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
Services: Empowering WomanCare (Primary Care), General Gynecology (all ages), Menopause Management, Obstetrical Consultation, WomanSafeHealth Herstory, WomanSafeHealth Consulting
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
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 University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. She has practiced integrative psychiatry in diverse settings including hospitals, the Veterans Health Administration system and in private outpatient practice.
Claire Collins, BA, MD Candidate, 2022
Services: Electronic Medical Records Specialist
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. She started a Peer Support Advocacy Program at the medical school focused on supporting medical students with mental health disabilities, as well as providing a generalized network of support for students both personally and professionally.
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, Practice WoManager
Services: Practice WoManager, Woman Advocacy Program Co-director, Woman Advocacy
Emma Greene 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.
Ashli Marable, BA
Services: Woman Advocacy, Admin
Ashli grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated from the College of Social Science at Michigan State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies. During her time at Michigan State, she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority where she discovered a passion of working with young women and children in the community. From working in the education system to advocating for women who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault, she hopes to help women of all backgrounds through the Woman Advocacy Program at WomanSafeHealth.
Anna Werderitsch, L.Ac.
Services: Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Anna is a practitioner of Classical Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. With 20+ years of practice she has witnessed this ancient medicine successfully treat our modern day neurological, gynecological, psychological and gastrointestinal illness and more. To increase the body’s natural ability to heal, Anna uses scalp, ear and body acupuncture; cupping, gua sha, and acupressure. She creates custom herbal formulas, offers dietary guidance, and teaches her clients how to use moxa for a long life. As a young child she was curious about plants as food and medicine. This curiosity guided her into Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. On her days off she is hiking with her family, gardening, cooking, learning about the plants that grow near, and studying with her Classical Chinese Medicine teacher, Dr Suzanne Robidoux.
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.