Nicholas Canelo

Nicholas Canelo, M.D.

“Doctor, Friend, Advocate”

Dr. Canelo is a dedicated Primary Care Physician with a comprehensive and holistic approach to care. He is known by his colleagues and patients for providing outpatient care at a high level of detail and complexity, as well as for his curiosity, positivity, and enthusiasm. He believes in the healing potential of lifestyle interventions and evidence-based alternative medicine.

Dr. Canelo was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Brown University where he completed the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), a highly competitive eight-year track that combines undergraduate education and medical school. During his time at Brown, he majored in Anthropology and began exploring the field of Integrative Medicine.

He matched into his first choice residency program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Family Medicine Residency Program. While at UCSD, he completed additional training in Integrative Medicine and received the prestigious Resident Teacher Award. Dr. Canelo earned his board certification in Family Medicine in 2018.

Outside of practicing medicine, Dr. Canelo sings and plays acoustic and electric guitar, 12-string guitar, ukulele, and piano. He enjoys skiing, running, and travel. He loves plant-based cooking and trips to the beach with his wife Elena and French Bulldog Yoda.

Dr. Canelo maintains one of the Perlman Clinic’s concierge practices, offering increased personal access Monday-Friday 8AM-6PM. Please contact [email protected] to learn more.

As of September 2021, Dr. Canelo will be relocating to Los Angeles while his wife pursues her master’s degree at UCLA. He will be commuting to La Jolla on Thursdays in order to continue offering in-person care in addition to his telemedicine practice.