Dr. Ruelas looks at the molecular, genomic, psychosocial, cultural, behavioral, and the spiritual path, taking each of his patients through bridges not yet crossed and transcending the connection of the mind, body, and spirit. His approach is unique, transforming, refreshing and progressive. He takes the time to understand what led up to the current situation, what may be contributing to the recurrent problems and outlining a plan to begin remedying one’s difficulties.
He understands Immunology, as a branch of biology that studies the immune system and the physiological functioning of the immune system in states of health and illness. Dr. Ruelas looks at both states and attempts to understand the missteps that occur in disease while working to optimize health. Such concepts as autoimmune disease, inflammatory and autoinflammatory dysfunction, hypersensitivity, and deficiencies. It is a fabric of studies that is interwoven in the fields of oncology, endocrinology, rheumatology, virology, bacteriology, parasitology, psychiatry, and dermatology. But in and of itself, the immune system within the body has no known location. There are components that might be outcomes but no one variable or variables are the system itself. Therefore, like the mind, it lies somewhere between matter, which plays a major role in the quality of life and maybe an outcome of the balance of energy our body mind and spirit interface with.
Dr. Ruelas completed his doctoral dissertation, studying the Neuropsychology of Attention Deficit Disorder and Dysthymia in Children. During his doctoral program he also studied psychoanalysis, and practiced child psychoanalysis for several years as well as providing Neuropsychological Assessment as needed for his patients. During his early program(s) Dr. Ruelas went on to study clinical hypnosis with Milton H. Erickson, M.D. having personal tutorials with him and under his teaching became proficient in the use of direct and indirect hypnotic techniques. Dr. Ruelas also studied with the Anthropologist Gregory Bateson and studied system theory and Cybernetics with the physicist Heinz Von Forester, Ph.D. He completed post-doctoral work with the Milan Group at the Institute for Family Studies in Milan Italy at the Universita Degzi Studi Di Milano with the Jungian Analysts Gianfranco Checchin, M.D. and Boscolo Luigi, M.D.
Dr. Ruelas went on to form the Orange County Society for Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnosis and brought together such great clinicians as Kay Thompson, DDS, John Weakland, Ch.E., David Cheek, M.D., Andre Weitzenhoffer, Ph.D., Humerto Maturana, Ph.D., Gianfranco Checchin, M.D., amongst others.
Simultaneously Dr. Ruelas worked in the public mental health systems. First with a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health where he helped to create a residential treatment facility for recovering addicts transitioning out of the penal system. He then went on to work with the Department of Mental Hygiene, State of California working with adolescents who had been placed in the State Hospital system for behavioral and emotional difficulties. From there Dr. Ruelas went to work with the County Department of Mental Health, initially in the Chemical Dependency Program working with inpatient detoxification of opiate users and providing outpatient counseling to them and their families. Later he continued his career in the Adult Mental Health Department where he worked in Crisis Management, Out-Patient Services and After Care Programs, dealing with patients suffering from severe mental illness. He later became one of the Service Chiefs for the Children and Youth Mental Health Service program for the County, managing outpatient and inpatient care for children and youth of the County and working closely with the Departments of Education and Social services before leaving to full time private practice.
Though Dr. Ruelas started off and has always worked with children, his study of the brain, mind and spirituality has made him knowledgeable to help individuals of all ages and walks of life. His work has expanded into the cellular biology of the body and mind and has expanded into work that is transpersonal and transforming. He has always been dedicated to children and youth and to the treatment of substance abuse disorders and how the use of chemical affects the molecular structure of the brain both in children and adults. His background in Neuropsychology offers him a broad perspective when dealing with each individual exclusively.
In 2003, Dr. Ruelas went back to his early training and in conjunction with the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, formed the first Ericksonian Integrative Medical Institute (EIMI) using the work of Dr. Erickson and applying Dr. Erickson philosophy, not only to psychology but to medicine. The EIMI program serves as a prototype that can enhance the unconscious process of each patient despite their symptoms or physical challenges. Dr. Ruelas advocates and using the unconscious mind at all stages of healing in preventive, restorative, and addiction medicine and in psychology.
After fifteen years of public service, Dr. Ruelas left his position the public health and went back to school and obtained his Medical Degree in Osteopathic Medicine completing his residency in Family Medicine. During his final year in residency, Dr. Ruelas served as the Chief Resident of his program. He soon thereafter pursued post-doctoral studies in Integrative Medicine. He obtained Board Certification with the American Board of Integrative Medicine and completed training with the Autism Research Institute obtaining the Highest Level of their DAN physician management program.
He is presently in full time private practice as an Integrative Physician practicing functional Mind-Body-Spiritual Medicine, working with all ages while he continues to have specialization with children, adolescent, and addiction medicine. He serves as the Medical Director and Clinical Psychologist for the Integrative Medical Institute and the Ericksonian Integrative Medical Institute.
