To explore healthy practices and current concerns amid the COVID-19 virus pandemic in Alaska, we interview family doctor and traditional healer Dr. Allison Kelliher.
“Yes, this is serious. Yes, this is dangerous. There’s no reason to be panicked, but we should be conscientious and we should be prepared. Our traditional stories, our traditional songs talk about always preparing...so now is the time that we really need to use our resources to get important information across to each other. It’s not a time to be motivated by fear, but rather by information.” - Dr. Allison Kelliher
Dr. Allison Kelliher (https://snowcreekmedicine.com), an Alaska Native physician, was raised close to nature in her home of Nome Alaska. In addition to her practice as a board certified Family and Integrative Medicine doctor, she incorporates Alaska Native traditional healing and other botanical and holistic modalities. She has a background in biomedical research and received her undergraduate BS in Indigenous Medicine from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (2001). Dr. Kelliher is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine (2005) and the Alaska Family Medicine Residency (2009). She has a breadth of experience having practiced full spectrum family medicine in addition to serving her community as the first and only Tribal Doctor, MD at Southcentral Foundation where she worked as a traditional healer. Dr. Kelliher has apprenticed with healers including: Alaska Native, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Western herbalists. She is currently in private practice and teaches at the University of Washington WWAMI medical school as adjunct faculty.
Click here for more information on COVID-19 gathered by Dr. Kelliher: CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 INFORMATION