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Kemia Sarraf 

Lodestar CEO


Trauma Informed Coaching for Physicians and Professionals

Lodestar Founder and CEO, Dr. Kemia Sarraf, received her Medical Degree and Master of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. She left clinical medicine more than a decade ago to start a public health initiative for children in her community. genHkids focused on working with and teaching children in schools and community organizations to “Eat Real, Move More” through trauma-informed programming in the kitchen, gardens and playgrounds.

As a trauma specialist, executive coach, physician and a physician wife, Kemia became increasingly concerned by the number of colleagues who were reporting high levels of toxic stress and burnout, all of which was leading to a distressing increase in physician dissociation, attrition, self-medication and suicide.


Blending her deep understanding of trauma and the multivariate ways in which it "shows up" with her skills as an executive coach, Dr. Sarraf developed a coaching paradigm specifically for physicians (and other first-responder professions) with a lens tuned to the vicarious or secondary trauma that is a part of daily life for these highly trained, highly skilled professionals. Blending extensive experience with balance, humor and endless empathy, Kemia has helped countless physicians and other professionals (re) discover their professional pride, joy, and internal balance. She is an expert strategist who assists clients in discovering and naming what is essential, and setting a path for their "True North."


Married to a physician who will be a part of the frontline in the Coronavirus pandemic, Kemia is currently holed up with her four sons, providing a public health perspective in several local physician groups, blogging in an attempt to help "thread the public health messaging, needle" and strategizing with clients across the country.  (All this while trying desperately to avoid listening to her two youngest children “read” to her during school hours). She and her family live on a small family farm where it is currently lambing season and raining enough to need an ark; she firmly believes both those things should be part of the boy's #FarmSchool curriculum. She would very much like to know when the “social distancing” part of this pandemic will kick in for her at home...