Dr. Micah Yu

Direct Rheumatology, Integrative, and Lifestyle Medicine

About Dr. Micah Yu

Dr. Micah Yu

Dr. Yu is an integrative rheumatologist who incorporates complementary medicine with traditional rheumatology.

He is double board-certified in internal medicine and lifestyle medicine. He obtained his MD from Chicago Medical School and holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration and Biomedical sciences. He completed his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at Loma Linda University in Southern California. He has been accepted with a full scholarship to the Andrew Weil Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona. In addition, he has also taken courses in functional medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Dr. Yu has a very unique perspective on autoimmune disease and arthritis as he is both a patient with arthritis and physician. Dr. Yu was diagnosed with gout at the age of 17 and later diagnosed with spondyloarthritis as well. He is able to understand his patient’s medical problems from a patient perspective. The foundation of his practice is to combine allopathic medicine with complementary medicine. He works with his patients to come up with a treatment plan that not only fights the disease but also is aligned with his patient’s goals.

His primary focus is on autoimmune disease and arthritis.  Rheumatologists treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, sjogrens, gout, fibromyalgia, myositis, vasculitis, and other inflammatory conditions.  As a fellow, he has published multiple papers on osteoporosis and spearheaded a double-blind randomized control trial on curcumin supplementation in systemic lupus erythematosus.  He has also had multiple presentations at the American College of Rheumatology national conferences.

Not only is Dr. Yu a doctor, but he is also a patient himself.  He has both gout and spondyloarthritis.  He has been featured in multiple articles and webinars including Forbes magazine, Spondyloarthritis Association of America, Lupus LA, and CreakyJoints.

General Questions

How do I become a patient?

You can sign up by clicking here. When you get to the portal, choose Dr. Micah Yu as your physician, and select your appointment time.

He is currently licensed in California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Washington, and Florida. However, you can message him directly if there are any state licenses you would like him to pursue outside of California. There are several states that Dr. Yu can see patients without a state license due to circumstances around coronavirus.

Why should you be a patient of Dr. Yu’s?

Dr. Yu is a rheumatologist that combines the fields of rheumatology, lifestyle medicine, functional, and integrative medicine. His unique model of care and expertise is very rare. Very few physicians, if any, have undergone extensive training in these combined fields. In addition to his unique approach, when you become a patient of Dr. Yu’s, you will get direct access to him. You will no longer have to wait days or weeks to hear back from your rheumatologist.

Does Dr. Yu take insurance?

Dr. Yu is out of network with all insurances. When you get a consultation with him, he can generate a superbill for you to give back to your insurance for compensation. All labs, imaging, and medications ordered can go through your insurance. Contact your insurance to find out the rules regarding seeing an out of network physician.

How is Dr. Yu different from other Rheumatologists?

Dr. Yu provides a holistic approach to rheumatology. He understands the power of food and lifestyle medicine and is able to blend allopathic medicine with complementary medicine. He has training in multiple complementary medicine fields including being board certified in lifestyle medicine, being in his second fellowship studying integrative medicine at the University of Arizona.  

Does Dr. Yu prescribe traditional rheumatology medications?

Dr. Yu can prescribe traditional rheumatology medications such as biologics. He will go over your symptoms and diagnoses with you to come up with a treatment plan that fits your goal.

Can Dr. Yu be my primary rheumatologist?

Dr. Yu can be your primary rheumatologist but can also provide second opinions as well.

What states is Dr. Yu licensed in?

He is currently licensed in California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey,  New York, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, and Florida. However, you can message him directly if there are any state licenses you would like him to pursue outside of California. There are several states that Dr. Yu can see patients without a state license due to circumstances around coronavirus.

Hours

Wednesday - Friday
9 AM - 5 PM