About the Author
Stephen M. Dahmer, M.D., is a board-certified family physician whose passion for health and healing has taken him around the globe. Dr. Dahmer has practiced medicine in diverse settings including: Umbanda terreiros in the heart of Brazil’s second largest slum; Maori clinics in Whanganui, New Zealand; rural clinics in Cuba and Dominican Republic; with war veterans at the San Diego Veterans Hospital; and as a hospitalist physician on the Navajo (Diné) reservation in Chinle, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, completed his residency training at the Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine in New York City, and was one of the earliest graduates of the Integrative Family Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona. Dr. Dahmer is currently Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and practices at the Center for Health and Healing caring for families in New York City. Michael J. Balick, Ph.D., is a specialist in ethnomedical practices and the use of plants in traditional healing, who has spent more than a decade in Micronesia engaged in ethnobotanical studies. He has also studied the distribution, diversity and traditional uses of plants in the Amazon Valley, Belize, Central America, Asia, the Middle East, and in New York City. He is Philecology Curator and Director of the Institute of Economic Botany and Vice President for Botanical Science at The New York Botanical Garden. He received a Ph.D. and A.M. degrees in Biology from Harvard University.