Holistic Physicians


Holistic Physicians


Holistic physicians are licensed medical doctors (doctors of medicine, or M.D.'s, or doctors of osteopathy, D.O.'s) who embrace the philosophy of treating the patient as a whole person. Their goal is to help the individual achieve maximum well-being in mind, body, and spirit. Holistic medicine emphasizes a cooperative relationship between physician and patient and focuses on educating patients in taking responsibility for their lives and their health. Holistic physicians use many approaches to diagnosis and treatment, including alte...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Medical Degree



Residency and internship



Business Management


Personality Traits



Annual salaries for physicians varied based on specialty. Holistic physicians generally earn about as much as allopathic physicians who work in the same settings.

The average salary for medical residents was $61,200 in 2019, according to Medscape, a health care informatics firm. 

According to the Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2019, primary care physi...

Work Environment

Holistic physicians generally work indoors in private offices or clinics. Depending on the size of the office, they may have support and assistance from a small or large staff of nurses and administrative workers. Those who work in a group practice or health care organization are part of a team that coordinates health care for patients. Solo practitioners have more independence and are responsi...


The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) predicts that employment for physicians will grow faster than the average for all careers through 2028. Demand for holistic physicians is expected to keep pace with the demand for conventional physicians due to the recent rapid growth in interest in alternative health care approaches.

Rising health care costs have caused the government to ...