Center for Healthier Living

Carline Louis-Jacques, MD

OB-GYN located in Torrance, CA

About Dr. Louis-Jacques

Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques has been providing skilled medical care and lifestyle and nutritional guidance to her patients for more than two decades, helping women understand their bodies and their health risks and needs so they can enjoy life at every stage. At her private practice in Torrance, CA, Dr. Louis-Jacques offers women a comprehensive array of medical services, including birth control and family planning services, gynecological care, obstetrical care, treatments for hormonal imbalances, nutritional evaluations and counseling, and medical weight loss that's optimized for each patient's unique needs.

Board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Louis-Jacques is dedicated to the patients she serves, promoting self-empowerment and self-awareness in each patient by listening to their health concerns and providing them with the most appropriate testing and treatment for optimum health and wellness. She believes strongly in educating her patients so they can take control of their health and their lives through both traditional medicine and holistic approaches including lifestyle and nutritional changes.

Dr. Louis-Jacques believes in establishing strong relationships with her patients so she can provide customized care that's individualized for every patient's needs and preferences. She understands the trust and cares her patients place in her, and she has a deep respect for her patients and the concerns and issues they face.

After completing her undergraduate degree at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts, Dr. Louis-Jacques earned her M.D. At Albert Einstein College of Medicine and her M.P.H. from Columbia University, as well as an internship and residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.

When not at work, Dr. Louis-Jacques enjoys spending time with her three sons, exploring the outdoors, yoga, reading, music, scrapbooking and power walking. She speaks English, French, and Spanish, and her office works with all major insurance companies.

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Center for Healthier Living

Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques has been providing skilled medical care and lifestyle and nutritional guidance to her patients for more than two decades, helping women understand their bodies and their health risks and needs so they can enjoy life at every stage. At her private practice in Torrance, CA, Dr. Louis-Jacques offers women a comprehensive array of medical services, including birth control and family planning services, gynecological care, obstetrical care, treatments for hormonal imbalances, nutritional evaluations and counseling, and medical weight loss that's optimized for each patient's unique needs.

Board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Louis-Jacques is dedicated to the patients she serves, promoting self-empowerment and self-awareness in each patient by listening to their health concerns and providing them with the most appropriate testing and treatment for optimum health and wellness. She believes strongly in educating her patients so they can take control of their health and their lives through both traditional medicine and holistic approaches including lifestyle and nutritional changes.

Dr. Louis-Jacques believes in establishing strong relationships with her patients so she can provide customized care that's individualized for every patient's needs and preferences. She understands the trust and cares her patients place in her, and she has a deep respect for her patients and the concerns and issues they face.

After completing her undergraduate degree at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts, Dr. Louis-Jacques earned her M.D. At Albert Einstein College of Medicine and her M.P.H. from Columbia University, as well as an internship and residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.

When not at work, Dr. Louis-Jacques enjoys spending time with her three sons, exploring the outdoors, yoga, reading, music, scrapbooking and power walking. She speaks English, French, and Spanish, and her office works with all major insurance companies.


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Dr. Louis-Jacques's Manifesto

I have wanted to be a physician ever since I was eight years old. I wavered maybe once or twice, and mostly because I doubted my conviction and thought it was impossible to have made up my mind so early in my life and meant it. I thought I was foolish to stay on track. When those other Plan B career choices didn’t amount to much, I embraced the passion and purpose that made me so driven at such an early age.

I still remember the excitement I felt when I was able to finally start my career in medicine. The moment I entered high school and was able to become a “candy striper”, that was the pivotal moment of my life. If I close my eyes now, I can still smell the scent of the hospital on that first Saturday as I entered Queens General Hospital in New York, and can still hear the beating of my heart. There was nothing that I didn’t volunteer to do, and no job was too much of a challenge. I was completely in awe of everyone that I encountered who was involved with patient care. I still remember Dr. Marc Yunis, who was always so gentle and kind, and so encouraging. He never minded answering all of my questions. My passion was summarized when I graduated high school with over 1500 volunteering hours. I spent practically all my free time at the hospital.

