Speaker | Author | Family Medicine Physician | Founder/CEO Wellsmart
Dr. Coleman has taken care of people in all sorts of places: on airplanes, boats, and battlefields, in the wilderness, schools and in homes. She’s helped people receive care in countries where there was no formal system for access to primary care doctors. Throughout Dr. Coleman’s 13 years of experience, the spirit of discovery was in how she could connect the dots to deliver what patients needed, keeping compassion at the forefront. It has been a heartfelt mission, and still is.
As a family medicine physician with secondary training in Japanese acupuncture, Dr. Coleman started as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force (USAF). Through wartime medicine, she learned what it meant to be fully integrated as a unit of a team with her patients. Dr. Coleman also established new, creative models of patient care design for the Air Force still employed today.
In her work as the youngest and first female Commander of the Special Operations Clinic in Ramstein, Germany, she guided global medical missions and was the appointed physician for officers of the highest command positions. Throughout her career, she was chosen as primary physician for USAF F-16 Fighter Squadrons, USAF Special Forces units, and U.S. Embassies, as well serving as medical coordinator and physician for NASA Space Shuttle support missions.
“I wanted to crack the code of this system and come back as an interpreter of the confusing language and concepts, while also empowering patients to realize that their health lay within the power of their own selves.” – Amy Coleman, MD
DISCOVERING YOUR OWN DOCTOR WITHIN
Be Your Best Self: your symptoms can be both a mask and a set of clues
Dr. Coleman’s stories of clinical care are perfect examples of the highest ideals of medicine, and should be read not only by those who wish to understand the deeper roots of their symptoms but also by physicians who want to increase the quality of care for their patients. Dr. Coleman illustrates how presenting symptoms can be both a mask and a set of clues to the real stressors that lie beneath the surface. With consummate skill Dr. Coleman traces these clues to their source in order to treat causes rather than symptoms.