Physician, University of Arizona Integrative Health Center
Dr. Dersam was born and grew up right here in town. She earned both her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and her medical degree at the University of Arizona. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Texas A & M/Scott & White Hospital in 2001 and worked in Emergency Departments in Texas, Indiana and Arizona.
After her third child was born, she accepted the invitation of another colleague to own and operate a neighborhood urgent care in Phoenix. For 9 years, she enjoyed treating patients in a less frantic environment. Some of them asked her to be their primary care physician. She liked the idea, but she wanted to spend time with them and treat their problems in a way that would help them on a long term basis, not just for the next week. It was during this time that Dr. Dersam made a decision to change the way she practiced medicine.
This choice led her back to the University of Arizona. She completed the Graduate Fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine directed by Andrew Weil, MD and Victoria Maizes, MD. It was here that she learned to be a physician who heals by promoting the body's own natural resources. Now, she can utilize her extensive knowledge of what happens to the body when it is struggling and offer treatments that help patients to change outcomes and their lifestyles for the better.
As the mother of three school aged children, Dr. Dersam loves to be involved with their schools, plays and sports. She also takes time for her own interests in running, gardening and watching old movies.