Philippa Norman MD MPH
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Dr. Norman is a Board-Certified Integrative Medicine physician with over 20 years experience in Integrative Therapies including nutritional medicine, Reiki, Pranic healing, Hypnotherapy, Guided imagery and more.
Her Ayurveda training began with Maharishi Ayurveda under the instruction of Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf and Stuart Rothberg. She was invited to study in Pune, India with Dr. Vasant Lad's Gurukkula where she experienced clinic days with Dr. Lad, filling prescriptions in the herbal pharmacy with her fellow students, and training in Marma point therapy and Shirodhara. She continued her training in Herbal formulations and Ayurvedic skin care with Dr. Jay and his team at Kerala Ayurveda, as well as mentorship with Jennifer Ayres, Pulse workshops with Dr. Lad in New Mexico, beginning Jyotish with Souvik Dutta, and Restorative Yoga certification with Jillian Pransky.
She is currently completing Advanced Practitioner level training at Ananda Ayurveda Academy under the direction of Dr. Ashlesha Raut.
Over the years, Dr. Norman has supported individuals and the community. She has provided numerous community presentations and has provided keynotes for the Arthritis Foundation and other groups. She was a frequent presenter at the Green Earth Institute and regular contributor to their newsletter. She consulted with Seven Generations Ahead, helping to develop their school nutrition curriculum, and presented professional continuing education workshops for Dupage PE & Health instructions, Head Start and School Nurses association. She has presented to artists and creative young people, through Young Chicago Authors, the Illinois Arts Foundation, and other groups. As the mother of 4 grown children, she is very devoted to supporting young people in any way that she can.
Dr. Norman is certified in Natural Cooking, and loves to help people bring healing foods into their diet.
Her consulting practice has offered natural, holistic support for symptoms of irritable bowel and digestive problems, depression, anxiety, chronic stress, and those who want to maintain memory, mental clarity and emotional vitality to enjoy life as they age. She is especially committed to providing trauma sensitive care and offering support for those experiencing PTSD and other trauma related health issues. While her practice is on hold to complete her studies, she will soon be offering consultations and herbal formulations.
Since childhood, she has had an interest in herbs and spiritual practices and feels honored to serve others. She is committed to lifelong learning and exploring ancient traditional healing practices and how we can bring them to our lives today.
She founded Zazi Natural Foods as a way to support people with healthy foods, while at the same time offering a portion of proceeds to support indigenous cultural organizations in their work for cultural preservation, land rights and other issues in order to help preserve what the ancient ones have left us.
Her upcoming book "Meet the Friendlies" introduces young people to their good bacteria and supports them in creating a healthy lifestyle. Her love of writing led her to write 3 Shells for Nikki, a children's book, to share her experience of learning about herbalism in her family, as well as other books on health.
On any given day, you might find her playing her guitar or banjo, simmering up an herbal remedy, writing with a hot cup of tea nearby, or working in the garden.