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Department Center for Functional Medicine
Primary Location Chagrin Falls Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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  • Integrative Medicine
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About Melissa Young, MD

Dr. Young is a Certified Functional Medicine specialist through the Institute for Functional Medicine. She has completed a two-year Residential Integrative Medicine Fellowship with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson, studying with Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the field of Integrative Medicine.

To help bridge the mental and emotional aspects of healing she has done additional training in Mind-Body Medicine with the Chopra Center, The Center for Mind Body Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.

Dr. Young received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in 1995 and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City in 1998. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine.

She emphasizes a holistic approach to acute and chronic disease with a focus on healthy lifestyle choices which include nutrition, sleep, physical activity, and stress management. All interventions are as natural as possible and may also include dietary supplements, herbs, hormone balancing, detoxification, and mind-body practices. Dr. Young may refer for acupuncture, manual therapy, Reiki, Chinese Herbal therapy, and holistic psychotherapy and mind-body work when warranted. She embraces an interactive, healing partnership between physician and patient with a focus on restoring balance within each person to achieve optimal health and wellness. Dr. Young looks for the underlying root cause of disease and helps patients in prevention as well as treatment of complex chronic diseases. As each patient is unique, Dr. Young seeks to assess all aspects of an individual’s lifestyle, genetics, environment, emotions, beliefs, and social relationships which influence health and disease.

Common conditions she treats include autoimmune diseases, chronic digestive issues like IBS,  IBD, and SIBO, thyroid disease, anxiety and depression, chronic headaches, weight management issues, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

Dr. Young practices Functional Medicine at the Center for Functional Medicine at Cleveland Clinic at the Chagrin Falls Family Health Center location.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Arizona Medical Center
Integrative Medicine
Tucson, AZ

Residency - Lenox Hill Hospital
Internal Medicine
New York, NY

Medical Education - Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York, NY

Undergraduate - Hunter College
New York, NY


  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 4/13/2023, Dr. Young has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Young receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Ankura Consulting Group, LLC

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Young has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:

  • Symposia Medicus, Inc.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

247 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

78 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

Dr. Young has a very full schedule which makes it difficult to schedule. However, she is very responsive the emails and ALWAYS addressed my concerns in a timely fashion

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

Dr Young is wonderful to work with

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

I can't say enough positive things about Dr Young. She is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She does a great job of customizing treatment plans to meet the patient's specific needs and comfort level. Thankful to have found her. Great doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Dr. Young is one of the best doctors I've ever had. She is very caring and patient and kind and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

Dr. Young in particular and the entire Functional Medicine staff are in high demand with appointments being booked out for months. The department needs more providers.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

Dr. Young is wonderful!

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

I've been working with Dr. Young for almost a year now and she is great! I've been dealing with a few ongoing health issues and she's been nothing but helpful, supportive, and encouraging. Each time we've met, she has come up with an effective treatment plan to keep me on the path to regaining my health.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Dr. Young is very knowledgeable and caring

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

Dr. Young is an excellent functional medicine practitioner. We always accomplish a lot in our 30 minutes together.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Always an exceptional experience with Dr Young!

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Dr Young is my most trusted physician

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2024

Dr. Young is great, she just is booked for months ahead.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

I really lucked out with this visit. I think I had only called a week ago for this one. But normally I have to wait months for a follow up visit. I realize that I must wait for a period of time testing to come back, but when I call and they said that a physician's schedule is closed, it's very frustrating.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2024

Dr. Young is very skilled and easy to talk to.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2024

Dr. Young is kind

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Dr Young is the best & always serves in the highest capacity possible.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

Dr. Young is THE BEST doctor I have ever had

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

Dr. Young truly cares about the patient and individualized care for each diagnosis. She is the only doctor who has helped me get to the root cause of my medical issues after all these years. Such a breath of fresh air knowing our goal is the same!

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

The FunctionalMedicine doctors appointments are so far out in advance and when they tell you to follow up within three months, they tell you that you have to call back to see when openings are and if they're going to be much further than three months so then you have to check almost daily to see if there's a cancellation so sometimes you're seeing them two months later instead of three months or nine months instead of three months

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

The provider comes on late for the appointment but then logs off on time so you really only get 15 or 20 minutes and a lot of things are told that we'll figure those out at the next appointment and then that again. Very kind very nice. I'm sure very knowledgeable, but wants to deal with one thing at a time which isn't necessarily bad except when you have so much difficulty getting an appointment and you already have everything down Would be nice to have thorough visit so you can get ahead of the health conditions. Two visits I've written down what I wanted to ask about and I have a chance to ask I get some type of answer and then that's the end of the visit. So I wish there was more time and more thorough testing and options given. A lot of times I'm being the one giving the possibilities and resources I found for treatment and she's happy to receive them for other patients, but I'm not getting them from the clinic but my own research. I'd love someone to do thorough bloodwork on me, including cortisol levels to see where we're at because it's been several years since that's been done. I don't know if I'm doing things that are no longer part of my condition.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

Generally you have to wait for 3-4 months for follow up and if you questions in between appointments the doctor is not available

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

Dr. Young is an outstanding physician and I appreciate her expertise, skills and patience.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Dr. Young is always wonderful.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Dr. Young is an outstanding doctor! She provides, patience, care, compassion and knowledge in all my dealings with her. I consider her top notch and am blessed to have found her as my physician.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

