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Natural Setting Frames Duke Integrative Medicine

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Apr 01, 2008

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Duke Integrative Medicine Center in Durham, North Carolina, provides a unique model for how medical services can be delivered in a harmonious and integrated healing environment. Located on the Duke University campus, the center operates on the principle that mind, body, spirit and community are powerfully interrelated in both health and disease. The center blends its holistic healing message with its building design: the 27,000-square-foot facility stands next to woodlands and streams, with treatment rooms that offer scenic garden views. The building also houses meditation spaces, a demonstration kitchen, a fitness center, and workshop and conference facilities. The center’s philosophy is rooted in the concept of partnership, “where patients and healthcare providers work together to develop a health plan to address the whole person.”

Treatments offered include personalized health planning, yoga, Reiki massage, other forms of bodywork, health coaching and stress reduction education, among others. For more information about Duke Integrative Medicine, go to

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at