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Meet Dr. Carolyn Finnegan

Dr. Carolyn Finnegan is a Certified Functional Medicine Doctor in Oakland, CA. She came to Functional Medicine through her own health issues which included severe and constant pain, migraines, general inflammation, IBS, difficult periods, fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia. She understands what it feels like to not feel good.

She uses her extensive experience, expertise, and education, and use it to help you have a real understanding about what it takes to resolve your health issues.

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Meet The Team

Clinical Nutritionist

Magdalena Calabrese

Magdalena is a clinical nutritionist who specializes in functional and personalized nutrition. She helps clients optimize their health by conducting detailed root cause analyses and developing customized nutritional plans.

Magdalena holds a master’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) through the American Nutrition Association.


The CNS is an accredited certification that distinguishes advanced nutrition professionals, enabling them to practice medical nutrition therapy and other aspects of nutrition in many states.

Magdalena completed a one-year nutrition residency program at Dr. Kara Fitzgerald Functional Medicine Clinical Immersion Program. During the residency, she enhanced her clinical skills in applying nutrition therapy to a wide range of medical conditions.

Magdalena is a Certified ReCode Practitioner and Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach. She is currently continuing her education with the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Magdalena is passionate about investigating the root causes of biochemical and nutrient-related imbalances in the body. She uses evidence-based interventions, functional, and conventional lab testing to develop nutritional and lifestyle interventions.

Outside of the clinic, Magdalena enjoys all aspects of strength training. She works out regularly, hikes, and loves taking pictures. If she could, she would travel all year round with her son and husband.

Executive Assistant

Amanda Rulong

Amanda is a native of South Carolina, and has been in administration positions for over 10 years. Prior to joining the Core Wellness Functional Medicine team, her extensive background in customer service, and client relationship building was used in a variety of settings, such as a social media manager and receptionist for a busy medical office, an office manager at a popular hair salon, and owning and operating her own photography business for over ten years. Customer service and customer relations is her passion!


Outside of work, Amanda is a dedicated mother to three children, loves gardening, exercising, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Amanda’s career ethic has always been to be compassionate, empathetic, helpful, kind, and provide the highest level of customer service and support. At Core Wellness Functional Medicine, Amanda’s goal is to assist in truly making a difference in the health of the patients, by building a relationship with each patient she comes in contact with.

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