Reba Peoples, M.D.
A bit about me...
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always had an open mind and an adventurous spirit. I still remember making my weekly pilgrimage to the local public library. I couldn’t wait to pick up the latest volume of the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ series which were a hands down favorite. Even at that age, something inside of me knew that, regardless of my circumstances, I would always be the master of my own destiny.
20 years later, anyone on the outside looking in would have assumed that I had managed to create an ideal life for myself. I was the first person in my family to earn a medical degree and I was earning a comfortable living as a psychiatrist. By objective standards, I had it made. By my own standards, I was miserable. Although my residency training encouraged me to really dig deep in order to understand all of the factors that contributed to one’s overall health, the reality of practice was that I suddenly found myself being expected to distill the entirety of one’s complex and nuanced life experience into a 15 minute med check.
Disillusionment quickly gave way to burnout and I was convinced that I was destined to spend the rest of my life counting the days until retirement. I had forgotten that sense of agency that had been so salient as a child. My wake-up call came after I literally passed out during the middle of a busy clinic day. As I was being wheeled to the emergency department, my thoughts weren’t focused on getting well, but how on earth am I going to manage to reschedule all of my afternoon patients when I’m booked solid for the next month? I knew then that something had to change. The seed for my private practice had been planted and several months later, I welcomed my first patients to Imara Health and Wellness.
My mission for Imara is to empower my patients with the tools needed to become stewards of their own health and architects of their own destiny. It has been a thrill to partner with my patients as they navigate their journey to wellness.
-Reba Peoples, M.D.
Training and Education
Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Certification Program Candidate
Certified Orange Method Community Coach
OM Community Coach Training Program in Healing Justice
Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies
The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute
Brookline, Massachusetts (Distance Learning Program)
Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Training Program
Doctor of Medicine
The Medical College of Ohio
Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biology
The University of Toledo
Diplomate, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology