Dr. Shinobu Kaneko, MD comes from a line of physicians spanning many generations. Both her father and mother are physicians and medicine was something that was always an integral part of her life. However, because both of her parents were medical doctors, she had the opportunity to observe first hand the strengths and weaknesses of conventional medicine. When she finished her residency and began practicing, she saw some things that didn’t make sense to her. Some of her patients with severe conditions seemed to have made full recoveries and she was able to take them off of their medications. Rather than dismissing it as a coincidence, she investigated further and found these patients were being treated by a Chinese medicine doctor. Eventually, she began incorporating acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition into her treatment recommendations and has seen phenomenal results. Many cases of diabetes, hypertension, migraines, digestive disorders, menopause, arthritis and a number of other conditions have been reversed to the point where her patients no longer require prescription medications. Of course, there are still patients that need medications and as Dr. Kaneko puts it: "It's not about Eastern versus Western medicine, it's about practicing good medicine. Good medicine looks at the whole person and what is available to help that person. We're not treating diseases, we're treating people, and we've found that in the majority of cases the resolution of chronic disease requires an individualized approach.”
Dr. Kaneko heads the Lotus Center’s primary care division. The integration of East and West comes naturally to her as she herself is half Japanese and half Argentinian. While fluent in Spanish, to her dismay she can only order food in Japanese. Outside of medicine, Dr. Kaneko is an avid soccer player and her 2 daughters are following in her footsteps.