UNM Center for Life
4700 Jefferson St. NE
Suite 100
Albuquerque NM 87109

Appointments: (505) 925-7464

Fax: (505) 925-4539

Days / Hours of Operation: 
Monday - Thursday, 7:30am - 9pm 
Friday, 8am - 5pm 
Saturday, Call for times

2014 Holiday Hours
   - January 1, 2014 
   - January 20, 2014 
   - May 26, 2014 
   - July 4, 2014  
   - September 1, 2014
   - November 27-28, 2014 
   - December 24 & 25, 2014 

    About the Center for Life

    Mission Statement

    To provide customer-oriented, preventative services and medical care in a healing environment by integrating the highest standards of conventional and complementary medicine, and nurturing the intrinsic healing in the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.


    The Center for Life was inaugurated in 2007, as part of the expansion of the clinical services of the Section of Integrative Medicine at the UNM Health Sciences Center. Integrative Medicine is a healing-oriented practice that takes account of the whole person (mind, body, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and complementary. CFL receives support from the Department of Internal Medicine, the Health Sciences Center, the New Mexico State Legislature, and individual donors.

    As with most academic units, CFL provides clinical service, medical education, research, and community service. These are described in detail throughout this website and the Section of Integrative Medicine Website.


    Some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about your appointment at CFL: (Also, see the Patient Information section of our web-site for more information on the various services offered at CFL.)

    What happens in the Integrative Medicine Consultations? These new patient visits are one hour long with Drs. Prasad, Spencer or Cristi Jurata, CFNP. The consultations are for specific, already identified health problems. If the patient is from outside the UNM/UH system, then copies of the relevant work-up need to be faxed or brought to the clinic, along with the Intake Form that is mailed to the patient prior to the appointment.. The appointments are holistic and integrative consultations that include a detailed personal medical history including diet, stressors, emotions, exercise, sleep and more, for conditions such as cancer, weight loss, dietary issues, chronic pain, depression, menopausal issues, stress, and many other patient concerns. Remember to fill out the integrative medicine Intake Form, which is also posted on the Patient Information section, and bring it to your first appointment

    What does the doctor do in the Consultations? The provider does an assessment not only of the medical condition, but also of the patient’s life (social, emotional, etc.). Recommendations are made for integrating complementary with conventional therapies in a way that is both safe and effective. The focus is on healthy life-style habits. Counseling for nutrition, physical activity and mind-body medicine is given. The providers will recommend supplements and other therapies when appropriate, but will generally not prescribe medications, nor order diagnostic studies, deferring to the patient’s Primary Care Provider (PCP) for those.

    Will the doctor refer me to other services at CFL? Yes, the doctors will often refer their patients to other services at CFL, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, myofascial therapy, or Trigger Point Injections, counseling, and educational classes.

    What if I develop a new problem after I’m seen at CFL? Since we are a specialty clinic and not a primary care clinic, if a new problem develops after being seen for an Integrative Consultation, then you need to see your PCP to get it evaluated first. If you want to be seen at CFL for this new problem, you will need a new referral.

    I have been referred for Trigger Point Injections (TPI). What is that? TPI is a system for pain relief dealing with referred pain and its origins. The trigger points are typically injected with Lidocaine which is a local anesthetic. CFL providers also use other forms of natural and homeopathic injections.

    Do I need a referral for acupuncture? Yes, you will need a referral for acupuncture. The first visit is 90-minutes, and the follow-up visits are one hour. Remember to fill out the Intake Form posted on the Patient Information section and bring it to your first appointment. Our Doctors of Oriental Medicine are nationally certified in Acupuncture and Chinese herbs, so you may want to consider an herbal consultation as well. This is still treated like an acupuncture appointment, and needs a referral. Dr. Smith-Fassler also does cosmetic acupuncture. This service is a pay-up-front service and does not need a referral. Call the clinic (925-RING) for more information.

    Do I need a referral for Hypnotherapy? No, the Medical Hypnotherapy sessions are pay-up-front. No referral is needed. Call the clinic (925-RING) for more information on prices and offerings. Hypnotherapy is effective for weight loss, pain relief, anxiety, trouble sleeping, smoking cessation, and many other problems.

    Do I need a referral for Counseling? Yes, you will need a referral for counseling. All visits are one hour. CFL’s Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor provides services for psychiatric concerns related to conditions being treated by providers at CFL. You will be mailed a Counseling Form prior to your visit. Remember to fill it out and bring it with you to your appointment.

    Do I need a referral for Chiropractic? Yes, you will need a referral for chiropractic. CFL’s Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine provides services for conditions related to the bone structure. The first visit is one hour. Subsequent visits are 30 minutes.

    Are there massage services at CFL? Yes, we have three massage therapists. Each have a different field of expertise and offer a wide range of therapies. They utilize a multi-system approach to the body: the nervous system, the body’s musculature, fascia, joints, bones, lymphatic system and visceral (organ) system. They work with the patient and the patient’s goals. The massage therapy is also a pay-up-front service, no referral needed. Myofascial and Visceral Therapy requires a referral and may be covered by insurance. . Call the clinic (925-RING) for more information.