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Our Team


Dr. Mario Mancini

O.M.D., Licensed Acupuncturist, Qualified Medical Evaluator, Board Certified Nutrition Specialist, Medical Director of Center for Integrative Care

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Dr. Mario Mancini, O.M.D.

Driven by his passion for mind/body peak performance, Dr. Mancini strives to achieve excellence for his patients. As a doctor of Oriental medicine, he assists his patients with a variety of health issues including acute and chronic pain, healthy weight loss, and the impact of all forms of stress and strain on the body.
He received his Doctorate in Oriental Medicine (O.M.D.) from South Baylo University. As a graduate of the first professional California approved Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Mancini practices with the highest standards of Oriental medicine making a complete integration into the present health care system. Using evidence-based treatment guidelines in standard scientific and medical terminology, he is able to communicate and integrate with the medical community. As a primary care doctor, Dr. Mancini is trained to determine when referrals are necessary.

Dr. David Wachtel

DACM, Licensed Acupuncturist

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Dr. Wachtel’s passion for Acupuncture & Eastern Medicine was born from his commitment to athletics, outdoor pursuits, and the quest for a life free of pain and illness. A two-time Ironman triathlete, he began by serving the Los Angeles triathlon community as a Sports Massage Therapist in 2008, quickly rising in popularity due to his powerful result-oriented treatments. Recognizing the transformative power of Acupuncture, and inspired by his father’s long career in medicine, Dr. Wachtel began his transition to a career as a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Dr. Wachtel’s unique approach combines aspects of Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture theory with contemporary Sports Acupuncture protocols, tying in several powerful and transformative manual therapy modalities in a session specifically tailored to the needs of each patient.  Combating chronic or injury-related pain, discomfort, dysfunction, and stress is the driving force in his work and helps to keep his patients moving freely, recovering swiftly, and performing to their highest level in their careers, activities, and daily lives.

When not focused on his patients’ health and well-being, Dr. Wachtel can be found trekking through the High Sierra in search of secret fly fishing spots, exploring the depths of tropical reefs around the world, or spending quality time on the trail or the beach with his dog.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

Dr. Gretchen Seitz

DAOM, Licensed Acupuncturist

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Dr. Julio Guluarte

DACM, Licensed Acupuncturist

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Patricia Robinson

Director of Operations

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Patricia has been with CFIC since 2013.  When Patricia is not working at CFIC, you can find her teaching group exercise classes at the gym or enjoying some fun in the sun. She is passionate about health & fitness and self improvement.  She loves to cook vegan meals and is obsessed with raising Monarch Butterflies at her home in Ocean Beach.  Her work at the Center ties in well to what she does outside of the Center, which is staying active & surrounding herself with positive people who are on the same path.

Stephanie Soares-Soto

New Patient Coordinator/Lead Wellness Associate

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Stephanie joined the team at Center for Integrative Care in 2023.  She handles onboarding all our new patients and so much more!  Steph is originally from Brazil and moved to San Diego after graduating high school. She has since earned degrees in Sociology and Business Administration.  In her free time she likes to take walks, explore new places, and drink lots of coffee.

Jackie Spooner

Wellness Associate

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Jackie who is a San Diego native joined the team in September of 2023.
She has spent many years in holistic healthcare and is especially fond of Oriental medicine and it’s healing benefits.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature, listening to live music and is very passionate about animal rescue.