Hi, my name is Erica Burger. I'm a psychiatrist from rural Wisconsin and live with my husband on a farmstead in rural Southwest Wisconsin. In a former life, I was a competitive trail runner, winning local and regional races from 5k-50k in distance. Outside of medicine, I enjoy gardening, keeping my sourdough starter alive, embodied practices, learning local history, and cooking. I still run a little bit too.
My practice philosophy is informed by herbalism, many wise mentors, evidence-based medicine, biodynamic osteopathic medicine, internal family systems therapy, contemplative practices, and spending much of my life living in the rural Midwest.
I completed my B.A. degree in Sustainable Agriculture at Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula (Marquette, Michigan) in 2009. After working as a home health aide during my senior year, I changed my course and began the pre-medical requirements once I realized that I wanted to directly help people and be a physician. I had been accepted into naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University and almost went that route - but deep down, knew that I wanted the knowledge base and rigor of conventional medical training.
Choosing more of the middle ground, I studied osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University and completed a Masters of Public Health degree from there as well. I completed psychiatry residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, and received the Compassionate Care award in 2018 and 2019, voted on by my peers.
Prior to medical school, I knew that I wanted to practice medicine in a truly holistic way - and not too different from how I saw the benefit of regenerative farming practices and local food systems for both individuals and communities when I was studying sustainable agriculture. I sought out mentorship from leaders in the field and continued to build my knowledge base regarding integrative medicine while learning conventional medicine.
Previously, I worked as an outpatient psychiatrist at Gundersen Health in La Crosse, Viroqua, and Boscobel, Wisconsin. I currently have an integrative psychiatry private practice in downtown Lansing, Iowa (population 999), utilizing both traditional and modern approaches to help people feel better.
I'm a deep believer in the power of community, relationship, and helping people restore trust in themselves in order to heal.
Meet Marla Peterson, Assistant
Marla Peterson was raised in the rural community of De Soto, Wisconsin, where she spent her childhood riding horses, working in the fields of the family farm and exploring the hills and valleys along the Mississippi River.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, she spent a year and a half volunteering along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
In the fall of 2021, after more than 20 years in Madison, she resigned from a career in school communications, downsized her material possessions by 80% and booked a one-way ticket to Norway.
While in Norway for a full year, she lived and worked in a small ski town called Geilo, and returned to the U.S. at the end of September. She is excited to be back in the Driftless area, living a simple life at her rustic cabin on three acres, but is already planning her next solo travel adventure.
Marla believes in the power of community and connection, and is delighted to be supporting Dr. Burger and Driftless Integrative Psychiatry, in a place she cares so deeply about.