About Dr. Sam

Get to Know Dr. Sam Shay, DC, IFMCP, Fitgenes Practitioner

For over 20 years, Sam has devoted his life to health and science, learning how to heal himself through natural medicine. He now applies those same principles to his functional medicine clients online.

Sam traveled his own health journey which started when he was a boy. He overcame over a decade of severe insomnia, gut problems, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and two addictions (video games and sugar).

Sam dedicated his life to alleviate physical, biochemical, and emotional suffering and help reach the highest of human potential and creativity.

Dr. Shay uses functional medicine,  advanced functional lab testing, and integrative coaching to act as your collaborator to help you achieve your goals based on the best of western science and natural medicine’s lifestyle and nutrition. 

“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.”



Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner
Institute for Functinal 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
www.Fitgenes.com, 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: Health & Wellness
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 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

I decided to share my health symptoms 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 was taking every supplement and making 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 patient 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 www.SarinaStone.com

Primary focus

Dr. Sam Shay’s clinical focus includes resolving chronic health mysteries, 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

Author of:

Biohack Your Biohacking – a guide to the 10 Pillars of Health and functional testing.

Ending Adrenal Fatigue: Easy Breakfast Guide – A free ebook for download.

7 Ways to Game Less: How to unplug and live more – a free ebook for download.

Curator of The Work Online Course – Dr. Shay’s unique, online approach to learn The Work of Byron Katie.

Creator of End Adrenal Fatigue – a unique self-directed online course to reclaim your energy and end adrenal fatigue.

Creator of Flourish Out Of Addiction – a unique self-directed online course to reverse your addiction, whether it’s food, sugar, video games, smoking, or otherwise.

Over 70 Videos on Youtube, featuring: The 3 Weight Loss Types – an interview with Fitgenes Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer Dr. Paul Beaver, PhD. 

Featured in:

“Biohack your Biohacking” on the Biohacker Babes podcast with Renee and Lauren

“The 10 Pillars of Health” on the Pushing the Limits podcast with Lisa Tamati

“Understanding How Gaming Disorder & Gaming Addiction Are Affecting Our Kids” on the Wellness Mama podcast with Katie Wells.

Mitochondria Summit – by Dr. Jay Davidson. Topic = Interpreting the ION Panel from Genova – an advanced mitochondria panel. 

Healing Addiction Summit by Erik Kerr and Joe Polish. Topic on gaming addiction.

“Betrayal, Moral Injury, and Addiction – Roadmap to Recovery” on the from “Betrayal to Breakthrough” podcast with Debi Silber

“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’ve been:

  • A stand-up comic
  • In New Zealand for 8 years, now back in the USA
  • An eBook author (3x) and published 3 online courses

I’ve overcome:

  • Sugar and video game addictions
  • Severe fatigue
  • Bad gut problems

For fun, I like to do:

  • Watch stand-up comedy
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Dinner with friends

Coming soon:

  • Book on Better Sleep
  • Book on Sugar Addiction
  • Getting a puppy

I would love to help you.

Click the button below to schedule your free 15-minute consult to see if you’re a candidate for Dr. Shay’s comprehensive concierge coaching program, including the 10 Pillars of Health, Functional Medicine, and Functional Genetics.

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