Our Philosophy of WomanCare
WomanSafeHealth is a safe, respectful and compassionate practice in which each client defines and obtains Empowering WomanCare and Gynecology health services.
Guiding Principles for WomanSafeHealth Care Providers
I welcome you
I listen to you
I believe you
I protect your privacy
I am accountable to you
I respect “no”
Meet Your WomanSafeHealth Team
Elizabeth Shadigian, MD, FACOG, NCMP
Elizabeth is an obstetrician-gynecologist, consultant, educator, and researcher specializing in the health, safety and well-being of women. Elizabeth received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Purdue University. She has been board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology since 1996 and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is also a Certified North American Menopause Society Menopause Practitioner. Elizabeth has been on the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School since 1994 and for 12 years provided clinical care to women at the University of Michigan Health System. She is writing her first book and is co-founder and Matriarch of the Battered Women and Children’s Memorial Garden.
Marnie Burkman, MD
Services: Integrative Psychiatry
Marnie is an integrative psychiatrist who is dedicated to helping others recover and enhance their wellness on every level of health – including body, mind, spirit and community. She is board-certified in psychiatry and integrative holistic medicine. She received her medical degree in 2003 from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA and completed her psychiatry residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. She has practiced integrative psychiatry in diverse settings including hospitals, the Veterans Health Administration system and in private outpatient practice.
Elise Aikman, LMT
Elise graduated from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy in 2015 with certifications in therapeutic massage, neuromuscular therapy, and myofascial release. Excited by the growing integration and recognition of massage in health care, she is passionate about helping clients who face chronic illness or pain, particularly headaches. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan in political science, where she studied political systems and systemic oppression. She uses all of her skill sets to contribute to client care at WomanSafeHealth.
Leah R. Bookwalter, CHHC
Services: Assistant WoManager, Holistic Health Coach, Yoga & Reiki Practitioner, Woman Advocacy
Leah is a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan, NY, and holds a BA in Complementary and Alternative Health from Ashford University. She is a Hatha Yoga Instructor/RYT through Yoga Alliance, a Reiki practitioner and is certified in Raw Food preparation. Her passion for health and wellness began many years ago as an owner of a successful fitness franchise where she found a true passion for helping others: body, mind and soul. Leah is an avid lover of animals and nature.
Claire M. Collins, BA, MD Candidate, 2020
Services: Electronic Medical Records Specialist, Medical Literature Researcher, Woman Advocacy
Claire received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry with a minor in psychology in 2015 from Earlham College. She is a MD candidate at the University of Michigan Medical School, matriculating in August 2016.
Rachel Dick, BS, MA
Services: Woman Advocacy Program Co-director, Woman Advocacy
Rachel recently completed her Master of Arts degree in Women’s and Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University where she also received her Bachelor of Science in the same field and a minor in Human Sexuality in 2015. At WomanSafeHealth, Rachel is the Woman Advocacy Program Co-director and a woman advocate, bringing feminist theory into practice. She has worked as an advocate outside of WomanSafeHealth for over 5 years, but her passion for woman advocacy developed after becoming chronically ill and realizing how crucial woman advocacy is to health.
Emma Greene, CMT
Services: Practice WoManager, Woman Advocacy Program Co-director, Woman Advocacy
Emma Greene, CMT is a doula and massage therapist, who joined WomanSafeHealth in August, 2013. She has a background in business, childhood development and trauma recovery. She works at WomanSafeHealth as the Practice WoManager, woman advocate and EMR Specialist.
Andrea Hill, LLMSW
Services: Holistic Psychotherapy
Andrea is a psychotherapist, wellness coach and breathworker serving individuals, couples, families and groups. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan with internships at University Health Service and Catholic Social Services. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in sports medicine/exercise science from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to becoming a social worker, she was a clinical massage therapist, working with acute and chronic pain, and contributes to women’s wellness retreats for breast cancer survivors. She has worked as a physical therapy tech, personal trainer and aerobics instructor and appreciates the healing potential of expressive arts and physical movement when done with self-compassion. She enjoys helping women and girls regain happier and more fulfilling relationships with their lives and loved ones and has special interest in support groups, trauma integration, shame resilience, LGBTQ issues, substance use and co-dependency recovery, self-care and self-compassion.
Kristin Whitfield, L Ac, Dipl OM, MAOM
Services: Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Kristin graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. and from the New England School of Acupuncture with a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is a Registered (Michigan) and Licensed (Massachusetts) Acupuncturist and is a National Board Certified (NCCAOM) Diplomate in Oriental Medicine. She practiced on Cape Cod for 12 years and established a free clinic providing treatment for traumatized veterans and their families. Kristin’s passion is helping each person on her pathway to physical and emotional health, using TCM and microlight therapy, which offers a needle free approach to acupuncture and facial rejuvenation.
Each woman entering the WomanSafeHealth space is invited to seek a peaceful part of herself while enjoying a uniquely private, respectful atmosphere designed to promote healthy self-care and a sustainable earth. WomanSafeHealth partnered with Tectonic Design to create a light-filled, modern, woman-centered space that pairs rapidly renewable products such as bamboo floors and cabinets with leaf-embedded ecoresin. Choices of interior design, plants, art and specially chosen equipment honor, celebrate and accommodate women of all shapes, sizes and abilities.
With a fundamental respect for each woman and her overall well-being, the space is at once safe, home-like and environmentally friendly with attention to details like using low VOC paints, non-toxic adhesives, a state of the art air purifier and humidifier, antibacterial countertops, all cotton linens and hypoallergenic soaps, moisturizers and cleaning products.