Patricia StandTal Clarke

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Born1953 (age 70–71)
Alma mater
  • California State University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Minnesota

Patricia StandTal Clarke is Eastern Band Cherokee (ᎠᏂᏩᏯ, "Aniwahya" Wolf Clan), the daughter of Howard Clarke who survived forced boarding school to become a veteran officer and pilot in the United States Air Force. While stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, Howard Clarke (Eastern Band Cherokee) and Barbara Syverson (first generation Norwegian-American) gave birth to Patricia Baywood Clarke. Surviving an Rh incompatibility (Mother Rh neg), her elders selected her to become a didanawisgi. After six winters, Grandmother Eva started her training with the Plant People[1] (ethnobotany). Her training continued with seven elders over the next 17 years. She has two brothers. One sister died at birth.


In October 1978, following The American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978[2], after 17 years of training from seven elders, Patricia Baywood Clarke became Patricia StandTal Clarke and was made a Didanawisgi (Traditional Medicine Healer) in ceremony. Dr. Clarke received her first bachelors in Sociology from California State University, Long Beach (1975), a masters in Divinity at School of Theology, Claremont (1981), her second bachelors from University of California, Berkeley (1989), her medical degree from the University of Minnesota (1996), her Family Medicine fellowship at Dartmouth (1999), and her DMin from Claremont School of Theology (2019)[3]. She trained with Sophie Freud Lowenstein, the granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, in psychoanalysis. She is a fellow at the Andrew Weil Center of Integrative Medicine (University of Arizona – Tucson). Dr. Clarke holds expertise in body, mind, and soul.[4] She has taught and practiced Traditional Medicine and Theology (Ancient Wisdom) of 1000 generations, around the world, for half a century.


She has served over half a century as a consultant to the United Nations and World Health Organization, 4+ decades as an ordained protestant Priest,[5] a quarter century as Executive Director of RedRoad Traditional Medicine (Native American clinical and research institute), a quarter century in private practice,[6] on faculty at two medical schools,[7] and as principal investigator in HIV/ diabetes/ Native medicine research, a Registered Trainer with National Acupuncture Detoxification Association,[8] and an active clergywoman in the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. Her unique blending of Traditional and Western Medicine with spirituality has led to the practice of AcuWholeness.[9]


She is a Fellow with the American Academy of Family Physicians, a founding diplomat of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (2000) and the American Board of Integrative Medicine (2014), a 2004 National Institutes of Health honoree: "Changing the Face of Medicine."[10]


  1. Carrie, Heather. "Plant People" (PDF). Food As Medicine Globally.
  2. Authenticated U.S. Government Information. "The American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978" (PDF). Congress Gov.
  3. "Rev Dr Patricia StandTal Clarke". Southwest Conference of United Church of Christ.
  4. "Grandmother Patricia StandTal Clarke". Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.
  5. "Minister of Wholeness".
  6. "RedRoad Medicine". SheDoc Integrative Family Practice.
  7. "Dr Patricia StandTal Clarke". University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix.
  8. "ADS Trainer Patricia StandTal Clarke". National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.
  9. Clarke, Patricia StandTal (2019). God's Vision: AcuWholeness For All!. Claremont School of Theology: ProQuest.
  10. "NIH Honoree".

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