The Herban Alchemist
Dr. Gabrielle Francis has been practicing natural medicine for more than thirty years. She is a Naturopathic Doctor, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, and Licensed Massage therapist. Dr. Francis currently practices in New York City as The Herban Alchemist. She also operates Backstage Alternative, which is her natural medicine road show that provides chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, nutrition and herbal remedies to performing artists on tour.
As a holistic physician, Dr. Francis believes in the healing powers of nature. She follows the principles of naturopathic medicine, holistic and functional medicine, chiropractic, and traditional Chinese medicine, all of which place emphasis on treating the individual and preventing cause of disease, not merely treating symptoms. By restricting the size of her practice, she is able to devote more time to the customized treatment and long-term education about health maintenance to each individual patient. Her medical approach is perhaps best summed up by Sir William Osler who said, “It is better to know the patient that has the disease than the disease a patient has.”
Dr. Francis earned her doctorate in Chiropractic medicine at National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, IL. She received her degrees in Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She completed a clinical residency for Acupuncture, Chinese Massage and Chinese Herbal Medicine at Chengdu Hospital for Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. She did a residency through Bastyr University at Biomedical Center Cancer Facility in Mexico where she learned the utilization of alternative medicines for cancer treatment. She received a certification in drug and alcohol detoxification using acupuncture at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY.
Dr. Francis has postgraduate studies and degrees in Environmental Medicine and Toxicology, Functional Medicine, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Fertility Enhancement, Mind-Body Medicine, and Neurotransmitter and Endocrine Support.
Following her 17 years of formal medical education, Dr. Francis travelled extensively to various parts of the world to study ethnobotany and various therapies in countries such as China (acupuncture and Chinese medicine), India (Ayurvedic medicine), Thailand (Thai massage), Bali, Brazil, Morocco, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador, Belize, Mexico, Egypt, and Mali. Most recently, Dr. Francis joined a team of researchers in Cuba to study the acclaimed Cuban health care system. The knowledge and experience she acquired on her travels is reflected in her unique perspective on medicine and healing.
Dr. Francis is the author of The Rx Star Remedy: A rock ‘n’ roll doctor’s prescription for living a long, healthy life. As a holistic doctor to many of the music world’s elite, she has helped some of the biggest names in rock look and feel great, despite an exhausting lifestyle that both demands discipline and welcomes indulgence. In her ground breaking book, she uses the platform of rock ‘n’ roll to carry the torch, showing music fans and party lovers around the world that it is possible to maintain a high-octane enjoyable lifestyle—and be healthy too.