Lissa Solis, DACM, DIPL. OM, MTOM, LAC

Vibrancy Wellness provides individualized health care by integrating Eastern and Western medicine to address the root cause of illness and prevent disease. Dr. Lissa Solis utilizes functional medicine, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping and red light therapy for holistic healing. She specializes in gut health, chronic illness, mental health, nutrition, women’s health, pain management and longevity. 

Dr. Solis started Vibrancy Wellness in Hermosa Beach in 2018. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas, completed a four-year master’s program in traditional Oriental medicine at Emperor’s College, earned a doctorate with a focus in integrative medicine at Pacific College of Health and Science, and holds the ADAPT certification in functional medicine from Kresser Institute. She is currently working on IFM certification from the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Why did you choose this career field? 

My own health struggles led me to this career. In my youth, I saw multiple specialists with no resolution of my poor health. I chronically felt ill, experienced immense pain and had terrible weakness that kept me in bed. I was prescribed many different medications, which often made me feel worse. 

After years of struggling, I decided to step outside conventional medicine and seek other therapies. I saw an acupuncturist and a functional medicine doctor; together they took all of my pain away, corrected my deficiencies, regulated my digestion and rebalanced my entire body. I felt amazing for the first time in years and even got pregnant easily after previously being told I would not likely conceive.

Regaining my youth and vitality inspired me to help others. I switched careers from law to medicine, and I found my true path. I decided to study both Chinese and   functional medicine to offer integrative care in my practice. My own experience and understanding help me compassionately support my patients. 

How do you balance work time and playtime? 

Luckily we live at the best playground: the beach. This makes it easy to ensure plenty of playtime. When I am not working you can find me boogie boarding, roller-skating, biking or skateboarding on The Strand. 

What role does your family play in your career? 

Single-mom life guarantees that my kids play a big part in my career. Becoming pregnant inspired me to dive deep into wellness, as I wanted to give them the healthiest start. When they were little, bedtime stories often included medical books so I could simultaneously study while spending time with them. Taking my kids to work with me was sometimes necessary, so they have seen me in action. I love when they ask me questions about what I do. Watching my kids grow motivates me to learn more so I can continue to encourage them to live healthy and happy. 

What advice do you give your kids? 

I tell my kids how important it is to stay true to themselves and that it is OK to take as much time as they need to figure that all out. There is no rush to grow up, and they should appreciate the little things in life as much as the big stuff. And of course I am always giving them advice about how to make healthy choices. 

How do you find time to fit it all in? 

My life is a balancing act. Some days I feel like a wonder woman, and other days I feel like a hot mess. On the days of chaos, I give myself grace and take comfort in knowing that each new day is an opportunity to make everything better. 

Tell us your favorite quote. 

So many amazing quotes to choose from; it is hard to choose just one. At the top of my list is Deepak Chopra: “For everyone, well-being is a journey. The secret is committing to that journey and taking those first steps with hope and belief in yourself.”  

This message is something I try to instill in my patients to help them commit and trust in their healing journeys.

What has been the most significant barrier in your career? 

I became a single mother of two toddlers in the first semester of pursuing medicine. I do not have family in California, but my parents along with other relatives took turns coming out to help me take care of my kids. It was extremely challenging, but I was able to graduate with my class due to the loving support of my family.

What are some of your favorite ways to stay grounded? 

My favorite way to stay grounded is to get out into nature regularly. Californians are lucky to have the ocean, mountains and desert in close proximity. Walking barefoot in any of these magical places is grounding. After work, I love walking on the beach with my kids and dipping my toes into the waves even during our winter months.

Who has been your role model? 

My parents have been my biggest mentors. They have always encouraged me to follow my heart, pursue my passions and never give up. Thanks to them, I have learned how to follow my dreams, I know that it is never too late to make changes, and I can always pick myself up and try again when things don’t go as planned.

Photographed by David Lee