Dr. Sally Williams

Integrative Medicine Physician at Avera Medical Group

I went to medical school at Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center, and did my residency at LaCross, Wis., with the Mayo Family Medicine Residency program. Rather than the initials MD, I have the initials DO after my name as a doctor of osteopathy. Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology. It also includes treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

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. I enjoy helping patients feel better using techniques such as acupuncture that do not have side effects. I am certified in medical acupuncture, and also have background in weight management, having served as medical director of Weight Management Services for the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Clair, Wis. Also known as holistic or complementary medicine, integrative medicine includes medical acupuncture, aromatherapy, mind-body movement, massage, nutritional counseling, weight management and more.

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Foods That Trigger Arthritis

Pain, swelling, warmth and tenderness in the joints – these are the characteristics of inflammatory arthritis, a group of diseases characterized by joint and tissue inflammation. Morning stiffness that lasts more than an hour is another sign of this set of diseases, and while treatment can be tailored to the specific disease and individual symptoms, patients are unique and each may take different forms of therapy to find relief. Read More »
Integrative Medicine · Avera Health

Top Five Tips to Help You Sleep

Almost everyone’s looking to sleep through the night and to get good rest from their sleep. If you’re like many who awake tired or crave naps all day, check out these five suggestions that really help: 1). Acupuncture: Did you know it can improve your sleep? Read More »
Integrative Medicine, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health
Women measuring waistline

Why healthy weight is so important

Rebecca Hanzen contributed to this article We CANNOT understate how important it is for your overall health and well-being to stay at a healthy weight. Obesity contributes to numerous health problems: heart disease, cancer, diabetes and more. Weight loss helps lower your risk for the following serious issues, which can threaten your life or your quality of life: Hypertension Type 2 diabetes Stroke Gallbladder disease Osteoarthritis Sleep apnea and other breathing problems Mental health problems such as low self-esteem and/or depression Yet weight loss is not easy. Read More »
Integrative Medicine · Avera Health

Acupuncture Changed Everything for this Seasonal Allergy Sufferer

While almost everyone looks forward to the change of season between winter’s chills and the birdsong and brightness of spring, do not count Avera McKennan Corporate Health Coordinator Lacey Seefeldt in that group. Seefeldt usually dreaded the change of season, and her ball and chain for warm weather in the Midwest was nasal spray and a package of tissues. Read More »
Integrative Medicine · McKennan

Sharing “Faith, Hope and Love” because of Avera’s Patience, Care and Compassion

I’d like to share a story about a cancer patient who benefited from holistic care at the Prairie Center, and she began to “pay it forward” by making beautiful quilts that display her gratitude … Registered nurses know so much about care that when they receive it, they can be considered true experts on its quality, much like chefs who review restaurants. Read More »
Integrative Medicine, Patient Stories · McKennan

Getting Doctor-Administered Acupuncture Can Offer Relief for Many Conditions

For an effective medical treatment that has 4,000 years of results to its name, acupuncture, for many people, still seems to be shrouded in mystery or myths. As a medical doctor who provides acupuncture and who routinely has patients comment on how they are feeling better because of their acupuncture treatments, I’ll be the first person to brush those myths away and explain that for an amazingly wide range of issues — from allergies, sinus issues, any type of pain and stress to hot flashes, anxiety, headaches and gastrointestinal symptoms — acupuncture works, plain and simple. Read More »
Integrative Medicine · McKennan