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 as a Coach: Helping Docs Thrive!
I am passionate about physician wellness, burnout prevention, and Helping Docs Thrive™ in the midst of a broken system in constant flux. My approach is not cookie cutter but personal, targeted, and transforming. I love helping my colleagues identify and develop their strengths, recapture their original calling into medicine, and embark on a path to greater meaning and purpose in medicine and in life.
Countless healthcare professionals strive daily to do the impossible despite mounting obstacles, still trying to give more while depleted inside. I understand why this happens because I’ve been there, and I’m still in practice. I discovered the path from burnout to thriving, and it requires learning about burnout and its prevention, time set aside for reflection, honesty, leadership training, setting healthy boundaries, courage, appreciating the gift of the present moment, a sense of humor, and more. Walking down that path with the right person by your side can make all the difference.
Through attentive listening, powerful questions, and a relationship focused on the whole person, I help my colleagues regain a sense of vitality, vision, and clarity in their professional and personal lives. As a physician with more than twenty years in medicine and healthcare leadership, I can often point out blind spots and anticipate pot holes to avoid down the road.
I help physicians achieve greater life-work balance and effectiveness and find deeper meaning in medicine by focusing on what I call the leader’s triad: Equip. Empower. Excel.™ To learn more about what I offer as a Board-certified coach and the many benefits of one-on-one coaching, you may contact me here.
Leadership, Vocation, and More!
I served as chief resident and as president of the Florida Association of Family Medicine Residents. I feel very blessed to serve currently on the exceptional Board of Directors of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians. I am also a graduate of the Florida Medical Association Leadership Academy.
I received the AMA Achievement Award, the AAFP Foundation Teacher Development Award, the Psychiatry Clinical Excellence & Research Award, and the Distinguished Graduate Award from the U.S. Air Force Commissioned Officer Training, among others. Yet, I’ve learned that true joy in healthcare does not come from awards or recognition but through genuine service and caring from the heart. As Dr. Rachel Remen said to me years ago, “It is not unprofessional to be human with people.” Indeed, as Rabbi Abraham Heschel wrote, “In order to heal a person, you must first be a person.”
Burnout and Our Need to Connect
As we care for people, our greatest gift is our humanity. 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 in this equation; 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 retreat leader, conference speaker, and consultant, I partner with Canterbury Retreat Center, hospital systems, residency programs, medical schools, and individual medical practices to equip and inspire healthcare, church, and community leaders in their ministry and life. In addition to the topics mentioned below, I lead spiritual formation retreats and workshops based on my third book, The 3 Y’s of Faith. You may contact me here to discuss designing a retreat experience for your hospital, clinic or group.
Some of my most popular presentations, workshops, and webinars include:
* From Burnout to Thriving in Healthcare
* Overcoming & Preventing Compassion Fatigue
* Cultivating A Servant Heart in a Busy Practice
* Chosen, Equipped, Joyful in Ministry
* Living on Purpose: A key to contentment, peace, and effectiveness
* When Faith and Medicine Meet
Questions? Drop me a line here. I’m glad you stopped by!
A few of my recently published articles:
Healing Patients Shouldn’t be Killing Doctors (published on KevinMD)
Reclaiming Medicine (Florida Family Physician Journal, p.16-17)
Physician, Heal Yourself-Really (Florida Medical Association Journal, p.25-27)
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