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Center for Life

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Count on UNM Health's Center for Life in Albuquerque to help you integrate conventional and complementary medicines and practices to focus on healing you as a whole – whether through massage, acupuncture or mindful eating and yoga classes.

When you're in need of quality care that combines conventional medicine with complementary alternative medical options, the Center for Life is here to provide exemplary care and education for you. The practice, founded in 2007, provides clinical services, medical education, research and community services.


Integrative Medicine

This is a healing-oriented practice that takes account of the whole person, from factors that influence health, wellness and disease, while considering all lifestyle aspects. It reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient. Integrative medicine takes conventional and therapeutic approaches and uses them to achieve optimal healing.


This is a method of balancing and building the body's life forces, or Qi, which flow through particular pathways in the body called meridians. Traditional Chinese medicine views disease as a result of an imbalance or blockage of Qi flow. Thin, sterile, stainless steel needles are inserted into specific points along meridians in order to disperse the blockage and/or mobilize the body's natural immune response.

Chiropractic Medicine

This treatment deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, joints and soft tissue.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has proven to be beneficial for many chronic conditions and is often part of prescribed physical therapy and physical rehabilitation. Patients request massage for many health conditions to:

  • Relieve stress
  • Treat medical conditions
  • Promote general wellness.

Massaging the soft tissues can increase blood and oxygen flow to the massaged areas to warm them and decrease pain.

Contact Us

Call 505-925-7464 to make an appointment.  Appointments are by referral only. 

Email and we will respond within 5-7 business days.


4700 Jefferson St. NE, suite 100
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

UNM Center for Life building

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during an Integrative Medicine Consultation?

These are our new patient visits and are an hour-long meeting with one of our physicians. These are for specific health problems that have already been identified. The appointments are holistic and include a detailed personal medical history including diet, stressors, emotions, exercise, sleep and more.

What does the doctor do during the consultation?

The physician does an assessment of both the medical condition and the patient’s overall life (social, emotional, etc.). Recommendations with a focus on health lifestyle habits are made for integrating complementary and conventional therapies in a way that is both safe and effective. We also give counseling on nutrition, physical activity and mind-body medicine. The provider will also recommend supplements and other therapies when appropriate, but will generally not prescribe medication or order diagnostic tests.

Will the doctor refer me to other services at the Center for Life?

Yes, the physician will often refer their new patients to other services such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, myofascial therapy (Trigger Point Injections), counseling and educational classes.

Unique Gift

The Center for Life team has compiled some of its favorite healthy recipes to share with you in "Cooking for Life: Mind, Body & Soul" cookbook. The 126-page hardback cookbook, which costs $10, also features 24 pages of cooking resources and a convenient recipe pocket.

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Pediatric Integrative Care Fund

This fund helps alleviate the suffering of our youngest and most vulnerable critically-ill patients by providing complementary, hands-on, therapies that are typically not covered by insurance.

Donate to the Pediatric Integrative Care Fund

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