Dr. Cynthia Benkert, PSc.D
Dr. Cynthia J. Benkert, PSc.D, has dedicated her life to educating and informing others about achieving optimal health and wellness through "Natural Healthcare". She felt compelled at an early age to help those that were suffering. She knew that she wanted to be a doctor, but growing up in a holistic, natural thinking home, she was attracted to alternative or "non-allopathic" medicine vs. traditional or "allopathic" medicine.
She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine and earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Southern California University of Health Sciences in 1993 where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Over the last 25 years, all of her post graduate education has been in the nutrition and preventitive medicine fields.
Although originally trained as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Benkert felt a calling several years ago to dedicate all of her time and energy to helping people overcome their health challenges utilizing nutritional interventions and strategies. She is now a Doctor of Pastoral Science & Medicine and prides herself on following the God-guided principles of natural living and working with the body’s natural healing powers, not against it, with drugs and surgery.
Dr. Benkert has simplified the definition of healing and overcoming health challenges, “If you give the body the good stuff and take away the bad stuff…miracles occur!” She receives no greater pleasure than to watch someone get their health and life back by implementing specific holistic strategies customized for that particular person. Nothing is more valuable and more of a treasured asset than “Our Health”.
Over the years she has spoken to hundreds of groups and helped thousands of people to take back control of their health by empowering them through knowledge and having the courage to tell them the truth. She is a naturally gifted speaker, who has a way of connecting with her audience that invokes the desire in her listeners to want more in their lives.
She most enjoys coaching clients who are struggling with, Diabetes, Weight Loss Resistance, Hormonal Imbalances, Metabolic Syndrome, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Auto-Immune Disorders and Heavy Metal Toxicity. All diseases are really just a set of "symptoms" that are being expressed by a body out of balance, that is screaming out trying to find someone who will listen. By coaching and teaching each client using natural healing principles she is able to help others who are suffering.
Dr. Benkert, not only teaches and guides others along this sometimes confusing health journey, but she lives her life as a living and breathing example of everything she teaches. She “LIVES IT TO LEAD IT”. This is not a job for her, this is her life mission and passion!
In her 50s, you can still find her, hiking, surfing, wakeboarding, playing tennis etc. She is the typical southern California girl with a northern California “tree hugger” perspective. She was born and raised in southern California and enjoys life with her children, grandchildren and fur babies.
Dr. Benkert has been in private practice for over 25 years and presently is the Clinic Director of PuraVida Wellness located in Lakewood, CA and Costa Mesa, CA.
Dr. Benkert is licensed by the Pastoral Medical Association as a Doctor of Pastoral Science & Medicine. As a PMA licensee, Dr. Benkert does not practice conventional medicine. More specifically, she does not examine, diagnose or treat, or offer to treat or cure or attempt to cure, any mental or physical disease, disorder or illness, or any physical deformity or injury; and Dr. Benkert does not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any prescription medications or pharmaceutical drugs.