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Michele Denize Strachan MD, often called Dr Semerit by her community, has been shaped by a deep desire to create a space for the human spirit in medicine. Her training spans: Mt Sinai School of Medicine, Boston City Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and the University of Minnesota.
She has designed and facilitates Connecting Art to Heart, a rejuvenating program where professional women are encouraged to risk painting in order to reconnect to the vitality of their authentic heart. The coaching program is also a dynamic experience of visual art and poetic exploration that deepen one’s understanding of and relationship to the symbolic language of the body in health and illness.
Twelve years ago, seeking to redress the alienation she experienced in clinical settings, she embarked on a journey to reconnect to her roots. The elders gave her the name Semerit to guide her way to ancestral healing wisdom. She serves as the Director of Medicine for the Cultural Wellness Center in South Minneapolis. As a Fellow of the Cultural Wellness Center she is reshaping and retelling the story of medicine, wellness, and the body.
Combining her personal, cultural, teaching, and clinical practices, Dr. Strachan has developed ASK DR STRACHAN, an integrative medicine coaching practice and teaching system, where adults and children can ask their questions, explore how the body/brain really functions, and are guided to interpret what their body is really trying to tell them in the language of illness or other challenges. Based on the interpretation of their body’s true needs, people can then be guided through the maze of health solutions in a truly active and integrative way.
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