Radiance emanates from personal health and wellness. At AURAE MD, the emphasis is on you as a whole individual. Addressing the underlying reasons for a specific concern optimizes achieving a sense of well-being. A complimentary balance emerges. When we feel vibrant, we eat better, exercise more, and take better care of ourselves. In return, when we feel healthy and energetic, we want our appearance to reflect that vitality.
“Health results from optimizing our genetics, environment, and lifestyle. With this understanding, we can stimulate our body’s regenerative power.”
Dr. Margo Aura Emami
Accepted at age seventeen into an intensive combined BS/MD program at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Dr. Emami graduated summa cum laude in 1990 with honors in biochemistry and psychiatry. She completed an internship including surgery, internal medicine, and psychiatry at Boston University’s Framingham Union Hospital, and continued to the Harvard Teaching Hospital system, for a residency in Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, and Pain Management.
Upon completion of her training in 1994, Dr. Emami moved to San Diego. She set up a perioperative medicine clinic preparing patients for extensive plastic, reconstructive, and orthopedic cases as well as providing continuing care for those patients during and after surgery. Dr. Emami also established a pain management practice and was consulted by numerous surgical facilities to set up and head their anesthesia departments. For over thirty years, Dr. Emami has medically managed patients through their surgical procedures with a holistic, integrative philosophy. It was apparent that a comprehensive approach to the patient was not only needed but vital for well-being and longevity.
Numerous patients requesting that she continue as their personal physician, motivated her to pursue a patient-centered paradigm of prevention and less invasive regenerative techniques. Completing advanced fellowships in Anti-aging, Regenerative, and Integrative Medicine as well as Aesthetic Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Emami is board certified through the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Coming from a medical family with a deep tradition in the mind-body connection and “food as medicine,” Dr. Emami believes in mindful living. She is a devoted yoga practitioner, a trained dancer, certified in TRX suspension training, and a proponent of functional exercise to prevent injury and maintain strength, balance, and flexibility.
Lillieanna Carmona: Patient Care Coordinator
Lillie Carmona is our patient care coordinator and clinical assistant. With over 17 years of medical care experience, she will make you feel welcomed and comfortable right away! She prides herself in delivering prompt, excellent service to every patient. Lillie will be the friendly voice that you will hear when you call to schedule your appointments, and will assist you throughout every step of your care. She makes the extra effort to ensure a seamless experience. Lillie’s hobbies are hiking, yoga and spending quality time with her children! She also has a passion for healing and Women’s Health.
Aron Okamoto: Licensed Aesthetician and Medical Assistant
Graduating as a premier student from the Vidal Sassoon Academy and the International Dermal Institute as an expert editorial hair and makeup artist, Aron understands that looking great starts with flawless skin. She is passionate about skincare, and an advocate for helping women feel their absolute best. Aron is also a certified medical assistant, and very knowledgable about all of our procedures. This special combination of understanding the personal treatment plans customized for each patient and over 12 years of experience as a medical esthetician ensures that Aron provides relaxing, results-driven treatments catered to your needs!
Aesthetic consultations are 60 minutes. Dr. Emami will meet with you to understand your concerns and give you the best options for reaching your goals. She is sensitive to the fact that patients have different needs, lifestyles, and budgets, and will give you the knowledge and guidance to make a truly informed decision.
Comprehensive Personalized Medicine Consultations
Dr. Emami is committed to your success. Understanding you and having continuity during your treatment is essential to that success. Dr. Emami will review your completed online medical history, and any prior lab work or tests before your visit so that your consult focuses on your specific needs. An initial customized medical plan with instructions, including any further diagnostic tests and therapies will be provided to you. Once all additional tests are complete, you will have another appointment to review the results and refine your treatment as needed.
A follow-up appointment is scheduled approximately 3 months later to evaluate your progress, answer questions, and provide continued care. Further appointments may be scheduled as needed. Dr. Emami is available by phone and email between appointments as well. Being healthy is your greatest asset. It requires patience, commitment, and support. The result is feeling and looking better, and truly understanding what works best for you as a unique individual.
How do I know personalized medicine will work for me?
We are like medical puzzles made up of millions of subtle, biologic interactions: some well studied, some just beginning to be discovered. Personalized, functional medicine is a process that evaluates your individual genetics, lifestyle, and environment to uncover underlying causes of symptoms. Once you have that awareness, it becomes about instituting effective and actionable change. This takes commitment and patience. AURAE MD is here to uncover your personal blueprint, and give you the knowledge, guidance, and care to optimize your health. The greatest success comes from adhering to and believing in the process of achieving well-being.
What is your cancellation policy?
Dr. Emami believes that every patient should have the time that they need in a relaxed, confidential appointment. Therefore, significant time is set aside just for you and only you. Short notice cancellations affect the ability of other patients to access care, and therefore a 7-day cancellation notice is required for new patients and a 2-day notice for existing patients. There is a 50% office charge for no shows or late cancellations.
What are your rates?
Although AURAE MD has set prices for individual therapies, each patient has unique aesthetic goals and may be suited by various treatment options. It is impossible to give accurate quotes without a consultation. Treatment plans can be formulated with individual budgets in mind. It is our goal that you feel good and never stressed about the treatments that you choose.
The comprehensive evaluation consists of the initial two-hour consultation and two 90 minute follow-up visits. Additional appointments are scheduled as needed. Fees are discussed at the time of scheduling.
How do I send you my medical records?
Medical records can only be released with your authorization. We kindly ask that you obtain previous medical records from other facilities or health care providers at least 7 days before your initial consultation. Your medical records can be mailed or faxed to our office at 858-793-7620 or uploaded directly to your patient portal if you are a registered patient.
Do I have to buy my supplements from you?
There are no requirements that you purchase supplements from AURAE MD, only that you use the ones recommended or approved. AURAE MD researches and selects the highest quality, purest supplements to ensure therapeutic results and reduce potential reactions. There is no FDA regulation of supplements, so there is a risk of getting substandard or contaminated products otherwise.
What happens if I need to go to the hospital or see a specialist?
AURAE MD will continue to support you by providing medical records with your permission, and working with your primary care physician and/or specialist. If it is felt during your consultation, that a specialist referral is indicated for a particular health concern, we will assist you with that as well.
Can you be my primary care doctor?
It is important to continue your relationship with your primary care doctor for routine screening exams such as physical exams, pap smears, mammograms, colonoscopies, prostate exams, vaccinations, acute illness care, and emergency situations requiring immediate attention or hospitalization. If you have a team of specialists, please continue to see them as needed.
What kind of labs do you do?
During your consultation, Dr. Emami will determine which tests are needed and then review the testing recommendations, instructions, and cost. Some testing can be performed at home with test kits. Others may require you to go to a local laboratory such as Quest or LabCorp for a blood test. Patients may also choose to use a concierge lab draw service that will conveniently come to your home for a nominal fee.
Do you take insurance?
AURAE MD focuses on building optimal health. Your appointments give you the extra time and attention to address all of your concerns, not just the symptoms of illness. For this reason, insurance companies will not cover this extent of care.