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From Weight Loss to Chronic Illness

“My journey to improve my health started almost 10 years ago when I was diagnosed with tumors that were pressing on my bladder, making things like running painful. With a few changes in my nutrition, I was later able to shrink the tumors that could not be removed surgically and resume running and training for a triathlon. It was that year that I was invited to a special program on Integrative Medicine approaches to diseases common in African Americans. It was a wonderful experience and led me to get a certification in Integrative and Holistic Medicine by ABIHM. Since then I have had 100’s of hours of training in Functional , Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Lifestyle Medicine. I know from personal experience, that our genes are not our fate. We (the patients and the doctors working as a team) can improve outcomes with genomic testing and the understanding of metabolic pathways that are influenced by nutrients -or the lack of- leading to genetic mutations. Making corrections in nutrition and lifestyle can have a positive impact on preventing and reversing diseases”.

Dr. Satcher integrates several modalities into her practice of functional medicine to provide her patients with the most adequate care for their particular need and condition.Dr. Serena M. Satcher brings a wealth of experience in Musculoskeletal Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Occupational Medicine, medical leadership and more recently Functional Medicine to her patients. She earned a degree in medicine from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenneesee in 1989, completed a residency in Internal Medicine New England Deaconess Hospital of Boston (now Beth Israel-Deaconess, a Harvard Medical School Program and Hospital) in 1992 and a second residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois in 1996. She is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Anti-aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She is also subspecialty boarded in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Satcher served as a clinical instructor on the faculty of Northwestern University in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and formerly as a clinical instructor on faculty at the University of Illinois both in Chicago, Illinois. Her areas of interest are in Functional medicine approaches to Arthritis and Autoimmune diseases. She is certified in Functional Medicine by the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM)(2015), by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine and by the Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine Board. She has extensive experience in Integrative and Functional Medicine approaches to hormone rebalancing (men and women) and weight management. She has been practicing Integrative, Anti-Aging, Regenerative, Age Management, Personalized Medicine and Functional Medicine since 2006.

Genomics may influence nutrition and vice versa. Parts of our genes may influence the way that the body metabolizes food (fuel). Dr. Satcher believes in approaching health problems by looking at the root causes and modifying lifestyle choices. She has had her own health challenges and lives the healthy lifestyle that she teaches. She says that empowering the individual to manage their own health and to heal themselves is the goal of her programs. In her spare time, Dr. Satcher enjoys running, cycling, swimming, cooking and painting.