Dr. Soyona Rafatjah is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and Medical Director and Co-Founder of PrimeHealth.
She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan with a BSE in Biomedical Engineering, received her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and did her residency training at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL.
Prior to starting PrimeHealth, she was a physician at Parsley Health in New York City, a technology-forward Functional Medicine practice where she was integral to its rapid growth.
Dr. Rafatjah worked and received expert mentorship at the renowned Mount Sinai Beth Israel Center for Health and Healing, Dr. Frank Lipman’s Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, and Dr. Robert Rountree’s Boulder Wellcare.
She was the Principle Investigator for three IRB-approved clinical trials studying the effects of herbal supplements for the treatment of tension headaches, upset stomach, and the common cold.
Having grown up with a Korean mother and an Iranian father, I was raised with openness, knowing that no perspective is absolute, and different things work for different people. My approach to healthcare is similar, in that I recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
I was originally attracted to studying medicine because it is a crossroads among creativity, science, and humanity. Even before medical school, I knew that health is not created by prescription medications. While medications can play an incredible role, they do not promote wellness. I realized that in order to truly help my future patients live their healthiest lives, I needed to look beyond the medical school curriculum. In my free time throughout medical school and residency, I studied and attended conferences on topics like Functional Medicine and clinical nutrition, exercise, the integral role of the microbiome, the power of supplements and herbs, acupuncture and Eastern philosophies, homeopathy, hormone therapy, and more – shockingly, each of these important teachings has little or no mention in conventional medical training.
When I left residency, I immediately started implementing these treatment strategies with my own patients and witnessed many of them getting better from illnesses that I was taught had no cure. I continue to further my education by attending conferences, doing my own research, and seeking out mentors who are practicing cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine, to help people heal, even if it may not be considered standard of care just yet.
I have worked in a variety of healthcare settings: hospitals, outpatient clinics, those that accept insurance, those that do not, and an annual membership practice. While no model is perfect, I found that the annual membership model allowed me to build the intimate relationships with my patients that not only seem best for promoting their long-term health and wellness, but also fulfill me. I believe that a strong doctor-patient relationship is one of the most influential factors in determining one’s health. Without its emphasis in our country, we have seen increasing chronic illnesses, increased healthcare spending, medical errors, and jaded patients and doctors. (For more information on this bountiful topic, see this NYT article.)
I moved from New York City to Denver for the pursuit of more balance, fresh air and mountains, and to create a medical practice that I truly believe provides the best of what healthcare has to offer today. I look forward to seeing my patients transform into a healthier version of themselves and supporting them throughout the process.
“I was a patient of Dr. Soyona Rafatjah in NYC from April 2017 through June 2018. During that time, Dr. Rafatjah uncovered, identified and established a protocol for the many health issues I faced, issues that went misdiagnosed by so many medical doctors over the previous ten years! She treated my autoimmune disorders (Hashimoto’s and…
“She makes it a point to always know the latest information, protocols and therapies, which is so important when choosing a doctor. Believe it or not, there are some Functional MD’s who don’t bother to stay current!”
“I searched for 30 years for a truly integrative, holistic internist. I had basically given up, cobbling together various specialists and attempting to direct my own healthcare, when I found Dr. Rafatjah. I knew from the first appointment I had with her that she was going to be a doctor who would look at my…
“Dr Rafatjah is the thoughtful experienced doctor I’d been looking for, who practices new—integrative and holistic—medicine with a thorough knowledge of allopathic medicine and has an astounding capacity for asking the right questions and searching out a successful and very individualized therapy. A gifted wonderful physician.”
“My experience with Dr. Rafatjah has been immensely rewarding. I have struggled with allergies and inflammation my entire life. When I first sought her care in November of 2016, I had already been through two sinus surgeries, several ENTs, and more primary care docs and specialists than I could count. Dr. R’s holistic, total body…
“I went to her hoping to get off of my dependence on high intensity cortisone ointments, and to preserve my fertility. Dr Rafatjah identified some autoimmune issues that no other doctor or dermatologist had, got me on the right supplements, and helped me make the correct dietary changes. 2 years later I am 99% eczema…
“If every doctor were as bright and empathic as Dr. Rafatjah, the world would be a much happier and healthier place.”
“Dr. R is an incredible doctor and person. I worked with her for over a year on auto-immune and thyroid issues. I would highly recommend her to anyone and would give her more stars if I could.”
“She never seemed to get flustered or throw her hands up in the air like so many hot shot specialists I’ve seen at NYU and Columbia, etc. It was a dream to have a forward-thinking holistic minded MD as my primary care doc”
“At a time when healthcare has become increasingly anonymous, Dr. Rafatjah treats her patients with the utmost respect, and her care is spot on”
“Dr. Rafatjah is the best physician I have seen in years. She is empathetic, intelligent, and extremely knowledgeable. “
“She listened to me and helped me get to the root of the symptoms I was experiencing, when I had been dismissed by other professionals.”
“Dr. Rafatjah is the most caring and genuine health care providers I’ve worked with. She worked to find what was at the root of my health issues, rather than throw a band-aid on it. It felt more like working with a friend than a doctor.”
“Working with Dr. Rafatjah and PrimeHealth has been life altering. Within the first 6 months of working with her, I lost 30 lbs, energy has increased, and I reversed pre-diabetes, inflammation, and high cholesterol. “
“I knew something was “off” in my body and, after she ordered extensive blood work for me, she was able to diagnosis my rare condition. She then devised a creative and personalized treatment plan which improved and even reversed many of my symptoms. I feel so much better today because of the excellent care she…
“Dr. Rafatjah is clearly passionate about her work and about using data and cutting-edge clinical research to (1) find the root cause of her patients’ ailments, (2) apply evidence-based, lower risk holistic approaches to reach optimal outcomes, and (3) follow through with her patients to ensure a successful outcome and adjust course if/when necessary. If…
“Dr. Rafatjah changed my life. My food and lifestyle looked like I was perfectly healthy, but I never felt well. She started with my gut health and worked her way from there. Because she is so thorough she found my mercury levels were a high- since seeing her I have my energy back and my…
“Dr Rafatjah and Prime Health are the epitome of what healthcare should be. She is grounded, caring, wicked smart, and treats patients as valued members of the team”
“Would highly recommend Dr Rafatjah and Prime Health Denver to anyone and would trust them with treating my family members”
“She is highly intelligent and still compassionate in her care. She has been treating me for over a year now, and has helped me achieve my healthiest state”
“If you’re searching for hands-on, detailed, and attentive care- PrimeHealth is the answer. Dr. Rafatjah is absolutely incredible in her approach, knowledge, and care. She’s stunningly insightful and her team is very helpful.”
“So grateful to have met Dr. Rafatjah. She was recommended to me through a friend, and it’s hands down been one of the best recommendations I’ve ever had.”
“Dr Rafatjah is a brilliant physician who makes it her job to listen to her patients and looks at the overall picture of health (not just the absence of disease)! She is kind, compassionate, and always learning more to help others who have been unsatisfied with the current medical system.”
“This has honestly changed my life in more ways than I can detail here and I would highly recommend her to anyone.”
“Rather than being told what’s wrong with me and walking away with yet another prescription, she has empowered me with a deep understanding of my body and given the tools to maintain my own health, with her as a supporting partner. This has honestly changed my life in more ways than I can detail here…