A NOTE FROM HOPE: I grew up on a small farm and knew as a child I wanted to become a doctor, soon after I learned about human rights violations around the world. Early on, I struggled to understand injustices based on categories of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, and ability. Like many children who grow up around animals, I also grappled with the unjust treatment of animals in society. By the time I entered medical school, I began to seriously consider the structural link between violence against people and animals, and what we can do to address its root causes.
Today, my work bridges my respect and concern for people and animals. Many of my patients call me “Dr. Hope.” As a double-board certified internist and preventive medicine physician, my expertise spans the fields of medicine, public health, and ethics. For more than a decade, I’ve had the honor of caring for patients, evaluating and treating survivors of torture and sexual violence, teaching medical students and residents, and leading key research and policy initiatives. Internationally, I’ve had the privilege of working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, and the Federated States of Micronesia. In the United States, I’ve been fortunate to work with nonprofit organizations providing health care and advocacy for homeless, immigrant, underinsured, and other marginalized populations in urban and rural settings. I’ve collaborated with national and international agencies, lectured in academic centers and public spaces in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, and appeared on local, national, and international radio and television programs.
Much of my work now centers on the connections between human and animal rights, health, and wellbeing. My book, Phoenix Zones, shows how people and animals across the globe can help each other recover from trauma and heal—an experience known as the “Phoenix Effect.” Please join many of us as we work together to grow a Phoenix Zones Movement.
“The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo. We need a boundless ethics which will include the animals also.”
– Albert Schweitzer, MD
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