Dr. Eric Grasser, MD, CAy
Dr. Grasser is the founder and medical director of Unity Medicine, and is a primary care physician practicing Integrative Medicine. Dr. Grasser supports his patients through his extensive experience in Western Medical practice as well as his deep knowledge of the alternative healing systems of Ayurveda, Yoga and Functional Medicine.
Dr. Grasser is a graduate of Stanford University and Dartmouth Medical School. During Medical School, he spent a year as a research scholar working with indigenous communities in eastern Guatemala. He also completed a residency in Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico, and has taught resident doctors since 2003 as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Grasser is also an Active Teacher In Family Medicine as recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has been Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine since 2003, and through his extensive and continuing practice in obstetrics at St. Vincent, he has been blessed to attend the birth of hundreds of babies.
Dr. Grasser is certified to practice Ayurveda Medicine by Albuquerque’s Ayurvedic Institute, where he studied under the tutelage of world-renowned Ayurveda physician Dr. Vasant Lad. In addition to his full 2-year course of study at the Institute, Dr. Grasser completed advanced clinical studies under Dr Lad’s Gurukula Studies Program in Pune, India, and additional clinical hours at AVP Ayurveda Hospital in Coimbatore, India. Dr. Grasser has studied yoga extensively since 2001 in the tradition of BKS Iyengar. He incorporates the principles and teachings of the sister sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga into his daily life and practice of medicine. Dr. Grasser has also completed courses of study in Functional Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine. He believes that Functional Medicine is a modern approach to healing which embodies many of the principles of Ayurveda and other ancient healing traditions.
Dr. Grasser is an active staff member in the Department of Family Medicine at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he has also practiced obstetrics since 2001. He works with patients of all ages and health conditions as their primary care physician.
Dr. Grasser was a competitive athlete for many years. After his University studies, he worked in the Sports Medicine Program and coached in the Athletic Department at Stanford. Dr. Grasser continues to be an avid outdoors enthusiast, enjoying skiing, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. He enjoys working with clients to support their active lifestyle through the wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga.
Dr. Grasser loves travel, having visited or worked in over 30 countries on six continents. His extensive travel and experience with health systems away from home have enhanced his understanding of the history of medicine and its numerous healing traditions and inform his daily practice, especially when it comes to food. Dr. Grasser has a love for food and cooking and a special interest in food politics and food as medicine. He works closely with his patients to develop individualized nutrition plans that support their path to health. Dr. Grasser speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Portuguese.