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, osteopathic medicine/somatic therapy, internal family systems therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, emotion-focused 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.
I have completed additional training in herbalism (North House Folk School), Nutritional Psychiatry (Dr. Drew Ramsey, MD), Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (Ketamine Training Center/Phil Wolfson, MD), Integrative Psychiatry (Integrative Psychiatry Institute), Accelerated Resolution Therapy, as well as specialized training in working with athletes and women who are pregnant and post-partum.
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 900), utilizing both traditional and non-traditional approaches to help people feel better. I also work as a locum tenens inpatient psychiatrist in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
I'm a deep believer in the power of community, relationship, and helping people restore trust in themselves in order to heal.