Dustin Sulak, D.O. is an osteopathic physician, licensed in Maine as a general practitioner. He is an expert in integrative medicine, the intelligent combination of conventional and alternative approaches to healthcare. He has long been fascinated by mind-body medicine, spirituality in healthcare, and natural approaches to promoting health and healing. He is an expert in cranial and biodynamic osteopathy, a clinical hypnotherapist, Reiki sensei, practitioner of chi kung and yoga, and has studied with numerous conventional and alternative healers and physicians.
Dr. Sulak's clinical practice focuses on treating refractory conditions in adults and children. He received undergraduate degrees in nutrition science and biology from Indiana University, a doctorate of osteopathy from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed an osteopathic internship at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Sulak is the founder of Integr8 Health and Healer.com, a medical cannabis education resource. He is a passionate teacher of clinicians, patients and industry professionals, and sits on the board of directors of two nonprofits focused on cannabis education, The Society of Cannabis Clinicians and Patients Out of Time.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by sickness and healing. By the time I was in college, I knew that I would study medicine, and that it would be only the beginning of my training. While I pursued western medical training, I also studied (formally and informally) Reiki, Body Talk, other forms of energy medicine, homeopathy, herbs, nutrition, hypnotherapy, and various other alternative and integrative approaches to healing.
Traditional Osteopathy forms the foundation of my approach. The central tenet of Osteopathy is that we all have an intelligent and powerful healing system within us. My main goal is to synchronize with this healing system, understand its challenges and priorities, and assist it in its work. As the founder of Osteopathy famously said, "The object of a physician should be to find the health. Anyone can find the disease." I do so by listening to people – their stories, their wisdom, and their bodies.
I see people at all ages and stages of health. I use whatever combination of western and integrative medicine is appropriate for them. My goal is to meet people on their healing journey and help them to live life to their fullest potential. Current areas of focus are medical cannabis, children with neurological problems, tick related illness, chronic complex illness of various etiologies, and those who have failed conventional therapy or fallen through the cracks of the medical system.
I live in Durham, Maine with Dustin and our three children.
Dr. Saad's Credentials:
- Doctor of Osteopathy
- Family Physician – Board certified
- Reiki Sensei
- Bachelor of Science in Physiology
- Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
After completing a Master’s degree in clinical psychology at Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Lerner went on to receive his M.D. degree from the Chicago Medical School. Postgraduate work was done at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago followed by a fellowship in epidemiology at the Chicago Board of Health under Dr. Jeremiah Stamler where he assisted in the then – pioneering work in diet/heart studies and risk factors in cardiovascular disease as well as developing protocols for large-scale chronic disease screening programs.
He continued this work as an Associate in Medicine at Harvard Medical School where he participated as a research physician in the National Hypertension Study at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.
While practicing medicine in Massachusetts, Hy pursued his strong interest in healthy nutrition beginning with a connection to the macrobiotic community in Boston and culminating in the founding of the Baldwin Hill Bakery; the first whole-grain organic sourdough bread bakery in the country (more details can be found in Chapter 4 of the Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book). He also pursued studies in Classical Homeopathy for many years with some of the foremost practitioners of the time and completed the two year Homeopathic Clinician Course with Louis Klein, R.S. Hom..
Another major clinical interest has been anti-aging medicine and natural hormone balancing. Hy has received training over the years from the Broda Barnes Foundation in Connecticut as well as study with Dr. Jonathan Wright through the American Academy of AntiAging Medicine. He had a private practice in this specialty in Massachusetts prior to his move to Maine.
Other interests and training include Kripalu yoga, Zen meditation and Jin Shin Jiu Tsu, a specialized Japanese healing art.
He is also an avid cyclist and budding choral singer.
- Master of Science in Nursing
- Certification for Primary Care and Family Care Nurse Practitioner
- Reiki and Therapeutic Touch Practitioner
- Biofeedback Practitioner
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Professional musician: vocals and flute
I have known from an early age what my career path would be. After an emergency appendectomy at five years old, I set my sights on becoming a nurse, and never veered from that path. I marveled at the wide range of skills utilized, and the importance of human interaction with not just the patient, but with their entire family and the other medical professionals involved. Growing up in a small town in Maine, the daughter of a minister and a social worker, I was exposed to a wide range of social interactions long before my peers were. I learned the importance of seeing a person as a biological, psychological, social being, which has been impacted upon by a very wide range of entities.
My undergraduate years were spent at the University of New Hampshire, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I enjoyed many years working as a nurse in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Hawaii, and Maine. Throughout those years, I was always interested in learning different methods of treating patients other than by the traditional Western Medicine techniques. I took courses in Therapeutic Touch and Reiki, Guided Imagery, Biofeedback, and Therapeutic Massage. My work as a musician also brought a different type of healing, especially to those with psychological illnesses.
Much as I enjoyed working as a nurse, I became frustrated with the limitations of my role and decided to pursue further education. I received my Master’s degree and Nurse Practitioner’s certification from Simmons College. Now I was able to do more for my patients with a wide range of medical practices, both traditional and complementary or alternative.
At that time, I also started my own little business, Good Deed Beads. As a creative outlet, I make beaded jewelry which I then sell, and all the proceeds go to a fund which provides free medical care. While undergoing medical treatments myself, I was appalled at how insurance companies dictated a patient’s care, and I saw what happened to those without insurance. Hence, Good Deed Beads was my way of giving back to those in need, with no strings attached.
I have become associated with The Gesundheit Institute in West Virginia with Dr. Patch Adams, and joined his housecalls program. In October of 2009, I spent four weeks at Gesundheit Institute participating in a class on Humanism in Medicine. This was a life-changing event for me, helping me realize yet again the importance of complementary and alternative medicines, including humor, in health care.
Integrative Medicine is the combination of traditional Western Medicine with Complementary and Alternative Medicines, mostly from Eastern cultures. Through this practice, a person is treated as a bio-psycho-social being. I am delighted to be a part of Integr8 Health, where every patient is seen as a whole entity, and treated with a wide range of modalities designed to promote health to its fullest potential.
Dr. Shawn Sulak specializes in the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain and connective tissue dysfunction. He has treated thousands of cases of head, neck, extremity and back pain, overuse injuries, sports injuries, poor lymphatic and circulatory function, and more with incredible success.
Dr. Sulak’s holistic approach includes Naprapathic manipulation, Reiki, cranial sacral therapy, and energy medicine techniques. He may also use thermotherapy, ultrasound, flexion-distration, and other therapeutic modalities during your treatment, if indicated. Treatments always followed up with a personalized exercise program and advice to the patient.
Dr. Shawn Sulak is a doctoral graduate of the National College of Naprapathic Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from the University of Indianapolis and is a personal trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Dr. Sulak’s treatments are an incredible full body experience that provide instant relief and long lasting healing.