Who we are
Dr. Elisa Song is currently not accepting new patients.
Dr. Donna Ruiz is accepting new pediatric patients for consultations, sick visits, and well-care.
Dr. Suruchi Chandra and Dr. Callum Eastwood are accepting new adult and pediatric patients for consultations.
Kandice Stellmon, Certified Nutrition Consultant, is available for appointments with patients of all ages to assist in meeting your whole family’s nutritional needs.
Elisa H. Song, MD founded Whole Child Wellness in 2005 with a mission to create a nurturing environment that integrates allopathic and natural medicine customized to each unique child, in order to help children thrive to their fullest potentials. Dr. Song has a special interest in providing integrative care for children with complex medical issues, including autism, ADHD, asthma, autoimmune illness, eczema, failure to thrive, food allergies/sensitivities, reflux, inflammatory bowel disease and other gastrointestinal disorders, seizures and other neurologic disorders, and environmental illness.
Dr. Song graduated with distinction in political science from Stanford University, attended NYU School of Medicine and trained in Pediatrics at UCSF Medical Center. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from UC Berkeley. Dr. Song has additional training in functional medicine/holistic nutrition, homeopathy & homeopathic detoxification, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and flower essences. She is board-certified in pediatrics and holistic medicine, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Song has been trained in the Defeat Autism Now! biomedical approach to autism. Additionally, Dr. Song provides training in integrative pediatric care to pediatric healthcare professionals through the Holistic Pediatric Association, and teaches clinical homeopathy to physicians for the CEDH (Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy). She also teaches pediatric acupuncture for the Academy of Pain Research, and lectures on pediatric functional medicine for the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Dr. Song lives on the San Francisco Peninsula with her husband Peter Johnson, who is the office manager for Whole Child Wellness, and their children Kenzi and Bodi. When Dr. Song is not caring for families at Whole Child Wellness, she enjoys yoga, running, scuba diving, wine tasting, cooking, and traveling to exotic places.
Donna Ruiz, MD is a board-certified pediatrician who joined Whole Child Wellness in March 2010 after 12 years of experience as a pediatrician in New Jersey. She relocated to the West Coast not only because of the sunshine, but also to work with like-minded physicians in delivering comprehensive care for her patients by integrating traditional medical practices with natural medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, acupuncture, and aromatherapy to promote the body's intrinsic healing capacity. Her passion lies in providing integrative care to children with chronic health problems who suffer from autoimmune disorders, allergies, asthma, atopic dermatitis, autism, ADHD, gastrointestinal disorders, reflux, and food allergies/intolerances. She believes that optimal health and balance can be achieved by empowering the patient and developing an integrative wellness plan suited to meet each patient's individual needs.
Dr. Ruiz received her MD from the University of Santo Tomas, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, in the Philippines and then completed her residency in pediatrics at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, as well as a fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at Cornell University Medical College in New York. She completed her acupuncture education through the American College of Acupuncture in New York City with additional clinical training at Chengdu University Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, and has additional training in functional medicine/holistic nutrition, homeopathy, and herbal medicine. Dr. Ruiz has been trained in the Defeat Autism Now! biomedical approach to autism. Additionally, Dr. Ruiz teaches clinical homeopathy to physicians for the CEDH (Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy).
Dr. Ruiz lives on the Peninsula with her husband, Paul, who is a designer with an interest in sustainable architecture. When out of the office, she enjoys cycling, hiking, yoga, and fine dining.
Suruchi Chandra, MD is a board-certified holistic psychiatrist who joined Whole Child Wellness in 2013. In addition to her psychiatric degree, Dr. Chandra has completed extensive biomedical training that she uses in an integrative approach to helping children and adults with challenging psychological, behavioral, and medical issues. These include autism spectrum disorders, chronic Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections, anxiety disorders, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, eating disorders, personality disorders, chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, and fibromyalgia. She seeks to identify any underlying imbalances that contribute to chronic illnesses, including the gut-brain connection, nutritional insufficiencies, immune system dysfunction, and chronic infections. Dr. Chandra integrates conventional psychiatric medicine with complementary and alternative modalities, focusing on nutrition, herbal therapy, dietary supplements, and homeopathy. She utilizes the Cowden protocol with the support of bio-energetic assessments and laser energetic detoxification (LED). She also offers an array of treatments for patients seeking alternatives to conventional psychiatric medications.
