How is Dr. Zarbalian's approach different?

As a physician board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, with additional expertise in acupuncture and herbal medicine, Dr. Yousef Zarbalian is uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive medical care for a wide variety of medical conditions.  

There are many medical conditions for which modern rheumatology has limited treatment options.  The ability to look through a different lens (traditional medicine which includes acupuncture, nutritional modification, and herbal medicine) at each person's unique condition opens up options which would not even be considered in a standard western medical clinic.  We can provide the best of both approaches (western pharmacology as well as holistic modalities) to our patients. 

What is Direct Physician Care ?

The direct physician care (DPC) model takes the middle man (insurance) out of the equation. This means longer visits with your board-certified physician, who has more time to dedicate to your health condition. This means having a doctor who is empathetic, who can dedicate an hour to you (and every patient like you), and utilize evidence-based medicine that isn't limited to pharmaceuticals.


Do I have to be a member to schedule a visit? 

No, you can pay for each visit if you prefer or consider a package as detailed below. 

Pay-as-you go or a la carte rates:

- Initial Rheumatology and Internal Medicine consultation:  $400

- Follow-up Rheumatology and Internal Medicine consultation:  $200

- Follow-up Acupuncture, cupping / hijama session: $200 for 45 minute session after the initial consultation ($400)


 Silver Initial Consultation + Acupuncture/Cupping package: 

  • Initial Rheumatology consultation and 5 acupuncture + cupping sessions
    • $400 + 175 x 5 = $1275 ($125 savings off regular pricing)

East-West Rheumatology Platinum Membership : 


How much does membership cost?

  • $1200 every 6 months

  • Minimum membership term is 6 months

What does membership look like?

  • 360 degree medical intake

   - One-on-one consultation with Dr. Zarbalian about your health priorities, previous health history, and previous diagnostic testing 

   - Nutritional assessment and lifestyle factor analysis
   - Additional lab testing for autoimmune diseases or other contributing factors as decided upon at initial visit

   - Functional medicine testing: gut microbiome analysis or detailed micronutrient / inflammatory profile

   - Herbal or pharmaceutical intervention if indicated


  • Teamwork to achieve your health goals

 - Telemedicine visits and in-person visits are included (up to 6 visits in 6 months)

 - User-friendly patient portal to ask questions or schedule appointments

 - After 3 months of membership, you may choose to have Dr. Zarbalian as your primary care physician (requires ongoing membership)

  • Access to additional holistic services at a discount for members : 

 - Acupuncture, cupping, gua sha (performed by Dr. Zarbalian): $120 per session (this rate is valid for up to 6 sessions per 6 months of membership after which the rate is $175 per session) 

- Functional medicine / Herbal medicine consultation

  • Discounts on high-quality supplements medicinal herbs (when indicated for specific medical conditions)

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Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Zarbalian today and get a comprehensive evaluation of your condition

East-West Rheumatology

Direct Physician Care

Are you looking for the following in your doctor:

  • Comprehensive medical care

  • Better access and communication via portal 

  • Quality in your treatments, rather than quantity

  • Lifetime relationship

  • Disease prevention


Join our patient family today by scheduling an appointment or call to discuss further