Dr. Lisa Fortes-Schramm

Dr. Lisa Fortes-Schramm is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor at San Jose Integrative Medicine. She is also a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Lisa Fortes-Schramm has been in practice since 2018 and herbalism since 2014. She is currently welcoming new patients. She sees patients primarily over telehealth, using a secure, HIPAA compliant video connection. She also offers some in-office appointments.*

History

Dr. Fortes-Schramm first earned degrees in psychology and addiction studies so she could help people with alcohol and drug problems. But after working as a counseling intern, she realized she wanted to use a more physical approach. Dr. Fortes-Schramm decided to become a Naturopathic Doctor with focuses on Mental Health and Heart Health. She has such a love of herbs that she went on to study Chinese medicine. This is where she realized Women’s Health and Gut issues also needed her attention.

Dr. Lisa Fortes Schramm

The Brain – Mental & Emotional Health

A background in psychology plays a key role in Dr. Fortes-Schramm’s specialties. She knows that some of the precursors to both gut and heart problems are from the mind. Brain chemistry and gut chemistry (also known as “the brain below”) are key. They can optimize hormones and regulate the heart’s nutrition and electrical function.

If the heart doesn’t beat right or the gut isn’t digesting well, it can make a person feel moody or have foggy thinking. It’s possible to correct many health conditions by making changes at the mental-emotional level. (Dr. Fortes gets super excited about this!)

The initial place doctors go with mental-emotional difficulties are depression or anxiety. Yes, these can be significant, but there are many complex mental-emotional issues. ADHD/ADD, Alcohol/Drug addiction, OCD, Autism are examples of conditions that can benefit from natural treatments. Dr. Fortes believes neurodivergent brains work differently and require unique nourishment. Naturopathic and Integrative medical science can help you!

The Heart – Cardiovascular Health

According to the CDC, “Over 60 million women (44%) in the United States are living with some form of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States and can affect women at any age. In 2021, it was responsible for the deaths of 310,661 women—or about 1 in every 5 female deaths.”

Cardiovascular medicine is close to Doctor Fortes-Schramm’s heart. She has a strong family history of heart disease.  Dr. Fortes-Schramm’s paternal grandfather died of a cardiac arrest in his late 40s. Her dad had heart rhythm issues from a childhood bout of rheumatic heart disease. Her mom suffered a massive stroke when Dr. Fortes-Schramm was in 7th grade.

In medical school, Dr. Fortes-Schramm experienced chest pain, palpitations, and shortness of breath. This presented her with the opportunity to be the patient. She experienced the myriad of testing necessary to diagnose a heart problem. By using Naturopathic remedies like supplements, herbs, and homeopathy, along with lifestyle changes such as improved stress management, adjusting her exercise style and nutrition she was able to fix her irregular heart rhythm.

The Gut – from Your Mouth to Your Bottom

Dr. Fortes-Schramm trained with some of the Naturopathic world’s brightest Gastroenterologists. One of them helped develop the initial SIBO protocols and algorithms. Dr. Fortes-Schramm began to see how the gut was, like the mind, a major player in the foundation of health.

She had quite the personal medical journey during medical school. She found out that much of her gut issue was due to the inheritance of a severe gluten sensitivity. Her dad was celiac. He almost died from malnutrition. Celiac was rarely diagnosed in the late 80s.

Dr. Fortes-Schramm knew how much worse things could get. She began making big changes to her diet immediately. It was a significant challenge. Transitioning to a gluten-free lifestyle was like learning a new language under pressure. Each meal was a test, and every grocery store trip, a study session.

Now that she has been at San Jose Integrative Medicine for a few years, this area of health has become an even deeper interest. The connection from the gut to every other aspect of health is incredible to her. Naturopathic medicine has always been a leader in gut health and knowledge of gut healing. Dr. Fortes can guide patients on an exciting journey to transform their gut health.

Women’s Health – From Periods Through Menopause

Like most women, Dr. Fortes-Schramm has had her share of women’s health issues. Many of her family members had partial or total hysterectomies. Naturopathic and Chinese medicine made massive changes to Dr. Fortes’ severe menstrual pain and PMS. It was a huge relief.

When she turned 50, she says she looked down and told her ovaries the time had come to stop giving being so mean 😆. Apparently, it worked. Now she gets to use natural medicine on her own hot flashes!

Dr. Fortes-Schramm has many ways to treat issues like PMS, heavy periods, trouble getting pregnant, menopause, and other women’s health concerns. She uses bio-identical hormones (similar to what the body produces), herbs, and supplements. If necessary, she may suggest regular hormones or birth control. She thinks people should make their own choices about their reproductive health. She also looks at how nutrition, daily habits, and exercise can make women’s health better.

Today

Dr. Lisa Fortes-Schramm’s favorite saying to share is “Healthy Heart, Long Life!”

When she’s not practicing medicine, Dr. Fortes-Schramm spends her time with her spouse, Petra, and their two cats. She enjoys meditative walks through parks and forests. She tends to her tiny balcony garden and builds an assortment of things out of wood.

She is a graduate of Bethany College (formerly located in Scotts Valley, CA), Five Branches University (Santa Cruz, CA), and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, OR).

Dr. Fortes-Schramm is a professional member of the American Heart Association, the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the California Naturopathic Doctors Association.

To schedule a complimentary 10-minute phone consultation with Dr. Lisa Fortes-Schramm to discuss your Mental-Emotional, Cardiovascular, Gastrointestinal, or Women’s/Reproductive health, call (408) 357-3422.

*Dr. Fortes-Schramm sees patients via telehealth and is in her San Jose office for one week every six to eight weeks.

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