IPM offers both traditional and complementary medical treatments. Every patient has a different situation they want to handle so medical therapies and treatment regimens are highly variable and tailored to each specific patient. Whether you want medical testing and treatment, nutritional counseling and advice or a specialized procedure, we can ensure that you get what is most effective for your personal situation and needs.

Our highly qualified professional staff is here to help you determine your best course of treatment, based on your own health care philosophy, your physical condition and your health goals.

Come in and talk to us. We’ll listen.

We treat people of all ages, including children.

We handle acute and chronic illnesses and provide preventive and supportive care for patients who are undergoing conventional medical treatments, such as surgery or cancer treatment.

With access to both conventional and complementary therapies, we formulate programs for health that avoid the complications of drugs and surgery whenever possible.

Here at the Institute for Progressive Medicine, our doctors work with you to arrive at the best possible treatment plan—specifically tailored to your condition and needs.

Western medicine can be sophisticated, mechanical and intimidating. The hectic patterns of modern life are stressful enough without your healthcare adding to that stress. Too many healthcare professionals impersonalize the process by not spending enough effort communicating with their patients.

At IPM, we take a different approach. Initial appointments are always scheduled for a full hour. Subsequent visits are scheduled for half an hour. We don’t want you to feel rushed. We want enough time to listen to what you have to say, and to help you get the personalized attention you deserve.

We support health and manage illness with minimal use of drugs, and recommend surgery only when necessary.

Some patients decline all medications and all invasive procedures. Some patients accept recommendations for medications or procedures. Whatever your views, we will work with you.

Our aim is to inform you of all relevant medical options and help you chose the most appropriate course of action. We are expert in lifestyle changes and the adoption of life-promoting activities.

Conventional medicine tends to label all health problems as diseases, and to treat them all with chemical cures. At times the cure becomes worse than the disease.

Some alternative practitioners avoid drugs entirely, but we believe it’s important to have expertise in conventional as well as alternative therapies, and to be able to determine when drugs and surgery can be deferred, when and how drugs may be withdrawn, and when they should be employed.

We often see people respond more positively to life-style changes and targeted nutritional supplements than to an array of drugs.

Older patients, particularly those on multiple prescriptions, frequently fare better when those drugs can be reduced. Diabetes, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, osteoporosis, arthritis, fatigue, depression, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders can often be managed without drugs. Many patients with these problems have been able to reduce or discontinue drugs entirely.

Drugs and surgery may be necessary and useful, but can also be hazardous. With care, judgment, and knowledge we assist you in making the best choice.

Come in and talk to us. We’ll listen.

ALLAN E. SOSIN, M.D.

Allan Sosin is the founder and medical director of the Institute for Progressive Medicine. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology—the study of kidney disease.

Dr. Sosin ran a private practice in Philadelphia for thirteen years. He became interested in alternative approaches, including nutrition, vitamin and mineral therapies, chelation therapy, acupuncture, natural hormone replacement therapy, exercise and stress management, chiropractic and massage. During this time, he also set up and directed two drug detoxification centers in Philadelphia.

Dr. Sosin worked as Assistant Medical Director at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, a world-renowned facility for the treatment of brain injured children. In 1997, he was awarded the Leonardo Da Vinci Award for his work there.

In 1995 he and his family moved to Newport Beach where he worked as the medical director for a prominent integrative-medicine clinic. He was instrumental in introducing new therapies, including Enhanced External Counterpulsation (ECP) for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. In 2000, Dr. Sosin received the Physician of the Year Award from the National Health Federation.

Dr. Sosin is an expert in the use of natural approaches to replace drugs and surgery. He has over forty-five years of clinical experience in treating patients with traditional therapies and thirty years of using alternative methods in combination with conventional medicine.

Dr. Sosin has worked extensively with IV therapy, natural hormone replacement therapy, prolotherapy and ozone therapy along with many other conventional and alternative treatments and therapies. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ozone Therapy. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with serious medical conditions.

Dr. Sosin is the author of two books, Alpha Lipoic Acid: Nature’s Ultimate Antioxidant, and The Doctor’s Guide To Diabetes And Your Child. He has appeared on both radio and television.

MARTHA E.WITTENBERG, MD, MPH

Martha Wittenberg received her B.A. in Biology from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and attended Drexel University in Philadelphia for her Master’s Degree in Public Health and her Medical Degree. She and her husband, an Emergency Medicine doctor, then migrated to the warmth of Southern California for residency training. She is a graduate of the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Program, and is Board-certified in Family Medicine. After being in private practice for many years, Dr. Wittenberg pursued additional training in holistic and integrative medicine. She is Board-certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, and completed a Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutrition Medicine through the Metabolic Medical Institute. She is passionate about helping people discover their underlying imbalances, and coaching them back to wellness. Her medical interests include bio-identical hormone therapy, weight loss, adrenal health, mood disorders, detoxification, and gut health.

SABRINA HINKIS, M.S.

Sabrina Hinkis is a Nutrition Scientist with a Master of Human Nutrition degree. She obtained her degree from Cal Poly Pomona, along with and a B.S. in Food Technology. Prior to becoming a nutritionist, she worked in the nutraceutical (food supplement), industry, in genetic research, and in pharmaceutical industries. She is a member of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine.
Sabrina completed advance training in Nutrition Therapy for Autism, ADHD, and Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health from the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. She has great success with weight loss guidance, and normalizing blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose and liver enzymes.

SHANNON PLOUFFE, R.N.

Shannon Plouffe is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor in Science. She received her nursing degree from Clark College in Vancouver, Washington and her BSN from Washington State University. She has worked in the hospital setting, surgery centers and with special needs children. Her passion is working in the wellness and integrative field of medicine administering IV treatments. She has been with the Institute for Progressive Medicine since 2002.

WENDY GARCIA, LVN

Wendy Garcia graduated from Everest College with a license in vocational nursing. She also received a certfication in IV therapy and phlebotomy. She has worked in nursing homes and with home health agencies. Wendy is experienced in the delivery of many types of IV therapies including IV ozone, MAH and 10-pass treatments and chelation therapy. She has been working at the institute for progressive medicine since 2015.

KATHY LY, Lab Assistant

Kathy Ly graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Science. She has been the Lab Assistant at the Institute for Progressive Medicine since 2010. She is continuing her education and pursuing a career in the field of Clinical Laboratory Science.

SHIRIN ALAIE, Ultrasound Tech

Shirin Alaie earned her certificate for Ultrasound from Newbridge College in 2010. She performs ultrasound for musculoskeletal evaluation and ultrasound guided injections for joint pain. She has been working with Institute for Progressive Medicine since 2007.

If you come to us with a health issue that is outside the scope of what we treat at the Institute for Progressive Medicine, we will help you find the right specialist.

We frequently work with other doctors and facilities both locally and around the country, and we can help you find the help you need based on your condition, philosophy of health and geography.