Simms-Mann Health and Wellness Center at Venice Family Clinic

Simms-Mann Health and Wellness Center at Venice Family Clinic

604 Rose Avenue

Venice, CA 90291

Myles Spar, MD, MPH, Director of Integrative Medicine

Telephone: 310-392-8630



The Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center at the Venice Family Clinic offers free, quality health care to people in need in the greater Los Angeles area.  The care is focused on the whole person and the whole family, with the goal of helping patients achieve optimal health and wellness.

Venice Family Clinic's Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center is the nation's first health, wellness, and integrative medicine program offered at a free clinic.  Founded in 2006, the Center’s programs provide a wide range of evidence-based integrated services that focus on the whole person and whole family.

In addition to high-quality conventional medical care, integrative medicine services include disease management, prevention and wellness programs.  Multi-modality approaches to chronic disease are utilized including mind-body therapies, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and osteopathic care.

The Center’s health, wellness, and integrative medicine programs include mental health services, chronic pain treatment and management, nutritional education, exercise classes, stress management, and obesity prevention and management.  The Clinic collects outcome data to measure efficacy and cost effectiveness.  Interns and residents rotating through the Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center learn an integrative approach to medical care.

The following are a list of the Center’s services and accomplishments:

  • The Chronic Pain Program is a collaboration with local acupuncture and chiropractic colleges.  The Clinic’s multi-disciplinary program addresses chronic painful conditions and offers a wide array of services including acupuncture, chiropractic care, osteopathy and mental health counseling.
  • Recognizing the harmful effects of untreated stress on the physical and mental health of its patients, the Clinic provides skill-based stress management classes facilitated by a trained social worker.  This Stress Management Program targets patients with chronic medical conditions especially depression, diabetes, asthma and hypertension.
  • The Parenting & Nutrition Skills Program utilizes social learning concepts and peer counseling to teach the parents of children ages 2-4 intervention strategies and skills directed at improving nutrition and fitness behaviors in the home.
  • The Family Weight Management Program is based on a curriculum developed by Kaiser Permanente and teaches children ages 5-12 and their families skills needed to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and make long-term behavioral changes to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Providers and staff are trained to utilize several tools to improve patients’ health behaviors related to nutrition and physical activity.  These tools include a Community Fitness Directory, which lists no- or low-cost fitness resources in the communities where patients live, and the distribution of jump ropes, pedometers and other tools that promote physical fitness.
  • The clinic's exercise program was developed to give the adult patients access to exercise and yoga classes at no cost and as a complement to other health and wellness programs.  Ultimately, the goal of the exercise program is to provide individuals with the tools and opportunities to be active and lead healthier lifestyles.
  • The Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center is designed to create an environment that supports patient healing, healthy lifestyles and overall wellbeing.  This design of the Center incorporates new health and wellness-focused activities and resources for patients throughout the facility.  Elements of the Center include a free-standing computer kiosk with health and wellness programming, health education literature, and health promotion television programming in the waiting area.
  • The clinic is a training site for residents and medical students from UCLA and other local residency programs, enabling future doctors of many different specialties to see how integrative medicine can be a powerful part of care for the underserved.