David R. Kopacz, MD is a psychiatrist at Puget Sound VA in Seattle in primary care mental health integration and is an acting assistant professor at the University of Washington. He is certified through the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, the American Board of Integrative & Holistic Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Medicine. David has worked in many different practice settings, including VA, holistic private practice, and as clinical director at Buchanan Rehabilitation Center in Auckland, New Zealand. He has been working to develop holistic approaches to help Veterans return home and to take charge of their own well-being through classes using mythology and narrative. He also teaches classes using the VA Whole Health initiatives coming from the national VA Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation.
The focus of David’s work and writing is on bringing creativity, spirituality, and healing to my work with clients as well as to the larger challenges that face health care and society.
His first book, Re-humanizing Medicine: A Holistic Framework for Transforming Your Self, Your Practice and the Culture of Medicine, provides a “counter-curriculum of re-humanization” for health care providers and supports the “compassion revolution” in health care.
Walking the Medicine Wheel is co-written with Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow). David & Joseph plan to write a series of books together in the future.