Meet Dr. Chernin

Dennis CherninDennis K. Chernin, M.D., M.P.H. has actively practiced and taught meditation and breathing techniques for forty years. His teachers were trained in the Himalayan Mountains in India, Nepal, and Tibet. Currently, he practices holistic and family medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Besides offering medical care, he also offers patients and students individualized instruction on meditation using chakras, mantras, and the breath. Dr. Chernin also serves as the medical director of two county health departments and is a lecturer at the University of Michigan Medical School in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine program.

Dr. Chernin graduated from Northwestern University with a major in cultural anthropology and was elected a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He received both his M.D. and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan. He did residencies in psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin and in preventive medicine at the University of Michigan and is board certified in public health and preventive medicine. Besides his current book release How to Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras, and Breath, his other publications include the books Health: A Holistic Approach and Homeopathic Remedies. He has also written an interactive CD ROM called Homeopathic Resource.

 

EDUCATION:

B.A.- Northwestern University (1967-71)
Major- Cultural Anthropology (emphasis on Medical Anthropology)
Graduated- with Honors
Awarded- Phi Beta Kappa
M.D.- University of Michigan (1971-75)
Developed- program in Medical Ethics
M.P.H.- University of Michigan School of Public Health (1983-86)
Department- Health Planning and Administration
Psychiatry Residency- University of Wisconsin (1975-76)
Preventive Medicine Residency - University of Michigan (1986-88)
Board Certification - Preventive Medicine (1998-2008)

MAJOR WORK EXPERIENCES:

General / Family / Preventive Medicine practice
Ann Arbor, Michigan (1981- present)
Chicago, Illinois (1976-81)

Medical Director of Public Health Departments

Chief epidemiologist and administrator for all personal health services including communicable and infectious disease control, food-born disease outbreak control, chronic disease screening (cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension), immunizations, family planning, sexually transmitted disease control, tuberculosis control, HIV monitoring, prenatal clinic, and breast and cervical cancer clinic
Shiawassee County (1986-present)
Lenawee County (1992-present)
Monroe County (1998- 2000)
Washtenaw County (1989-91)
Livingston County (1986-87)

Medical Examiner- Head Administrator

Washtenaw County (1989-91)
Consultant for Centers for Disease Control (1999)
Expert panel member on integrating alternative and complementary into national public health and preventive medicine areas
Lecturer at the University of Michigan Medical School in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program (2000-present)

Developer / co-owner of Huron Victorian Enterprises and the Parkway Medical Center
Multi-disciplined medical center with emphasis on family and preventive medicine in restored 13,000 square foot Victorian building- also teach and coordinate classes on cardiovascular health, nutrition, exercise, stress management, dental care, sports medicine prevention, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathic medicine
Ann Arbor, Michigan (1987- present)

Medical consultant for Continental Insurance / Workmen’s Compensation
Southfield, Michigan (1991-93)

Medical consultant for The Institute for Psychology and Medicine
Practice of psychotherapy and stress management
Ann Arbor, Michigan (1981-1987)

Medical consultant for The Combined Therapy Program
Managed in-patient medical program which used preventive, wellness, and holistic approaches (nutrition, biofeedback, meditation, martial arts, yoga, physical therapy)
Chicago, Illinois (1976-81)

Developed relaxation / stress management program for Plastifilm Plastics Company
Chicago, Illinois (1979-80)

Medical Consultant (after training) in Jungian Psychoanalysis and Psychosomatic Medicine
Chicago, Illinois (1976-80)
Ann Arbor, Michigan (!981-present)

TEACHING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS:

Lecturer at Medical Schools
Subjects include preventive and holistic approaches to health care- schools taught at are University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and Northwestern University (1978- present)

Instructor at University of Michigan extension
Classes on preventive approaches in medicine (1981-84)

Guest lecturer at University of Michigan
Classes- Medical Psychology and Health Psychology (1983-90)

Preceptor to medical residents and medical students
Schools and hospitals include University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and Cook County Hospital

Television and radio appearances
Phil Donahue, Sonja Freedman, Kup Show (Chicago), News Focus Show, Prism, Late Radio (1978- present) 

HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL SOCIETIES: 

Saline / St. Joseph Mercy Hospital - active staff (current)
Owosso Memorial Hospital - consulting staff in infectious diseases/epidemiology
American Board of Preventive Medicine - member (current)
Michigan Association of Local Public Health - member (current)
Physicians Forum in Michigan Association of Local Public Health (current)
Huron Valley Physician Association (current)
Executive Council of the Washtenaw County Medical Society (1989-91)
HMO affiliation – Care Choices, Preferred Choices, MCare, HAP, CIGNA 

PUBLICATIONS: 

How to Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras, and Breath - Book (author)
How to Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras, and Breath - Audio CD/tape (creator)
Homeopathy Resource - CD ROM (author and developer)
Health: A Holistic Approach - book (co-author)
Homeopathic Remedies - book (co-author)
Spiritual Aspects of the Healing Arts - book (contributing author)