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“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

Thomas Edison

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Meet Dr. Gabriella Rivera, DAOM, CFMP

Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner & Doctor of Acupuncture & Eastern Medicine



Dr. Gabriella Rivera, CFMP, DAOM, brings over 23 years of experience in integrative medicine. She is the founder of Front Porch Community Acupuncture and Front Porch Functional Medicine in Savannah, GA.

Dr. Gabby earned her Master's and Doctorate degrees in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, specializing in Orthopedics, from Five Branches University in San Jose, California and nationally certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine  (NCCAOM). 

She is also a certified Holistic Health Counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and holds Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner credentials from both Functional Medicine University (CFMP) and the Functional Medicine Academy (FMACP).



Dr. Gabby is passionate about bringing clarity and sanity to healthcare, supporting and empowering individuals and families to thrive rather than just manage. She founded Front Porch Acupuncture and Functional Medicine to restore health, focusing on treatments that go beyond merely masking symptoms.

One of Dr. Gabby's core missions is to provide education and raise awareness in the fields of nutrition, Functional Medicine, and Acupuncture to help reduce opioid abuse in our country. A dedicated lifelong learner, she enjoys staying at the forefront of her field.

She is committed to raising awareness and understanding of the natural, non-invasive, and personalized aspects of acupuncture and functional medicine. Her goal is to inspire people to take an active role in their health and embrace longevity with holistic methods that create balance and wellness.

My Personal Story:

My personal health crisis started at the age of 3 when I was diagnosed with severe asthma.  At the age of 5, I was given my last rites with double pneumonia, and my family prepared for my passing.


With years of medications and antibiotics at such a young age, I was already showing signs of  a weakened immunity.  I became allergic to most foods and experienced stomach aches on a regular basis.  My moods were erratic and my energy levels were so low that I was rarely inspired to participate in sports for most of my early childhood and teenage years.


​At the age of 6 or 7, I overheard a conversation the doctor was having with my parents. He told them that they shouldn't let me cry as this would upset me and make my asthma worse.​  Wow, was that a catalyzing conversation to overhear!

It planted an important seed in my awareness.  ​

My emotions were tied to my physical health.​ 


As a teenager and young adult, I became interested in "big picture" ideas and I played with different food philosophies, as well as meditation and yoga.  I also loved to travel and was fascinated by how different people and cultures related to food and the world around them.  It would be years later until I really began to understand the vital role the energetics of nutrition play on our overall health and vitality.​


Today, after over twenty three years of practicing integrative medicine, it seems like I was destined to do what I do. ​  For me, it's not just about looking good on the outside. The role that food and holistic lifestyles play in every aspect of our lives is undeniable and truly transformative.​ 


I believe that we are here to evolve in all aspects of our human experience and that we are meant to share that knowledge with others.​

It is my true honor to support you.


​Are you ready?  ​


with love,


Toby &

Cherry Pop

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