"I always had an interest in science and in medicine. My grandfather, Charles C. Sutter, was a family physician on the west side of Evansville during the first half of the twentieth century. I can remember tales of treating disease in the days before the new-found wonder drugs.
At college, I studied forestry and became fascinated with natural remedies. Ewell Gibbons became a hero. I read just about everything he wrote, including, Stalking the Wild Asparagus. His emphasis was on gatherable foods, but he also delved into folk remedies such as using aloe to treat burns and witch hazel to treat bruises."
Getting the European Perspective
"It helps to see how other systems work. During medical school, I trained for a year in Epsom, Surrey, England. The European medical system has more openly embraced and included alternative forms of medicine. The German E commission is the oldest and most comprehensive investigator of, particularly, botanical medicines and, across Europe (and, more recently, the US) is a widely respected source of effectiveness data. "
Bringing it Back to Evansville
"I did my residency in Family Medicine at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana, graduating in 2005. As part of my third year rotations, I was privileged to spend a month at the University of Arizona's Program in Integrative Medicine, founded by the world renowned Dr. Andrew Weil. (In 1995, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.) I was impressed at the emphasis on developing good quality evidenced-based data to support the integration of traditional medicines with conventional pharmaceutically based medicine."