Dr. Cantwell & Patients

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Dr. Cantwell is Board-Certified pediatrician who sees both children & adults in his holistic medicine practice at Rising Phoenix Integrative Medicine Center, in San Francisco, CA.  (For appointments, see below) 

He is the recipient of the 2013 USA Best Book Award for Alternative Medicine for his book, Map of the Spirit: Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spirit.

Conventional Medicine Training

Dr. Cantwell graduated summa cum laude from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, NY with BA’s in Biology & Philosophy.  He attended medical school at SUNY at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY & received his post-graduate pediatric training at the University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis, MN & the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), CA. 

Dr. Cantwell earned his Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology at the University of California at Berkeley & was a Geographic Medicine Fellow at Stanford University.  Subsequently, he served in the Tuberculosis Control Branch of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA & completed a post-graduate Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stanford University & UCSF.

Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) Training & Practice

Dr. Cantwell’s CAM training & practice includes dietary interventions, food and inhalant allergies, detoxification, nutritional supplements, and Western herbal therapy.  He is certified in hypnotherapy and trained in many other subconscious therapies, such as guided imagery and Eye-Movement Desensitization (EMDR), and a wide variety of subtle/energetic therapies, such as aromatherapy, Flower Essence therapy, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki (Master), and Shamanism.  He is a Quaker and seeks to integrate the physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual aspects of health.

Dr. Cantwell previously worked at the Institute for Health and Healing Clinic from its founding in 1998-2013 and was its Lead Physician from 1999-2003 and 2007-2012.  His work in the CAM field has been recognized at the national level through multiple publications, lectures, and service on the first National Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.

Appointments with Dr. Cantwell

Dr. Cantwell is accepting new patients, both pediatric and adult, at Rising Phoenix Integrative Medicine Center. New Patient appointments are 90 minutes long and are not final until confirmed by Dr. Cantwell. Follow-up and Established Patient appointments are usually 60 minutes (but can be 15 or 30 minutes, depending on the clinical situation).


I offer online scheduling using BookFreshYou can request a New or Established Patient appointment with Dr. Cantwell either by online booking  (click the link at left) or by calling the clinic at (415) 795-1202.

For a PDF with parking information, map, and directions to Rising Phoenix Integrative Medicine Center, click here: Rising Phoenix-Parking/Directions/Map.

For more information or questions about Map of the Spirit: Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spirit, email: mapofthespirit@sbcglobal.net or call Hillhaven Press – (415) 795-1202.