I am the wife of a pilot-turned-preacher and the happy mom of three terrific children. My life was transformed years ago through a heartfelt prayer. Since then, my work as a family doctor turned into a ministry as I learned to care for people from the heart. I strive to care for the soul and minister to the spirit while treating the body.
My Passion: Helping Docs Thrive and Advocating for Patients!
I am passionate about physician wellness, burnout prevention, and Helping Docs Thrive™ in the midst of a broken system in constant flux. I love helping my colleagues identify and develop their strengths, recapture their original calling into medicine, and embark on a path to greater joy, meaning, and purpose in medicine and in life.
Countless physicians strive daily to do the impossible despite inadequate support and mounting obstacles and regulations that add pressure to an already high-stakes and complex profession to which physicians dedicate their lives. The current high rates of physician burnout point to a system problem, not an individual problem. Alexander Den Heijer noted that “when a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.”
Exhaustion and burnout are the expected outcomes in healthcare settings that fail to assess their soil with honesty to identify the overgrown weeds and hidden thorns that keep choking those committed to excellence.
The first step in preventing burnout is for physicians to find the right soil — a true, patient-centered environment where they can care for people with the compassion and excellence they seek to provide. Beyond this critical step, the path from burnout to thriving requires a commitment to personal and professional wellness, advocacy for such wellness, equipping, and adequate support in the workplace, and advocacy for patient safety and high standards of care. Studies show that this leads to more engaged and effective physicians, healthier and more satisfied patients, and lower costs for healthcare systems.
Leadership, Advocacy, and More!
I served as chief resident and as president of the Florida Association of Family Medicine Residents. I feel blessed to serve on the exceptional Board of Directors of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians where I am working passionately to improve physician wellness and prevent burnout throughout our state and nation. I am also a graduate of the Florida Medical Association Leadership Academy.
Burnout and Our Need to Connect
As we care for people, our humanity is a gift that must be nurtured but is often neglected. Empathy, vulnerability, and compassion connect us and heal; they are powerful medicine for the heart, body, and soul. Yet, in our current chaotic and time-starved healthcare reality, this type of connection has become increasingly elusive. Patient and doctor alike feel frustrated, isolated, and fractured.
As we seek to connect in meaningful ways, we cannot neglect our own souls, health, and families, and we cannot offer healing without the human connection that burnout steals. Something must change; many things, actually, one at a time. It is my joy to walk alongside my colleagues as they journey to reclaim that healthy balance that burnout steals and discover a more fulfilling way to practice medicine.
My Presentations, Workshops, & Retreats
As a conference speaker, retreat leader, and consultant, I partner with hospital systems, residency programs, medical schools, institutes, organizations, and individual medical practices to equip and inspire healthcare and community leaders in their life and work.
Some of my most popular presentations include:
* From Burnout to Thriving in Healthcare
* Physicians and the Triple Whammy
* Cultivating A Servant Heart in a Busy Practice
* Rediscovering Joy in Medicine
* Living on Purpose: A key to contentment, peace, and effectiveness
* When Faith and Medicine Meet
You may contact me here if you’d like me to speak to your group or lead a retreat or workshop for your team.
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