Born with a life threatening condition, Dr. Centers experienced the challenges of the current healthcare system from an early age. Due to this extremely rare condition called Moebius Syndrome his family was told that he may never speak, never walk, never smile, or be able to attend school – his family sought out alternatives. Having seven surgeries by the age of seven years old, Dr. Centers desired a more compassionate, effective, and holistic way to treat patients than the current system. This began Dr. Centers lifelong quest to find better, compassionate, and more effective healing modalities for children. It resulted in Dr. Centers choice to become an osteopathic doctor, his focus on integrative and whole person medicine, and his commitment to finding the most effective, leading edge therapies for his patients and founding The Children’s HOPE Center…
He is an internationally known pediatrician, specializing in Integrative Medicine & Pediatrics to help heal children.
With over 23 years in practice, Dr. Centers has diverse expertise and knowledge in integrative medicine, autism,and osteopathic medicine. Dr. Centers is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. He has been named a “Top Pediatrician” in San Diego County, California by the International Association of Pediatricians (IAP). He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Pediatrics Council and a Lifetime member of the American Council of Pediatrics Specialists. He is a Master Herbalist and a founding diplomate of the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine (ABHIM). He currently serves patients as the medical director of The Children’s HOPE Center (Holistic, Osteopathic, Pediatric, Essential Care) in San Diego, California. After earning his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Centers trained in pediatrics and served as a Pediatric Chief Resident at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. He completed his Undergraduate Clinical & Teaching Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University.
He is the Lead Author in the Pediatrics Chapter of Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine a text used at over 300 medical schools worldwide, a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and at Touro University, The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University, and many of the Osteopathic colleges in the U.S. and abroad.. Additionally, Dr. Centers is board certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Pediatrics, and is Diplomate in Pediatrics of the National Board of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr Centers has served as:
- Chair, American Board of Integrative Pediatrics, American Association of Integrative Medicine
- President, American Academy of Pediatric Osteopathy
- Director of Medical Education, AutismOne
- Pediatric Internship, St. BarnabasHospital/ NYU Cornell Medical Center, New York University
- Medicine & General Surgery, Pediatrics, Pediatric Chief Resident, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
- Undergraduate Clinical & Teaching Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University
In addition to his training in conventional medicine, Dr. Centers is trained in biomedical, nutritional and botanical medicine. Dr. Centers has exceptional skill and knowledge in applying osteopathic approaches, herbal medicine, and treatments that address the whole child and developing a comprehensive health care plan. His pediatric practice encompasses both sick and well visits. He also performs routine physical, sports, and osteopathic exams for newborns, children and teenagers. Dr. Centers has extensive experience with treating children who have rare, difficult to treat, developmental and neurological disorders including children with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, learning disorders, attention deficit disorder, asthma, allergy, autism, traumatic brain injury, and rare diseases. Some equipment used during treatment: Static sound therapy equipment representing the latest innovation in neuroscience and psychoacoustic technology.
Dr. Centers is most noted for his development of innovative osteopathic and integrative medical techniques in children with complex medical problems, especially children with autism. He was one of the first certified Defeat Autism Now doctors. He studied herbal medicine under John R. Christopher. He has extensively studied the techniques of John Grinder, Richard Bandler, and Thad Everet James. Centers utilizes the Time Line Therapy techniques developed by Tad James, PhD. Dr. Centers is also a Master Trainer of Neurolinquistic Programming and Time Therapy and was certified by Tad James.