Alexis Anvekar MD: The Leela Integrative Medicine Center
Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and
Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
Dr. Alexis Anvekar was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated with honors from UC San Diego, obtaining degrees in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, with a minor in Psychology. She did not have support to attend college due to her gender, so she left home at age 18 and financed 100% of her room, board and education. She was very active in leadership roles throughout college and medical school. Some roles included Student Body President, Student Body Vice-President, Editor in Chief of college newspaper, Co-Editor in Chief of medical school newspaper, Co-Founder of Student Organization for the Medical Awareness of AIDS, Delegate for American Medical Association (AMA) and American Medical Women's Association (AMWA). She received a national leadership award with AMWA given to the most promising female physician-in-training in the country. As a senior at the medical school, she was invited along with the top 0.01% of graduating seniors to complete a coveted leadership fellowship called the USC Presidential Fellowship ran by USC's Marshall School of Business. She was also the sole person in her medical school class selected into USC's highest secret honor society.
After graduating from medical school, she chose to complete her training at the rigorous LAC+USC Internal Medicine Residency Program where she continued her role as a leader. She served as Housestaff President, Southern California Vice President for the Committee of Interns and Residents, and National Vice President for the Committee of Interns and Residents. In this role, she met regularly with politicians in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C. After completing her residency in Internal Medicine, she was honored to serve an additional academic year as Chief Medical Resident.
She has been practicing since 2001 and was amongst the first in California to start a personalized type of healthcare service now known as concierge medicine. Awards include Top Docs of San Gabriel Valley, Most Compassionate Doctor Award (given to top 3% nationwide physicians), Patient's Choice Award (given to top 6% nationwide physicians), America's Most Honored Professionals Award, LA Magazine's Top Doctors Award, Pasadena Magazine Top Docs Award, America's Best Physicians Award and Who's Who Among Women Entrepreneurs.
Being active in her community and fostering a love for charity in her children is a priority to Dr. Anvekar. She Co-Founded a group called "Kids for Change." This is a group of amazing local families who introduce their children to charity by purchasing, cooking and serving meals to the 50+ homeless men, women and children of the Union Station Homeless Services Family Center one dinner a month since 2010.
In an effort to do her part in furthering science education, she has served as Chair of the Science Fair at her local elementary school and middle school from 2011 to 2017. In 2009 she founded Wild 4 Science, an after school enrichment program aimed at fostering a lifelong love for science in young children. Dr. Anvekar believes that by introducing children to the fun and creativity in science at an early age, they are more likely to enjoy and succeed in science in the future.
Dr. Anvekar loves traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys photography as her primary hobby.