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Welcome to The Clinic

Ruth Lininger, MD MPH
Medical Director

Dr. Lininger has been a physician for over 25 years, practicing as a fellowship trained Gynecologic and Breast pathologist, researcher, and educator for the first part of her career. She subsequently completed a 2 year fellowship from the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and obtained training at the Institute of Functional Medicine, among many other prestigious specialty training programs, in order to practice integrative and functional medicine, which she sees as the future of medicine. She is a Wahls Certified Practitioner and a Bredeson Protocol Certified Practitioner who trained with ReCODE (MPI Cognition). She is additionally an Adjunct Associate Professor at UNC in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.


Dr. Lininger is also a physician executive and the CEO of Duchess Health, a SAAS platform which aims to virtualize and deliver these and other health innovations direct to consumer, to self funded employers and their employees, to physicians, and to health plans. Her mission is to make this type of consumer directed care more accessible to people, by creating a model for this type of care and an innovative clinical and behavior-based health plan that pays it. The future is lowering health care costs by improving health. 


About the Health Centers

Both The Whole Health Collective in Durham, NC, and The Wellness Alliance in Carrboro, NC, are interdisciplinary clinics that focus on health and wellness.


Our model of care is to work as an alliance together with the client and other members of the care team and family to identify the root cause of health issues for our clients, to develop a personalized, whole health care plan, providing the information, support, skills training, and encouragement clients need to implement meaningful changes on their journey to optimal health and a vital life.