Dextrose Prolotherapy and PRP Prolotherapy for Joint Pain in San Diego

Prolotherapy is a cutting edge regenerative injection treatment used to repair injured ligaments, tendons and joints for people suffering from pain, joint instability and osteoarthritis. Ligaments and tendons generally have a poor blood supply and consequently, incomplete healing is common after an injury. Coupled with frequent use of NSAIDs, ice and cortisone, it is easy to see why chronic pain is so common.

Prolotherapy is considered a powerful alternative to surgery and a healthier option to pain medications and anti-inflammatory injections such as cortisone or other steroidal injections. The revolutionary treatment is minimally invasive and is affordable to boot, allowing you to return to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

Dextrose Prolotherapy involves injecting dextrose with an anesthetic into a damaged area, usually a ligament, tendon or joint. This solution causes a local, mild irritation initiating an inflammatory response that “turns on” the body’s powerful healing process. This procedure stimulates the growth of new ligament, tendon and cartilage in the damaged area.

The ligaments and tendons produced after prolotherapy appear much the same as normal tissues, except they are thicker and stronger due to the new and ongoing creation of tissue. This new stronger and healthier tissue provides you with a more stable joint, a correction from past pain and discomfort.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.

Thyroid Imbalance Symptoms and Treatment in San Diego

Many people struggle with thyroid imbalance, which can negatively manifest through a variety of different ways.

Patients with hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland, can experience symptoms such as low energy, constipation, weight gain, fluid retention, hair loss, cold sensitivity and depression. Patients with hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid gland, can experience symptoms such as anxiety, diarrhea, heart palpitations, heat sensitivity and insomnia.

At Spark Health, we determine the underlying cause of your thyroid imbalance. In addition to checking thyroid, hormone and cortisol levels, our doctors test for any autoimmune diseases may be affecting normal thyroid functions, such as Hashimotos Thyroiditis or Graves disease.

Spark Health doctors treat thyroid disorders with a comprehensive approach that uses prescription and natural thyroid support, as well as nutrition and lifestyle modifications. By treating the underlying cause of thyroid imbalance, the associated symptoms are alleviated.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.

Natural Treatment for Anxiety/Depression in San Diego

If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, you have probably felt discouraged by doctors simply prescribing medications for your symptoms. You probably feel frustrated about the lack of improvement with medication alone too.

At Spark Health, we work together with our patients to uncover the cause of your symptoms. Through extensive testing of brain chemistry, or neurotransmitters, as well as genetic testing for accurate medication response, our doctors can tailor a medication or supplement treatment protocol to be designed specifically for your body’s needs.

Anxiety and Depression Symptoms:

  • Excessive Worrying
  • Feeling Agitated
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Irritable
  • Muscle Tension
  • Unable to Fall Asleep/Remain Asleep
  • Panic Attacks
  • Uncomfortable in Social Situations
  • Increase in Fears

Spark Health patients who follow their custom treatment protocols benefit from boosts in long-term mental health and well-being.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.

Female Hormones Imbalance – Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women in San Diego

Many people associate hormone imbalances with menopause, but there are many cases where women need support in balancing hormone levels throughout their lives. These include help regulating menstrual cycles, fertility or to decrease symptoms of menopause.

At Spark Health, we run comprehensive testing that looks at all the contributing factors in hormone synthesis, as well as hormone levels. We treat hormone imbalances safely and effectively by using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy from the highest quality compounding pharmacies.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.

Leaky Gut Symptoms and Treatment in San Diego

If you have leaky gut, you may experience digestive issues that come and go, and it can be difficult to figure out a trigger. Many foods at various different times can cause you to react sensitively,  and without a consistent pattern.

Common symptoms of leaky gut include gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and fatigue. Because it can be challenging for patients to identify the root cause of their symptoms, at Spark Health we offer extensive testing that examines the entire digestive tract environment.

Our doctors investigate why your body is suffering from issues such as inflammation, immune response, nutrient absorption or food sensitivity. To treat leaky gut. we remove known food triggers, rebuild the lining of the digestive tract and restoring proper bacterial balance.

