"In my opinion, Dr. Aimée Shunney is the best naturopathic physician in the Santa Cruz area."

-- 5-star Yelp Review


"I’m a nurse and work with doctors everyday, so I’m a tough sell. But Dr. Aimée is the best! She gets an A+++ in my book!

I was nervous about seeing Dr. Aimée Shunney for the first time. I had seen my previous doctor for roughly 15+ years before he retired at age 88. I needed someone who could continue addressing my thyroid issues and pre-menopausal needs. From day one, I knew that her practice was the place for me. I felt immediately at ease.  Dr. Shunney is very kind, listens deeply, and is very supportive. Above all, she cares so much for her patients.

I’m a nurse and work with doctors everyday, so I’m a tough sell. But she is the best, and I recommend her to all my friends and colleagues. 

I’m picky and don’t like waiting three hours in a doctor’s waiting room to try and talk as fast as I can for 15 minutes. But Dr. Shunney’s practice is different: she runs on time, and her office staff are very friendly and helpful. Our 30-minute visits give us plenty of time to talk about what’s going on with me. I love that she takes care of her patients by asking them how they feel. She doesn’t just read the labs. She’s very intuitive. She always asks me how I’m doing and runs regular blood tests to keep on top of my levels. I feel comfortable with her, talking to her about the full picture of my health.

I’m not sure if I have words to describe how amazing Dr. Aimée Shunney is. She gets an A+++ in my book! Thank you for your knowledge, expertise, and most of all, your kindness!

-- Vicky Bauer


"our family is flourishing, thanks to Dr. Aimée! 

Since 2005, I have had the privilege to have Dr. Aimée as our family naturopath.

Not only is she wonderful, warm, and caring, but she's up-to-date on medical advances. Dr. Aimée truly understands how the body works and how to heal it holistically. I love that she always takes her time to explain my test results. Her warm personality always makes me feel comfortable and safe in her office. 

Dr. Aimée successfully treated serious health issues that the mainstream doctors could not.  When I would go back for checkups with my doctors, they were impressed with the results I was getting from Dr. Aimée's protocols. In fact, every issue I have brought to Dr. Aimée has been successfully treated!

In 2009, I had twins and took the girls to see Dr. Aimée.  One twin had developmental issues.  Dr. Aimée ran the appropriate tests and found out that my daughter's body was not detoxing and that she did not have sufficient levels of minerals and vitamins. She received compounded glutathione, allowing her body to detox and magnesium, as well as a customized multivitamin to maintain appropriate levels.  My daughter is is now flourishing.

I can only hope that Dr. Aimée has planted solid roots in Santa Cruz, because I am a client for life.

-- Erica Fisher


"Dr. Aimée Shunney saved my life.

For ten years, I struggled with debilitating neurological pain. I couldn’t find answers from the best doctors at Stanford and UCLA.

I was a blubbering mess when I first met Dr. Aimée Shunney. Rather than giving up or fixating on one symptom as so many specialists had done before, Dr. Aimée recognized that my problem was systemic. Her ability to see beyond the pain that had stumped everyone else saved my life.  She put me on an elimination diet and we soon realized that I had a serious gluten intolerance.  Today, several years later and gluten free, I am feeling younger and stronger as every year passes, living and loving life.  Thank you, Dr. Aimée Shunney, for these pain-free years! I owe you big time."

-- Curt Chafee


"Thanks to Dr. Shunney, I feel vibrant, happy, and fully engaged in my life...

I was struggling with fatigue, depression, and insomnia. 

I was specifically looking for a doctor who uses bioidentical hormones. What I like most about working with Dr. Aimée Shunney is that she is thorough, knowledgeable, and has good intuition.  From the start, Dr. Aimée was very eager to help me resolve the problems I presented: fatigue, low grade persistent depression, insomnia.  I loved how focused she was and how she targeted my issues with bioidentical hormones and supplements.

I was so delighted by the results I had with hormone therapy. It helped with so many things. Our sex life was restored. My mood greatly improved and I generally started feeling so much better after starting my regimen.  

And finally, after years of suggestion, I found a way to stay physically fit as well.  I think improvement in mood allowed me to move forward and start working out regularly. That was so important and has helped so much.

Before working with Dr. Aimée, I was content with low grade depression and a suffering sex life. After working with her, I feel vibrant, happy, fully engaged in my life. I was able to navigate through through a very hard time in my life with grace.

My experience with Dr. Aimée is different than with other doctors. I've developed a longstanding relationship with her over the years. I have never had that before with a health care professional. I always feel understood and heard; I always walk away knowing I have been well-cared for. It feels good to have this connection, and to have a holistic approach to my health care. I’ve had such good results and remain connected with my wellbeing and my relationship.

I highly recommend Dr. Aimée Shunney. Our work together has kept me healthy and happy!

