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We Care. We Hope. We Heal.

We Care. We Hope. We Heal. A Manifesto to a Healing Life.

We Care.

First, we care for ourselves, with great reverence. We believe in our higher selves and embrace our soul’s vast potential through care of our whole selves: body, mind, and spirit. We become strong. We become whole.

Then we care for others: our families, our communities, and our world. We reach out from our strength and wholeness to share our light with those around us. We strive to elevate others and in doing so elevate our world and ourselves.

We Hope.

We know hope is the highest expression of our potential and allows us to move forward. We allow hope to expand us, inspiring our growth and healing, making tomorrow a better day than today. We ignite hope with clear intention and action, and throw open the doors to the infinite possibilities of our lives.

We Heal.

We know that healing is the primary urge of nature. We claim this healing as our own. Healing is actively striving to achieve the purpose for which we were born. While not always curing, healing elevates our souls. And the bones of healing are in what we do for ourselves, and in our brave attention to what matters most: our full participation in our lives, our relationships, and our world.

We liftoff and claim our vital energy, the truest measure of our healing, and radiate it all around us, inspiring others, igniting hope, illuminating our shared path.

We take this journey together.

Karyn Shanks MD


Karyn Shanks, MD, is a physician who lives and practices in Iowa City. Her work is inspired by the revolutionary science of Functional Medicine, body-mind wisdom, and the transformational journeys of thousands of clients over her twenty-eight year career. She believes that the bones of healing are in what we do for ourselves.

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