In medical school, I was most intrigued by the surgical fields. I thought I would become a general surgeon. I didn’t entertain gynecology at all because I knew it came with its evil twin, obstetrics, and there was no way I was going to go through life being sleep deprived. Imagine my distress when the first baby I delivered left me on an emotional high that couldn’t be duplicated in any of the specialties that I rotated through. I searched through each rotation for the high that would make me change my mind. Pediatrics made me cry. There were so many border babies who were abandoned by their mothers that their plight consumed me emotionally. Medicine was also very sad. It made me feel that obtaining good health was impossible and insurmountable. Making people well to me appeared to be a temporary fix. I was convinced that patients believed in only “pills for ills” and it is only now that I see why I couldn’t go into medicine. I was disgusted by the general surgeons because they were crass and mean to the residents, awful to their patients and embodied the spirit of “demigods” that I couldn’t relate to. I found the field more limited than what I wanted, and there were no “high” moments other than that incredible long 8 hour plus surgery that I was involved in and whose detail I have long forgotten.

I feel that obstetrics & gynecology chose me. It offered me the surgery that I loved and the obstetrics that I fell in love with. The process from prenatal care to the actual delivery of a child who is born with endless and unknown possibilities have never ceased to stop amazing me. I love the interactions with women of all ages, varied backgrounds, and cultures. I feel it is the most diverse field in medicine and offers the physician the option to be an integral part of a woman’s life through all stages of her life.

I have been in private practice since 1993, and I still love my job. My practice allows me to provide compassionate and personalized care. As a gynecologist, I am a physician, but I am part teacher, psychiatrist, mother, sister, and friend to many of my patients. I believe in developing a personal connection because it allows me to understand the person better, know the journey that led them to me, and to then be able to provide the help that makes sense.

As an obstetrician, I have a lot of high-risk patients that I am comfortable to manage. My experience comes from my seven years of practice in Sullivan County New York where I was one of 2 Ob/GYN doctors serving my community hospital. The nearest tertiary or referral medical centers were miles away. The remote location made me self-reliant and helped me to develop my experience in managing almost all high-risk situations. The luxury of practicing in Torrance California is that I do have doctors readily available to assist me in caring for my patients.

As an obstetrician, I am biased against home deliveries, but I do understand the angst that women experience that lead them to seek this alternative and potentially dangerous alternative to a hospital delivery. There is a general belief amongst the couples that seek home birth that the care of an obstetrician is not personalized, doesn’t support the woman’s involvement in her care, and is too “interventional” and too quick to perform a Cesarean section mostly because it is convenient to the doctor.

In my residency, I was trained by doctors and midwives. I feel that the midwifery experience allowed me to provide similar care in an environment that can readily adapt to an emergency if one was to occur. My Cesarean section rate is extremely low, and I welcome the involvement of the parents completely. I see my role as an expert assistant. The memories that the parents will have the birth of their child is priceless, and it should be a happy one. I have delivered too many babies to remember every childbirth that I have attended. I believe in what Maya Angelou have said, and I paraphrase her here: people may not remember what you said to them, but they will remember how you made them feel.

Recently, I received a call from a patient I helped deliver more than 20 years ago as a resident. She found me after all these years because she always thought of me around the birthday of her son. According to her, she was severely sick when she again presented to the clinic. She said that I noticed the severity of her illness and intervened. She eventually delivered but had to deal with kidney problems and high blood pressure. She feels that if I had sent her home as the others had done, she probably would have died. After all these years she wanted to thank me for saving her life and that of her son who was turning 24. Her story gave me goosebumps and brought me to tears. I vaguely remembered her, but she remembers still how I made her feel.

I am involved with my patients from their first visit to the hospital delivery and postpartum period. I deliver most of my babies. I wish that I can deliver all but I have children who do need me at home, and I need also to have my own free time and space to do the things that bring me joy. In my absence, I usually am covered by an esteemed colleague whom I have trust with my care.

