Medical Intuitives in Healthcare: Results of a National Survey

Wendie Colter, MCWC, CMIP, Maria T. Gentile, DO, MS, CHOM, CMIP, and Tiffany Barsotti, MTh, PhD

The use of medical intuition has been recorded in clinical healthcare for more than two centuries, yet little is known about the practices and training of medical intuitive practitioners. In 2005, the National Academy of Medicine’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States, defined medical intuition as the “utilization of a focused intuitive instinct to …‘read’ energetic and frequency information in and around the human body.”1

Although acknowledgement of intuition exists within the medical community, scientific research on medical intuition is sparse, with only a handful of studies published over several decades.2,3 However, anecdotal accounts of medical intuitive working within conventional healthcare settings are common among professional medical intuitives.

Contemporary physicians have promoted medical intuition as an integral support to the care of patients.4,5,6,7 An exploratory study of trained medical intutives showed a 94-98% accuracy rate in identification, evaluation, and potential root causes of a study subject’s primary health concerns. Still, very little is known about the current uses, practices and training of self-identified professional medical intuitives in the United States.

In 2020, a working group of medical intuitive practitioners and educators determined that more information on the use of this skill in healthcare should be brought to light. This group was formally incorporated as the nonprofit National Organization for Medical Intuition (NOMI) in 2022. An initial survey was created to gather information on the training, practices, and uses of medical intuition in the United States.

Participants in the survey were asked a series of questions, including whether they work with or are referred by licensed healthcare providers for medical intuition services; whether they are licensed practitioners in any field; how they use their medical intuitive skills; and whether they have received any formal training, mentoring, and/or ethics training.

Notable findings revealed that 82% of medical intuitives surveyed assist licensed healthcare professionals with medical intuition services for their patients and clients. These licensed healthcare professionals include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, naturopathic doctors, nurses, mental healthcare professionals, and complementary and integrative providers such as acupuncturists and chiropractors.

Further, 86% of survey respondents report receiving referrals from licensed medical professionals for medical intuition services. Additionally, 30% of respondents identified themselves as licensed healthcare providers.

This survey presents the first gathered data of its kind in the U.S. and points to a promising future that includes trained, professional medical intuitives as part of a comprehensive healthcare team. A complete report can be found at the NOMI website in the whitepaper, “The Use of Medical Intuitives in Healthcare,” at https://nomimedicalintuition.org.

Author Bios:

Wendie Colter, MCWC, CMIP, is a Certified Medical Intuitive, Master Certified Wellness Coach, and founder/CEO of The Practical Path®, Inc. Her accredited certification program, Medical Intuitive Training™, has been pivotal in helping wellness professionals develop and optimize their inherent intuition. She is an invited speaker and educational presenter at prominent integrative health and education organizations, and serves on the BioEnergy & Health Committee of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC), Washington, DC, as President/Chair of the National Organization for Medical Intuition (NOMI), and on the CHI Healing Practitioners Council. Wendie’s trailblazing research on medical intuition is published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. She is the author of the groundbreaking book, Essentials of Medical Intuition: A Visionary Path to Wellness (Watkins Publishing/Penguin-Random House). For more information, visit www.thepracticalpath.com

Maria T. Gentile, DO, MS, CHOM, CMIP graduated from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000. She completed a rotating internship and an OMM Residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY. Dr. Gentile is board certified in NMM/OMM by the AOBNMM, in Holistic Medicine by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and in Integrative Medicine by the American Board of Integrative Medicine. She has also completed certifications in Homeopathy and in Medical Intuition. Dr. Gentile founded Colorado Osteopathic and Integrative Medicine Associates in 2006, where she served as Director until December 2020. She has held leadership positions in the Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the AAO and the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Osteopathy, Osteopathic Cranial Academy, and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. Dr. Gentile retired from practice in December 2020.

Tiffany Jean Barsotti, MTh, PhD is an internationally renowned medical intuitive, spiritual healer, clinician, and researcher of subtle energy and biofield therapies. Dr. Barsotti is published in prominent Integrative Medicine journals and books on topics of integrative medicine, consciousness studies and the human biofield, sharing co-authorship with clinicians and scientists from academic institutions around the United States. She has presented her work at numerous venues including the annual Science of Consciousness Conference, Science and Nonduality Conference, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine Conference, and The Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Tiffany is a favorite on Gaia TV, has been featured on the Shift Network’s Science of Healing Summit, and is a Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine. www.healandthrive.com

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[2] Woolley, A., & Kostopoulou, O. (2013). Clinical Intuition in Family Medicine: More Than First Impressions. The Annals of Family Medicine, vol. 11(1), pp.60–66.

[3] Colter, W. (2022) Essentials of Medical Intuition: A Visionary Path to Wellness. (pp. 53-67). Watkins Publishing, UK

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