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Dr. Abby Caplin

Integrative Medicine
San Francisco, CA
41 years experience female

Locations

Abby Caplin, MD, MA

San Francisco, CA

Address

PO Box 31839, San Francisco, CA, United States
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My office hours

Wednesday: 10am - 6:00pm
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About

Bio

I'm here to support you if you are living with chronic illness, whether or not you have been given a firm diagnosis. Except for introductory sessions, the usual time I spend with patients is an hour. I help you explore what you are dealing with, what matters to you, and what stressors might be negatively influencing your health. I can help you overcome hurdles that may be blocking you from getting what you need, what may be impeding your healing. A mind-body method that I frequently use with my patients is called Voice Dialogue. This is an experiential method used during a session when a patient tells me they are feeling conflicted about someone or something. I invite the different parts ("selves") to speak to me as if they were separate entities with their own viewpoints. When opposite "selves" get to air their feelings in a non-judgmental and appreciative forum, patients experience a reduction in stress and greater clarity about the issue at hand. I'm looking forward to meeting you, and helping you get started on the road to better health! I have been helping patients with Mind-Body medicine since 2002. I have over thirty years of training and experience. I have worked with people with many illnesses, including cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, IBS, arthritis, migraine headaches, hypertension, infertility, heart disease, diabetes, and other potentially disabling autoimmune-related conditions. My training includes a degree in Integral Counseling Psychology, and former training in pediatrics with a sub-specialty in Allergy-Immunology.

Specialties
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Integrative Medicine

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

366 Answers
978 Agrees
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Costochondritis?: You could have inflammation of the cartilage where your ribs connect to your sternum. Other common possiblilites are acid reflux or trapped gas in the... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Studies abound: With so many different illnesses and mind-body approaches, many different studies have been published. Mind-body approaches should reduce stress on th... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Sun: Might you be getting darker due to sun exposure? That said, i'm not understanding what is wrong with dark skin. Personally, i think dark skin is bea... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Dermatologist: Good for you that you quit smoking! i'm not sure what is happening with your skin, but a good dermatologist should be able to help you.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
See doctor: Please see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. Your tremors can't be treated blindly. You must find out what the cause is. A neurologist would be t... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Healthy diet: Eat fresh real food, not food from packages or mixes. Organic food, free of pesticides, is ideal. Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables. If you e... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Possibly: It depends on how often this happens. It may be related to what you are eating, or it may not. You should see your doctor to get checked out and be fo... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: I'm not sure if any direct studies have been done relating to diet and how long colds last, but a poor diet means the body in not being optimally nour... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
See doctor: It's not ok for you to be having this sort of pain! you need to see your doctor as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Possibly: Or it could be the muscle itself. An osteopathic physician (D.O.) can often help with evaluation and treatment, as well as licensed massage therapists... Read More
A 77-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Follow instructions: I would call your doctor's office and ask directly what they want you to do. It's very important to follow the protocol you've been given. It's awful ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Confusing: It depends on what is causing "abdominal hardness." this is not a common description, so if you have this, you need to be examined by a doctor to see ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Vitamin D: Your doctor can check a vitamin d3 level in your blood. Your blood level will determine how much vit d3 supplementation you will need. The levels can ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
See your doctor: So sorry you are in such pain! you need to go see a doctor for this to take a full history and evaluate you. You need some relief!
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
See dermatologist: I'm so sorry you are suffering from acne. The dermatologist, or your pcp, can provide you with different forms of topical treatment that should help--... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
See your doctor: You need to see your doctor for an evaluation. There are many things that cause nausea.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
See doctor: Someone needs to look inside your ear to see what is going on. You may have some inflammation, or if you put anything inside your ear, even a q-tip, y... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Unbalanced diet: Eating an unbalanced diet means you are eating too much of certain types of food and not enough of others. It means that you can become deficient in c... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Not a good idea: If you are sensitive to aloe on your skin, i would definitely avoid taking it by mouth. Even if you didn't trigger any problems by ingesting it, you c... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Food allergies: Food allergy is a sticky subject, with different doctors having different tests, giving you different opinions. There is no perfect test. But no, ther... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Stop sugar: I agree with the other doctors and would add this: the easiest thing to remember is to avoid sugar. That means all candies, pasteries, ice cream, suga... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Guided imagery: Try having someone trained in hypnosis/guided imagery lead you through taking an imaginary exam, being in an imaginary relaxed state, a week before an... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Sinusitis?: You may be dealing with a sinus infection. If you are not improving, you should notify your pcp. You may need antibiotics. The aching without fever of... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
It's tough!: Completely understand. Get help and support from others. If you are obese, consult your doctor and consider a health coach, someone who can monitor yo... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: This is common. But if you are concerned about pregnancy, get test kit.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Yeast infection?: It is a good time to see a family or gyn doctor to make sure you are otherwise doing well. No need to suffer. Go get check up.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
See doctor: Many things can cause headaches. You need a full evaluation by a doctor.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Wait: I once had a new teacher who was nervous about teaching--it was her first time. She didn't sleep well, so drank coffee to wake herself up. Later, she ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Call doctor: Without much info it's hard to guess. If sudden onset, go to the er now. If this has been gradual and is part of other ongoing symptoms, you still nee... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
It depends: It depends on the bra itself and your size. I think the doctor just means don't use an old funky bra that doesn't hold you up against gravity.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Drink and eat: It sounds like it probably is stuck or created a spasm in your esophagus. Try sipping some tea to help it dissolve and calm the spasm. It will go down... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Not known yet: The cause seems to be a combination of genetics (different immune defects) and environmental triggers. The subtypes of crohn's disease may also have d... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Antihistamine: The rise in body temperature can trigger the release of histamine by certain cells in your skin. Pretreatment with an antihistamine, about 30 minutes ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Too much?: This is common. Sometimes adding too much fiber too soon can do this. Just back off on the fiber and increase slowly, so your body can adjust. It also... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Healthy foods!: Eat fresh real food, not food from packages or mixes. Organic food, free of pesticides, is ideal. Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables. If you e... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Gastroenterology: If you haven't yet seen a gastroenterologist to confirm your diagnosis, it would be a good idea to do so. You want to make sure you don't have anythin... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Concerning: You need to go to your doctor for this problem. It's not normal to have this set of symptoms, and you need have your history taken and be examined!
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Help with nausea: If you are dealing with nausea, a small amount might help, along with the ginger tea. You'll probably burp a bit. This is not something you want to be... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Side effects: You may be sensitive to the tannins and caffeine effects in the green tea. The concentration that you are using may be too high for your body to toler... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
See doctor: Waking up with stomach pain is not normal and you need to be evaluated by your doctor. There are many possible causes for this, and your doctor needs ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
See doctor: A doctor needs to help you figure out what is going on. Feeling the urgency to run to the bathroom is a sign that you have a condition that needs eval... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Eat fresh food: Keep fresh organic fruits on hand at home. You can always stir-fry frozen peas, carrots, etc. With, say, lean turkey meat. Keep it simple. If you can ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Mind-Body Medicine: If there is anyway that you feel stress could be triggering or aggravating the ibs symptoms, you should find a mind-body oriented therapist. I've work... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Appendicitis?: For sudden severe abdominal pain you should go to the emergency room. It could also be other things not so serious, but you must get it checked out ri... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Get support: Please make sure you takes steps to get to a safe place. If your husband is physically violent, then the anxiety is appropriate and is telling you to ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Brain food: Eat fresh real food, not food from packages or mixes. Organic food, free of pesticides, is ideal. Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Use meat... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Too early: It sounds like you've been responsible, though no method is foolproof against pregnancy. Cycles vary often and don't have to be exactly the ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Try app: Try using an app like myfitnesspal or equivalent. Track your intake and record everthing. When you exercise, you can record this, too, which gives you... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
Get help: You must work with a psychotherapist trained in helping people with severe ptsd. A lot of people are helped with using emdr protocol.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 41 years experience
You mean to friends?: If you mean how to explain it to friends, this is what i say: cd is an autoimmune-related illness that affects the intestine. It is probably caused ... Read More