-- Randi DeSalvo


"In one visit, Dr. Aimée relieved me of the painstaking thyroid troubles that were kicking my butt...

When I first walked into Dr. Shunney's office, it was winter of 2013, I just about had it with my thyroid. Hashimoto's thyroiditis was kicking my butt and I needed relief.

Dr. Shunney was kind, compassionate, patient, and most of all, she listened to me. Deeply. She sat across from me, looked me directly in the eyes -- not at a clipboard or computer -- and simply listened as I rattled on about fatigue, pain, restlessness, and my inability to figure out how to feed myself without destroying my poor thyroid.

She nodded in validation, asked pointed questions, and made me feel heard, and more importantly -- not crazy! She educated me about how my thyroid worked and why I needed to say goodbye to gluten, gently painting a picture in a way that made sense to me. Dr. Shunney also taught me how to be patient with my body, to be kind, as well as providing pretty specific details on how to eat. And she did this in a way that sounded easy and joyful (and it was). Given I was experiencing profound grief and stress at the time, I truly appreciated her kindness and the time she took with me, as well as her gentle suggestions regarding stress management. I never felt rushed, but rather as if I were her only patient.

I highly recommend Dr. Shunney; she clearly loves her work and her patients, she is highly skilled and, quite frankly, brilliant, and she is an intuitive and compassionate practitioner. And I am very grateful!

-- Sue Seely, CLC, CCHT

Holistic Self-Care Coach


"Dr. Aimée is extremely knowledgeable about menopausal management. She got my hormones back in balance in no time.

As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, I take choosing my own personal doctor very seriously.  In fact,  little do they know,  I interview them for the job!

When we relocated from Florida to California, I needed to find another naturopathic doctor.  

During my research, I came across Dr. Aimée Gould Shunney's name and I liked what I found out about her and her practice.  So, I attended one of her seminars and she had me at "hello". She is extremely knowledgeable in menopausal management and she soon got my hormones back to a balanced state in no time.  Dr. Aimée Shunney takes the time to listen to her patient's concerns and goes above and beyond to help them.  She is easy to talk to and she genuinely cares  about her patients.  Dr. Aimée Gould Shunney is one of a kind and I highly recommend her services to anybody in need of a naturopathic doctor.  Anyone would be lucky to have her as their doctor!

-- Leslie Sheppard, CHHC, AADP


"After suffering with low libido, I feel like a sexy woman again.

Before I found Dr. Aimée, I suffered with low libido, feeling uncomfortable in my own body, and desperately missed the “oomph” of my youth. Being newly married at 56, I wasn’t giving up, but my primary care physician did little to help. It wasn’t until Aimée tested my hormone levels and put me on some very reasonable, balanced hormones, two of them hand compounded (which I like a lot), that I started to feel like a sexy woman again. Our goal was to for me to feel like myself in time for my honeymoon in Paris and I am happy to say that it was very romantic and fun. I also had much more energy and spirit than before we started the hormone balancing act. Dr. Shunney is pretty brilliant!"

-- Jan Nicholas


"Because of Dr. Aimée, I feel better than I have in ten years. Thank you!

I’ve dealt with digestive health issues for nearly ten years, going from doctor to doctor with no clear diagnosis or improvement.

Dr. Aimée Shunney completely changed my health. She takes a truly comprehensive look at your health to find the root cause and will stand by you until you have found a solution. I really appreciate Dr. Shunney’s compassion and empathy, especially when so many doctors have dismissed my symptoms. Dr. Shunney is by far the best doctor I’ve ever worked with and I am so grateful for her support. Because of Dr. Shunney, I feel better than I have in ten years. Thank you Dr. Aimée Shunney!”

-- Maddy Casteel

"Booking my  appointment with Dr. Aimée Shunney was one of the best gifts I could have given myself.

For the past 5+ years, I have felt that my energy and stamina were slowly declining. My sister is a physician specializing in functional medicine, and recommended Dr. Aimée Shunney.

During my initial visit, Dr. Aimée asked specific questions regarding my overall health and listened attentively. She showed compassion and it appeared she knew what was going on with my health, even before any tests were completed.

Dr. Shunney recommended testing, which revealed, among many other things, that I have an allergy to all dairy products and eggs… foods that I consumed nearly every day. Wow! Since eliminating these foods from my diet, it has decreased my chronic nasal congestion and sneezing throughout the day.

Moreover, by eliminating these foods, my cholesterol is now under 200… It has not been this low since my late teenage years!

Dr. Shunney has been the first doctor that did not recommend “medications” to lower cholesterol, or for my chronic congestion. She made me aware of foods that should be eliminated from my diet, and foods to incorporate into my diet based on my specific needs. This information has been invaluable. I would highly recommend Dr. Aimée Shunney to anyone who is looking for optimal health. Her knowledge and expertise, along with compassion, is a gift to all of her patients.”

-- Joanne V.



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