From physician to healer: One woman’s journey to self discovery

Sarah Seidelmann spent 20 years as a board certified pathologist in Duluth before she realized it wasn’t her true calling.

“Over time I realized it wasn’t exactly what I was meant to do, and after stumbling around the woods with my dog I was able to reconnect with nature and change my way of thinking,” Seidelmann said. 

In 2010, Seidelmann took a sabbatical from her practice and began searching for a purpose. She knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of people, but just didn’t know how to do that while also doing what she loved.

“I really was lost, I didn’t want to go back to my work, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do instead. I yearned for something more meaningful, and I knew that I had to make a change,” Seidelmann said.

It wasn’t until Seidelmann took that walk with her dog she realized her connection with nature was stronger than she could’ve imagined; her eyes were opened to its power and the way it made her feel.

“I thought if this is how nature makes me feel, what can I learn from that, and how can I use it to change lives,” Seidelmann explained.

Seidelmann will be visiting Scout and Morgan Books in Cambridge from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, for a book signing of her newest memoir, “Swimming with Elephants-My Unexpected Pilgrimage from Physician to Healer.”

Seidelmann decided it was time to take a step back from traditional medicine and shift toward the idea of healing the soul and the use of shamanic healing. Through shamanic healing, Seidelmann was able to look at what issues were behind illnesses and how she could work pro-actively with people instead of trying to heal what had already been done.

“Now I have the tools to help that person I may not have been able to help before,” Seidelmann said. “I can now treat the why, get to the root cause and begin treatment from there.”  

After leaving her full-time career in medicine, she has since become a full-time shaman, life coach and writer. Her goal is to help people to live the life they love, and be who they were meant to be, rather than who society thinks they should be.

“Everyone has what they need within them, it is my goal to help them make choices that will help them to reconnect to their bodies,” Seidelmann said.

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