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.
Namita Sachdev, MD, FACP, FAAP
Services: Integrative Medicine
Namita is a physician with over 30 years’ experience caring for clients, especially those with chronic illness. She believes empowering individuals to care for themselves leads to optimal personal health and wellness. Namita is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, and her approach integrates conventional and complementary medicine. She received her medical degree in 1989 and completed her residency in 1994 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has mentored and taught students, residents, and faculty, and is Clinical Assistant Professor Emerita in Internal Medicine at the University of
Elise Aikman, LMT
Services: Massage Therapy
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
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 holistic psychotherapist and wellness coach serving individuals, couples, families and groups. She received her Master’s in social work from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s in sports medicine/exercise science from Eastern Michigan University. Andrea enjoys helping people regain happier and more fulfilling relationships with themselves and their loved ones. Trauma integration, self-compassion, and creative empowerment are at the heart of her work. She is a long-time contributor to women’s wellness retreats for breast cancer survivors and has worked as a clinical massage therapist with acute and chronic pain. Her psychotherapy focus includes family impact of addiction, substance abuse, trauma, chronic illness, anxiety, depression, life transitions, identity, grief, loss and parenting. Her wellness coaching empowers clients to improve self-care and life-balance.
Kristin Whitfield, L Ac, Dipl OM, MAOM
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.