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Ilene Ruhoy, M.D., Ph.D.

Integrative Neurologist

Ilene Ruhoy, M.D., Ph.D., is a board-certified neurologist practicing integrative pediatric and adult neurology in Seattle. She is the owner and founder of the Center for Healing Neurology and is on the faculty of Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her holistic approach includes full neurological care with the addition of acupuncture, neurofeedback, and herbal and nutritional guidance. She received her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed her neurology training at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to becoming a certified medical acupuncturist, she has also completed the Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona. Her Ph.D. doctoral dissertation studied the effects of environmental toxins on our nation’s water systems.

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What is your wellness philosophy?

My wellness philosophy centers on our deep and intricate connection with the world around us. Our health and our well-being are grounded in our connection not only with ourselves, but also our community, and the ecosystem. When we reach out, lean in, and open our hearts, our return is exponentially.

What brought you into wellness?

I am a neurologist, an integrative physician, an environmental scientist, a mom, a wife, and a brain tumor survivor. Wellness was brought to me. I did not have (nor wanted) a choice. My path was fueled by my passion to bring wellness to others

What does You. We. All. mean to you?

You. We. All. is my wellness philosophy. We don't stand alone. We are interconnected with our neighbors near and far and are stewards of our environment because we are deeply dependent on its beautiful resources. It means we work together to better our collective health and well-being.

What gets you up in the morning?

My passion to be present for patients, friends, and family. My desire to live my best life one day at a time. And my giddy joy of seeing what the day will bring.

What’s your best piece of wellness advice?

My best piece of wellness advice is to reach out and be present for another. Sometimes just a hug is all they need, or a feeling they are not alone. The act of helping enhances a feeling of contentment and purpose. Anyone can do it. The second piece of advice is to manage expectations regarding life. Our journey is not meant to be easy. A life of obstacles and challenges is a life worth living. Embrace the hard and the easy, be grateful, and smile. And, of course, eat well, exercise, sleep, do what you love, and spend time in nature.