With a heart of compassion and love for encouraging, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is inspiring audiences to live free from mental limitations, fears, insecurity, and past emotional baggage. She has merged her Internal Medicine training and her spiritual beliefs to offer a level of health care that lead to total wellbeing of the mind, body and spirit.
She enjoys sharing her heart and her passion for seeing others living free at conferences, retreats, and workshops.
Her conversational approach is infused with imaginary to help her audience grasp each concept and apply it to their life.
Dr. Saundra is the author of Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity (FaithWords), Come Empty: Healing for Every Place Life’s Hurt You (SonRise Devotionals), and Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves (Revell/Baker Publishing Group).
Set Free to Live Free was awarded EEW magazine's 2012 Book of the Year Award and was an Editor's Choice recommended resource by Called magazine. Come Empty was awarded the Golden Scroll Award for as their Non-fiction Book of the Year by AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association). Dr. Saundra has been covered by national media including: MSN, CBS, NPR, Crosswalk, Women's Day, Betty Confidential, Growthtrac, and numerous nationally syndicated radio shows as well as being quoted by health and wellness celebrities like Chuck Norris.
Dr. Saundra’s experience and expertise in helping women live happier, healthier, and more productive lives has been featured in numerous media outlets. Dr. Saundra is one of the experts featured in 2017 Good Housekeeping Doctors’ Secrets: Fight Disease, Relieve Pain, and Live a Healthy Life with Practical Advice from 100 Top Medical Experts. Dr. Saundra was quoted in Women's Day Magazine April 2016 on How to Sleep Better, and has been interviewed for many other magazines, radio, and TV programs.
An honors graduate of Meharry Medical College, Dr. Saundra has a thriving internal medicine practice and has been an adjunct faculty member at Baker College and Davenport University in Michigan. She teaches courses on health, nutrition, and disease progression. Dr. Saundra has offered health care from 2002-2007 through the National Health Service Corp. She also loves motivating and teaching medical students, nursing staffs, and physicians on how to improve the quality of healthcare and treatment of their patients as well as how to enjoy their life in the middle of the busy, hectic world of medicine.
Saundra lives with her husband and two sons in Alabama.
"As a busy physician, author, and mom, I understand that life’s demands can leave you feeling mentally overwhelmed, emotionally drained, spiritually empty, and physically tired. Daily I help over-stressed women deal with their work-rest imbalance and find actionable answers to the thriving lifestyle they desire." ~ Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
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Come Empty: Healing for Every Place Life’s Hurt You
Pain is a universal denominator. It crosses gender, race, socio-economic status, and education. Pain does not judge, nor does it discriminate. Pain is real and it can be debilitating. As an Internal Medicine physician, Dr. Saundra spends most of my time helping hurting people. However, much of the pain entering her medical practice is not the physical type; rather, it is the emotional and spiritual kind. It is the type of pain that drains the life out of life, and leaves you wondering if it is even worth the effort.
It is here in this place of emptiness that you are given a most amazing invitation, an invitation to simply come. Not an invitation to become, nor one to seek; but rather an invitation to bring your stressed-out, worn-out, tired self to the well brimming with Living Water. It is an invitation to be renewed, strengthened, guided, restored, and satisfied. It is an invitation to live fully; to come empty and be filled. In this emotionally impactful and spiritually cleansing session, Dr. Saundra leads groups to:
Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves
Imagine life with unlimited possibility, where fear, misconceptions, and insecurities don't have the power to rob you of your potential or your dreams. Many women have trouble seeing this vision because they are bound by mental ties that keep them from living free. This popular talk is based on Dr. Saundra’s award-winning book of the same title.
In Set Free to Live Free, Dr. Saundra shows women how to break free from seven mental ties that hold them back, including striving for perfection, comparing themselves to others, all-or-nothing attitudes, and more. Through inspirational stories, she encourages women to embrace spontaneity, be transparent, nurture their bodies, and cultivate a balanced life. This topic is perfect for a weekend retreat or as a workshop and comes with participate handouts for an interactive time of encouragement and enlightenment.
I Choose My Best Life: Moving from Surviving to an Abundant Life
Do you ever find yourself thinking "There has to be more to life than this!" Life can be full of surprises, some good and some not so good. In the in-between places of our life, the purpose of our existence becomes our focus. During those times it is apparent when we are not fully enjoying the life God desires for us. I Choose My Best Life is a mindset based on making positive choice which lead to a John 10:10 life. It’s about seeing you living a life you enjoy. Not 5 years from now, but right now in this season. In this session Dr. Saundra helps you:
Understand 7 fundamental keys to living an abundant life
It’s Your Time to Shine: Going Deeper into Your Potential
I see that little girl inside of you still waiting for permission, approval and validation. I see her because I used to be her. Fearful of what others would think or say about me. I traded getting permission from my parents for getting approval from influential people. Shrinking back was my norm until the God showed me who I really am. Now it’s your time to shine and step out from the shadows of insecurity. Join Dr. Saundra in a powerful time of ministry as she helps you:
I Surrender All: Laying Down My Right to be Right
Sometimes “Yes, Lord.” is a painful phrase to say. Some seasons of life can be a wonderful time of growth, but also ones with many trials and testing. In the midst of the difficult, saying yes becomes even harder. Loving God and trusting His good plan for your life is formed in an intimate place of surrender. In this introspective presentation, Dr. Saundra leads you in a time of surrendering the areas of your life which cause you the most stress, distress, and dis-ease.
