Who we are

Dr. Brizzie

Dr. Ron Brizzie is a board-certified physiatrist or physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, specializing in the treatment of various painful conditions. His passion in medicine is providing pain relief, maximizing the body’s ability to heal, and preventing future injuries. He is a San Diego native, and he knows the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

His education includes a Bachelor of Science from the University of California with cum laude distinction and honors. He engaged in two years of postgraduate research at the prestigious Brown University after receiving an apprenticeship award. He achieved his Doctor of Osteopathy at the top ranked University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine where he was the president of the Sigma Sigma Phi National Community Service and Honor Society. He performed his internship at Downey Regional Medical Center and was awarded the “Top Intern of the Year”. He completed his residency training with the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System/UCLA Multi-Campus then returned to San Diego to practice.

Dr. Brizzie is the founder and medical director of FUSION Physical Medicine, a holistic pain management center unlike any other. He incorporates a variety of individualized treatments unique to each patient with an emphasis on regenerative medicine techniques. Dr. Brizzie takes the time to listen to his patients and treats them like his own family.

Come on in and meet Dr. Brizzie and the FUSION Physical Medicine team-we are looking forward to seeing you!

Melissa Brizzie, L.Ac.

Melissa has the unique ability to combine her knowledge of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, with over 17 years of experience teaching Yoga and Meditation. She was drawn to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) because of its effectiveness in treating the whole person with a non-invasive approach.

Melissa joined Dr. Brizzie’s practice and the Fusion Physical Medicine team in 2011. She specializes in treating musculo-skeletal pain, along with the conditions that can often be found when pain is present, such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, digestive and neurological disorders. Due to Melissa’s caring and gentle touch and wonderfully soothing voice, patients often feel at ease and relaxed while receiving their individual sessions.

Melissa earned a Master of Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, and has been certified and licensed by the California Acupuncture Board since 2009. As part of her clinical education in SD, she had the unique opportunity to intern at Rady’s Children’s hospital in the oncology and pain departments. She also practiced at the Owen Clinic for HIV/AIDS treatment at UCSD Medical Center, and worked at a busy downtown Senior’s Clinic. Then Melissa had the rare opportunity to acquire a busy acupuncture clinic from a retiring practitioner, and the privilege to treat many patients with a broad array of conditions.

If you have any questions about how acupuncture works or if acupuncture would be helpful for your condition, Melissa is happy to share her knowledge and care with you.