Providing exceptional medical care to families since 1979
In 1979, Dr. Lee Rice envisioned a different style of medicine, free from the constraints of insurance and managed care — a patient-centered practice, with the right experts, providing a level of care that would change lives and make people well. As a pioneer in the field of wellness, Dr. Rice was ahead of his time. Lifewellness Institute is a labor of love for Dr. Rice and his wife Mary, and this love is evident in every aspect of the clinic and the care we provide.
Dr. Rice earned his B.S. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received his D.O. degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (now A.T. Still University). He completed his internship and Family Medicine residency in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. Currently, he is board certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine, and a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
Early in 2020, Lifewellness Institute created a partnership with San Diego Sports Medicine (SDSM), which was originally founded by Dr. Rice in 1979. To assist with this partnership, Dr. Shannon Cheffet, who has been with SDSM since 2013, joined Dr. Rice at Lifewellness Institute. Dr. Cheffet brings with her 19 years of experience and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She helped create the newest membership-based program at Lifewellness, Premier Primary Care, which offers patients expanded direct access to their physician while still utilizing insurance.
As family, sports, functional, and preventive medicine providers, we care for your entire family. Our patient families often trust us to care for multiple generations. We are experts in complex problems of aging, understanding adolescents and teens, and treating athletes of all ages. Mental health is another important part of your care, so we maintain relationships with a variety of mental health specialists, including the True Life Center and Hazeldon Betty Ford Clinic for help with addiction and substance abuse.
Lifewellness Institute frequently provides educational wellness programs to large and small businesses, lunch-and-learns, seminars, and online educational experiences in health and wellness. In addition, annual and year-round executive wellness programs are available to businesses that want to offer a more comprehensive health experience to their employees.
We are a thoughtful team of physicians, nurses, medical assistants, dietitians, and strength and conditioning specialists with the sole goal of providing exceptional care. Each visit to Lifewellness Institute is designed to optimize convenience and facilitate your health journey. In-house lab draws are available for annual and follow-up lab work. Our phlebotomists are highly skilled, quick and efficient, and know how to make it a “painless” experience. Lifewellness maintains radiology technicians for routine and acute X-ray needs.
We also offer bone density and body composition assessments in our year-round plans. With nutrition and fitness experts at your fingertips, you’ll learn the best way to meet your nutrition needs and how to optimize your fitness using reasonable goals that don’t rely on canned plans or advice. Most importantly, our physicians and staff deeply care about you and your health. They are available and accessible, knowledgeable, and committed to involving you in the development and implementation of your care plan. In short, our team is here to support you every step of the way.
Certified in functional nutrition and known for her practical advice, Linda sees patients in our clinic, provides corporate learning experiences, and teaches nutrition at the award-winning spas Rancho La Puerta and Rancho Valencia. When her father was diagnosed with heart disease, Linda was moved to complete a B.S. in Nutrition at CSULB and an internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI.
Besides her participation in supporting Grandma Lulu's Table and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Linda maintains memberships with Dietitians in Functional Medicine and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A devoted yogini, Linda also loves hiking, trips to the beach, and mostly hanging out with her family and her two dogs, Enzo and Camm.
Alex received her Bachelor of Science in Statistics from UCLA and has been an important part of the San Diego Sports Medicine-Lifewellness Family since 2016. Now exclusively at Lifewellness, she helps coordinate the front office and clinical team, handles patient contracts, is a MyChart expert, heads many projects, and addresses LWI technology needs--a true super genius! Alex is famously patient and warm with a great sense of humor. An avid lover of all animals, she has happily settled into a newly purchased home where she loves to read and snuggle with her beloved cat Kramer.
Rory holds an MS in Exercise Science from Point Loma Nazarene University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In addition to his contributions at Lifewellness, Rory is the current Director of Sports Performance for San Diego Surf Soccer Club. He frequently travels with his soccer club teams and is a soccer athlete himself. As a true lover of the outdoors, Rory enjoys Overland camping in his 4Runner and surfing trips to Baja. He exercises the creative side of his brain by documenting his travels through photography. Rory was born and raised in San Diego and is married to his high school sweetheart, Amelia. At home, you’ll find them hanging out with their dogs, Petey and Pancho, and their tuxedo cat, Pepe.