Cheryl LaMore, M.D.
Faculty Fellowship in Integrative Medicine: Cheryl LaMore is currently practicing family medicine out of Dexter Health Center here at UofM, but has decided to seek more training in integrative medicine, hence her decision to join the IM faculty and do a fellowship year. She has experience in the outpatient, inpatient and nursing home settings, and hopes to integrate care on all fronts. She also teaches resident family physicians and medical students, so plans to share her knowledge gained from this program to educate other physicians in integrative topics to better the care of their own patients.
Greg Shumer, M.D.
Traditional Integrative Medicine Fellow: Greg Shumer, M.D. is a board certified family medicine physician who graduated from the University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency Program, where he served as chief resident during his third year and was awarded the Thomas L. Schwenk M.D. Resident Teacher Award. Places he has called home include Ann Arbor, where he lived for undergrad and residency training; rural Japan, where he served as an English teacher; and Washington, DC, where he attended medical school at Georgetown University. Dr. Shumer’s specific interests include mind-body medicine, narrative medicine, cross-cultural comparisons in medicine and health policy, and medical student/residency education. In addition to serving as the Integrative Medicine Fellow in 2016-2017, Dr. Shumer will be completing the Executive Master’s Program in Health Management & Policy through the UM School of Public Health, and also will stay involved in residency education through clinical teaching and as a part of the resident wellness team.
Ann Hughes, M.D.
Ann Hughes, M.D. is a board certified Family Medicine physician who has a strong background in Integrative Medicine. She comes from a family in China that has practiced Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for eight generations. Ann learned the basis of eastern medicine at a young age under her mother’s guidance. Dr. Hughes completed her Family Medicine residency at Providence hospital in Michigan. She would like to combine both western and eastern medicine ways of healing in providing integrative care to her patients.
Charles Falzon, M.D.
Dr. Falzon is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and the Family Medicine Residency at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Before returning to residency training, Dr. Falzon completed a General Surgery Internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and served as the Senior Undersea Medical Officer at Naval Health Clinic Great Lakes, where he performed research in Hyperbaric Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, where he studied as an F.C. Austin Scholar. During residency, Dr. Falzon's practice focused on weight loss, patient empowerment, and underserved care, and he is excited to continue expanding on these clinical interests, as the Integrative Medicine Fellow, with the Department of Family Medicine.
Susan Levinsohn, M.D.
Susan Levinsohn, M.D. is a board certified family medicine physician who comes to the University of Michigan after completing Family Medicine Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY. While there, she was recipient of the Resident Teacher Award. During residency, she developed group medical visits for patients with diabetes that focused on nutrition, mindful eating, exercise, relaxation, and social health along with conventional diabetes care. She attended medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland in Dublin, Ireland. Her undergraduate training was at New York University where she studied studio art and focused on drawing, painting and sculpture of the human form. She completed her pre-medical course work at Columbia University. Yoga, meditation, art, nutrition and personal relationships have helped her to search for balance in her life and led to her passion for supporting the multiple dimensions of health in her patients. Dr. Levinsohn is interested in role of the personal narrative in health and healing as well as meditation, acupuncture, nutrition, and mind-body medicine.
Alexys Daut, M.D.
Dr. Alexys Daut, MD, MPH, originally from Michigan, returned from Erie, Pennsylvania where she finished her family medicine residency this fall to pursue this fellowship in Integrative Medicine.
During her undergraduate career at Duke University, Alexys participated in courses offered by the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, which introduced her to the concepts of Energy Healing, Shamanism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, meditation and yoga, among others. Her Japanese language studies also introduced her to various Eastern Philosophies and healing systems. Her education there was rounded out by her experiences leading the Integrative Medicine for other undergraduates as well as high school students through the Duke Talent Identification Program.
She went on to participate in the Alternative Medicine Electives at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, which furthered her experience in alternative modalities, including Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Tai Chi and Reiki. During her time in medical school she participated in a Level 1 Reiki course, prenatal yoga, as well as several Shamanism workshops, and even had the chance to sit on the CWRU Committee for Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Education. She was also able to pursue her Masters of Public Health degree with a concentration on prevention and adolescent health, and participated in research regarding adolescent mental health and obesity. During her family medicine residency at St. Vincent Family Medicine Residency Program in Erie, Pennsylvania, she was exposed to osteopathic manipulation techniques and became interested in mind-body therapies for the treatment of chronic illness.
She is most interested in using an integrated, holistic approach to health and prevention. Beyond general wellness, she is also interested in mind-body therapies and alternative whole systems of healing.
Alicia Cohen, M.D., ABIHM
Alicia Cohen, MD, ABIHM is board certified in both Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine, and currently is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. After completing a second research year as integrative medicine fellow in 2013, she has was hired as clinical faculty, continuing her research efforts. She additionally spent two years at the Mount Sinai Department of Health Policy researching disparities in care for women with breast cancer, as well as a year-long social justice fellowship working with Palestinian and Israeli survivors of rape and domestic violence. During her time in Santa Rosa, she was involved in helping to bring the acceptance of food stamp benefits to local farmers markets, organizing cooking demos, and designing educational trainings around food access and healthy eating.
