Current and Previous Fellows
Alexys Daut, M.D.
2012-2013 Fellow – Integrative Medicine
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.
2011-2012 Fellow - Integrative Medicine
Alicia Cohen, MD, ABIHM is board certified in both Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine, and currently in her second year of an integrative medicine fellowship. Dr. Cohen completed her Family Medicine training at the UCSF Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, and medical school at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 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.
2010-2011 Fellow - Integrative Medicine
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.
2009-2010 Fellow - Integrative Medicine.
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.
2008-2009 Fellow - Integrative Medicine
Dr. John Stracks comes 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 has recently accepted a position in Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
Andrew Heyman, M.D.
2007-2008 Fellow - Integrative Medicine
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 he is on faculty at the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine as an Adjunct Assistant Professor.