If you’re interesting in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.

Migraines and Headaches – Natural Medical Treatment in San Diego

For those of us suffering from migraines and frequent headaches, it can be a challenge to find the trigger. Without understanding the cause of what’s behind the migraines, many patients with chronic headaches are limited in their day-to-day activities because of the pain, nausea and fatigue they cause.

At Spark Health, we look to uncover the root cause of your headaches by approaching treatment from a holistic, personal perspective. Our doctors work together with specialists to offer the necessary nutrition, natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief supplements and physical medicines to make those migraines go away.

If you’re interesting in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.

Functional Lab Testing – Specialty Lab Tests in San Diego

At Spark Health, we approach lab testing and interpretation in a unique way. Rather than simply looking to see if patient lab values fall within a wide, normal range, we look at achieving the ideal values for optimal health, wellness and symptom management.


Spark Health doctors discuss lab findings with our patients in detail, so they understand not only what the values mean individually, but how they come together to form the big picture of how the body functions as an environment. Many patients undergo lab testing without receiving the right information and guidance to then address their health challenges and achieve their wellness goals. Spark Health doctors ensure that patients have a true understanding of how their body functions.


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Naturopathic Doctor Visit at Spark Health

The initial appointment at Spark is an extremely in-depth and thorough visit to see the full picture of your body’s state of health. During this appointment you and your doctor will work together to establish your health goals, address specific challenges you’re experiencing and determine what specialized lab tests to run.

Your Lab Review Appointment is a very eye-opening and empowering visit. Your doctor will review in detail all of the findings from the specialty lab tests that were run so that you understand exactly what is going on inside of your body, and explain how each of these results has been playing a role in the complete picture of your current health.

Your personalized health plan built to address the individual needs of your body, so that together you and your doctor will have a road map that will successfully guide you to excellent health. If you’re interesting in learning more about the Spark approach to personalized medicine, visit our website at, or give us a call at 858.228.4188.



Candida Treatment at Spark Health

If you have candida or yeast overgrowth, you are likely experiencing digestive symptoms such as gas, abdominal bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. You may also have problems with weight gain, anxiety, headaches, or skin in issues such as eczema, acne, or psoriasis. Candida is caused by an imbalance of the beneficial and harmful bacteria in the digestive system, and results in an overgrowth of yeast, which causes these symptoms. At Spark Health, we approach Candida diagnosis and treatment with a comprehensive, integrative approach that includes accurate lab testing, eradicating the yeast, starving them of their dietary fuel sources, and changing the environment of the digestive system to discourage regrowth.

If you’re interesting in learning more about the Spark approach to personalized medicine, visit our website at, or give us a call at 858.228.4188. 


Dr. Aliza Cicerone: Women Leaders

Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND, FABNO
Owner and Medical Director, Spark Health
Solana Beach, California

Greeting us with a warm welcome and sparkling smile, Dr. Cicerone is immediately engaging and full of life. She is a physician with a true heart for healing and who describes her role in the lives of her patients with words like “partner”, “advocate” and “navigator”. She describes it as a “privilege to share the lives of my patients” – the ups and downs that make us human on our path to optimal health.

Tell us more about your approach to medicine.
For me it’s all about empowering patients- being patient centered and helping them realize they have a true say in their own health. Many people don’t really realize they can change their health in dramatic ways! I tell them, “This is about YOU and what’s right for you.” Each person needs to pay attention to what’s inside and to what’s right for them. Each person is unique- which is why we use the term Personalized Medicine and designed a logo that shows an individual fingerprint.

I partner with my patients to navigate the best path to look, feel and perform best in every important area. I am deeply committed to a holistic approach and take the time needed to explore causes that sometimes aren’t obvious. Our time together is a conversation between equals in a safe place where each of us can be Real. Sometimes they cry, sometimes I cry or we find ourselves laughing and sharing stories about our pets and kids and everyday stuff that makes us who we are! It’s not ‘command-control’ between doctor and patient. I strive to create an environment of empowering support that helps people own their health and take control.

