Montecito Wellness Opens

By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 26, 2023
Suvini Jayasekera, Dr. Talina Hermann, and Colleen Koch at the opening for Montecito Wellness Clinic (photo by Arna Bajraktarevic)

A new functional medicine clinic has opened in the Upper Village: Montecito Wellness Clinic, owned by Montecito mom and integrative doctor Dr. Talina Hermann, launched publicly last week with a grand opening this past Friday. “It’s always been my dream to open a clinic here,” Hermann told us last week as she geared up for the opening. “This is the space to hold space for people in life’s transitions.” 

Located in the former home of Dr. Donald Fareed’s orthopedic practice, Montecito Wellness Clinic is the culmination of Dr. Hermann’s schooling: she is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist, clinical herbalist, and functional medicine practitioner. By utilizing functional medicine, diagnostic testing, acupuncture, herbs, holistic psychotherapy, and lifestyle modification, Dr. Hermann hopes to serve her primarily female patients through issues such as fertility challenges, hormonal changes, menopause, chronic illness, chronic pain, and more. 

Dr. Hermann has lived in Montecito for 14 years, and while her career began in design, she says her own physical ailments and emotional burnout led her to pursue an integrative medicine program that focuses on holistic medicine, lifestyle nutrition, and Eastern medicinal modalities such as acupuncture. She began leasing the Clinic space during the pandemic, seeing patients virtually but not open to the greater community. Now, the clinic, which offers three treatment rooms in an airy, aesthetically pleasing, and minimalistic space, is open by appointment. 

First-time patients can expect a “deep dive” consultation touching on health history, family history, physical events, and traumatic events that may have an impact on health, as well as advanced blood work and diagnostic testing. Based on the results, Dr. Hermann and her team will customize a wellness plan designed to identify and address the root cause of symptoms and help prevent disease. The team includes acupuncturist and herbalist Suvini Jayasekera L.Ac MTCM and holistic psychotherapist Colleen Koch MA, LMFT, who is also the lead facilitator for female groups and circles at the clinic. 

There is also an overall wellbeing program called the Montecito Wellness Program, which is a three-to-four-month program that comprehensively looks at all the bodily systems and seeks the root cause of any dysfunction. “When we resolve the root cause, the symptoms go away,” Dr. Hermann said, adding that many of her patients are dealing with midlife hormonal shifts which can have an impact on the entire body. Another program, Montecito Wellness Metabolic Reset, is a foundational 90-day program to help bring patients’ health back to an optimal state of well-being by helping resolve stubborn weight and addressing inflammation. 

“We strongly believe that when you commit to your well-being, you affect everything and everyone around you. You start a ripple extending beyond you, your family, and your community. That is the power of prioritizing and taking charge of your health. We are here to support you every step of the way to live a happy and healthy life,” Dr. Hermann said. 

Dr. Hermann offers a wide range of holistic products at the clinic including herbs, body care, and more. To learn more, visit The clinic is located at 1483 East Valley Road, Studio 19. 


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