Medical Advisor Joins Natural Awakenings Staff
Natural Awakenings Northwest Florida is thrilled to extend a warm and hearty welcome to Erin Mayfield, DO, DipABLM, DipAOBOG, who is joining the team as our new Medical Advisor.
Dr. Mayfield, who has 38 years’ experience working as a physician, is board-certified in both lifestyle medicine and obstetrics/gynecology. In addition, she is a disability examiner caring for men and women who also recently earned her Chef Coaching certification from Harvard University. “I’m really excited to be a part of Natural Awakenings’ enthusiastic team of healthy living advocates. I love everything about nutrition, fitness, sleep health, stress management and thriving relationships,” she affirms.
Dr. Mayfield shares that it has always been her passion to work with others on their journey toward better health. “I began my vocational journey as a nursing major in college, where the ideas for taking care of the ‘whole patient’ were born. Later as a pre-med major, I fell in love with osteopathic medicine for the same reasons: commitment to care for the patient in a holistic way, instead of focusing treatment on one disease process. The philosophy followed me into my private practice of 30 years, caring for women of all ages,” she explains.
According to Dr. Mayfield, lifestyle medicine is the best of all worlds. “It is the purest practice of medicine, providing individualized care to every person and their family,” says this passionate practitioner, who attests that lifestyle medicine physicians earn board-certification by passing a rigorous certification exam. “For those interesting in learning more, peer-reviewed references are available on the website of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine at LifestyleMedicine.org.”
Dr. Mayfield founded a private lifestyle medicine practice in 2020 that delivers lifestyle and culinary coaching programs through a telemedicine platform. “I created it this way so people all over the world could access services in the privacy of their homes,” she says. “Every effort is made to deliver personalized care in a non-judgmental, supportive environment.” New offerings in 2023 include on-site culinary medicine workshops and classes at Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Café in Pensacola, FL, along with corporate wellness packages.
“I’m so looking forward to connecting with our Natural Awakenings readers and sharing ways we can all be healthier—and happier—for years to come,” she adds.
Dr. Mayfield will be a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. For more information, visit LifestyleMedicineWellnessandRecovery.com. See this month’s column on the back cover.