About Me

I am a mother and a healer who has spent my professional life working as a family physician in Chicago.

My mind naturally thinks about what makes me, my loved ones, and my patients healthy or sick. I like to write about the internal and external forces at play in ourselves and in the world that shape our health — the thoughts, emotions, behaviors, families, friends, communities, life opportunities and life choices that bring illness or health.

There is a movement afoot to transform our sick-care-death-prevention system into a true health care system. This means transforming our biomedical model, for patients and practitioners alike. I would like to see us incorporate ancient healing wisdom into modern health care.

As a yoga teacher and practitioner, I seek to heal trauma in self and society through self-reflection and purposeful action. As a physician-writer-educator-advocate, I seek to create the change I want to see in the world through sharing the stories of the world as it is and envisioning the world as I would like it to be.

I believe in the power of policy narrative: that stories plus data equals change.

Here’s to working together to transform our health, and health care in America.

Any views or opinions presented through social media are solely my own and do not necessarily represent those of the organizations where I work, teach and study.

One thought on “About Me

  1. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog–what a wonderful and thoughtful life of service you’re living! My husband was an internist very much dedicated to providing services to those who couldn’t afford them, and one of my children is off across the globe again to research infectious diseases as she starts her career in public health.

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