Behind the Images ~ Meet Dr.Renée
Dr. Renée Tegeler, retired M.D., has combined her passion for healing with her love of creativity in DR. RENEE HEALING ART.
The daughter of an American Air Force officer, Renée was born overseas and moved often, being exposed to different countries and cultures. Renée showed an early interest in medicine, and her mother made her a special nurse’s hat and red medical bag for her third birthday. Upon receiving them, the birthday girl politely handed them back, indicating she would prefer a white doctor’s coat and black bag instead please! After being properly outfitted, the young Renée set about 'operating' on her dolls on a regular basis.
Renée pursued her passion for healing and, at age 17, started medical training. During the course of her education, Dr. Renée changed her focus from surgery to internal medicine. She found that she enjoyed more one on one involvement with her patients than surgery allowed, and that she had an aptitude for treating “the whole patient”. At age 23 she graduated with her M.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. In over thirty years of medical practice, Dr. Renée was consistently recognized and honored for her commitment to high quality compassionate patient care. In the late summer of 2019, Dr. Renée retired from medicine to pursue her passion for creating healing art imagery.
Dr. Renée met Dr. Charles H. Tegeler, on medical school trip to China in 1981. Renée and Charles established a friendly camaraderie that sowed the seeds of a deep connection, which proved impossible to ignore when they returned to the states. Dr. Renée laughingly says that she met and fell in love with “the one” without even realizing it. The Tegelers started a family in 1986, have a son and daughter, and welcomed their first grandchild in 2017. The Tegeler children have begun a family tradition by being the 2nd generation to nurture their passions and careers inside the medical world.
Dr. Renée discovered her creative nature early on and began sewing in third grade. She always sported her own creations to proms and social events in high school and college. As a doctor and mother, sewing offered a way to unwind from the pressures of life. Over the years Dr. Renée introduced quilting skills into clothing creations. She explored innovative uses of Log Cabin patterns and Bargello techniques, and made vests from ties collected in a box at her workplace. Her wearable art pieces garnered numerous awards, and created an endless parade of smiles on her patient’s faces when she walked into exam rooms looking cheerful and colorful in her artistic creations.
~ slideshow images are of past and present creations ~
Dr. Renée’s artistic pursuits became a powerful reflection of her family’s life journey, after her daughter began to have trouble with severe headaches as an adolescent. The Tegeler’s watched their active, sparkling child become the victim of acute and unrelenting pain. Despite their own medical knowledge and professional connections, an intensive search for the cause of the headaches was fruitless, as was a way to treat them. When a colleague, who was working with complimentary medical techniques, offered to try a HEALING TOUCH energy based healing session with their daughter, the Tegeler's were a bit uncertain, but could find little reason not to try the non-traditional treatment.
Given how miserable she felt, and how weakened she was by a 20 lb. weight loss, Charles had to carry his daughter to the car, and into her first session. The colleague began by explaining a bit about energy in the body, and how he would be redirecting misaligned energies with his hands, presence, and intention. Charles, a product of academic medicine, was a bit skeptical, but had been exposed to enough traditional eastern medicine while in China, to keep an open mind. At the end of the first 45 minute session the Tegeler’s daughter felt better for the first time in a very long time. A series of sessions resulted in significant improvement in their daughter’s condition, and the Tegeler’s regard HEALING TOUCH as the treatment that saw their daughter “over the hump” on the path towards healing.
His daughter's path towards healing was of great interest to Charles as a doctor. His curiosity about the energy in our hands and bodies, and his desire to address the stress that he saw contributing to disease and death in his neurology patients, led him to pursue scientifically based research on HEALING TOUCH.
As Dr. Charles began pursuing energy based healing research, Dr. Renée felt a profound need to offer something to the healing environments her husband was creating. She began making an art quilt inspired by chakras and healing energies. CHAKRA SPREAD, and other art quilts that followed, were displayed in Dr. Renée’s medical practice, and Dr. Charles' research facility, where they were met with much appreciation and acclaim.
Dr. Renée has now designed a distinctive line of images and products to celebrate the connections between beauty & health, art & science, and understanding & medicine. DR.RENEE HEALING ART images and products were created to add balance to busy, stressful lives and environments. Appreciation and caring are fundamental to art and healing, and it is with gratitude for the many such connections in her life, that Dr. Renée presents her artwork to the public.