Dr. Mariela Torres, MD

Meet Dr. Mariela Torres, MD at True Bliss Medical™ in Verona, NJ

Dr. Mariela Torres, MD specializes in functional medicine. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online!

Meet Dr. Mariela Torres, MD at True Bliss Medical™ in Verona, NJ
Meet Dr. Mariela Torres, MD at True Bliss Medical™ in Verona, NJ

Dr. Mariela Torres, MD

Functional Medicine

Dr. Torres is a native of East Orange, NJ. She received her BS from Montclair State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She then completed her Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. Dr. Torres completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital in Newark, NJ.

She then went on to practice Emergency Medicine in an underserved community at Newark Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, NJ. She has also practiced in various urgent care settings as well. During her time at Newark Beth Israel she worked on the night shift for nine years. After treating patient after patient for acute exacerbations of their chronic diseases, she began to feel frustrated that she was only able to address the patients’ symptoms alone and not the actual cause of the symptoms. She often wondered if their current health conditions could have been avoided entirely. She also began to notice subtle changes in her own health after years of working in the Emergency Room, especially working nights specifically. Some of these changes included difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, increasing fatigue, and difficulty with short term memory. Although, she appeared to be healthy on paper, meaning her labs were all within normal limits, she did not feel very healthy. This is when she began on her own health and wellness journey leading to the discovery and implementation of functional medicine in her life.

Functional Medicine is all about digging deep into the root cause of your illness. It’s about discovering “why” your body is not functioning properly, not only focusing on “what” the malfunction is. Traditional medicine tends to focus on diagnosing diseases and treating symptoms. She now centers her attention on helping individuals prevent chronic disease as well as finding the root cause of present chronic disease. This process of digging deep combines cutting edge technology along with an in-depth review of your entire history which includes medical, genetic, psychological, and environmental. Once the root cause is identified, an individualized treatment plan is implemented. Oftentimes, there is a dramatic improvement, even resolution of long-term chronic diseases such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, weight control issues, Gastrointestinal disturbances, hormonal imbalances, mood disorders, and skin rashes.

As an active member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Wellcoaches, Dr. Torres understands that personal choices determine 80% of chronic disease risk. She combines her training, knowledge, and skills to inspire, motivate, and work with individuals to help them reach their goals safely and effectively. She is excited to accompany you on your journey to your optimal wellness, your Best Self!