Dr. Chandra has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a medical degree from Yale University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital combined program at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chandra has additional training in trauma, personality disorders, and eating disorders. After residency, Dr. Chandra spent 5 years studying with, and working with, Dr. William Lee Cowden, MD a leading expert in the treatment of chronic Lyme disease and other complex medical conditions. It was during this time that Dr. Chandra came to appreciate the role of environmental toxins, chronic infections, and nutritional deficiencies in the development and progression of many disorders, including some chronic psychiatric conditions. Dr. Chandra has been trained in the Defeat Autism Now! biomedical approach to autism. Prior to joining Whole Child Wellness, she worked for 3 years at a well-known clinic in the Chicago area that focuses on biomedical treatments for the behavioral and medical conditions associated with autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Chandra is a member of the Autism Research Institute think tank, and meets regularly with researchers and other clinicians to discuss cutting edge research and treatments for ASD. Dr. Chandra has spoken at numerous conferences, including the Autism Research Institute, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders, and the Autism Society of America.
Callum Eastwood, PsyD is a board-certified clinical psychologist with over twelve years of experience working with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, learning, and developmental challenges, and their families and care providers. He has worked with children, youth, and families in a variety of service settings, including community clinics, school-based programs, day treatment settings, special education programs, and residential treatment. He approaches the psychological treatment of children and their families with an acknowledgement of the inter-relationship between body and mind and the interplay between physical and psychological symptoms and conditions. Additionally, he strongly believes children must be assessed and treated holistically, acknowledging the impacts and needs of the systems in which they exist, especially family and school. Integrating relational psychotherapy approaches with mindfulness practices and adaptive skill building, Dr. Eastwood has worked extensively with issues of anxiety disorders, trauma, impulse control disorders/ADHD, mood disorders, and social/behavioral concerns among youth. He has a particular passion for the provision of supportive treatments regarding stress, burnout, and secondary trauma for parents and caregivers of children with chronic concerns and special needs.
Dr. Eastwood has an undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has additional training in psychological assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with severe emotional/behavioral disturbances, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices in psychotherapy, special education consultation, and the treatment of secondary trauma. Outside of psychological approaches, Dr. Eastwood has an interest in aromatherapy, acupressure, and the use of body-centered practices such as yoga and Tai Chi to address the management of stress, the impacts of trauma, and the improvement of impulse control, attention, and affect regulation capacities.
Dr. Eastwood works as Senior Director of Intensive and Special Education Services at Lincoln Child Center in Oakland, and partners with Whole Child Wellness to provide psychotherapy and psycho-educational services for our families. For more information on services or to contact Dr. Eastwood directly, please visit his website at http://www.callumeastwoodpsyd.com.
Kandice Stellmon is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef, specializing in holistic nutrition. Her areas of focus include: food allergies and sensitivities, autoimmune illnesses, developmental disorders such as autism, weight management, hormonal imbalances, and well child nutrition. Kandice graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts. As a graduate of Bauman College, Kandice has a thorough understanding of holistic nutrition and truly enjoys guiding families towards optimal health. Being a chef as well as a nutritionist gives her the ability to not only teach her clients about healthy eating, but to also implement these ideas into their daily lives with delicious recipes and meal planning ideas! Kandice is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.
While the rest of the practitioners in our office are Pediatricians who only treat children, Kandice sees patients of all ages for nutritional consultations. Kandice is excited to offer a variety of nutrition services to assist families in optimizing their health and meeting their nutritional needs. In addition to individual office visits, Kandice holds fun and interactive cooking classes focusing on delicious and wholesome recipes for children and adults with various food sensitivities and restrictions, as well as group and individual detoxification and weight management programs.
Kandice lives on the San Francisco Peninsula with her husband Scott, her daughter Davi, and 2 dogs, Lola and Gunner. When she is not in the kitchen whipping up something delectable yet nutritious, she enjoys traveling and fine restaurants.
Peter, Office Manager
Peter is our office manager and all-around go-to guy. Before joining Whole Child Wellness to help his wife, Dr. Song, build the practice, he was at Oracle for over 11 years doing database and application consulting. He now runs Whole Child Wellness smoothly and efficiently, with a smile on his face. Peter is an avid ice hockey player, with his time on the ice only limited by his wife and daughter Kenzi! When he’s not at the office or on the ice, he enjoys traveling, wine tasting, and scuba diving.
Cece has been with Whole Child Wellness since 2007, and we can’t imagine life without her! She keeps the office running smoothly, juggling the phones, patient flow, and all sorts of requests from the providers – all with humor, patience, and efficiency! Cece is the friendly voice who will answer all of your questions over the phone, and the friendly face that all of our kids love to greet. And can you believe it – she’s a grandma, too!