About Dr Sara Gottfried, M.D.


How I Went From Frazzled and Fat to Enjoying the Best Years of My Life… and You Can Too!

Hi. I’m Dr. Sara Gottfried. I’m a wife, mother to two incredible young women (ages 13 and 18), friend, scholar, seeker, yoga teacher, Harvard-educated MD with 25+ years of experience, board-certified gynecologist, and author of three New York Times bestselling books, The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet, and Younger.

First and foremost, I am a woman. Like you, I know what it’s like to constantly feel tired, cranky, chunky, and sometimes overwhelmed.

In my thirties, I worked in McMedicine. I saw 30 patients per day. I was stressed to the max and had all the signs of physician burnout, thought I didn’t know it. I suffered from what I call the 4 “F’s” – frazzled, frumpy, fat, and you can imagine the fourth “F.” I was burning the candle at both ends, in couple’s therapy, overweight, and suffered with premenstrual syndrome. My telomeres showed I was aging 20 years faster than my biological age. I went to my doctor and he offered Prozac and birth control pills, but that just didn’t feel right.

I decided to apply my medical training to myself, and I discovered my cortisol level was three times normal (something my traditional doctors told me wasn’t a big deal) and it was leading to other downstream health consequences like blood sugar problems, moodiness, and fight-fight-freeze.

Within one month, I had fixed the root cause and felt significantly better. I took on my low thyroid next, and then my bad estrogens. I ate differently, exercised less, and took 3 supplements. I lost 25 pounds and graduated from couple’s therapy. I was on to something!

The solution to my problems became the Gottfried Protocol, and it has worked gloriously well on the 25,000+ people I’ve seen in the past 15 years of practicing integrative and functional medicine.

Now, I enjoy:

  • Plenty of healthy food (that I have to bribe my kids to eat)

  • Exercising less, and I’ve maintained 25-pound weight loss for many years

  • Running and yoga every Sunday with my girlfriend, Jo (girlfriends are your best defense against the challenges that drag women down)

  • Spending quality time with husband (founder of the fastest growing nonprofit in the world; meet him and me at an upcoming live event where I will be a guest instructor)

  • Hanging out with my daughters, especially when we do things that amplify happiness, such as learning and being in nature together

I have reclaimed my life. Using my own path as a source of inspiration, I have created several nutritional products and digital courses to help others, both health seekers and practitioners, reclaim their lives. Whether you struggle with the number on the scale, feel irritable, or just never want to have sex again.

I practice functional medicine, but I don’t treat problems. I don’t even treat symptoms. I specialize in root cause analysis because I know – and evidence shows – that the greatest health transformations unfold when you address the root cause, not simply the signs. And the transformation sticks.

I treat people. I take a complete history, and perform a physical exam. I look at where you are right now, and how far you’ve come. Expect to get a blood panel for next generation biomarkers related to your health, detoxification, and aging processes. Almost always I check your stress levels and cortisol metabolism to see how you’re hormonal control center is working.  Often I test your genes and make recommendations for how to improve current and future gene/environment interactions. I assess your gut/brain axis with organic acid testing in the urine, maybe a stool test, occasionally a breath test. Sometimes I prescribe an increase in your intake of prebiotic vegetables or probiotic foods. I prescribe limited supplements that fill nutritional gaps that you might have. Sometimes I prescribe a wearable that measures your heart rate variability and helps you connect to your truth.  After a strong foundation is in place, I may prescribe bio-identical hormones. Commonly, I prescribe high intensity interval training. Many times I prescribe all of the above. With every patient I see, I consider your unique context, physiology and preferences… and then invent a treatment plan to promote maximum health and happiness. It’s not one method fits all. It’s not fix-’em-up-and-send-’em-home. It’s a mission. (Click here if you want to join my wait list for a case review in 2019).

My mission at the Gottfried Institute – and in life – is to help people feel vital and balanced from their cells to their souls. That means lengthening your healthspan, the period of time you feel in your prime and free of chronic disease. That means dialing in your weight (and lean body mass) right where you want it, getting your energy and sex drive optimized, and doing it all naturally and safely. Ultimately, you will get your hormones and genes working for you, not against you. Hop on my bus and shift from feeling “OK” to living your life fully and authentically from the heart.

Now it’s your turn to take action. A moment of clarity followed by action is sacred. Take your pick, but commit to at least one of the options below.

And if you need more personalized help, register here to be the first to find out when I open my schedule to new patients in mid-2019.

Knowledge is important, but taking small actions sustained over time are how you transform and fully actualize.

To your best health 

Dr. Sara