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Dr. Caplin brings to the table a new set of approach to the conventional medicine . It is my sincere hope the future of medicine is what Dr. Caplin and her colleagues are advocating . I learned a lot ...Read More
Mar 17, 2013
Dr Caplin's responses to patient questions on Healthtap show compassion, knowledge, common sense and above all else, demonstrate that she views a person as a whole, not just a symptom. I recommend Dr...Read More
Nov 4, 2012
Dr. Caplin practices medicine with her mind, heart, and soul. Her HealthTap responses are both knowledgeable and compassionate, and I'm very glad she's here!
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This saved my life. Thank You! Thank you! I thought it might be diabetes or something nasty! Good to know it might just be this. I must admit I had eaten >4hrs prior.
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This saved my life. Thank You! Thank you! It feels horrible not being able to swallow and when I do I get indegention I went to a pharmacy who said paryngitis
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Thanks for your quick reply! I eat a half bag of salad with beets, tomatoes', low fat dressing, a veggie burger for dinner and Still hungry.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Texas Tech University School of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1981MD

Medical/Graduate school

California Institute of Integral Studies, Masters, Counseling Psychology
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

UTHSC, Houston, TX, 1984

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Association of Integrative Medicine
Institute for the Study of Health and Illness
CCFA Community Medical Advisory Committee, Northern California

Publications

"Reclaiming the Meaning of Addiction Medicine" presentation, California Society of Addiction Medicine, Oct. 2013
CCFA workshops: "Living Well with IBD," "Writing for Your Health," "Positive Ways to Live with IBD."
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