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A devoted and heartful family physician, midwife, herbalist and mother for over 30 years, Lisa also serves community as a traditional healer and ceremonial leader. Through a rigorous 15 year apprenticeship under the guidance of elders, don Elias Cowan and don Jose Sandoval, Lisa was initiated as a mara’akame (healer) in the Huichol healing tradition in 2014. Additionally, Lisa is a firekeeper for Sacred Fire, a non-profit community service organization that provides a doorway for people and communities around the world to learn, grow and heal. Through this organization, Lisa leads Sacred Emergence which is a process of Initiation into Adulthood for Young Women.
In 1999 Dr. Lisa, as she is fondly referred to, co-founded Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Health Care along with her husband Dr. Patrick Hanaway. Together they have created a safe and sacred place for the process of healing and transformation in the lives of many people. Seeing beyond symptoms, Dr. Lisa helps get to the root of illness patterns to ignite the healing process. She specializes in helping people heal from chronic illness, navigate life challenges, discover wellness, reconnect with the joy and mystery of life and remember to find balance in life’s natural cycles. She does this through consultations in functional medicine, heart-of-birth and parenting as well as traditional healing, guiding young women through initiation into adulthood and holding space for community fires.
She lives on a beautiful knoll in the mountains of North Carolina with Patrick and carries the scent of the fire wherever she is.
MARA'AKAME IN THE HUICHOL TRADITION