One of his areas of medical expertise is Preventive, Integrative/Functional, Addiction and Mental Health Medicine. He is interested in imbalance and deficiency of essential elements of the body than of diseases. He utilizes biological studies to determine what if any essential elements, nutrients, antioxidants, or neurotransmitter precursors are either out of balance or depleted from the body. Dr. Ruelas will look at levels deeper than depletion, investigating the integrity of the cell membrane and intracellular organelles themselves to determine if cellular dysfunction exists. Through this approach, Dr. Ruelas has helped individual regain their energy, vitality, and minimize and even overcome a disease process. By investigating a matrix of root causes in the diagnostic and therapeutic process he opens a different way of treating complex and chronic states of stress to rebalance the lives of his patients, providing them once again with energy and vitality. Dr. Ruelas also provides detoxification for several different problems ranging from various toxins such as heavy metal, to chemical dependency. He is certified to prescribe SUBOXONE. (Read more about Suboxone therapy).
Dr. Ruelas remains very close to his training as a Clinical Psychologist, bringing into his care the emotional and mental health life of each of his patients. At the Institute where he practices, he is surrounded by colleagues who are also engaged in the practice of Mindfulness and Integrative Mental Health Care. The Institute makes available to their patient’s psychotherapy, mindfulness treatment, yoga consultation, and myofascial massage therapy.
He has presented nationally and internationally and has been a recognized speaker at the International Conference for Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. He founded the first Ericksonian Integrative Medical Institute and continues to present at national and international conference on Ericksonian techniques in psychology and medicine. His areas of psychological expertise include developmental, attention, learning and mood disorders. He has training in psychoanalytic, CBT and system modalities. He is trained in the use of hypnosis, NLP and in marital and family therapy. As a Neuropsychologist his expertise is in attention deficit, cognitive and pervasive developmental disorders and he is DAN certified. He uses both neuropsychological assessments the QEEG analysis and neurofeedback when working with patients.
Dr. Ruelas holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and finished his Doctoral Thesis on the Neuropsychology of Attention Deficit Disorder vs. Depression in Children and Youth. He later studied psychoanalysis and went on to practice as a Child Psychoanalyst, working with Children and Youth in the Public Mental Health System. He served as on the Service Chief for the Orange County Children and Youth Program west region area and later as a Service Chief for Children and Youth County Wide Inpatient Programs. He completed post-doctoral studies on family systems at the Universita Degzi Studi Di Milano in Italy and has always continued to work with children with developmental and behavioral delays including but not limited to cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges.
Dr. Ruelas started working in Addiction Medicine, first as Assistant Director of an inpatient treatment facility for individuals with known history of addiction coming out of the state penal system and transitioning back to the community. The program he helped to develop and worked in was funded by the National Institute of Health. Later he was an intake coordinator for the County inpatient opiate detoxification at the Brea Neuropsychiatric Hospital. He went on to treat and manage medically and psychological complicated substance dependent individuals with dual diagnosis. Most recently Dr. Ruelas was appointed to be on the Board of Trustee for the America Osteopathic Association of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM), where he served as Trustee for two years. He has written and presented on the topic of addiction medicine locally and nationally
Dr. Ruelas believes that many individuals who suffer from chemical addiction, are gifted and have been overwhelmed with what their brains absorbed from their environment and other people. He has found while teaching individual to manage their gifts, they are more easily able to transcend to health and give up the addiction they have had so close to manage their pain and disturbance.
Dr. Ruelas while embracing the opportunity to detoxify individuals from substances they may be abusing he helps them to differentiate what are the real problems they may be facing that are perpetuating heir disorders. Dr. Ruelas take the time and has the inherent skill to expand beyond what most centers are doing to treatment substance abuse disorder.
BRAIN/BODY ENHANCING HORMONE THERAPY:
Dr. Ruelas has been recognized as one of the eminent doctors in the field of bio-identical hormones and is mentioned by Suzanne Somers in her books, Breakthrough, Ageless and Shout Out. He understands that hormone affects the body systemically, not just gynecologically. He understands and embraces that hormone have been in the body almost immediately following conception and remain in the body systemically throughout the course of life. He is intent on safely balancing all molecules of the body including hormones thus bringing the body to an optimal state of harmony.
Dr. Ruelas recognizes that we have been and are presently undergoing an evolution in consciousness, in our awareness, and he is making every effort to bring spirituality to psychology and medicine. Consciousness can be understood as an awareness of something more than ourselves. Dr. Ruelas embraces the concept that matter makes up only 4% of the universe the rest is not visible to us. By learning to be open to this other intangible world(s) Dr. Ruelas believes healing is enhanced and quality of life is improved. Though many individuals confuse spirituality with religion , they block off this awareness. These concepts are not necessarily the same thing, though they can be integrated. By understanding the difference and coming to an alignment with your core self, and the energies around you, life may be dramatically improved.
Dr. Ruelas is completing a two-year program with the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico, a program studying mystics and spiritual transformation through the teaching of the Bible with Richard Rohr and James Finley amongst others. He is also enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program with the Claremont School of Theology, where he is studying theology and spirituality from a theological based perspective.
Dr. Ruelas is active in his local community engaged in activity with various church leaders and churches, he has a strong faith and brings his knowledge and belief of God into his daily practice.
Functional and Preventive Medicine, Adult and Child Neuropsychology, Adult and Child Clinical Psychology, Addiction Medicine