Wild Nature

Kemia 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."

-- Dr. K


Kemia M. Sarraf


Lodestar Founder & CEO


Dr. Kemia Sarraf (or “Dr. K” as she is most often known) completed her Medical Degree and Master of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and her residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. The arc of her 2+ decade career has included medical practice, public health programming and development, nonprofit leadership, multiple board positions in both the public and private sector, DEI and trauma-mitigation work in medical education, and private business ownership.


In 2013, Dr. K noticed unusual bruising and palpated an enlarged spleen in her eldest son. A childhood leukemia diagnosis came quickly, and she took a prolonged leave from the nonprofit she founded to care for him. During that time, she completed professional coach training certification. Her background in public health, trauma and the trauma-informed approach led her to create a unique coaching paradigm particularly well-suited for frontline professionals working in environments of chronic toxic stress. 


Dr. K founded Lodestar in 2016, responding to a growing need for trauma-mitigation subspecialty coaching methods for physician colleagues who were reporting high levels of severe burnout, vicarious trauma, and moral injury. She serves as adjunct faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in the office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Her work includes bringing a trauma-informed lens and trauma-mitigation approach to Justice, Equity and Anti-Racism work.

Weaving her background and deep understanding of trauma and the multivariate ways in which it "shows up" with decades of experience, Dr. K's coaching, leadership and education paradigm has a lens tuned to the vicarious or secondary trauma that is a part of daily life for high achieving, hard-driving, highly skilled professionals in any industry. 


Kemia is an authentic, compelling storyteller and powerful keynote speaker, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership, work, vision, and communication. She is renowned for her endless compassion, wisdom, joy, and humor. She and her physician-husband have been married for more than twenty years, and the two live on a small farm in Central Illinois with their four sons and "too many critters to count."


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

Physician Client