Treat the Cause, Not the Symptoms
Prescriptions are a necessary part of Dr. Saundra’s life. Helping patients experience optimal health requires the ability to not only diagnose but also effectively treat. Over the past decade there has been a shift from focusing on the cause of medical problems to focusing on the symptoms. This practice has led an emotional, spiritual, and physical disconnection as we try to heal physical symptoms while ignoring the emotional and spiritual causes which are at the root of many of them. Saundra’s practical and enlightening message will help you:
Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) Fundraiser Events and Pro-Life Events
As a board member at her local Sav-A-Life, Dr. Saundra is a wonderful choice to speak at your next pro-life fundraiser or supporting event.
Finding Your G.R.A.C.E. Place
If you are like me, when you look back over the errors, failures and mishaps in your life you may wonder why a holy God would ever love you. How can he forgive and forget all the things you’ve done in the past? How could you ever amend your past mistakes and wrong choices? What event from your past still tries to cling to your present and holding you back from your future?
It’s impossible for you to go back and redeem your past, but God can. Nothing is impossible with God. G.R.A.C.E. has the potential to change every aspect of your life. God wants to infuse his resurrecting, life-giving, overcoming power into your spiritual walk, your marriage, your health, your career, and your. After exploring the wonders of God’s G.R.A.C.E. audiences will:
The Value of Life
Dr. Saundra shares her heart on the value of life in this pro-life presentation which will:
Unwrap the Gift of You This Christmas
Do you have a family tradition about opening gifts at Christmas? You may open gifts on Christmas Eve at your house, while others love waiting until Christmas morning for this special time of excitement. There are some gifts however which go unwrapped ever year. In this seasonal talk, Dr. Saundra leads participants in a festive and motivational time of:
B.R.E.A.T.H.E in the Spirit of Christmas
Christmas is my favorite time of the year but it is also the most stressful time for me. The hustle and bustle of trying to get the right gifts for everyone on my list, the endless Christmas parties, and calorie-laden foods all leave me exhausted with no energy to enjoy the season. But I have found that setting aside a time to B.R.E.A.T.H.E. during this festive season can make ALL the difference in my Christmas experience. With a masterful use of imagery and storytelling, Dr. Saundra guides your audience though:
Dr. Saundra is a contributing writer in the popular Mommy M.D. Guide series of books. As the mother of two active and adventurous boys, she shares her insights on parenting in this fun talk designed for MOPS and homeschooling groups. Dr. Saundra will equip these moms to:
Health / Wellness Events
This Isn’t the Body I Chose, or Is It?
This informative and thought-provoking session takes an up-close look at your lifestyle choices and how they affect your health.
Pretty in Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast cancer is still the most common cancer found in women. However recent advances in diagnosis and treatment have greatly decreased the numbers of death from breast cancer. In this upbeat educational talk; Dr. Saundra shares the latest health news on breast cancer.
Ladies in Red – Heart Health Awareness
Did you know that 1 in 4 women die of heart disease? The good news is there are steps you can help to decrease your risk and that of your family. Join Dr. Saundra as she suggests ways to improve your heart health.
Tired of Weighting – Overcoming Food Addiction on Bite at a Time
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an internal medicine physician and the author of Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves. At one point in her life she weighed over 200 pounds due to using food for comfort. She has since lost 60 pounds and helped many women break through their unhealthy relationship with food. In this session she shares the 5 steps she took to gain freedom from food addiction.
Women on the R.U.N. for God – Exercise Advocacy
This fun interactive presentation is a great addition to a health day at your organization. In this session Dr. Saundra parallels our Christian walk with aerobic activity. The session can be concluded with a group walk (or run) lead by Dr. Saundra who has been a Run for God trainer helping many complete their first 5K race. This talk is a great way to start off the New Year or as a way to motivate and advocate health within your group anytime of the year.
Colleges & Professional Organizations
Made to S.O.A.R: Flying Lessons for the Eagle Inside You
Adversity may come to stop you in your tracks, but you can learn how to rise above it. In this motivational message, Dr. Saundra empowers your audience to:
No More F.E.A.R: 4 Giant Steps into Your Awesomeness
Did you know that there is greatness on the inside of you? In this uplifting and inspirational talk, Dr. Saundra empowers her audience to:
Shining Stars: Lighting a Path for Others
This trailblazing talk was initially presented at the annual conference of Christian Women in Medicine and Dentistry. Within this session Dr. Saundra boldly addressed the group with a plea to stop hiding behind their degrees and accomplishments and to step out onto the medical mission fields, not just overseas but the mission fields in their own communities. Within this talk Dr. Saundra encourages medical professionals to:
Cultivating A Legacy: Sharing Your Faith With The World
Every generation desires to leave behind a legacy for the generation that follows. In this session, Dr. Saundra shares tools believers can use in work-place ministry to spread the gospel of Jesus Chris. This presentation reveals how to:
"I loved her warmth and passion for what she does and for the ladies present." ~ Myra Snow, Anniston, AL
"We recently had Dr. Saundra present a day-long conference for faith community nurses, chaplains, social workers, counselors, physicians and Stephen Ministers. She was able to explore the wholistic definition of brokenness in patients/clients and provide ways to authentically minister to them where they are in their life's journey. She is personable, genuine, Christ-like and a breath of fresh air. Our audience loved the continuing education and new ways to care for the whole person, as well as identify when they as caregivers may be broken. Dr. Saundra provided a morning workshop for women of all ages. The women worked through their own struggles with being a well woman and what God's wants for us as busy women in today's world. The women loved the event and stayed around for fellowship, sharing and praying together." ~ Karla Cazer MS, RN, CNS-BC, Faith Community Nurse Manager, Sioux Falls, SD