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Dr. Jan Patterson

Physician. Professor. Writer. Speaker.

Infectious Diseases. Integrative Medicine. Internal Medicine. Health Care. Infection Prevention. Quality Improvement. Patient Safety. Healing and Wellness.

I’m also a Believer, Wife, Mom, Friend, and so much more. Continue on and learn about my journey.

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Dr. Jan Patterson

I’m an integrative medicine and infectious diseases physician who's been studying and practicing medicine for more than 30 years.

 

I’m also a believer, wife, mom, friend, bereaved parent, and cancer survivor who has learned that it takes a whole tool kit of support to walk through life. I’m passionate about sharing what integrative modalities can support us during the stresses in life.

Water drops near a stack of stones
"A single act of kindness
can cause ripples of healing"

Anonymous

Four Pillars of Self-care

Integrative medicine is an approach to medicine that involves the whole person, including the body, mind, and spirit — the soul.

 

I began to apply integrative practices in my clinic, and also to work with our hospital system to establish an integrative medicine program. Much of the integrative approach involves self-care. And as I sought to instruct others in self-care practices, I began to think in terms of these recurring themes.

Girl Relaxing

BREATH

“The single most effective relaxation technique I know is the conscious regulation of breath.” 
– Dr. Andrew Weil


“For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life” 
Job 33:4 NLT

Running Up

MOVEMENT

Physical Activity Can Reduce Anxiety

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Organic Vegetables

NUTRITION

“Nutrition is the only remedy that can bring full recovery and can be used with any treatment. Remember, food is our best medicine.” 
– Bernard Jensen


“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.” 
John 6:51 NLT

Yoga by the Ocean

SPIRIT & MINDFULNESS

“You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.” 
– Dan Millman


“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” 
Psalm 94:19 NIV