Michelle L. Dossett, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. for UC Davis Health

Michelle L. Dossett, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor in Residence

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Internal Medicine

Integrative Medicine


Internal Medicine

Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Group - Point West

UC Davis Medical Group - Point West
1535 River Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95815

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Additional Numbers

Clinic Phone


Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

My goal is to help facilitate your process of healing by serving as a consultant and advocate for your health. I believe in the importance of having a healing relationship with your physician and providing whole person centered care. To that end, I will seek to understand your health concerns and provide the best evidence-based and evidence-informed recommendations to improve your health and well-being. I generally focus on non-pharmacologic approaches first but do recommend medications when appropriate.

In my free time, I enjoy vegetarian cooking, hiking, meditating, practicing yoga, playing the harmonium, and singing.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Dossett is a general internist who specializes in integrative medicine. She sees patients for integrative medicine consults at the UC Davis Integrative Medicine Clinic. She has extensive experience in using mind-body approaches to reduce stress and mitigate the negative health effects of stress.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Dossett's research interests are focused in two primary areas. The first area is in understanding how the quality of the interaction a patient has with a clinician affects health outcomes. Her second area of research focuses on mind-body medicine and the health benefits of these practices for both patients and clinicians.


General Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care

Undergraduate School

B.S., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Washington, Seattle WA 1999

Medical School

M.D., University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle WA 2008

Other School

M.P.H., Clinical Effectiveness, Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston MA 2013

Other School

Ph.D., Immunology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle WA 2006


Internal Medicine, Harvard/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA 2008-2009


Internal Medicine, Harvard/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA 2009-2011


Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Harvard/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA 2011-2014

Vannini P, Gagliardi GP, Kuppe M, Dossett ML, Donovan NJ, Gatchel JR, Quiroz YT, Premnath PY, Amariglio R, Sperling RA, Marshall GA. Stress, resilience, and coping strategies in a sample of community-dwelling older adults during COVID-19. J Psychiatr Res. 2021 Jun;138:176-185. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.03.050. Epub 2021 Apr 2. Erratum in: J Psychiatr Res. 2021 Oct;142:167-170. PMID:33862301.

Dossett ML, Needles EW, Donahue Z, Gadenne G, Macklin EA, Ruskin JN, Denninger JW. A SMART approach to reducing paroxysmal atrial fibrillation symptoms: Results from a pilot randomized controlled trial. Heart Rhythm O2. 2021 Jun 22;2(4):326-332. doi:10.1016/j.hroo.2021.06.003. PMID:34430937.

Dossett ML, Hall JA, Kaptchuk TJ, Yeh GY. Improved Health Outcomes in Integrative Medicine Visits May Reflect Differences in Physician and Patient Behaviors Compared to Standard Medical Visits. Patient Educ Couns. 2021 Feb;014(2):315-321. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2020.07.014. PMID:32811749.

Dossett ML, Needles EW, Nittoli CE, Mehta DH. Stress Management and Resiliency Training for Healthcare Professionals: a mixed-methods, quality-improvement, cohort study. J Occup Environ Med. 2021 Jan 1;63(1):64-68. PMID:33149008.

Bernstein MH, Locher C, Stewart-Ferrer S, Buergler S, DesRoches CM, Dossett ML, Miller FG, Grose D, Blease CR. Primary care providers' use of and attitudes towards placebos: An exploratory focus group study with US physicians. Br J Health Psychol. 2020 Sep;25(3):596-614. doi:10.1111/bjhp.12429. Epub 2020 May 30. PMID 32472982.

Dossett ML, Fricchione GL, Benson H. A New Era for Mind-Body Medicine. N Engl J Med. 2020 Apr;382(15):1390-1391. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1917461. PMID:32268025.

Chemali Z, Ezzeddine FL, Gelaye B, Dossett ML, Salameh J, Bizri M, Dubale BW, Fricchione GL. Burnout among healthcare providers in the complex environment of the Middle East: A systematic review. BMC Public Health. 2019 Oct 22;19(1):1337. doi:10.1186/s12889-019-7713-1. PMID:31640650.

Dubale BW, Friedman LE, Chemali Z, Denninger JW, Mehta DH, Alem A, Fricchione GL, Dossett ML, Gelaye B. Systematic review of burnout among healthcare providers in sub-Saharan Africa. BMC Public Health. 2019 Sep 11;19(1):1247. doi:10.1186/s12889-019-7566-7. PMID:31510975.

Wells RE, Kerr C, Dossett ML, Danhauer SC, Sohl SJ, Sachs BC, Feeley JW, Wolkin J, Wall R, Kaptchuk T, Press DZ, Phillips RS, Yeh GY. Can Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment Build Cognitive Reserve and Learn Mindfulness Meditation? Qualitative Theme Analyses from a Small Pilot Study. J Alzheimers Dis. 2019;70(3):825-842. doi:10.3233/JAD-190191. PMID:31282418.

Chad-Friedman E, Pearsall M, Miller KM, Wheeler AE, Denninger JW, Mehta DH, Dossett ML. Total Lifestyle Coaching: A Pilot Study Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Mind-Body and Nutrition Telephone Coaching Program for Obese Adults at a Community Health Center. Glob Adv Health Med. 2018 Jul 4;7:2164956118784902. doi:10.1177/2164956118784902. PMID:30013821.