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Terry L. Franklin MD
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I believe that the mind is often like a ‘drunken monkey.’ Thoughts are created in a very chaotic state, but through meditation and mindfulness, we can calm our brain to optimize our genius.


I believe it’s the human capacity to ‘give back’ that brings out the ‘human’ in all of us. I created TelMD (along with an extraordinarily talented team) to give people the ability to experience the highest quality of health and wellness possible for them. My hope is to optimize the human capacity to heal and for people to think about living more conscious lives.

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Creator of TelMD

The idea that started TelMD came from a “Think Tank” that took place at Stanford University in 2018. During a 60-second pitch, Dr. Franklin explained that health care could only be changed if we redefine the patient/physician relationship. He told the panel, “We need to change the conversation in the exam room from a problem-oriented approach to one that focuses on both a partnership and solutions.” TelMD was born!


MDVIP Physicians of the Monterey Peninsula

Dr. Franklin was appointed to serve as the first of the very select MDVIP physicians of the Monterey Peninsula in 2009. The strict and rigorous selection process has high standards and requires an accomplished, dedicated and specialized physician to keep an intimate practice of up to 600 patients. This practice size allows Dr. Franklin to spend valuable time with his patients, perform comprehensive physical exams and provide treatment of acute and chronic illnesses with a preventative and wellness approach.


University Health Systems

While at the University Health Systems of Eastern North Carolina, Dr. Franklin authored and was the primary investigator of studies on treating heart disease through lifestyle modifications. An experienced educator, he has presented at numerous seminars and workshops and has been a guest speaker at major medical conventions throughout the nation.


American Academy of Family Physicians

Board certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Franklin holds advanced degrees in chemistry and medicine. He completed graduate medical studies at East North Carolina University and continued his training at The London Hospital Medical College, University of London, England. He is credentialed in Medical Acupuncture through the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine and has completed advanced studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Franklin is the recipient of many honors for academic, scholastic and research achievements, and has been recognized as one of the “50 Outstanding Family Physicians in the State of California” by the California Academy of Family Physicians.

Awards and Achievements

Start Up Nomination,
U.C. Berkeley,

California Academy of Family Physicians,
50 Outstanding Family Physicians,

Distinguished Resident Award,
East Carolina University, Department of Family Medicine,

Excellence in Research Award,
American Academy of Family Physicians,

Resident of the Year Award,
North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians,

Sponsoring Physician,
Heart Patient of the Year Award,
SmithKline and Beecham,



MDVIP – Personalized Healthcare
The Ultra Wellness Group
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
University of Southern California
Keck School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
UC Berkeley SkyDeck (HotDesk)

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