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Ilene S. Ruhoy MD, PhD founded the Center for Healing Neurology with one purpose in mind: to help people heal and live a vibrant life. Since entering medical school in 1996, she has pursued additional training in order to offer patients informed treatments and healing protocols that will guide them toward optimal health. After receiving her medical degree, she earned a PhD in Environmental Toxicology, completing her dissertation on pharmaceutical residues in our waters. She collaborated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and published peer-reviewed research on the toxic effects of pharmaceuticals and chemicals.

Dr. Ruhoy has trained in both pediatric and adult neurology at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington where she received additional training in mitochondrial medicine and neuromuscular medicine. She further completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the tutelage of renowned physician Dr. Andrew Weil, MD.

Importantly for modern health care, Dr. Ruhoy is adept at bridging the gap between allopathic and alternative medicine to offer a more comprehensive approach to neurological health and healing. Dr. Ruhoy focuses on what really makes us sick and believes it is a combination of exposures, trauma, and genetic vulnerability. She and her team strive to find the perfect treatment plan for each patient.

Today, as a physician, teacher, wife, mother, and healer, she makes sure to practice what she preaches, especially after her own experience as a patient with a brain tumor necessitating surgery and then radiation. She does her best to maintain a nourishing work-life balance spending her time hiking in the mountains with her husband, daughter, and two dogs practicing yoga, running, and reading a good book on a rainy Northwest morning. She is a regular contributor to various wellness blogs, websites, and magazines.

“When you take the time to be with a patient, to understand who they are, and listen to them, only then can you start to understand their unique path to healing.”

“My brain tumor was terrifying and life changing…and it’s made me a better physician.”

– Dr. Ruhoy

Personal Health Story

Dr. Ruhoy knows what it’s like to have a brain tumor. In May of 2016, after a series of atypical headaches and feelings of unwellness, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, an experience she says, “changed my life course and made me a better physician as I recognized that a patient knows there body better than I do.”  Read her story