Faculty Feature: Kate Shafto
Kate Shafto, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and recently Integrative Medicine after completing a a two year fellowship through the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Her current practice at the University of Minnesota provides outpatient Integrative Health consults for adults and children. She has been at the University of Minnesota since 2012, initially as a med-peds hospitalist, and has grown into various roles teaching medical students and residents. She is the Course Director for Foundations of Critical Thinking, a required first and second year medical school course taught in small groups with case-based learning.
Favorite quote: from The Summer Day by Mary Oliver. "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" & "What we practice grows stronger" by Shauna Shapiro, PhD quoting an unnamed Buddhist monk
Favorite travel destination: most recently, the Andes of Peru where my husband and I backpacked through remote areas of the Sacred Valley and ancient Inca ruins.
What the world needs more of: People who slow down, take a deep breath, really see each other and then speak, make decisions or act. We need to recover a reasonable pace of life, and reconnect with nature and with each other.
If you were not a physician, you would be: A teacher, writer and speaker. But these are all things I am developing in my career as a physician. The word "doctor" actually means, from its Latin roots, teacher. And increasingly I see the need to teach our patients how to care for themselves given that the majority of chronic disease is related to lifestyle and environmental factors.