Previous Work

Section Head for Adult Wellness at The Medical City Wellness Center
Associate Medical Consultant for LifeScience Institute

Training Institution

Pre-med/ undergrad: University of the Philippines – Diliman
Med school: University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
Subspecialty training/ Internal Medicine residency: The Medical City
Postgrad: Institute for Functional Medicine/ IFM (for Functional Medicine)


– BS Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
– Doctor of Medicine
– Internal Medicine Specialist and Fellow of the Philippine College of Physicians
– IFM-Certified Practitioner
– Mental Health First Aid provider
– Basic Life Support provider

Other certificate courses:
Exercise is Medicine (thru PASOO)
Leadership Management and Development Program (thru ADMU Grad School of Business, CCE)
Principles & Practice of Personalized Molecular Medicine (thru ADMU SOSE -TMC IPMM)

Clinical Experience

Digestive Health, Food Intolerances, Cardiometabolic Disease and Risk Reduction, Thyroid and Adrenal Support, Biomarker Evaluation, Fatigue, Pain Syndromes (particularly Migraines), Mental Health Support, Immune Boosting

My most memorable patient / case and why

There are really too many to list here 🙂
I usually talk about them. or I present them as ‘anonymous’ cases in my talks 😉

Why I love my job at LifeScience practicing Functional Medicine

I am always learning and discovering new things, not just through books and training, but certainly through connecting well with my patients and peers.
Helping my patients see how else they can help themselves makes my practice all the more fulfilling.
I really believe that a more cell-based and molecular approach, understanding physiology, addressing basic health determinants combined with a good appreciation of how each part is connected to the whole (rather than just focusing on symptomatic treatment) leads to better health outcomes and positive transformative care.

Hobbies, Favorites

On rest days and downtimes you will find me at home bonding with my wonderful husband and 2 amazing children or maybe curled up somewhere with a good book or just listening to music. I am a super big fan of bullmastiffs. I will go by my husband’s sports team unless they’re against the Maroons. I would rather spend hours in a bookstore than shop for clothes. I enjoy my morning walks – especially since I am fascinated by the variety of birds that live in our neighborhood. I am always astounded by the beauty of nature and God’s awesome work in each of us : )

Denise Marie L. Herrera-Lavilles, MD, FPCP, IFMCP

Functional Medicine Physician

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