OUR PHYSICIAN COACHES

Collective of Collaboration

Coaching for Institutions assesses your needs and connects you to the most appropriate resource.

With expert guidance in a wide range of settings, our team of physicians trained as coaches will work with you every step of the way.

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AMELIA BUECHE, DO

Director, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Neuromusculoskeletal & Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Location: Traverse City, MI

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Coaching Organizations: Academic Coaching Collective; This Osteopathic Life; Chair of Coaching for AMWA IGNITE

Programs: 12-Week Coaching & CME 

Interest & Experience: I have clinical experience in solo private practice, group and large health care systems including time as residency program director, all dedicated to nurturing health and empowering patients to realize their amazing inherent capacity. I see coaching as an expansion of the osteopathic concept beyond the clinical setting, serving as guiding principles for a cultural revolution grounded in love and humanity. It is an honor to serve as a leader of coaches and a coach of leaders, specializing in design and facilitation of coaching programs for physicians, helping them unleash their inner potential to develop immunity to burnout and find success in any situation.

Websitewww.thisosteopathiclife.com

E-mailthisosteopathiclife@gmail.com

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TONYA CAYLOR, MD, FAAFP

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Anchorage, AK

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Coaching Organizations: Academic Coaching Collective; Joy in Family Medicine

Programs: 6 Week Family Medicine Resident 1:1 Coaching, 6 Session Resident Group Coaching;

6 Session Faculty Group Coaching with CME; 1:1 Private Packages and Group Coaching Continuity Programs

Interest & Experience: I’ve been a family medicine physician with over 20 years of experience, 12 of those involving academic medicine at the resident level.  I am a certified culinary coach and a certified professional coach. I offer coaching to family medicine residents and their faculty who want the tools to thrive, clarity of direction, relief from burnout and overwhelm, restoration of balance, or help with academic difficulty. In addition to her one-on-one coaching programs with individual residents and early career physicians, and group coaching for residents and faculty, Dr. Caylor's experience includes coaching AMWA-ignite medical students. 

Websitewww.joyinfamilymedicine.com

E-mail: joyinfamilymedicine@gmail.com

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KARA PEPPER, MD

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Primary Care Internal Medicine

Location: Atlanta, GA

Coaching Certification: Physician Coaching Academy

Programs: Cure Your Inner Critic CME Course

Interest & Experience: I am a practicing primary care Internist and Certified Life Coach in Atlanta, GA. I rebuilt my life and career after burnout and now support physicians who want to love the life they worked so hard to create. I provide 1:1 and group coaching, lead retreats and speak on topics surrounding burnout, perfectionism, impostor syndrome, and physician wellness.

Websitewww.karapeppermd.com

E-mail: kp@karapeppermd.com

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YARA DEMO, MD

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Neurology: Subspecialty in Epilepsy & Clinical Neurophysiology

Location: Chicago, IL

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Coaching Specialty: Academic

Interest & Experience: I am a mother, wife, practicing neurologist and a life coach. Up until recently, I was struggling with burn out and moral injury. I went straight from college (UCLA) to medical school (Northwestern University) then to neurology residency, and two fellowships after that (Northwestern University). I was always on the go, no time to stop. I was very successful on the surface, but I reached a point where I could not recognize me any more. I was burned out. I was not living my life, I was merely surviving. I approached life as obstacles to overcome and tasks to complete, rather than my ONE LIFE to live and enjoy. I was cynical, resentful, and, let us face it, angry most of the time. For a period of time, I accepted that this is the “normal” life of a working mother. Then I discovered coaching. Coaching has transformed every aspect of my life.  Through coaching I re-learned a simple fact: MY thoughts create MY feelings! WHAT?! Seriously! Sounds so simple, but this realization was life changing. All of my feelings: frustration, cynicism,  anger (the list goes on) were a result of MY thoughts. Through coaching I learned to manage my thoughts, be deliberate and choose thoughts that SERVE me. This is exactly the work I want to do with other physicians> I want to help doctors unpack their feelings and thoughts and leverage their brain to create THE EXACT LIFE they want. 

