John Stracks, MD
John Stracks, MD is the founder and lead physician of John Stracks, MD, PLLC, as well as Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed both a residency in family medicine and a fellowship in integrative medicine. He is board certified in both fields.
Dr. Stracks has spent his entire medical career focusing on integrative strategies for healing and is especially interested in the effect of emotions on physical symptoms. He has been treating chronic pain for decades and began his own practice to allow more time to listen to his clients and help them find the true source of their pain.
John Stracks, MD, is joined by renowned physical therapist, Charlie Merrill to discuss the best ways to use a brain-centric approach at the doctor's office and at home. Watch to learn how to create a safe, healing space with your medical professionals and why treating both the body and mind leads to improved outcomes.
John Stracks, MD is joined by Curable Groups Facilitator Anna Holtzman, MHC-LP. Watch to learn what self-compassion looks like and how you can practice it at home and how to unravel internal dialogues that may be contributing to your pain.Watch Now
John Stracks, MD welcomes special guest Jennifer Huggins, PsyD to discuss Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for chronic pain. Learn how to harness the power of emotions using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.Watch Now
John Stracks, MD welcomes former Curable Groups member and current Curable Groups facilitator, Lara Birk, PhD. Watch to learn how to overcome certain healing barriers and how to get the most out of doing both self-healing and group healing.Watch Now
John Stracks, MD, and renowned psychotherapist Nicole Sachs, LCSW discuss the role of writing in mindbody healing. Watch to learn the science behind how journaling can help reduce physical pain and get an exclusive writing exercise to do at home.Watch Now
Michelle Grim PA-C and John Stracks, MD, discuss the role of Body Awareness Techniques in mindbody healing. Watch to learn how to tell whether your nervous system is in a heightened state and participate in a short guided exercise.Watch Now
Dr. John Stracks is joined by Patricia Olson, MD, PhD. Watch for advice on how mindbody medicine can provide a common language for chronic pain sufferers and how learning more about yourself can help you move forward.Watch Now
Dr. John Stracks is joined by one of his patients, Michael Murray for an conversation about how to handle the ups and downs of healing and moving past the fear of pain and catastrophic thinking.Watch Now
Dr. Stracks is joined by Les Aria, PhD, a pain psychologist, to discuss how and when to bring up your interest in the mindbody component of pain and tips for finding clinicians aligned with your path.Watch Now
Dr. John Stracks is joined by one of his patients, Marian Froelich. They have an open conversation about the complexities of leaving physical diagnoses behind and how to recover from multiple symptoms.Watch Now
Dr. John Stracks is joined by patient Paul Szalko for an open conversation about healing from complex issues, the power of the Curable Groups program and how to sustain healing over time.Watch Now
Dr. John Stracks is joined by Evelyn Hecht for an open, honest discussion of pelvic pain, including the ways in which pelvic floor health reflects our emotional state of mind and how to take a mindbody approach to healing pelvic pain.Watch Now
Dr. John Stracks is joined by three of his chronic pain patients: Leah Samaha, Brendan Bush, and Matt Katz. They discuss their symptoms, how they managed to get on the right track to healing, and Dr. Stracks' guidance as they continue their journeys.Watch Now
The holidays can be stressful (particularly this year!), but Dr. Stracks is here to help you navigate them without flare-ups and fears.Watch Now
John Stracks, MD is joined by Jodie Prado. After years of dealing with chronic pain and not finding a solution, Jodie stumbled upon Dr. Stracks and overcame her pain using mind-body techniques.Watch Now
John Stracks, MD is joined by Eric Sherman PSyD, a licensed psychologist based in NYC and one of the most experienced mind-body medicine psychotherapists in the world.Watch Now
John Stracks, MD is joined by Graham McLachlan, a former patient of Dr. Stracks that has rallied himself on his healing journey to overcome various stages of chronic pain, and has saved his music career.Watch Now
John Stracks, MD is joined by Alicia Batson, MD, a dually trained mindbody expert. The two discuss Dr. Batson's practice and her personal healing journey.Watch Now
Dr. Stracks talks with one of his former patients, Jill Riddell, about her inspiring healing journey from 40 years of migraines.Watch Now
Dr. Stracks welcomes Dr. Ratner to discuss how he uses his own model of therapy to help patients heal from a variety of mindbody issues.Watch Now
Dr. Stracks is joined by the renowned Dr. Schechter to discuss how they first learned about mindbody medicine as well as tips for how to get unstuck on your healing journey.Watch Now
Hear Dave's inspiring story of how he was able to completely heal from back pain (and stay that way for the past 16 years) and find out what he has learned about the mindbody connection over time.Watch Now
Dr. Stracks is joined by David Clarke, MD to discuss the importance of incorporating a mindbody approach with traditional medicine and how you can use tools like Curable alongside seeing a physician.Watch Now
Dr. Stracks is joined by yoga therapist Michelle Grim, to discuss body-based treatment methods that can complement a brain-centric healing journey. Plus Michelle leads a guided meditation.Watch Now
John Stracks, MD and Howard Schubiner, MD provide some tips to help everyone get through Covid-19. They discuss the difficulties (and benefits) of our new life changes, lead us in a guided meditation and answer your toughest questions about mindbody medicine.Watch Now
John Stracks, MD is joined by mindfulness meditation expert Jessica Dixon to discuss Jessica's recovery journey from chronic migraine, the role of self compassion in chronic pain recovery, and lead a guided mediation.Watch Now
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