About Dr. Sam

Get to know Dr. Sam

For over 20 years, Sam devoted his life to health and science, learning how to heal himself by cross-training across multiple health disciplines and functional medicine, now using the same principles with his online clients.

Sam’s health journey began as a boy, learning to overcome a decade-plus of severe insomnia, gut problems, an inflammatory diet, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and two addictions (video games and sugar).

Sam dedicated his life to alleviate physical, biochemical, and emotional suffering and help others reach the highest human potential and creativity. He crossed-trained extensively, including a doctorate in chiropractic, degrees, and certifications in acupuncture, functional neurology, genetics analysis, and functional medicine.

Dr. Sam uses advanced functional lab testing and integrative coaching to collaborate with you to help you achieve your health, wellness, longevity, and high-performance goals.

“I decided to share my health issues with Dr. Sam to see if he could help. I had lots of inflammation, insomnia, poor digestion, and blood sugar issues to name a few.

He clearly and concisely explained why certain things were happening. He also had the integrity to let me know that without proper testing, we really couldn’t be sure. It took some time, but eventually, I signed on, got my lab tests, and had my first consultation. His explanations were so easy to understand, I knew why I changed my diet, added the specific supplements, and made every lifestyle change.

My health, emotions, and mental capacity shifted so dramatically for the better that my partner decided to give it a try as well. His health over the past year has improved greatly and he’s a grateful Dr. Sam client now. We have also grown closer and enjoy life together much more since taking Dr. Sam’s council. In short, my partner and I are serious Dr. Sam fans and recommend him highly.”
-Sarina Stone of

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“I never got to thank you for helping my wife identify the problems in her liver, it’s because of you that we now have our beautiful baby girl.

Also thank you for pointing my attention towards my video game addiction, I deleted every game off my computer just after the baby was born.

In my opinion you’re one of the most significant medical minds of the 21st century.
I’m deeply grateful for you and your work.”


Primary clinical focus

Dr. Sam Shay helps you solve your chronic health mysteries with, specialized genetics analysis for determining the best way to lose weight, genetics-based diet determination, sugar addiction cessation, screen addiction cessation, gut health, including hidden infections like candida, auto-immune concerns, sleep problems, hormone imbalances, advanced lab interpretations – especially mitochondrial, adrenal, liver, gut, thyroid, genetics, & micro-nutrients.

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Biohacking & the 10 Pillars of Health:

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Excessive Screens, Social Media & Video Game Addiction:

“Dr. Shay was a wealth of information, professional, clear spoken, funny, engaging, relatable, and he really cares about the topic. My audience loved his material and would happily have him back.”

-Dr. Debi Silber, Host of the “From Betrayal to Breakthrough” Podcast

 10 facts about me.

I am:

  • A stand-up comic
  • Now back in the USA after living in New Zealand for 8 years
  • An eBook author (4x) and published 3 online courses

I’ve overcome:

  • Sugar and video game addictions
  • Severe fatigue, anxiety & depression
  • Bad gut problems, chronic pain

For fun, I like to:

  • Watch stand-up comedy
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Dinner with friends
  • Play with my wonderful dog

Coming soon:

  • Book on Better Sleep
  • Book on Sugar Addiction


Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner
Institute for Functional Medicine, Federal Way, WA, Graduated 2020.

Kalish Institute for Functional Medicine – clinical mentorship
(Program ongoing) Kalish Institute, Reno, NV, Nov 2017-present

Kalish Institute for Functional Medicine – 6 month “My Practice Plan”
Kalish Institute, Reno, NV, Jan 2018-Jun 2018

Fitgenes Certification course, Auckland, NZ, 2016

Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Acupuncture
Auckland University of Technology Post Graduate Program, Auckland, NZ. 2013

Fellow American College of Functional Neurology
American College of Functional Neurology, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA. 2010. (Fellowship is inactive as of 2018 since switching to 100% virtual telemedicine consults).

Diplomate American Chiropractic Neurology Board
American Chiropractic Neurology Board, Temple, TX, USA. 2009. (Fellowship is inactive as of 2018 since switching to 100% virtual telemedicine consults).

Doctorate of Chiropractic (Honors: Summa Cum Laude)
Teaching Assistant in anatomy labs and/or neuroscience labs 2005 – 2007
Taught “Art of Test Taking/Art of Study” to incoming students 2005 – 2008
Parker University (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic), Dallas, TX, USA. 2008

Bachelor of Science: Human Anatomy
Parker University (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic), Dallas, TX, USA. 2008

Bachelor of Science: Health & Wellness
Parker University (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic), Dallas, TX, USA. 2008

Bachelor of Arts: Psychosomatic Medicine.
Minor: Communications and Rhetoric
Honors: 4.00 GPA. Highest Honors. College Service Award. Thesis Honors. College Honors.
Manager of organic kitchen Coop for ~2.5 years using Weston A. Price Nutritional foundation.
Class notetaker for disabled and injured students.
University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), Santa Cruz, CA, USA. 2003

Holistic Health Practitioner (H.H.P.), Certified Massage Practitioner (C.M.P.)
UCSC Holistic Health Program, Santa Cruz, CA, USA. 2001

BrainGym® Consultant/Instructor
Educational Kinesiology Foundation, Ventura, CA, USA. 2000

FREE EBOOK: Biohack your Biohacking with the ‘Ten Pillars of Health’

A practical guide to functional medicine & functional testing.

  • This short (~15-20 minute read), will help you stop the overwhelm, clear the confusion, and get clarity on the 10 key “Pillars” of health, wellness, and biohacking.
  • Whether you are chronically unwell or high performing “Biohacker”, this ebook is for you. Get the ‘30,000 foot’ view of how to achieve your health goals.
  • Bonus: Learn what functional tests apply to your “Pillars of Health”.