Dr. Leila, Quality of Life Medicine empowers individuals to take control of their own health. We offer patients the tools, education, and support they need to live their very best life. As a family physician trained in metabolic and functional medicine, Dr. Leila treats each patient as a unified whole, treating the mind and body as a single entity. Many factors affect the health of an individual. Using the latest scientific research to understand the patient’s metabolism, as well as a humanistic approach to understand their feelings, Dr. Leila and her staff help patients feel their very best.
Dr. Leila combines her experience as a family physician with her true passion for all-natural medication and supplements. From a holistic approach, Dr. Leila and her staff specialize in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, adrenal fatigue, HCG weight loss, and disease management through correction of metabolic imbalances with a focus on supplements rather than pharmaceuticals.
Many lifestyle issues such as lack of sleep, not eating enough fruits and vegetables and/or eating too much sugar, alcohol, and caffeine greatly affect the adrenal glands. Many people don’t realize when they suffer from adrenal fatigue. If the adrenal glands can’t produce enough cortisol for the body to function well under stress, we feel depressed, anxious, and stressed. Is there any help? Yes!
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Why do you feel moody and achy? You exercise, but you’re still gaining weight. You feel tired most of the time, but you have trouble sleeping at night. You even have trouble thinking. Both your mind and body are slowing down. What’s wrong with your body? You may be suffering from hormone imbalance, which affects every function of the body. What’s the cure?
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You try to live healthy, eat well, and exercise, but life seems so hard. You try to enjoy yourself, but life doesn’t hold as much excitement as it once did, and your body can’t keep up with the stress of life. Is it possible to lead a full life and feel great? Yes! Metabolic medicine, based on natural biochemistry, promotes basic bodily functions to help you feel great and live your best life.
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What if diet and exercise aren’t enough to lose those excess inches and pounds? You can finally reach your weight loss goal with the HCG Weight Loss Program. The addition of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) to a very low calorie diet allows the body to release locked up fat stores once and for all!
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Unlike traditional psychiatry, integrative psychiatry targets the underlying cause of mood disorders, insomnia, eating issues, etc. instead of merely medicating the symptoms. Our approach identifies core imbalances, such as stress, hormonal imbalances, mineral and vitamin deficiencies and more, that are negatively affecting the brain and body networks. Through a careful study of your medical history, as well as lab testing, we work with you to find the cause and then determine your solutions.
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If your muscles and joints ache, you know you have inflammation, which can lead to many medical ailments including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, and even cancer. Inflammation is caused by stress, insufficient Vitamin D, hormone imbalance, toxins, genetics and allergies. Fortunately, inflammation can be treated through a multifaceted approach by an anti-aging functional medicine doctor.
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Hello! I am Dr. Leila Kirdani and I am very excited you found my practice! Dr. Leila, Quality of Life Medicine empowers each individual to achieve the highest quality of life that he or she can through hormone balancing, improving gut health, clearing toxins, and promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle.
My desire to help people through the field of medicine was born from the interests of my mother, a guidance counselor, and of my father, a chemist. I have always had an interest in alternative and holistic medicine. Even during the years when I practiced traditional family medicine, my personal healthcare involved acupuncture, chiropractic care, and the use of supplements. I absolutely believe that metabolic medicine is the way to achieve excellent physical health. It is the very best combination of science and nature.
Health and healing go beyond just physical health. We are truly mind-body creatures. To even talk about mind and body separates the two, yet they are indivisible. Metabolic medicine enables us to heal our physical bodies to the point where we can free the mind and spirit to achieve a level of wellness that we have never before experienced.
I believe that my team and I can help you achieve the highest quality of life possible, and that we can be an integral part of your path to being the very best you that you can be.
Leila Kirdani, M.D. is board-certified in both metabolic medicine and family practice. She graduated from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1991 and went on to obtain board certification in family medicine after completing her residency at York Hospital, PA. Dr. Kirdani moved to Rochester, NY in 1997 to complete a fellowship in family systems which allowed her to explore her interests in family therapy and biopsychosocial medicine.
