Karen Lawson, MD


Dr. Karen Lawson is teaching faculty at the Center for Spirituality & Healing, where she leads the integrative medical education efforts, teaches about Shamanism, and directs all health coaching activities. Her wide-ranging experience has included work as an integrative medicine consultant, and as a physician in emergency medicine and family practice. She is the former Medical Director of Lamat Medical Corporation in San Diego, Calif., and of The Wege Institute for Mind, Body and Spirit at St. Mary's Mercy Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

She has studied shamanic medicine since the mid 1990's and also brings expertise in meditation, yoga, dance/movement therapies and nutrition. Dr. Lawson's special interests include rites of passage and rituals for healing.

In her current position, Dr. Lawson is active in undergraduate and graduate medical education, faculty development, and graduate studies. In her personal professional life, Dr. Lawson is a published author and researcher, and speaks nationally to diverse audiences on the power and potential of integrated and holistic health care practices.

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