Dr. Cohen’s clinical interests include women’s health; food as a medicine and integrative nutrition; clinical herbalism; functional medicine; and mind-body medicine, with a particular emphasis on Somatic Experiencing, a body-based therapy for trauma survivors. Her research interests include nutrition, food insecurity, and community-based interventions. She is currently conducting a study examining the effect of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) incentive programs—providing SNAP recipients matching dollars at local farmers markets—on fruit and vegetable consumption.
Sean Zager, M.D.
A Michigan native, Dr. Sean Zager completed both his undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Michigan. While a student in Ann Arbor, he nourished his interest in integrative medicine as a research assistant at the Complementary and Alternative Medical Research Center and through his exploration of South Asian medical systems abroad. After completing his residency at the UCSF Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency, Dr. Zager returned to the University of Michigan to complete the Integrative Medicine Fellowship. During this time, he delighted in teaching medical students and residents the importance of holistic approaches to patient care and provider wellness. He developed his interests in clinical herbalism, shamanic healing, motivational interviewing, and mind-body medicine. In addition, Dr. Zager became certified in massage therapy and took coursework in modalities such as osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), integrative nutrition, and clinical hypnosis. Now back in northern California, Dr. Zager has established an integrative medicine clinic at the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center and also works at an integrative private practice in Petaluma.
Caroline King, M.D.
Born in England, Dr. King is the first international fellow to be accepted into the University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency and Integrative Medicine Fellowship. Dr. King graduated from Warwick Medical School, England in 2005 before working for a year as an intern in the National Health Service in Warwickshire, England. Her professional interest in integrative medicine was sparked in 2004 when, as a third year medical student, she undertook an 8-week elective in British Columbia, Canada,with the Association of Complementary and Integrative Physicians of BC (ACIPBC). There, she was given the opportunity to observe physicians practicing complementary therapies, including acupuncture, orthomolecular medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and homeopathy. Inspired by her Canadian experience, Dr. King subsequently attended a foundation course for physicians and medical students with the British Medical Acupuncture Society. During her Family Medicine Residency, Dr. King aspires to further develop her acupuncture study and skills and her nutrition and orthomolecular medicine knowledge with a view to practicing integrative family medicine.
John Stracks, M.D.
Dr. John Stracks came to the University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency and Integrative Medicine Fellowship from Chicago where he graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. His involvement in integrative health care began in the early 90's while taking yoga classes, and he explored other complementary and alternative medicine fields before deciding to become an allopathic physician with an integrative bent. While in medical school, he researched the physiological effects of loneliness, and then he studied with integrative physician Karen Koffler at Northwestern University. He is especially interested in mind/body medicine, chronic pain control and integrative strategies for weight loss. Before becoming a physician, he worked as a social worker in the inner city of Chicago helping teenage state wards learn to live independently before their emancipation from state care. He also spent time as an outdoor educator leading groups through high and low ropes adventure courses. When not working, Dr. Stracks enjoys yoga, reading, spending time with his wife and children, and riding his bike. Dr. Stracks Stracks is faculty in Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
Andrew Heyman, M.D.
Dr. Heyman has been involved in the field of Anti aging and functional medicine for the past 20 years, first as a certified shiatsu practitioner. He received formal training in Five element Shiatsu from the Meridian Institute in Pennsylvania. Dr. Heyman received a Masters in Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and upon graduation, became the administrator for the University of Michigan Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center (CAMRC). From there, he went on to medical school, receiving his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School. He was the first resident to complete a combined family medicine and Integrative/Functional Medicine residency though the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Heyman was also the first Integrative Medicine Fellow. Currently, Dr. Heyman is in private practice in Virginia and continues to be active in Integrative Medicine at the national and international level.
Suzana Makowski, M.D., MMM, FACP, FAAHPM
Dr. Makowski, is the Co-Chief of Palliative Care at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She is board certified in palliative care and internal medicine and brings integrative medicine into her approach to care for patients who live with serious illness. During her time at University of Michigan, she trained in the preventive cardiology program, as well as with the Cancer lifestyle modification program introducing mindfulness based practices and healthy nutrition to the care of patients with heart disease and cancer. After her fellowship at Michigan, she was the Director of the Wellness Center in Billings Clinic, Montana where she collaborated with a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, massage therapist and spiritual counselor. There she developed a life-style modification program for cancer patients integrating nutrition, mindfulness, spirituality, and Chi Gung and began to explore palliative care as a focus. She subsequently went to San Diego for a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care, where she continued to practice integrative medicine, working with an aromatherapist, acupuncturists, hypnotist and bringing mindfulness into the care of hospice patients. She moved back to Massachusetts after her training and after working for hospice, returned to academic medicine at UMass. She currently mentors students in integrative medicine, works closely with the Center for Mindfulness, and practices palliative care.