Santa Barbara Naturopathic Doctors
We offer patient centered, comprehensive treatment programs to help healthy-minded people overcome pain, optimize their healing potential and be in control of their health. Our full range of cost-efficient services are aimed at quickly and effectively returning people to their active lives.
RHMC specializes in natural and non-invasive treatments to help you increase your performance, health and wellbeing. Our mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care to our patients to achieve optimal wellness and a pain-free lifestyle.
Meet Your Team at Regenerate Health Medical Center Santa Barbara
Dr. Alexandra Carswell Engle, NMD (Dr. ACE)
Doctor and Owner
Dr. ACE is a Licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor who specializes in personalized natural medicine, including joint, environmental, gastrointestinal and hormonal health as well as regenerative and athletic performance. She completed her medical education at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona where her clinical training encompassed a wide range of medical conditions. She has also completed extensive training in Regenerative Injection therapies, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement therapy and Environmental health.
Her experiences of pain and dysfunction at an early age following an auto accident, left her determined to build a strong and healthy body. She continues, to this day, with a rigorous strength and conditioning program. Her experiences with limitations, athletic injuries and digestive issues have sparked her passion for treating others and empowering them to create their ideal health for themselves. Dr. ACE is well aware of how acute and chronic pain can affect performance and recovery, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Her goal with all of her patients is to help them become an active participant in their health care decisions and treatments. This includes finding the root cause of dysfunction to alleviate symptoms, truly heal the body and increase performance.
Dr. ACE is passionate about movement, health and community. She is a lifelong athlete with a diverse sports background including competitive basketball, swimming and triathlon at the collegiate level and strength and conditioning. She loves getting outdoors and enjoying our beautiful California weather and the healthy opportunities our community offers.
Dr. Ace is a member of California Naturopathic Doctors Association, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine, and the Naturopathic Academy of Environmental Medicine.
Dr. Rachel Alioto, NMD
Dr. Rachel Alioto is a Licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) who specializes in Gastrointestinal and Skin Health, Pediatrics, Adjunctive Oncology and Hormone Imbalances. She earned her 4-year doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine at National University of Health Sciences in Illinois, one of seven accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America. Her clinical rotations included special training in the benefits of fasting to heal chronic illnesses as well as gastrointestinal health and chronic disease.
She takes the time to listen and understand each patient’s unique condition in order to create a personalized treatment plan and treat by addressing the whole body. Her goal is to heal, teach and inspire each person to be an advocate for his or her own health.
Dr. Alioto has a special passion for helping people reach an optimal level of health, working with patients of all ages, including infants. As a doctor, coach and athlete, she loves to stay physically active outdoors, in the gym and swimming pool as well as be educated about the latest research in medical science and nutrition.
She grew up in Northern California with her parents and older sister. She swam and played volleyball competitively in high school and has always had a passion for being healthy and active. The medical world and caring for others had always intrigued her, however, throughout high school and college she struggled with severe stomachaches and weight loss that, despite all the testing, no medical doctor could figure out. Through her setback, she was inspired to find a more individualized and wholesome way of healing. This experience led her to Naturopathic Medicine, which soon became her passion.
Dr. Alioto is excited to be back in her home state after practicing Naturopathic Medicine in Minnesota for 2 years.
David M. Downey
Director of Operations & Fitness Programs
David received a Bachelor of Science in Communication, with Minors in Business Administration and Spanish from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona in 2004. He is the Owner and Head Coach of OPEX Santa Barbara, as well as the acting Director of Operations & Fitness Programs for Regenerate Health Medical Center.
He has an extensive background in business coupled with a drive and passion for fitness. This fueled his aspirations to open a world class training facility, where the client, not a methodology, dictated the design of the fitness program. He is a certified OPEX CCP Level 1 Coach (NASM accredited) and a certified USAW Sports Performance Coach. He has been in the health and fitness industry for over a decade as a coach and business owner.
David has taken an active role in his health since 2005 when his fitness journey began doing bootcamps. As he evolved, he was transfixed, as many others have been, into being a CrossFit trainer. Realizing, after a few years, the lack of sustainability within this style of training, he was determined to find a better way to train and to coach. OPEX Fitness, founded by James Fitzgerald, created an opportunity to learn the how’s and why’s behind program design, nutrition, assessment and what it meant to truly become a professional coach. Through that learning, OPEX Santa Barbara was born to help people create longevity in their lives with whatever THEY wanted to accomplish.
He continues to this day to be coached by his mentor, OPEX HQ Head Coach, Michael Bann. Together they continue to refine and adjust his training to ensure that with his busy lifestyle, he is still able to make progress. David takes this same approach to each and every one of his clients.
David believes in using a combination of movement, nutrition and lifestyle management, to live a pain free and active lifestyle. He intelligently designs fitness programs based on your individual needs and health conditions. For him, fitness is more than just working out, it bleeds into all aspects of living, bringing a sense accomplishment, determination and desire to live a larger life. Setting goals and using the medium of fitness to increase and maintain a high quality of life for his clients drives his passion as a professional coach and mentor.
David’s mission is clear, to deliver his clients the highest quality results, through professional coaching, education and commitment to treating each client as the unique individual that they are.
James M. Hanna
Naturopathic Medical Assistant
James has lived in Santa Barbara since 2006 and has fallen in love with the town, its people, and being perfectly placed between the Pacific Ocean and San Rafael Mountains. He enjoys caring for patients and helping RHMC run and grow. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. He can also be found with his nose stuck in a good book or engulfed in a baseball game with his beloved Dodgers, while devouring chicken wings.
Medical Insurance Program
Medical Insurance Coverage HSA or Medical Savings Accounts
The services and procedures we provide are covered by these policies and our credit card system will process them. Double check your policy and feel free to use your pre-tax income to pay for your care and save 15% or more.
Our healthcare system in the United States is based on an illness/disease model that pays when people are sick. There are, however some programs that pay for, or reimburse for, wellness related holistic health care. Our staff are all licensed health care and fitness professionals and we can always provide you with a fully coded insurance superbill. We have many patients who have received partial or full reimbursement. However, we do not accept insurance or submit claims. If you are interested in exploring insurance reimbursement, we suggest that you discuss Naturopathic Medical Care with your insurance to see what their reimbursement percentage is for out of network providers.
What are your health and wellbeing worth to you? What does pain and disfunction cost you? Our patients are finding clear paths to improved function and wellbeing by investing in their health at Regenerate Health Medical Center. Our mission is Partnering with people to raise their health through Personalized Natural Medicine. Empowering them to perform at the highest level possible in the areas of life that matter most.