About Zandra

Alexandra Palma, MD is a physician with a background in Functional Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Anesthesiology. Her interest in Functional Medicine began in college when she studied Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. The field taught her to think from an evolutionary and systems biology perspective, which she still brings to her ongoing studies and patient care. Zandra attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She wrote her thesis in the field of Contemplative Care after an apprenticeship with Zen Buddhist monk Seigan Glassing, who taught her how to integrate mindfulness-based practices into the care of terminally ill patients. She trained in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology in residencies at Maimonides and Montefiore Medical Centers of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After residency, she completed the Kresser Institute’s 12-month training in Functional Medicine.

Between college and medical school, Zandra spent three years in Los Angeles working as an actor and writer and she still cherishes her creative outlets (mainly writing and playing with music these days). She loves to ski and spends as many winter days as she can in Colorado, where she grew up. Her recipe for a good day is practicing yoga, spending some time outside, making her friends laugh and learning more about how bodies work.