About Dr. Jim

Jim Nicolai, M.D. - former Medical Director of Integrative Wellness Program at MiravalJim Nicolai, M.D., is the former Medical Director of the Integrative Wellness Program at Miraval Resort and Spa, one of the first interactive integrative wellness programs of its kind at a destination spa resort. He is a board-certified family practitioner and a graduate of the Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil. A graduate of the Indiana School of Medicine, Dr. Nicolai completed his family practice residency at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers.

Dr. Nicolai has a special interest in whole-person medicine, addressing patients as mental and emotional beings, energetic and spiritual entities, and community members, as well as physical bodies. His expertise is in combining conventional medicine with the intelligent use of complementary and alternative therapies, including herbs and other botanicals, vitamins and supplements, nutritional counseling, lifestyle management and stress reduction.

Dr. Nicolai’s book, Integrative Wellness Rules, is now available! Learn more here and order your copy today.


  1. Natalie

    It appears I was the second reviewer on Amazon, so I thought I’d share my review here on the good dr.’s site….enjoy!
    This review is from: Integrative Wellness Rules: A Simple Guide to Healthy Living (Hardcover)
    Let me begin by saying that I’m a follower, of the teachings of Andrew Weil, and have been for the last decade. I imagine this book was recommended for me based on my past purchases. Now, as a long time vegan and ” naturalist” I’m always open to learning more and more about the anti- imfammatory diet, however, I purchased this book more for guidance on how to make certain changes and be my best in life. After reading this book, I feel I have some tools. I’ m not on the same page as the author for certain things ( I.e. He says something to the effect of ” Everything happens for a reason” and is a bit more religious than I), however, my journey through this book has made me feel empowered to slowly but surely make certain changes. In addition to the stellar content of this book,another wonderful treat is the delivery of the information. Dr. Jim ( if I may call him that!) seems like a sensitive and caring soul who aims to be his best for himself, his family, his clients,etc. I particularly enjoyed being taken through his day ( which is quite active!). I found him to be inspiring and well intentioned without being over the top. He was reminding me of my husband as I was reading! Speaking of which, I hope he will read this book as well. I believe most folks can gain something by reading “Integrative Wellness Rules” In closing, I’d like to say that if I ever have the cash to spend a few days at Miraval, I’d be appreciative for the chance to meet with Dr. Nickolai. I wish him continued success in his writing endeavors.

    • Thanks so much, Natalie. And you’re right, regardless of our differences or beliefs all of us can certainly make quick and dirty changes that move us toward better health. That’s what the book is all about. I’m glad you liked it.

  2. Heather Prentice

    Dr. Jim, I was doing an online book search to get a jump start on my diet and exercise plan to improve my energy and stress levels and found your book by serendipity! I can’t wait to read it and am so glad to see the amazing works you continue to do in the area of integrative medicine. I work in the healthcare field and we desperately need more of this type approach to fix our broken system! Hope all is well with your and your family!
    Regards, Heather & Kevin Prentice Greenwood IN

    • jpnicolai

      wow — that’s so cool Healther. Many blessings…


  3. I love your work.Thanks for your insight and wisdom shared with the world!

  4. Thanks so much, Susan.


    James P. Nicolai, MD
    Medical Director
    Andrew Weil, MD Integrative Wellness Program

    Miraval Resort & Spa
    5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval | Tucson, AZ | 85739
    ( o ) 520.825.4980 | ( f ) 520.825.4981
    jnicolai@miravalresorts.com | http://www.miravalresorts.com

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