Why the name Spark Health?
Our name speaks to that process of getting in touch with the part of each person that ignites the passion . . .

 . . . to be really healthy and in control of his or her well-being. That special Spark in your eyes and walk that says you are alive and well!
One of my favorite things is to see people who come in on Day One a bit downcast, tired or just not their best– and then one, two or three months later they are truly different people: they come in with a huge sparkle in their eyes, a different spirit- happy and engaged!  It’s just amazing. I love it and that’s why I’m here!

What advice can you give for women who are starting up or growing a new business or department?
First of all, I like to ask “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” I’ve failed before- so what?  I get up again! Who’s telling you can’t do it? Don’t let fear immobilize you!Another thing important for women in particular is that there is a pressure to “do it all and have it all” – but in reality nobody has that- it’s just a façade. Give up perfectionism! Pick the thing that makes you happy, that you are good at, and do whatever you can to make that happen. I’ve seen my friends take a seed and grow it. They start slowly, methodically- without trying to be biggest and best overnight. Just keep taking the next step that’s in front of you!

Also, just because you have a great idea doesn’t mean you know the best action steps to take next!  I finally realized you don’t have to do it on your own- in fact you can’t really and succeed. You have to be open to letting people help. Doctors often make poor business managers- so I partnered with a person with business expertise. Hiring a business manager or coach lets you focus on what you are good at!

Lastly, I realize that for my business I have to be authentic. I have to walk the walk, be the healthiest I can be or I can’t give my patients everything they deserve!  If you run yourself into the ground, how can you help others… what example are you setting?

How do you hope to grow your business?
This is our flagship location here in Solana Beach and we will continue to keep it at full capacity. We keep our practice here contained, a “one stop shop”, so patients don’t have to go all over the place to get lab work or supplements or other services. Our integrative model, offering a wide variety of treatments and therapies in one place is catching on, and our ability to work easily with conventional doctors is a huge plus. We like to be close to people’s homes or businesses so our next step is to launch satellite clinics in other regions in California and expand.

Finally, we like to ask, what truly makes your heart sing?
Personal transformation! Giving people the tools to make life easier. Life doesn’t have to be a struggle -it can be beautiful and joyful every single day. It doesn’t have to be reserved for the one to two weeks a year of vacation when you can finally get away! That just doesn’t work very well and it is too much pressure! Elements of pleasure, joyfulness and letting loose need to be built in every day. Helping others create a daily wellness lifestyle that works for them is such a joy to me.

Another big thing is the opportunity to educate and provide others with options and a variety of paths to achieve the outcome – including conventional physicians who sometimes don’t realize the expertise a Naturopathic Physician can bring. As an expert in combining conventional and naturopathic oncology treatments, I’m able to be a great resource to other docs- which is another privilege.

What is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician (ND)? How are you different from a naturopath?
A licensed ND is regulated like an MD with a national organization that oversees standards of practice. Just like MDs, a ND completes four years of post-graduate medical school and a residency, and is licensed by the state. However, ND programs focuses on incorporating complementary and natural therapies into conventional treatment approaches. In the states that license NDs, they are qualified as primary care physicians and usually combine conventional and non-conventional treatments, partnering with their patients to achieve the best outcomes.

A naturopath, on the other hand, is usually a non-medical health professional who has completed courses offered online or in-person that vary according to personal interest.

Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND FABNODr. Cicerone’s credentials and practice
Dr. Aliza Cicerone earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She holds an additional Board certification in Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). Dr. Cicerone began her career as a staff physician at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. To her surprise, she discovered after a few years doing exactly what she had thought she had always wanted to do, that her true longing was to start a practice of her own. Since then Spark Health has become an industry leader in personalized natural medicine offering services such as hormone balancing, weight loss, pain management, detox programs, vitamin shots and IV nutrient therapy. Dr. Cicerone’ special focus is cancer treatment and survivorship.

Learn more at or visit her lovely location in Solana Beach.