Dr. Aimee Shunney A Different kind of Doctor

Practice Modalities

Therapeutic Nutrition and Dietary Counseling

Dr. Shunney understands that what you eat is the basis for your health. In fact, adopting a healthy diet is often the first step towards correcting health problems.

Nutrition and the therapeutic use of foods has always been a cornerstone of Naturopathic Medicine, and a growing body of scientific knowledge validates this approach. Many medical conditions can be treated as effectively with foods and nutritional supplements as they can by other means, but with fewer complications and side effects. Naturopathic Doctors receive more than 140 classroom hours in clinical nutrition, including extensive training in drug-nutrient interactions; most medical doctors receive fewer than 20 hours in nutrition.


Botanical Medicine

Plants have powerful healing properties that have been used for centuries in the treatment of disease. They are effective and safe when used properly, in the right dose and in the proper combinations with other herbs and treatments. In accordance with both the traditional healing arts and modern scientific research, Dr. Shunney uses plant substances for their healing effects and nutritional value. She also has extensive training in herb-drug interactions.


Homeopathic Medicine

This powerful system of medicine is more than 200 years old, and is widely accepted in India, Great Britain, France and Germany. Based on the concept of ‘like cures like’, homeopathic medicine affects the body’s ‘vital force’ and strengthens its innate ability to heal itself. Homeopathic remedies function on both the physical and emotional levels and seldom have side effects. Some conditions for which conventional medicine has no effective treatment respond well to homeopathy. Dr. Shunney uses homeopathic remedies for acute ailments, chronic conditions and allergy desensitization. Homeopathy is safe for adults and children of all ages, including pregnant women.


Bio-identical Hormones

Read this informative article by Dr. Shunney about Bio-identical Hormones!!



Arvigo Techniques™

The Arvigo Techniques™ of Maya Abdominal Massage address position and health of the pelvic and abdominal organs. This gentle, external and non-invasive therapy can alleviate many common gynecological complaints including painful or irregular periods and/or ovulation, endometriosis, PMS including menstrual headaches, chronic vaginitis and bladder infections, infertility, painful intercourse and difficult menopause. Women who have scar tissue and adhesions in the pelvic region from a hysterectomy can also benefit from the enhanced circulation provided by these treatments. In addition, the Arvigo Techniques™ can help with constipation, varicose veins, low back pain and weak legs and feet.

In the Mayan tradition, the uterus is a woman’s center, and if it is out of balance, she will be physically, emotionally and spiritually out of balance. Throughout the course of a woman’s life, the uterus can shift out of its normal anatomical position. These ancient massage techniques can improve circulation, enhance lymphatic drainage and gently restore alignment and health to the pelvic and abdominal organs.

All new patients, including those primarily interested in the Arvigo Techniques™, must have a new patient consultation with Dr. Shunney. A comprehensive evaluation will ensure safe, thorough and comprehensive care.

For more information, about Dr. Shunney’s teacher, Dr. Rosita Arvigo, and the Arvigo Techniques™ go to www.arvigotherapy.com.

Arvigo Techniques™ Testimonials
Arvigo Techniques™ Frequently Asked Questions


Lifestyle Counseling and Stress Management

Changing your diet, figuring out how and when to exercise and starting a meditation plan are much easier said than done. Dr. Shunney will coach you on how to take the steps necessary to meet your goals. With her help, you will be able to examine and change the patterns you use to sabotage your best intentions and the ways in which your emotions contribute to your physical health.


Optimal Health Consultation

This comprehensive health consultation combines the wisdom and experience of TWO PHYSICIANS – Dr. Aimée Shunney and Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD, working together to create an individualized plan for your optimal health.

Your visit will include a full medical evaluation with pertinent physical exam as well as a detailed exploration of nutritional, lifestyle and emotional contributors to overall wellness.

Both doctors will meet with you together, and then collaborate on a streamlined and research-based approach to relevant laboratory testing, dietary changes, herbal and nutritional supplementation, bio-identical hormone balancing, and medication when necessary. This is the only opportunity in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties to have both a medical and naturopathic doctor working in tandem to bring you the best of integrative medical care.


Compassionate Gynecology For Teens™

Finally! Compassionate Gynecology for Teens™.

How can you help your daughter be comfortable and smart about her body?

Make her first gynecologic visit body-positive and empowering.

  • First-time pelvic exams, STD testing, pre-camp/college visits in a nurturing environment
  • Plenty of time for questions and conversation about menstruation, birth control and body image
  • Natural options for PMS, painful periods and depression
  • Nutritional strategies for life-long wellness
  • Straightforward guidance and support for teens (and moms) from a trusted professional

Initial Visits for Teens – Dr. Shunney requires a brief phone conversation with the parent or guardian prior to the initial appointment.

Please contact us for more information or to Schedule an Appointment.

California Minor-Doctor Confidentiality – For Teens
California Minor-Doctor Confidentiality – For Parents and Guardians

Dr. Shunney discusses Compassionate Gynecology for Teens™


Dr. Aimée Shunney