The Doctor

Elizabeth Chen Christenson, MD, LAc, is the founding medical director of CHI Aesthetic Clinic, an expansion  of CHI Medical Center, dedicated to aesthetic image enhancement with cutting-edge laser, radio frequency and intense pulsed light technologies.  Aesthetic Medicine is a rapidly growing industry of non-surgical and non-toxic treatment protocols that offers patients the most advanced FDA approved devices and latest techniques in skin revitalization, body contouring, removal of scars, tattoos, unwanted hair, wrinkle reduction and many other options.


Dr. Christenson was requested by the Cynosure corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of a broad array of light-based aesthetic and medical treatment systems, to be a designated physician representative in Hawaii. As an ongoing part of CHI Medical Center’s investigation into cutting-edge and non-invasive medical treatment protocols, Dr. Christenson welcomes three FDA-approved devices:

  1. SculptSure: Laser-adipose-tissue-reduction on body & Submental,
  2. PicoSure: Laser skin revitalizing by removing acne scars, aged brown spots, wrinkles and tattoo,
  3. Icon: Skin rejuvenation, hair, stretch marks & facial veins removal with Laser & Radio frequency technology,
  4. Pelleve: Skin tightening by Radio Frequency technology, which she is incorporating into a full-spectrum of wellness and weight management program for her patients.

Dr. Christenson serves as an Associate Clinical Professor with the Department of Complementary & Integrative Medicine (CIM) at University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and teaches Integrative Medicine and Medical Qi Gong to graduating medical students. In addition, she is an annual recipient of the Top Doctor Award, dedicated to selecting and honoring healthcare practitioners who have demonstrated clinical excellence, while delivering the highest standards of patient care.

Currently, Dr. Christenson is involved in reforming and advancing medical education as the coordinator of the Integrative Global Medicine Committee at JABSOM. This is a vanguard post-doctoral fellowship and graduate degrees program in Integrative Global Medicine. The first of its kind to be offered at an accredited US medical school,  the fellowship and MS/PhD programs feature specialty tracts in East Asian Medicine, Ayurveda and Pacific Islander Primary Care (Hawaiian Healing). Dr. Christenson is also a co-founder of the Hawaii-based non-profit organization, GAMA (Global Advancements in Medical Arts), which promotes the principles and practices of Integrative Global Medicine within the context of research and education.

Born into a medical and musical family in Taiwan, Dr. Christenson  graduated with a medical degree from the University of Siena School of Medicine and Surgery in Italy. Upon relocating to the United States, she sat for the medical board exams and was awarded a medical doctoral degree.  Dr. Christenson is regarded as a foremost medical authority in Hawaii, being board certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, and Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

At CHI Medical Center, the parent of CHI Aesthetic Clinic, Dr. Christenson practices blending modern techniques and skills with ancient treatments and solutions. She carries out a wide range of treatments, including conventional and traditional procedures, such as acupuncture and acupressure and treatments that analyze and enhance a patient’s core energetic profile.  This blend of family medicine, integrative medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine can be used to treat people suffering from chronic pain, allergy, stress, and insomnia, as well as, skin disorders, arthritis, weight control, attention deficit, depression, lifestyle management and metabolic and degenerative disorders.