Payal N. Bhandari, MD

Integrative Functional Medicine Physician located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA



Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D.


Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D.




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Dr. Payal Bhandari, M.D. is a nationally recognized leading physician of integrative functional medicine with expertise in complex chronic diseases. An expert on cell function, the microbiome, and environmental toxicology, Dr. Bhandari specializes in cancer prevention and reversal of most digestive, autoimmune, autonomic, and other chronic conditions. Patients from around the world for years come to see her, especially after consulting with many other specialists and reaching their wit's end. (Hopefully, this is not you, but if so, you have found the right place for medical care.) Dr. Bhandari's depth of knowledge in Eastern and Western medicine combined with over two decades of clinical medicine experience is why she can always find the gaps in care other experts miss and hence, why she never has to accept the status quo.

Dr. Bhandari founded SF Advanced Health in 2013 by bringing together the best minds in Eastern and Western Medicine. Together, our team provides proactive healthcare solutions that go beyond conventional pharmaceuticals and invasive procedures and why we are changing how healthcare is experienced for patients and providers every single day.

With the philosophy 'Food Thy Medicine, Medicine Thy Food' at the center of her work, Dr. Bhandari places a great deal of emphasis on nutrition and optimizing every system in the body. By understanding exactly how to connect the blood, brain, and adrenal glands to work synergically together, Dr. Bhandari optimizes the body's ability to repair and heal as it is inherently designed to do.

The goal is to first optimize the digestive system (the storehouse of gut intelligence and the microbiome) followed by decreasing microscopic leakage of pathogens and toxins into the bloodstream. Thereafter, cut down on any environmental toxins which trigger an autoimmune inflammatory reaction to the brain and nervous system. When cells have been insulted for long periods of time and can no longer tolerate persistent damage, the parasympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands stop working efficiently. With the immune system in a complete state of chaos, complex chronic diseases often arise that conventional medicine is not well equipped to treat and can only offer pharmaceutical drugs and invasive procedures -- not necessarily effective at treating the root cause.  

Sufficient time is always allocated to learn about each patient's unique story, review prior diagnostic tests and define next steps necessary for uncovering the correct assessment. Medicine-grade supplements are often an essential part of the treatment. Patients often feel a deep sense of hope when leaving a consultation with Dr. Bhandari, full of immense knowledge about their disease and empowered that they have the tools necessary to reverse their illness.

Dr. Bhandari was born in New Jersey and raised in West Virginia. She received her bachelor's degree in biology in 1997 and a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2001 from West Virginia University. Dr. Bhandari completed her Family Medicine residency in 2004 at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 2005 she joined family physician Dr. Lawrence Shore's practice and within seven years helped it become nationally recognized as the first patient-centered medical home in San Francisco. In 2013 Dr. Bhandari launched San Francisco's top integrative functional medical center, SF Advanced Health, bringing together the best holistic healthcare practitioners under one roof. As out-of-network providers, we focus on delivering whole person heart-centered care and assist patients with direct insurance reimbursement for services rendered.

Dr. Bhandari is the chief medical advisor for the UTI supplement company Uqora as well as for the educational health tech company Advanced Health Academy. As one of the nation's top physicians, Dr. Bhandari is passionate about changing healthcare to be proactive and preventative focused versus today's reactive, fear-driven model of treating only symptoms and rarely the root cause of disease.

Payal Bhandari - Advanced Health video


Educational Seminars


    Aging Gracefully - Optimizing Nutrition and Hydration



    Prevention and Reversal of Cancer- Part 1



    Prevention and Reversal of Cancer- Part 2



    Integrative Approach to Mindfulness-Stress Reduction



    Integrative Approach to Gut Health



    Sleep Disruptors and Effective Insomnia Treatment


  • Reversing Crohn's, Colitis, and
    Gut Issues and their Connection to Arthritis



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Information on UTI prevention

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