I still prefer gynecology. I love to operate when surgical intervention is necessary, and I am a very good surgeon. However, I believe in preventative care, and my goal is not to let a problem become a surgical option. Most of my surgeries are out-patient because I am skilled in hysteroscopy and laparoscopy.

Utilizing these modalities, I can perform hysterectomies, ablation (an alternative surgery for hysterectomy), remove ovarian cysts, evaluate the pelvis for unexplained pelvic pain, permanent sterilization without cutting, and diagnose endometriosis and remove fibroids vaginally or abdominally. I can perform all these surgeries and have the patient able to go home the same day and recuperate in the comfort of her home.

I manage a lot of women with the hormonal imbalances that include polycystic ovarian syndrome, metabolic syndrome, hormonal imbalance and perimenopausal and postmenopausal symptoms. Treatment is usually integrative utilizing herbal supplements, bio-Identical hormonal replacement, and home remedies as well as prescriptive medicine.

My interest in holistic medicine was inspired by women from a local ashram in upstate NY. As a young and new physician right out of residency, practicing in a small rural community was intimidating. The women from the ashram were different than the local women. They were more polished, worldlier, and had the confidence to introduce me to a style of medicine that I was not taught in residency. It was during my first year there that I realized why I was so turned off by the medicine rotation in residency. Over my eight years of schooling, I was taught the “pills for ills” philosophy. Within one year my eyes were opened to the realization that it was healthy choices that included a balanced diet, being active and having positive connections with others that were necessary for a healthy life. Not pills. Once my AHA moment came, it made sense to me why, for the most part, illness was no accident, and good health was no coincidence.

I have continued to develop my interest in holistic and alternative medicine because I have continued to see firsthand that when a patient takes control of her health and not rely on pills, she becomes empowered and is her advocate, helping to direct the care that she receives. Feeling empowered leads usually to an improvement in her health contributes to her self-confidence and mental state. In medicine, as in life, bad things do happen, but the extent that it happens in medicine is modified when the person’s core is healthy, and she feels invested in her care. My practice's mission is to help promote self-empowerment and self-reliance in my patients by listening to their health concerns, address their health needs with the appropriate tests and diagnostic tools that will enable me to offer my expertise in helping them to reach optimal health.

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Dr. Louis-Jacque's OB Profile Management

  • Delivered over 4,000 babies 
  • Low primary cesarean section rate
  • Proponent of vaginal birth after cesarean section
  • Personal care from the first visit to the birth of the baby
  • Coaches the father to help with the delivery of the baby- an Unforgettable experience and an important way of getting the father involved- creates lifetime memories
  • Have delivered all the children in multiple families- a feat not easily accomplished in big practices
  • Deliver over 85% of all registered moms
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Credentials

EDUCATION

  • College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts, B.A. Degree, 1984

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Bronx, New York, M.D. Degree, 1988

  • Columbia University

New York, New York, M.P.H. Degree 1989

INTERNSHIP & RESIDENCY

  • St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

New York, New York, 1989-1993

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Private Practice

Torrance, CA, September 2002 to Present

  • Clinician, California Obstetrics & Gynecology Services

Los Angeles, CA, January 2002 to September 2002

  • Private Practice

Liberty, NY, 1993 to 20000, Owner

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Torrance, CA

  • Little Company New York

Torrance, CA

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What to expect during Prenatal Exam

The first visit is an “intense” (need a better word) visit with the purpose of introducing my philosophy to the parents. It is a very important visit to assess the past and current history of both parents & family members, an evaluation of genetic risks, environmental & medicinal exposures & lifestyle and to then assess how the pregnancy and the baby’s health can be affected.

During subsequent visits, the interpersonal bond between doctor and patient is solidified to promote healthy communication and the clear understanding of the medical management. Pregnancy risk assessment is performed during every visit. Some patients feel that there is too much medical intervention that contributes to a high cesarean section rate and unnecessary medical procedures being done that drive many women to consider a home birth. I agree. I am open-minded and prioritize the labor experience to be meaningful and memorable to the parents. My delivery approach is influenced by the wishes of the parents with both parties being on the same page to guarantee safe passage for the baby.

