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Meet Dr. Christine Surrago

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Christine Surrago.

Dr. Christine, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My story started the day my father died of a massive heart attack. He struggled with heart disease since his mid-30s, and I grew up with a father who struggled with his diet, managing stress and multiple ER visits. When he died, I wasn’t physically with him, but I felt his heart attack in my body. When I was told my father was in the hospital and still alive, I intuitively knew he was gone even though my mind couldn’t fathom this happening.

Once I found out he was gone, I will never forget what I felt in my body and knew that one day I would be able to use this gift to feel other people. But before my medical intuitive skills could be developed, I had to go on my own healing journey so that I could understand the pain and confusion that others go through. The grief of my father’s death leads to me developing Crohn’s Disease where I was once a walking skeleton.

However, I knew my body could heal. I took myself off of all medications, changed my diet and started working deeply on my grief. I healed from Crohn’s. I then became inspired to show others the way. I left my profession of teaching Mathematics to study medicine so that I could assist others on every level to heal.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t know if smooth roads truly exist in life. Through every bump, there is a lesson waiting for us, and our determination and guidance keeps us all going. I love what I do. I love waking up every morning knowing that I was meant to guide people to optimal health and wellbeing. Because of all the successes, I have seen in my patients, and within myself, it makes every challenging moment completely worth it.

We’d love to hear more about your practice.
In my field of medicine, we acknowledge that the body is one living organism, completely connected and whole. Every system affects every other system. When one system is off balance, it weakens the entire system leading to more health issues over time if not addressed.

So for example, the nervous system can be off due to stress or trauma, and over time this can affect the hormonal system, the immune system, the capillaries, the joints, the skin, the brain, the mind, relationships, the emotional body and spirit leading to deeper feelings of dis-ease. Diseases do not come out of nowhere, they are caused by something, and that is what I look at in every patient, whether it is mental, emotional, physical or spiritual or a combination.

The body heals itself when it has the proper nourishment and stressors are removed from the body. Proper nourishment can be nutrition but can also be nourishment through healthy relationships or nourishment through positive, productive thinking. Once the patient is following a holistic lifestyle change, the body begins to heal.

We can extrapolate this to prevent disease as well. For a healthy individual, I look for patterns and health habits that can long term be detrimental for health. It could be as obvious as smoking or lack of exercise or more subtle like thinking patterns that over time can lead to unhealthy habits causing illness in the mind/body. We then address everything to lead to optimal health, happiness, and longevity.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moments happen regularly. Healing happens steadily over time. There are the occasional miracle healing, these do exist, but nature is not designed this way. Healing happens at the pace of nature, slow and steady and non-linear.

Every day patients come in more aware of themselves, their habits, their responses to stress and I know that this is because their system is stronger and healthier even to be more aware. They look healthier, more grounded, centered and responsible. I see this as a beautiful success.

Contact Info:

  • Website:  drsurrago.com
  • Phone: 310-828-8258
  • Instagram: @drchristinesurrago

Image Credit:
Melissa Rousseau

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