Dr. Cottel is native to Southern California and grew up in San Diego. She received her bachelor's degree with honors at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) in biochemistry and cell biology. She received her medical degree from UCSD School of Medicine in 1995. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine in Portland, Oregon and returned home to San Diego where sunshine and family beckoned.
Dr. Cottel has over twenty years of internal medicine experience which has led to her current focus on integrative care and holistic health. She became a diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Integrative Medicine in 2007. Recently transplanted to Virginia, she sees patients in clinical practice and is the Medical Director at the Lackey Free Clinic in Yorktown.