Having grown up in Massachusetts, Dr. MacIsaac began her education in nearby Providence, Rhode Island at Brown University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a combined Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Biomedical Ethics. The philosophical aspects of health and healing were introduced early on in her training, and have served as a foundation to her dynamic approach. She completed her medical school at Boston University School of Medicine in 1983, and continued there for her internship and residency in general surgery. She became interested in the surgical subspecialty of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery during her time in Boston, and in 1985 transferred to University of South Florida to complete her residency, serving as Chief Resident in 1987.
As a recipient of the United States Air Force Health Professions Scholarship for medical school, Dr. MacIsaac entered active duty and served as a staff surgeon at Keesler AFB, Biloxi MS. She deployed for Desert Storm in 1990, staffing a contingency hospital in Fairfield, England. The medical experience in the military afforded her a unique opportunity of practice, serving active duty members and families, and peaked her curiosity about serving overseas. She continued to serve in hospital settings at both Weisbaden and Landstuhl Hospitals, Germany, from 1990-1995, participating in both the Somalian and Bosnian efforts. It was during her time in Germany that she first was exposed to the practice of homeopathy, as it was a common practice by the German otolaryngologists to combine homeopathic medicines with pharmaceutical therapy. When she returned to the States, she began to study homeopathy independently while completing her active duty career as Chief of Otolaryngology at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida. When she left MacDill in 1997, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, her intention was to become more familiar with an integrated approach. Her extensive travel and views of other cultures peaked her curiosity about alternative healing methods. Eastern philosophies such as Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine were interesting from the standpoint that they offered a more holistic view of the individual….very different from the highly specialized emphasis in conventional medicine.
With this intention, she proceeded to open her first office in 1997-98, fully focused on wellness and prevention. She devoted herself to a variety of studies, from traditional approaches such as Chinese Medicine, to the more preventive approach, such as Environmental Medicine and Toxicology. She attended her first meeting for the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine in 1998, and is now a Fellow in that organization, well-recognized as a source of continuing medical education for physicians branching into the field of integrative medicine.
Dr. MacIsaac’s personal interest in yoga and meditation led her to India on three separate occasions. First for a more in depth study of yogic philosophy and using the physical practice of yoga for rehabilitation. This introduced her to the field of Ayurveda, from the Sanskrit “Knowledge of Life,” which teaches a fundamentally holistic approach to living. Simply, the aim is to cultivate harmony from within and in relation to one’s surroundings. She studied under Dr. P. Shambhu, MD, DAM in Kovalum, India and apprenticed with the vaidyan (barefoot doctor) Sachidananda in the village of Muccola, Kerala, India in 2002. The insight she gained from these experiences, vastly different from her Air Force surgical experience, is quite unique.
Dr. MacIsaac’s private life has always been active, and largely dedicated to healthy living. Aside from yoga, she enjoys cycling and hiking, having been on several expeditions such as Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Everest Base Camp. Her breadth of experience has yielded an open-minded, compassionate approach to her patients. She considers her patients her most valued source of education, and views the doctor-patient relationship as one of partnership with the common goal.