Meet Sylmara Chatman M.D.
Michigan’s First Doctor of Lifestyle Medicine
Family Medicine Board Certified
Functional Medicine Specialist
Founder of The Center For Functional Health and Wellness
Family physician Dr Sylmara Chatman who practices in Southfield, Michigan, designed her family practice with the patient in mind. With more than 27 years of experience, she treats each patient with an approach that takes into consideration the mind, body, and soul, and offers a wide range of weight-loss and nutritional services to help men and women in Southfield and the surrounding communities look and feel their best.
Launching the "Body and Wellness Program," Dr. Chatman uses a comprehensive and refreshing approach to body transformation which addresses mind-set, nutrition, fitness, and hormone balance. She incorporates traditional and natural medicine, education, hormone balance, and permanent weight control to customize a lifestyle program uniquely for each patient. A majority of her patients report improved sleep, improved blood sugars, reduction in prescription medication, an overall improved sense of well-being, less fatigue and weight loss, just to name a few.
Having been practicing medicine in the Detroit area for more than 20 years, Dr. Chatman received her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1987. She then went on to perform her residency in family medicine at St. Joseph Hospital.
In 1995, she was the first African-American female to join the medical staff at St. John Hospital and Medical Center's Department of Family Medicine. She developed and implemented their first School Based Health Center Program which opened in September of 1995. The school- based programs were groundbreaking and among the first in the city to place doctors inside an elementary, middle, and high school.
Her primary focus was preventative medicine and health education, with a focus on childhood asthma and pregnancy prevention. Using a combination of interactive group sessions, hands-on teaching programs like "Baby Think It Over", and comprehensive medical care, Dr. Chatman and her staff touched the lives of over 10,000 students, reduced absenteeism and emergency room visits and enhanced the overall wellness of the students that participated in their programs.
In 2003 and 2004, Dr. Chatman published her research on asthma in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology. Due to the success of her wellness programs, she was inducted into The Leading Physicians of the World in 2018; Trademark Women of Distinction, Honors Edition 2018; Healthcare Innovations Award at the Harvard Club of Boston in July of 2018; as well as shared the stage with George Ross of the Apprentice and Caitlyn Jenner in July of 2018. She also made numerous television appearances as a medical expert for Channels 2 and 4, in which she discussed current health topics and relevant preventative health and wellness recommendations.