in the Functional Medicine arena. 

Dr. Kalish received his B.A. in physiology and psychology from Antioch College and completed his chiropractic degree at Life West. He studied at the University of London and conducted research with biochemist Dr. Robin Monroe at Cambridge University. His educational pursuits led him to mentoring with renowned psychiatrist R.D. Lang, as well as John R. Lee, MD, a pioneer in the use of progesterone. More recently, Dr. Kalish proudly served as an advisor to the Honorable Patrick Kennedy and participated in the first One Mind For Research Conference where 200 of the nation’s top neuroscientists gathered to promote research on brain disorders. 

In 2016, Kalish co-published a research study titled, “Evaluation of a Functional Medicine Approach to Treating Fatigue, Stress and Digestive Issues in Women,” which analyzed the impact of treatments and protocols. He is also the author of three books, The Five Pillars to Building a Successful Practice, The Kalish Method: Healing the Body Mapping the Mind, and Your Guide to Healthy Hormones. Dr. Kalish is a frequently requested speaker for integrative medicine conferences across the United States. 

Dr. Kalish spent two years in formal monastic training in Asia. He studied at a Zen monastery in Japan under Zen Master Harada Roshi and also lived in a forest monastery in Thailand practicing mindfulness meditation techniques and transcribing Buddhist texts for Vipassana Master Achan Buddhadasa.