The Integrative Medicine Clinic of Arizona is committed to focusing on you and thoroughly addressing your health.
Cheri Dersam, M.D., is trained in both traditional and integrative medicine. This allows her to fully address your health concerns today and reduce your risks for health problems in the future.
She takes the time to listen to your concerns and turn the focus back to you. By fully exploring your past and present health, nutrition, activity and lifestyle and utilizing conventional and innovative lab testing, she will explore the root cause of your conditions. She will also investigate genetic risk factors that can predict the likelihood you may develop conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer's Disease and certain cancers. Dr. Dersam will then recommend a health promotion plan personalized to you. This will include balancing your nutrition, digestion, activity, stress, sleep, hormones, and adjusting medications as needed.
Cheri Dersam, M.D. grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and earned her Bachelor degree in Biochemistry and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Arizona. She completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Texas A & M/Scott & White Hospital in Texas. She practiced emergency medicine for 7 years and then established an urgent care for 9 years with 2 other emergency physicians in Phoenix. During this time, she enjoyed seeing many neighborhood patients on a regular basis usually because they had difficulty scheduling sick appointments with their primary care providers. She was routinely asked if she could be a patient's primary care doctor. After considering this, Dr. Dersam decided that if she were to function as a primary care physician, she would go about it in a totally different way. She could see that patients were getting sicker with increasing heart disease and diabetes and receiving less care from their doctors. It was then that she decided to learn a better way to provide medical care. She enrolled in and completed a 2-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. It was here that she met Andrew Weil, M.D. and studied the curriculum that he initiated to help change the direction of medical care. She is one of few M.D.'s officially fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine and she will soon be board certified. She will be taking the newly established Integrative Medicine board certification exam in May of 2017. Dr. Dersam was most recently on staff as one of two physicians at the University of Arizona Integrative Health Cente that closed its doors in July 2016. She says, "Our approach to healing the patient was different than any other clinic in town. We took the time to explore patient's goals and the challenges with their health. We strived to meet each patient where they were and designed a team-oriented approach to healing for each one. This resonated with patients who had felt abandoned by traditional treatments." Dr. Dersam loved her work and her patients. "We closed our doors only because the current system of reimbursement does not adequately fund this type of medical care. I regret that we left a waiting list full of patients still to be healed and an active roster of patients with whom we had truly empowered to change their health for the better." "My goal in establishing my own clinic is to continue the work that we started at the UAIHC. Patients deserve a doctor who knows them, takes the time to explore fully their concerns, health status and goals. Over and above this, I think my patients deserve a physician that strives to stretch the boundaries of current medical thinking to provide the most up to date and individualized care possible." Dr. Dersam aims to continue that same model of medical care at the IMCA, Integrative Medical Clinic of Arizona with a more personalized approach. She will only be accepting a limited number of patients so that she can take the time to expertly care for each one of them. She will alternatively see selected patients on a consultation basis by appointment, but member patients will take priority.