She practiced traditional family medicine for fifteen years before completing a fellowship through the Metabolic Medicine Institute. This additional training has allowed Dr. Kirdani to integrate her love of more natural medicine with her traditional medical background to provide her patients with cutting edge health care.
Hello. My name is Dr. Zendi Moldenhauer. I am excited to join the team at Dr. Leila, Quality of Life Medicine because I look forward to combining my love for pediatrics, psychiatry, AND integrative medicine!
I was born and raised in South Africa and completed my bachelor’s degree in nursing and midwifery at the University of Cape Town. I traveled widely through Europe, then moved to the USA in 1996 to pursue my graduate studies at the University of Rochester. I completed an adolescent fellowship and a master’s degree to become a pediatric nurse practitioner, then practiced pediatric and adolescent medicine for eight years. During this time, I completed a post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a PhD in nursing, with a research emphasis on adolescent mental health. I have worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner with children, teens, and young adults for the past nine years.
Through my own personal health journey and health and nutrition coaching studies, I awakened to the need to integrate wellness approaches for the body, mind, and spirit. I am engaged in a process of integrating my conventional medical background in pediatrics and psychiatry with more natural, functional healing modalities to help people attain the highest level of health and wellness. I am fascinated by the interaction of nutritional, environmental, and lifestyle factors with physical, spiritual, and emotional health. I am committed to learning and practicing more integrated health care, and working with people to understand and promote optimal wellness.
I grew up in Lima, NY. My father first introduced me to functional medicine in my early years when he completed his doctor of naturopathy. He both taught and applied various holistic modalities to our family. Throughout the years, his teachings laid the groundwork for many of the health practices I continued to personally engage in, all the while undergoing my traditional western education. I became a registered nurse in 1986, practicing in cardiac care and various other areas. This is also when my interest in forensic medicine began with evidence collection of sexual assault victims and courtroom testimony.
I completed a master’s degree to become family nurse practitioner in 1998 and had experience practicing with several family practices including both inner-city and more rural settings. During these years, I completed doctorates in counseling psychology, philosophy, and naturopathy. I am currently continuing my training with The Institute of Functional Medicine.
Clearly I love to learn and I love to teach! I am currently on the faculty of the University of Rochester where I teach medical legal and forensic topics to medical professionals.
Through my own personal health journey and with a desire to achieve more lasting results with patients, I completed a doctor of naturopathy program in 2012 and am grateful to have a place to apply my knowledge with patients. One of my greatest joys is participating in the process of a patient’s transition from illness to wellness. I am thrilled to be a part of Dr. Leila’s team and assist patients in their journey towards optimal health.
Natalie’s interest in nutrition began during her undergraduate studies at Cornell University; she had originally wanted to go into medicine. While studying biology and nutrition, she quickly realized that so many current human illnesses are based in dietary and lifestyle habits. Natalie completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition from Cornell University in 2009 and went on to work in nutrition communication at Harvard University, and nutrition education through Washington State University in Seattle. Through her studies at Cornell, Natalie deepened her interest in understanding agriculture and food production, as she believes true nutrition begins in the soil.
Natalie has worked on farms in New York, Washington, and Argentina, managing Community Supported Agriculture programs and small-scale crop production. These experiences led Natalie to pursue a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition through the New York Chiropractic College. Natalie currently teaches nutrition part-time at Corning Community College and is excited to be continuing her work as a nutrition specialist at Dr. Leila, Quality of Life Medicine.
Heather Yacono joined our Rochester office in 2016. She has a strong background in customer service through various industries including healthcare. She received her medical secretary certification in 2005. Heather has been excited to learn more about metabolic and functional medicine both because she loves helping people and because her new knowledge has furthered her own health journey. Heather is the soothing voice on the phone that will welcome you into your experience at Dr. Leila.
Sandy McGuire recently joined our Central New York office and hit the ground running! Sandy comes to Dr. Leila with many years of experience in healthcare through her work at Danbury Hospital OBGYN residency program and more recently at Slocum-Dickson. She has been a strong believer in holistic health for many years and is excited to join our team and learn more. Her bubbly spirit and good sense of humor will brighten your day both on the phone and in the office. Sandy is the “rock” of our Central New York office!
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