As in all aspect of my practice, I encourage healthy eating habits & lifestyle, exercise and positive connection with friends and family. The nine months of pregnancy have a lifelong effect on the life of the baby, and it is very important and crucial that the mom and home environment create a safe haven for the baby.

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Diagnostic Services

We offer a variety of tests to help you obtain optimal health. We can help you choose the right test for you that will address your health concerns. For your convenience, we can draw most of your labs in our office.

Complete Hormonal Evaluation:

Measures your body’s major hormones: estrogen, progesterone, & testosterone; and their metabolites. It also measures if your body is in a state of wear & tear, or state of growth, as well as your risk for estrogen dominated cancers.

Nutritional Evaluation:

Good nutrition helps prevent chronic illness & disease. We can test your body’s levels of essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, proteins and amino acids to help you stay healthy and supplement safely.

Toxic Elements:

Reveals if you have high levels of toxin such as mercury that can lead to cellular damage that accelerates your risk for cancer & aging.

 Adrenal Stress:

The top 10 drugs in America treat diseases that can be attributed to stress. This test measures four cortisol levels within 24 hours as well as your DHEA levels to evaluate your stress risks.

Cardiovascular Health:

Evaluates risk associated with lipid deposits. Inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, and clotting factors that can cause cardiovascular disease.

Digestive Function:

Assess inefficient breakdown and absorption of nutrients and food allergies that are associated with ailments ranging from obesity and chronic fatigue to immune deficiency and increased the risk of heart disease.

Genetic Cancer Screens:

Genetic carriers for breast, ovarian and colon cancer have an 80% chance of developing cancer. Testing offers opportunities for treatment that can help you survive cancer. Knowing is daunting but not knowing can kill you prematurely.

Well Woman:

The basic screening tests selected to evaluate to evaluate your liver, kidney, cardiovascular system, cholesterol level, thyroid, and diabetes risk.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome:

Hormonal imbalance can increase your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, infertility, irregular/missed cycles, abnormal hair growth, weight gain and uterine cancer. Early detection makes this a treatable condition.

Food Sensitivity & Allergy:

Tests your immune response to food & factors in your environment such as mold & gluten that can expose allergic reactions that can adversely affect your health.

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Gynecology Services

We offer innovative & comprehensive health care for today’s woman across different race, culture, ethnicity & socioeconomic background through all stages of her life. To achieve our mission, we focus on preventive health care that includes concise diagnostic testing, treatment, and education to motivate women to live healthier and more vibrantly.

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Obstetric Services

Having a baby is an exhilarating experience in a woman’s life. Our mission is to provide natural and holistic prenatal care that is competent, professional & personal to safeguard the healthy delivery of your child. We offer you the widest range of obstetrical care in the South Bay that includes ultrasounds, prenatal seminars, guidance for breastfeeding, & nutritional support. It’s your pregnancy and we are honored to be able to assist you in the safe delivery of your child.

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Hormonal Treatment

Feeling moody, grumpy & tired?

Have brain fog & can’t think clearly?

Having problems sleeping or feeling sexy?

Feeling fatigued, anxious or overwhelmed?

Your symptoms may be due to hormonal imbalance. At Center for Healthier Living, we offer a variety of hormonal & nutritional tests designed to assist in the prevention and treatment of hormone-related symptoms and conditions. The importance of testing is that lifestyle changes & treatment can be directed at replacing what your body is missing. Living well is a choice you make.

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Major Insurance Plans Accepted

We accept most PPO plans. Please contact our office if you have any questions. 

Aetna
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
Humana
MetLife
Tricare
UnitedHealthcare
Location
Center for Healthier Living
24241 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite 201
Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: 310-728-2118
Office Hours

Carline Louis-Jacques, MD
24241 Hawthorne Boulevard
Suite 201
Torrance, CA 90505