We are board certified in Family Medicine, fellowship trained, graduates of top-tier US medical schools (Harvard and Mayo), and serve on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco medical school. We also both have brown curly hair that becomes greyer with each passing day.
Daphne Miller, MD
Dr. Daphne Miller founded WholefamilyMD in 2000 to focus on the whole person and to incorporate a blend of conventional and alternative healing approaches. She believes that her most valuable role is to help patients discover their “inner doctor,” the skills they need to manage their own health. Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor at UCSF where she teaches nutrition and integrative medicine. Since 2005, she has consistently been elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America.
Dr. Miller is a contributing writer to the Washington Post as well as other publications and she is author of two books: The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World, Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You (HarperCollins 2008) and Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up (HarperCollins 2013). Miller is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine residency and an NIH-funded primary care research fellowship at UCSF. She is also a Bravewell Fellow with the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine.
Avril Swan, MD
Dr. Swan has been practicing medicine in California since 2000 and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She graduated from Mayo Medical School and completed her residency at UCSF.
Dr. Swan joined Dr. Miller in 2003 and since that time has developed her interest in integrating traditional western medicine with alternative modalities. She has completed education in nutrition, primary care homeopathy, and physician acupuncture. While she loves all aspects of family medicine, Dr. Swan has a particular interest and expertise in treating eating disorders in men and women of all ages.
Dr. Swan’s style is strongly collaborative and is based on the belief that given knowledge and support, people can make intelligent decisions about their own health care. She also believes that stress, state of mind, and environment are important factors to consider when evaluating an individual’s health concerns.
Dr. Swan has completed a fellowship in Medical Education through the University of California, San Francisco, and teaches family medicine to UCSF medical students. She is the preceptor of the medical student clinic at WholefamilyMD. She also volunteers with the San Francisco Unified School District, and currently teaches nutrition and anatomy to kindergartners.
Dr. Swan grew up and went to school in San Francisco. She is a mother to three wonderful girls, ages 5-18, and she is married to Stuart, an English and Social Sciences teacher in the SFUSFD.
Midwife & Nurse Practitioner
Sage Bearman, CNM, WHNP
Raised in Southern California, Sage began laying down roots in the Bay Area while studying Biology (BA ’04) and Anthropology (MA ’05) at Stanford University. After graduation, her work with public health organizations in Southeast Asia, Switzerland, and New York City exposed her to a variety of approaches for optimizing health and well-being, and she discovered a strong desire to partner with individuals and families as a health care provider. Sage then attended UCSF where she completed advanced practice training in midwifery and women’s health. Sage is dual board certified as a nurse midwife and a women’s health nurse practitioner.
In addition to providing primary care with a focus on gynecology and reproductive health, Sage especially enjoys connecting with women and families in times of transition (e.g. preconception, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and menopause). Her practice also includes a focus on reproductive health for teens and men. Sage offers individualized care that integrates evidence-based practices from conventional medicine and complementary therapies. She has additional training in Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) and values the many applications of mindfulness practice within perinatal and family health.
Sage brings experience from her past work, training and clinical residencies at several major Bay Area hospitals including San Francisco General Hospital, CPMC – St. Luke’s, Stanford Hospital, Alta Bates, and Kaiser Walnut Creek. She is thrilled to bring her expertise and lessons learned in a variety of settings to offer high quality, relationship-based care to the members of the Whole Family practice.
Certified Nutrition Consultant
Angela Ross, CNC
Angela is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Transformational Coach. She received her training at Bauman College for Holistic Nutrition in Berkeley, CA where she graduated with honors in June 2012. She also holds a B.A. in Anthropology from New York University.
Angela’s work with clients is collaborative and strategic. Her sessions combine personalized nutrition recommendations based in real, whole foods with powerful coaching exercises that help clients create sustainable habits so they can reach their health goals. She loves inspiring others to be their own health detective and advocate so they can look and feel their absolute best.
Prior to becoming a Nutrition Coach, Angela spent 10 years managing large scale orchestra tours and corporate events. Although rewarding at the time, she found her health compromised by the stress. In 2009 she vowed to make a change. Over the next several years she sought training in acupuncture, massage, and nutrition – all three helped her regain her health and vitality, but it was nutrition that impassioned her the most. Since 2012, she has been working with clients one-on-one and in groups teaching them how to improve their health with real food nutrition and stress management techniques.
Visit her website to learn more or make an appointment: www.sfwholebodybalance.com.