About Dr. Adan - Featured WLC Speaker Series Presenter

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Dr. Francoise Adan“I inspire and empower individuals, organizations and colleagues to embrace and transform into their definition of wellness.”

Francoise Adan was born in Italy and grew up in Belgium, always knowing that she wanted to be a physician. She studied family medicine in Belgium, earning a medical degree from the University Libre de Brussels, followed by three years working in the field of family medicine. She then immigrated to the United States in 1987, redirecting her intellectual energies to a focus in psychiatry. She completed a residency in Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic from 1992-1996, was board certified in 1997, and became a US citizen in 2008.  “My multicultural background is an essential part of me, helping me to keep an open mind and to know that we are all connected.” 

In more than 25 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Adan has always practiced mind/body medicine, encouraging clients and patients to understand the connection between the mind, the body and the spirit. In her early years of medical practice she was quick to recognize the limitations of traditional medicine and to embrace the benefits of practicing with a more integrative approach, becoming a champion of holistic wellness. She specializes in three areas:  stress management, work/life balance and the mind/body/spirit connection.

With an entrepreneurial spirit, Dr. Adan set forth to build a successful self-pay private psychiatry practice in Cleveland. She practices integrative psychiatry, treating patients with a combination of western medicine and complementary/alternative techniques. She joined the University Hospitals Psychiatry Department in July 2009. She is especially proud of the support and nomination of the University Hospitals Senior Leadership and her new position as Medical Director of the Connor Integrative Medicine Network. She is board certified by the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Adan has also realized and embraced another passion – public speaking – enjoying the connection with groups of students or participants as she brings the messages of integrative medicine and wellness to their lives. Dr. Adan utilizes her gift for public speaking and networking, her contagious energy and her passion for integrative medicine to open doors for national and international workshops, including opportunities at the Chautauqua Institute and with the Anxiety Disorder Association of America, as well as guided meditation classes. She presents to patients, families, individuals wanting to enhance their wellness and colleagues seeking to reclaim the joy in their work. In 2010, she created a concrete tool for her clients and students when she wrote and recorded a guided meditation CD, “Let My Words Be Your Words.” She has been a guest speaker on both radio and television.

Considering herself an “eternal student,” Dr. Adan believes her patients and students are some of her best teachers. She has incorporated continued learning opportunities into her integrative approach to medicine, including earning a teaching certification in yoga through Deepak Chopra in 2007, acquiring a Women’s Leadership Certificate and a Coaching Certificate  from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and as of 2012, she is an Affiliate Instructor for the school.

Affiliations with the American Holistic Medicine Association, the Anxiety Disorder Association of America, the Cleveland Psychiatry Association and the Cleveland Federation of Coaching provide additional examples of Dr. Adan’s expertise and experience. She is proud of her affiliation to Case Western University Medical School where she is Assistant Professor and a member of the Steering Committee for the Women Faculty of Medical School. In 2011, Dr. Adan received the YWCA Woman of Excellence award.

Dr. Adan has witnessed and been impacted by the resilience of more than 3,500 patients and clients during her career, never ceasing to be amazed at the courage individuals possess to transform their own lives. She is a passionate, caring and compassionate “wellness champion.” encouraging her patients, students and colleagues to choose to love themselves and to allow themselves to be “open to joy.” 

She is a dancer, downhill skier and gourmet cook. Her children are her treasure.