Kemia M. Sarraf 

Lodestar Founder & CEO

Kemia M. Sarraf, M.D., M.P.H.


"Everyone is experiencing 2020 differently, but the baseline emotions are all the same: shock, fear, horror, outrage, disbelief, exhaustion and, ultimately, grief. No one - especially those in the field of medicine - is escaping this unscathed. The pain is universal. We all need some extra tools right now." 
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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-mitigation 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 disengagement, attrition, self-medication and suicide. She founded Lodestar in response to the rapidly growing need for subspecialized coach practitioners to address issues specific to healthcare.


In addition to her private practice, Dr. Sarraf serves as adjunct faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, working in the office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Her work includes bringing a trauma-informed lens and trauma-mitigation approach to Diversity and Anti-Racism work.

Blending her experiences as a physician and public health professional, a deep understanding of trauma and the multivariate ways in which it "shows up" and her skills as an executive coach, Dr. Sarraf developed the TIPC™ and TMC™ coaching paradigms specifically to address the needs of high-performing professionals working in environments of caustic stress.

Fusing her extensive experience in healthcare and education with balance, humor and endless empathy, Kemia has helped countless professionals (re) discover their professional pride, joy, and internal balance.


"Dr. Kemia is an expert strategist, storyteller and space-holder. She was crucial in helping me discover and name what is essential, and in setting a path for my '"True North.'"

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