Dr. Kemia M. Sarraf

Lodestar Founder + CEO

Dr. Kemia Sarraf (“Dr. K” ) 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 more than two 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.


Areas of Expertise

C-Suite + Leadership Coaching
Physician and Front Line Trauma Coaching
Hospital System Consulting, Keynote Speaker
Public Health Programming
Lodestar Logo (Mountain outline with the words "Lodestar Direction when you've lost your True North"











Dr. K's deep and expansive background in public health, trauma, and a trauma-informed approach to professional coaching led her to develop a unique paradigm honed for 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 alarmingly 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. 

Weaving her decades of experience and background with a deep understanding of the multivariate ways in which stress and trauma show up, Dr. K's leadership and education paradigm is focused on high achieving professionals in any industry. 

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

CEO and Founder Dr. Kemia M. Sarraf, MD, MPH, RCC, TIPC, TMC