Websitewww.YaraDemoMD.com

E-mail: YaraDemoMD@gmail.com

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MICHELE DORFSMAN, MD

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Emergency Medicine

Location: Pittsburgh,PA

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Programs: Private, 1:1 coaching packages are available

Coaching Organization: Academic Coaching Collective, Physician Coach MD, Serving as coach for Empowering Women Physicians, AMWA Ignite, and several other organizations

Interest & Experience: I am a physician, an educator, and a program director.  I am also a wife, mother, a daughter, an aunt, and a sister. I primarily coach women physicians who are balancing clinical and administrative work and personal life. I also coach trainees. I help both those that are in a period of struggling, and those that have big goals and ideas. I meet my clients where they are at as we move forward together. 

Websitewww.physiciancoachmd.com

E-mail: michele@physiciancoachmd.com

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MANEESHA AHLUWALIA, MD

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Internal Medicine & Infectious Diseases

Location: Baltimore, MD

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Interest & Experience: I help you escape from “I’m not enough” so that you can be free and finally JUST BE in the life you’ve worked so hard to create.

Through coaching, you can lose weight, change your health, lower your waist circumference, lower your hemoglobin A1C, improve your self confidence to negotiate for your value with employers, reduce consumption of social media, keep your email inbox to zero, improve the strained relationships with your family, in laws, partner, overcome ultimatums and/or years of resentment, learn to want a child, try IVF, IUI and Eastern Medicine techniques to try to get pregnant, transition to working part time in medicine, make time for doing nothing, to meditate, to start strength training, to watch your biceps grow, to get back into competitive tennis, learn to honor your free time and your work time, learn to take a day off when you’re sick or to pee when your bladder is full.

I have worked as an Infectious Disease physician for 12 years in academic, community hospital, locum and overseas (Doctors Without Borders) positions.  I currently work part time via Locum work.

Coaching brought me home to the real me, the one who had been lost in the journey from pre-med student to mid career attending physician, the journey from single to married and trying to get pregnant and struggling with infertility.

I am privileged to expand my reach as a coach, my true calling, to the needs of others such as medical students and physician colleagues    Allow me to bring coaching to you, and I can bring a ripple effect to you and the lives you touch too.

E-mail: maneesha17@gmail.com

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PAMELA DYNE, MD

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Emergency Medicine

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Organizations: UCLA

Interest & Experience: I have more than 20 years of experience in GME and medical education leadership, including extensive experience in mentoring learners and physicians at all levels. I use the skills and tools I've learned in The Life Coach School Certification Program to help physicians of all training and faculty academic levels to get the most out of their experience and live the life to their fullest. 

E-mail: pamela.dyne@gmail.com

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WENDY SCHOFER, MD, FAAP

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Pediatrics

Location: Chesapeake, VA

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School, Wellcoaches

Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics - Virginia Chapter Obesity Champion and Co-Chair of Provider Wellness Committee; Uniformed Services East Chapter Member-at-Large

Interest & Experience: I am a general pediatrician who has over 16 years in clinical pediatric practice ranging from active duty, reserve and contract for the military, to locum tenens, to hospitalist and urgent care for a free-standing children's hospital. I bring my experience having difficult conversations, supporting parents through emotional and behavioral challenges, transitioning (repeatedly!) in the military, and using lifestyle as medicine to coaching. Now, I help people create the results that have eluded them for so long. I have a special place in my heart to help parents frustrated with food fights, food rules and fear of obesity to address their own weight concerns and become the role model for health in their family.

Websitewww.WendySchoferMD.com

E-mail: drschofer@gmail.com

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MIRIAM RHEW, MD

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Pediatrics

Location: Northern California

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics - Chapter 1

Coaching Organization: Coach for Empowering Women Physicians

Interest & Experience

I am a general pediatrician and medical director in a group private practice in Northern, CA.  I initially came to coaching through a program for weight loss where I lost weight that I carried from middle school through thought work rather than focusing on diet and exercise.  In the process, I discovered the power of life coaching to transform not just my external appearance but more importantly to find my authentic self and make a transformation from the inside out.  At this same time, our office started changing our pediatric practice to become more trauma informed.  Much like coaching, this involves focusing our care away from “what’s wrong with you” and “what happened to you” to “what’s right with you”.  In turn, we are increasing resilience and healing from burnout from a place of wellness not only for our patients and their families but also for ourselves. 

