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Joel Carter uses art work and the power of story telling as an approach to health, healing and a purposeful life.

"There are no shortcuts in the
pursuit of hope & meaning."

Joel Carter Lecture
Park Nicollet Health System Volunteer Recognition Event 2013 Keynote Talk : “The Healing Power of Storytelling”

Meet Joel

Joel Carter is an accomplished Palliative Care specialist, author, storyteller and artist. Carter transitioned to Palliative Care in 2002 after being awarded a Bush Medical Fellowship by the Archibald Bush Foundation to pursue interests in End of Life Medicine and Physician Leadership. He completed his fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University and training at the Physician Leadership College at the University of St. Thomas. He currently is a pain and palliative medicine specialist in Minneapolis where he treats patients and lectures on various topics related to pain and end of life care.

Carter’s clinical interests include the use of storytelling and narrative as they pertain to the psychosocial aspects of dying patients and their families. He has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest and the Annals of Emergency Medicine. He is the author of two previously published books including Lava Lamp Lessons – Writings, Stories, and other Free Associations and Rockpeople – The Chester Creek Inuksuit Anthology, which recently sold-out.2014 Best Doctor

Carter previously worked as an Emergency Room Doctor in Duluth, Minnesota. Born in Winnipeg, he received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada specializing in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. He and his wife, along with their two beautiful children currently live in Minneapolis.

About Rockpeople

Rockpeople: Beyond Chester Creek

is a continuation of concise thoughts articulating the lessons of life accompanied by stunning images of Inuksuks built by Carter. Using broken shards of rock to balance and build beautiful rock structures Carter discovered that facing those broken fragments of life creatively is the essence of healing. This book is about those broken parts coming together in families. Helping people to die gracefully, lovingly, adds a new chapter to Joel Carter’s journey with Rockpeople. Carter explores the depth and breadth and love that only the end of life – and often the beginning of a new life – can reflect for us all.

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