Sharon DeMocker, MD

Before joining GWCIM team, Dr. Sharon DeMocker, MD had served as the Medical Director for the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center at the DC VA Medical Center for several years, leading one of three national teams evaluating Veterans with chronic, medically unexplained illnesses.  This multidisciplinary team provides second opinion clinical consultations for patients referred from across the eastern half of the US, as well as conducting research and providing education on the latest evidenced-based developments to medical providers and patients.  She also contributed to Dr. Kogan’s textbook, “Integrative Geriatric Medicine”, published by Oxford University Press as part of Andrew Weil Integrative Medicine Library series, and has spoken on a panel at an Integrative Medicine conference with Dr. Patch Adams.  She has done a number of radio shows and nationwide webinars on Integrative Medicine topics.
 
Dr. DeMocker previously headed an Integrative Medical clinic near Asheville, NC for over a decade, which she founded following her training with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona, the first postdoctoral Integrative Medicine training center in the country. She completed her residency in Family Medicine through UVA in Lynchburg, with a focus on healthy lifestyle choices to prevent disease, which included her first clinical training with Dr. Weil.  During medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina, she was involved in research on the physical and psychological aftermath of trauma. 
 
Dr. DeMocker has a strong interest in optimizing health through diet and lifestyle changes, combining the best evidence-based Integrative Medicine practices to help patients on their healing journey.  This may include modalities such as acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, yoga, meditation, bodywork, health coaching, or other mind-body therapies. 
 
Outside of work, Sharon is an avid hiker and trail runner with her dogs, as well as horseback riding, kayaking and gardening.