I love coaching all women physicians and physicians in training to help them uncover their authentic selves with an expertise in coaching first and second generation Americans who have goals that include self care to increase resilience, healing from burnout, leadership and transformational change in primary practice, intentional cross cultural trauma informed parenting, and weight loss

E-mail: miriam_rhew@yahoo.com

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JESSIE MAHONEY, MD

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Pediatrics, Physician Wellness

Location: San Francisco, CA

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Organizations: Physician Coaching Alliance, Mindful Healthcare Collective, San Francisco Marin Medical Society (Chair of Physician Wellness), California Medical Association (Former Chair of the Subcommittee on Physician Wellness)

Coaching Organization: Pause and Presence Coaching: Mindful coaching for physicians by a physician coach. Individual and group options available.

Coaching Programs: Mindful Medicine for Healers: Coaching program available to healthcare institutions that can include both individual and group coaching options for physicians. It is best offered as an integral component of a robust physician wellness program. CME can be arranged through your institution to off-set costs of individual physician coaching.

Comprehensive Coaching for Academic Fellowship Programs: Can be offered for either the full academic year or over a 3 month period. I am currently leading this program for the Stanford Anesthesia Fellowship for the 2020-21 academic year.

Short-term Group Coaching for Residency Programs (6-10 sessions).  I currently lead this program for the ObGyn Residency at Dignity Health, Marion Regional Medical Center.

The Mindful Healers Program. A program that offers 2 evidence-based tools to improve physician health and wellness, as well as engagement and performance. The program includes Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training, Mindful Coaching, and a CME-Accredited Mindful Physician Course. It is available to individual physicians as well as institutions to include as part of a comprehensive physician wellness program.

Interest & Experience

I am a pediatrician with 17 years experience as a physician wellness leader at The Permanente Medical Group/ Kaiser Permanente. I have extensive experience as a wellness speaker, workshop facilitator, wellness strategist, and as a coach. I offer coaching and mindfulness for individual physicians, large health care institutions, and academic programs.  I specialize in coaching for challenging relationships, parenting struggles, and career dissatisfaction and burnout. In addition to being a certified coach, I am one of the founding leaders of the Mindful Healthcare Collective and a yoga and mindfulness instructor. I have a passion for taking advantage of the synergy between mindfulness and coaching to improve physician health, engagement and performance.   Mindfulness and coaching are both evidence-based tools to improve physician health and wellness. Together they have the power to transform the health and well-being of patients, physicians, and the entire healthcare system.

Website:  www.jessiemahoneymd.com

E-mail: jessie@jessiemahoneymd.com

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URSULA LANG, MD PHD

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Pathology: Subspecialty in Dermatopathology

Location: San Francisco, CA

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Coaching Specialty: Academic

Interest & Experience: I am a physician-scientist, proud mom, loving wife, fierce friend, salsa dancing Latina and a mindset life coach. After finishing my clinical training, I decided to do a combination of post-doc (80%) and clinical (20%). I was fortunate to find excellent mentors, but that did not alleviate the feeling of imposter syndrome I felt. Together with the birth of my daughter and no family close by, each day felt like an impossible challenge. It seemed like I was never enough at any one thing and stretched thin in all three areas of research, clinical and family. Not knowing any differently, I adapted to the situation as I always had. Serendipitously, I found coaching through a friend, and it opened my mind to how our thoughts ultimately create our results. Through daily thought work, I no longer saw life happening to me, but rather gained my power back to live intentionally. I started taking massive action towards helping to change the system and join a community of like-minded women physician-scientists with goals of creating more diversity, equity and inclusion. The consequences of the pandemic also amplified the struggles that my physician-scientist colleagues were experiencing. I knew I could help through coaching. Now I see how much coaching can benefit physicians at all levels of training, and I’m thrilled to be in a position to make a difference.

Instagram: @drurslang

E-mail: drurslang@gmail.com

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AMI SHAH, MD

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery

Location: Chicago, IL

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Organization: Rush University Medical Center

Interest & Experience: I’m a surgeon who believes that we can be our best selves through coaching.  I offer coaching to any one that desires coaching but my passion is medical students and residents.  I coach on many topics but the ones that have hit closest to home for me are relationships, perfectionism and not having enough time!