She was pressed for time and it is difficult to get a follow up prior to six months after our visits, therefore I feel the need to cover a lot but she doesn't have the alloted time due to a packed patient care schedule. She did a great job covering as much as she could in a short time frame

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

Dr. Young is great! The problem is the time between appointments is way too long..and not being able to ask questions related to my health between appointments isn't ideal either

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

Dr. Young is great doctor! She's very thorough and takes time to listen to to my concerns

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

Dr. Melissa Young has been an AMAZING BLESSING IN MY LIFE for almost 6 YEARS!Truly, an answer to prayer. I can't even imagine what my health status would be now had it not been forHer wisdom, knowledge, caring and go-the-extra mile intervention.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2024

Dr Young is an amazing physician. She listens to my concerns and really cares about her patients.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

She is my most trusted provider.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

I am very happy to have Dr. Young as one of my care providers.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

Dr Young is outstanding! Her compassion and knowledge for my medical care is exceptional!!

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr young is a caring competent doctor who explains what she recommends. I have confidence in her.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

I'm a longtime patient of Dr. Young. Her care is always excellent.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

Dr young is fantastic. Such a good listener, so kind, thorough, and reassuring

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Dr. Young is an amazing physician: very knowledgeable and caring!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr. Young is an unbelievable doctor. I am so fortunate that she is my Functional Doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Dr. Young is an excellent physician and has helped me a good deal.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

I feel heard, respected and cared about by Dr. Young

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

De. Young was excellent. I feel very confident that she will help me.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Dr. Young has majorly improved the quality of my life with her thorough evaluation and implementation of a combination of supplements and prescription medication. I highly recommend her!

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Can never get appointments In a timely manner or at times requested by provider

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Dr Young always attentive to my concerns and issues but never enough time for full discussion

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Dr. Young is very gifted as a Functional Doctor and as a communicator

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Dr. Young spent a lot of time with me asking questions about my work life, medicalHistory, diet, etc. I feel like she was wanting to cover all areas that could be impacting my gastrointestinal problems. I liked that she was so thorough.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

I was disappointed that it was a virtual visit simply because I wanted Dr. Young to see my stomach and see how distended it gets.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr Young put me at ease immediately. She showed genuine interest in me, listened intently, and provided meaningful feedback.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Young is the absolute best!

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

I have recommended several friends to Dr. Young and the Functional Medicine Department. They scheduled appointments and have had great success and couldn't thank me enough for the referral.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Dr. Young is amazing! I felt that she really cared about my illnesses and will give 100% to get to the main cause and treatment plan.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Dr. Young has the perfect combination of expertise and compassion. She is very knowledgeable and I really value her answering all my questions during the appointment. I have had positive progress in my health as a result of her treatment.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

I can't say enough good things about Dr Young!

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Dr. Young is great!

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr. Young is intelligent and very caring.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

Melissa is always respectful. She knows the difficulties in my life. She cares and helps to match my problems to "doable" treatments

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Happy and lucky to be Dr. Young's patient.I'm seeing good progress.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

On site in office for virtual visit c Dr. Young, personnel in the office were very nice and helpful, I was able to use a private room and their computer.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

Dr. Young is a wonderful provider with a warm stance and excellent clinical skills. In addition to her medical expertise.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

I've been working with Dr. Melissa Young for 5 years...And my satisfaction/joy/hope increase each time we speak! I feel very well understood & cared for in a "go-the-extra-mile" fashion!

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Melissa Young is brilliant and very caring. She encourages her patients to keep moving forward.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Dr M young is a knowledgeable, caring doctor who clearly explains the next steps in my treatment plan.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Dr Young is always so caring, thorough, and knowledgeable about a variety of medical areas. She does an excellent job of tailoring treatments to my complicated medical issue and is always very efficient when following through on recommendations made during my appointments. I have recommended her to multiple people.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr Young is one of the best drs I've ever had. And I've had a lot. She listens, she's knowledgeable, she doesn't rush. I wish every Dr was like her.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

Dr. Young is an excellent physician. She listens and genuinely cares for my wellbeing.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr. Young is an Amazing Physician and has delved into issues no other Physician has ever covered. I feel very Blessed to be her Patient.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

I am very pleased with the care I am receiving.However, I am finding it almost impossible to schedule a follow up appointment during the time period requested by my Provider.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr. Young is a wonderful physician! Keep her around!

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr. Young and all of the staff I've come in contact with at Cleveland Clinic (Center for Functional Medicine) have been great! The only problem I have is difficulty getting an appointment

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

Dr Young is fantastic. She listens so well, is very caring and very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Dr. Young continues to be an outstanding doctor. She is knowledgeable and caring. I have been her patient for several years and I know the continuity of care I receive from her has led to my improvements.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Dr. Young listened to my comments and concerns, and provided extra insight.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Long wait, but Dr Young Is worth the wait

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Dr Young is such a good physician and too popular that it is hard to get an appointment with her.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

Provider was on time and provided clear concise information

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

I was extremely impressed by how much time Dr. Melissa Young spent with me. I really appreciated her asking probing questions in order to have a clear picture of my problems.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

I really liked the virtual visit experience with Dr. Melissa Young. She immediately initiated diagnostic plans.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Dr. Young is excellent and I will continue as her patient.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

Dr Young is fantastic. I wish I could see her more often. Our appointments are always rushed because she's so busy.

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