David Allen, M.D.

LPBday_98Dr. David Allen, a graduate of UCLA Medical School, has been in practice for over 30 years. While a medical student, he became interested in alternative medicine, and began a lifelong investigation into meditation, diet and nutrition, Oriental health practices (including tai chi chuan and acupuncture), and the relationship between the mind, the body, and our emotional states.

Dr. Allen grew up in Southern California. His life-long passion for athletics began in earnest in high school, where he excelled in football and track. He was also involved in student government, as class president, for both his junior and senior years. After graduation, he attended Fullerton Community College for two years before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. He also was awarded a varsity letter for his excellence in track and field while at UC Berkeley.

After completing medical school at UCLA, Dr. Allen did his postgraduate training in internal medicine at the Wadsworth Veterans Hospital in Los Angeles, and also received his board certification in emergency medicine. During this time, his interest in non-traditional forms of healing continued to grow. He subsequently traveled to Oxford, England to study with the renowned acupuncture teacher Dr. J.R. Worsley at the Center for Traditional Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and received an advanced degree upon completion of an intensive course of study. Dr. Allen also received degrees from the Hahneman College of Homeopathy, the Hakomi Institute of Body-Centered Psychotherapy, the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and has undertaken intensive studies in the various biological sciences. He is also a longtime practitioner of meditation and a student of various spiritual disciplines.

A pioneering figure in alternative/integrative medicine, Dr. Allen founded the La Jolla Clinic of Preventative Medicine, and was the Medical Director of the Center for Holistic Health in Solana Beach, California, one of the first alternative medical facilities in the United States. Currently he is in private practice in Los Angeles, and is a frequent lecturer throughout California, including at the prestigious Esalen Institute in Big Sur, and as a guest faculty member in Loyola Marymount University’s pioneering program Yoga Therapy Rx, directed by leading yoga expert Larry Payne, Ph.D. He also wrote the foreword to actress, health activist and author Suzanne Somers’  bestselling book “Slim and Sexy Forever”.


Dr. Allen gives free lectures at the Library three to four times each year, on topics of interest from the cutting edge of integrative medicine.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list for these lectures and his other speaking engagements, please email da@davidallenmd.com.