We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Serena Satcher, MD, FAAPMR, AHIM, IFM-CP and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Serena, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
There are many doctors and providers who see that Holistic, Integrative and Functional Medicine is having its day now. Before the pandemic, there were more providers getting educated in holistic medicine than ever before but since the pandemic and healthcare provider burnout, more are seeking knowledge on a fast track. There are a few of us who have been certified for 10-20 years who are experienced and rich with the knowledge of our ancestors. When dealing with complicated or complex medical syndromes and disorders like Chronic Lyme, Cancers, Chronic Mold, Gulf War Illness, Chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia and chronic pain, autoimmune diseases and disorders, we are the ones who should be sought after. The new issue for conventional medicine is what to do with the numbers of persons dealing with Long COVID or post acute COVID. They can present with a number of symptoms that have persisted for months after the acute episode with symptoms such as headaches and migraines, widespread pain, fatigue, foggy brain and many different neurological issues. These issues are familiar to Integrative and functional medicine doctors who have been around for a while treating medically complex issues. It is best to seek experience and competence (certifications) when looking for help in healing or improving these medically complex illnesses.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I help people figure out why they feel dragged and have no energy, I am an HBCU graduate, Harvard educated, triple boarded Medical Doctor who is also a medical detective. I’m passionate about Holistic Medicine, and helping people get a “PhD in you”, get off of medications and reclaim their lives through virtual groups, digital education and remote monitoring.
My latest obsession is helping people recover from COVID Long haulers using natural solutions. CDC and NIH say that 30% of people who endured COVID 19 have long hauler. Take my quiz on my website, treatyourselftohealth.com, to find out how you can improve your health and opt in for a 10 min discovery phone consult before I fill up for next Tuesday. Go to Treatyourselftohealth.com
I am most proud of the people I have served. Helping people, especially women to regain their dignity, health and wellness is what I believe I was put here to do. The people I serve are the ones who have helped me to get to where I am today.
It was not easy to leave academics and working in conventional medicine to work to help people who seek natural methods and nutrition to heal themselves. I am not healing them. I am just the facilitator. I help them to become self sufficient and to help themselves find the resources and technology to heal. What sets me apart is my own health journey and experience looking for natural methods and solutions. My extensive training and years of experience also set me apart from others.
I have overcome challenges using my intuition and spiritual connection to guide my decisions once I have done my research. My colleagues, family and friends have also provided support. when I needed it.
A major lesson I have learned is that not everyone is ready to change. I can plant the seed, and a person may be ready within days to months to years. I am patient and know that they will seek help when they are ready and hopefully look for me and my practice at that time.
What I want the world to know is my long history of seeking understanding and knowledge to help the people who come to me. I want the people I serve and others to know that I am a resource for planning and creating together and for rehabilitation and recovery.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I still have a lot to learn about metro Atlanta, but I do know it has a wealth of outdoor and natural resources. I really enjoy exploring the trails and forest here. I would take them on a daily tour of different hiking and trail sites. Silver Comet, Brook Run, Stone Mountain, and Doll’s head as examples.
I would take them to the Slutty Vegan, and Sunflower Cafe and find a new vegetarian restaurant to try. Of course I would take them to the King Memorial and Carter Centers in the city. I would also walk them through the Atlanta University Center, Morehouse, Clark and Spellman as well as Georgia Tech.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family deserves credit and recognition regarding my story. My parents and siblings helped me to get to medical school and to finish it. My Uncle, who is also a medical doctor, inspired me and my brother by providing an example that was close to us. Big props to my Medical School, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN where many of the Black American doctors in the US attended medical school and as part of their mission educate many doctors to provide primary care and rural medical care.
I would also like to shout out my cohort (first and second of IFM) and colleagues certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine and by the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. We have supported each other over time as well as supporting the public in wellness and improving their health through natural methods.
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