Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He has been on the faculties of several medical schools, most recently as associate professor of family medicine at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. He continues to work with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and healthcare for use in those communities. He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on what Native culture has to offer the modern world. He has also written Narrative Medicine and, his most recent book, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry. Lewis currently teaches in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine and is Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of New England. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation. Lewis has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written about their work and the process of healing. His primary focus has been upon Cherokee and Lakota traditions, though he has also explored other Plains Cultures and those of Northeastern North America.
“My goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream medicine and to transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European derived narrative traditions. My personal goals include the furthering of a paradigm shift within medicine, psychiatry, and psychology toward aligning with indigenous knowledge systems and providing healing activities more in line with what traditional cultures have offered. I am interested in our creating new science that is not the same old linear boredom of Newton and conventional statistics, but that that uses complexity theory and quantum physics concepts to explore our world, and, more importantly to find ways to help each other to heal and to grow and change.”
We are excited to welcome Dr. Mehl-Madrona next month, when the NAHA (North American Healing Arts) program begins.