Welcome to The Clinic

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Ruth Lininger, MD MPH
Medical Director

Dr. Lininger is a physician with over 30 years of clinical experience. A former academic pathologist, researcher, and educator at Duke, AFIP, and UNC for the first part of her career, she retrained to practice integrative and functional medicine, which IS the future of medicine. Aside from Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine Fellowship training, Institute for Functional Medicine certification training, she is a Wahls Certified Practitioner as well as a Bredeson Protocol Certified Practitioner who trained with ReCODE (MPI Cognition). She additionally incorporates the Walsh Protocol to treat behavioral disease. She is a Duke Integrative Health Leadership Program alumnus and was an Adjunct Associate Professor at UNC in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.


Dr. Lininger is also a physician executive and the founder of Whole Farmacy which sells specialty health products, and CEO of Duchess Health, an integrated platform to virtualize and deliver this care to consumers and self funded employers and their employees. Her mission is to make consumer directed whole health care the standard of care with a health plan that pays for it.

Facing the COVID health crisis on top of the chronic disease epidemic which affects one in two adults, in the setting of environmental health degradation with species and habitat destruction, rising environmental toxicity, and global warming, the answer is a CLINICAL SOLUTION and a return to the principles of whole health.

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A Partnership to Improve Your Health

Dr. Lininger works as a partner with you, and, with your permission, if desired, your family and other members of your clinical care team. You are not alone. We will work to identify the root cause of health issues for you and develop a personalized, whole health care plan, providing the information, support, skills training, and encouragement you need. Make meaningful changes to improve your health. Let's begin the next step on your journey to optimal health and a vital life together today.