Doctor, Author & Artist


Available 2019


Becoming Medicine

Pathways of Initiation into a Living Spirituality

Psychiatrist and integrative physician, David Kopacz, and Native American Visionary, Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow) team up again to follow pathways of initiation into living spiritual experience. Initiation is the transformational process through which we can all access direct, personal spiritual experience. The book starts with David and Joseph’s own paths, but then branches off into a variety of lives and stories of many mystics, visionaries, shamans, artists, scientists, and musicians.

David Kopacz, MD

A Student of Change; A Teacher of Transformation

As a student and teacher of change & transformation, David is keenly interested in the growth of individuals and systems. Change is an incremental adjustment that leads to you changing what you do. Transformation, however, requires a total commitment and leads to a change in who you are. As we seek to transform health care systems, and as we seek to shift from states of war to states of peace, transformation must start within each and every one of us. 

David and Corbin. Credit: Mary Pat Traxler

David and Corbin. Credit: Mary Pat Traxler


Integrating Work, Creativity, Leadership & Collaboration

Doctor and psychiatrist, David Kopacz works with veterans providing holistic mental health in the primary care setting. He has a national VA teaching position as a Whole Health Education Champion — teaching VA staff about Whole Health and person-centered care. David has spoken internationally and developed classes on self-care and well-being for veterans, staff, and health professional students.

Writing about staff wellness, trauma, post-traumatic growth, healing and spirituality, transformation, holistic health, and the healing power of story and creativity, David has authored several books. An ongoing collaboration with co-author, Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow) explores a cooperative framework for healing through learning and cultural tradition.

David is a painter, but he also considers the identity of artist more broadly, in that we are all artists looking for the right medium to work in. Art and creativity are often missing from medicine, but are vital dimensions of healing.