Dr. Dawn Flickema

Integrative Medicine Physician at Avera Integrative Medicine

I grew up in Aberdeen, S.D., and earned my undergraduate and medical degrees from Northern State University and The University of South Dakota School of Medicine (Vermillion). I completed a family practice residency and became certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

As a family practice physician, I realized that many of my patients wanted a holistic approach to their care, which would include acupuncture and nutritional/herbal supplements. So in addition to my schooling as a family practitioner, I pursued certification in medical acupuncture and herbal supplements.

Integrative medicine comes from the perspective of offering therapies that complement traditional treatments in addressing symptoms such as pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, headaches or menstrual problems, and enhancing a sense of well-being. Integrative medicine recognizes that patients often want to address their symptoms and heal naturally, rather than taking another pill. Also known as holistic or complementary medicine, integrative medicine includes medical acupuncture, aromatherapy, mind-body movement, massage, nutritional counseling, weight management and more.

Patients with a variety of medical concerns seek the services of integrative medicine. Chronic headaches, back pain and sinusitis are just the beginning of the list of reasons people seek these holistic services.

I’m married and have four children. My interests include outdoor activities such as running, hiking and biking, as well as traveling and cooking.

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Natural Therapies to Thwart Side Effects During Cancer Treatment

For many patients, cancer treatment can bring about unfortunate, significant side effects that have a negative impact on quality of life. Further, more severe side effects can disrupt a patient’s ability to complete planned cancer treatments, thus lessening the effectiveness of the overall approach to the patient’s cancer care. Read More »
Cancer Care · Avera Health

Gratitude Reminders for the Season of Thanksgiving

As we enter this holiday season, it is a good opportunity to rekindle a daily practice of gratitude. Giving thanks daily, whether it is in prayer, meditation, keeping a gratitude journal or verbally thanking people at home, at work – anywhere, really – can increase your personal happiness. Read More »
Mental Health · Avera Health

Sinus Congestion: Alternative Methods Work

Seasonal allergies cause many frustrating symptoms, including sinus congestion. Acupuncture, essential oils and other Integrative Medicine therapies can effectively treat common sinus problems, including: Allergies Bacterial infections Common colds Two common therapies recommended for seasonal allergy and sinus congestion patients are acupuncture and aromatherapy. Read More »
Integrative Medicine · Avera Health

Can Essential Oils Help with Seasonal Allergies?

Yes! Essential oils can be a great way to help decrease the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Some of the general symptoms of seasonal allergies include:  Sneezing Wheezing Nasal congestion Coughing Itchy, watery eyes Runny nose Itchy throat Stomachache Itchy skin Hives Fatigue Irritability How Do Essential Oils Work? Read More »
Integrative Medicine · McKennan

Acupuncture Can Help You Be a Quitter

Since 1975 the American Cancer Society has challenged people to stop using tobacco on the third Thursday of November. The idea was born out of an event in Randolph, Mass., in 1970.  Arthur Mallaney, a high school guidance counselor, asked students and the community to give up cigarettes for one day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund. Read More »
Integrative Medicine · McKennan
Health & Wellness

Integrative Therapy and Cancer Treatment: How they Work Together

Integrative therapies are not often thought of as life-saving medical treatments but nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, mindfulness, aromatherapy, and acupuncture and dietary supplements can not only improve treatment response but lead to higher remission rates. What’s more, they help patients undergoing oncology treatment to manage common side effects and complete the full course of prescribed oncology treatment. Read More »
Integrative Medicine · McKennan