About Us

Get To Know The PuraVida Team


Dr. CJ Benkert has been in private practice for over 28 years and is the Clinic Director of PuraVida Wellness Center in Lakewood, CA. She has dedicated her life to educating and inspiring others to achieve optimal health and wellness through “Natural Healthcare”. 

Her personalized, custom programs include coaching, support and guidance in holistic weight loss and health transformations with diet, nutrition, intermittent fasting, diet variation, ketosis and detoxification. She has a well-trained team of health coaches that work alongside her to provide the support, guidance, inspiration, care and accountability that is so crucial for her client’s success.
Dr. CJ completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine and earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Southern California University of Health Sciences in 1993 where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.  Over the last 28 years, all of her post graduate education has been in the areas of cellular healing, nutrition, anti-aging, functional medicine, disease prevention, cancer, hormone balancing, detoxification and fasting.
Meet Dr. CJ

Dr. CJ's Story

Eight years ago Dr. CJ found herself at a crossroads in life. She was struggling with weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalances, sugar addiction, depression, joint pain and had lost her zest for life.

This led her to embark on a self-discovery journey, and utilizing everything she had been taught over the years, she created the “PuraVida Transformation System”.

Freedom From Weight Loss Resistance

Using this system, she was finally able to get her own health back and although originally trained as a Doctor of Chiropractic, because of her transformation, decided to devote 100% of her time and energy to helping others experience the same life transformation that she had experienced.

In the last eight years over 3,000 people have gone through the “PuraVida Transformation System” with incredible life changing results.

She most enjoys helping those who are struggling with Diabetes, Weight Loss Resistance, Hormonal Imbalances, Metabolic Syndrome, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Auto- Immune Disorders and Heavy Metal Toxicity. Dr. CJ has simplified the definition of healing and overcoming health challenges: “If you give the body the good stuff and take away the bad stuff…miracles occur!”

She receives no greater pleasure than to watch someone get their health and life back by implementing specific holistic strategies customized for that particular person.

Nothing is more valuable and more of a treasured asset than “Our Health."

Over the years she has spoken to hundreds of groups and helped thousands of people take back control of their health by empowering them through knowledge and having the courage to tell them the truth. She is a naturally gifted speaker, who has a way of connecting with her audience that invokes the desire in her listeners to want more in their lives.

Dr. CJ not only teaches and guides others along this sometimes confusing health journey, but she lives her life as a living and breathing example of everything she teaches. She “LIVES IT TO LEAD IT”. This is not a job for her; this is her life mission and passion!
In her late 50s, you can still find her, mountain biking, surfing, wakeboarding and playing basketball. She is your typical southern California girl with a northern California “tree hugger” perspective. She was born and raised in southern California and enjoys life with her partner, children, grandchildren and of course her “fur babies”.
She owns and operates the PuraVida Holistic Weight Loss Center in Lakewood, CA. However, all of her programs and services are also available remotely through online membership sites, Zoom Support Calls, Zoom Trainings, YouTube Channel, virtual dashboards and a private PuraVida Wellness Tribe Facebook group.
She conducts live support sessions and training for her clients online through Zoom and other Live Stream platforms.

Dr. CJ is licensed by the Pastoral Medical Association as a Doctor of Pastoral Science Medicine. As a PMA licensee, Dr. CJ does not practice conventional medicine. More specifically, she does not examine, diagnose or treat, or offer to treat or cure or attempt to cure, any mental or physical disease, disorder or illness, or any physical deformity or injury; and Dr. CJ does not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any prescription medications or pharmaceutical drugs.

Work With Dr. CJ

Dr. CJ is a speaker and educator on all things Holistic Health. Book her to speak at your event or on your podcast TODAY!

Claudio Vergilio - Operations Manager & Health Coach

Claudio Vergilio is our Operations Manager and Health Coach. He has vast experience in Logistic, Supply Chain and Business Operations. He has refined his abilities designing and implementing business operations and establishing companies policies aligned with their culture and vision.

I truly enjoy overseeing projects, always striving for excellence in workflow. I’m highly diligent on delivering value to our customers and creating everlasting relationships.”

He joined PuraVida Wellness in 2016, and since then, he has become a fundamental part of the team working closely with Dr. CJ Benkert and implementing policies, procedures and systems to guarantee customer satisfaction. 
Claudio continues to refine his great organizational, inventory managing and data processing skills.
Claudio is originally from Brazil. He loves to travel and learn about different cultures, loves to cook, spend time with friends and family and to be around nature.

Tailor-made Health Solutions For You And your Body

Our team will work together to first locate and isolate the root cause of your weight gain. We use a variety of cutting-edge diagnostics to uncover as much information as we can about YOU. Then we review that information with you and create a customized plan that makes sense for you, your body and YOUR needs.