E-mail: Ashah15@gmail.com

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NORA VASQUEZ, MD

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Internal Medicine

Location: San Antonio, TX

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Programs: Individual 12-Week Coaching Program and Group Coaching packages are available

Interest & Experience: I am a Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician with over 12 years of experience working at a major University clinic and outpatient community health care center. I understand how overwhelming it feels to meet the demands of clinical medicine while also trying to be the best partner/parent for your loved ones at home. Over time, the stress and daily grind takes a toll leaving many physicians disillusioned and exhausted. As a Physician Life Coach with Faith based values, I help you create a resilient mindset to better manage the stress of practicing medicine while also balancing your family life. My mission is to “Heal the Healers” and help my clients achieve their personal and professional goals. Physician coaching empowers you to create the clarity, peace and blueprint to thrive. As your coach, I work with you every step of the way as you achieve a healthier mindset to accomplish your goals and feel joy again! Let’s start today!

Website: https://www.renewyourmindmd.com

E-mail: renewyourmindmd@gmail.com

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ALEXIS (LEX) HOLMES, MD CANDIDATE '21

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Programs: Better Together - Group Coaching for Medical Students

Interest & Experience: Out of rock bottom, I grew an understanding of the path toward self-actualization and a command of tools, resources and expertise for overcoming obstacles that stood in the way of becoming my best self. My passion for personal development felt too good to keep to myself and, after being introduced to life coaching, I found my calling. I am a fourth-year medical student, dermatologist-to-be and life coach. First-hand experience navigating the highs and lows of medical training moved me to share this gift with special attention to medical trainees. I am committed to bringing life to the light that shines within each and every one of us so we can, together, cast a bright light on each other, our patients, the field of medicine and beyond.  

E-mail: aleholm00@gmail.com

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RIVA KAMAT, MD

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Pediatrics

Location: Falls Church, VA

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Organizations: Inova Children's Hospital; Pediatric Consultant for the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Serice; Vice Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Hospital Medicine, Provider Wellness Subcommittee; Chair of the Virginia American Academy of Pediatrics, Provider Wellness Committee.

Programs: Director of the Division of Organizational Coaching Programs for the Institute for Physician Wellness (IPW) and has co-developed Vital Alliance™.

E-mail: riva.kamat@gmail.com

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KAROLYN LEE, MD, FCFP, FAAP

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Bedford, NH

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Programs: 8 Sessions 1:1 Private Coaching, Group Coaching

Interest & Experience: I’m a practicing family physician with 20 years of clinical experience working in rural cottage hospitals, as well as in remote regions of Northern Canada with the First Nations population.  For the past15 years, I have been working in community practice.  All of these positions have provided me with the opportunity to teach medical students and residents which I thoroughly enjoy.  As a busy mom of three children working as a physician, I was on “autopilot.”  I was stuck.  I was caring for everyone else but me.  I joined life coaching as a means of self-growth and have learned to take time to care for myself , as well as notice the thoughts that do not best help me.  Seeing such benefits, I want to share the tools of thought work with others.

Website:  www.physicianthoughtwork.com

E-mail: physicianthoughtwork@gmail.com

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PAYAL PATEL GHAYAL, MD

Member, Coaching for Institutions

Specialty: Pediatrics & Integrative Medicine

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Coaching Certification: The Life Coach School

Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, Mindful Healthcare Collective

Coaching Organizations: MD The Mindful Doctor Coaching: Mindful Life and Parent Coaching for Physicians.

Programs: 1:1 Individual 12 week coaching program available

Interest & Experience: I help women physicians go from feeling overwhelmed to empowered by using Life Coaching and Mindfulness. As a life and parent coach, I work with physicians who are committed to change, stepping into the best possible version of themselves. Coaching and mindfulness came into my life when I was struggling personally and professionally to find balance and truly “have my own back”. I would easily doubt myself and judge myself for not being “perfect”.  These approaches transformed my mindset and opened up a world of possibilities for me and now I share that tool with fellow physicians. 

I am a pediatrician, integrative physician, life and parent coach, certified mindfulness coach, wife and mom to two boys. I have spent 12 years working in private practice, working for Permanente Medical Group/Kaiser Permanente and taking some time off to raise my boys. I am a dancer, swimmer, novice gardener and baker. 

On the journey back to myself, I found coaching and Mind Body Medicine through integration of mindfulness and I am one of the founding members of the Mindful Healthcare Collective. I hope to help others find themselves and learn to live a life full of purpose, passion, and most importantly joy. 

Website:  mdthemindfuldoctor.com

E-mail: payal@mdthemindfudoctor.com