I am a husband, father, gastroenterologist, and physician coach at Better Physician Life Coaching. As I progressed in my medical career, I felt less and less fulfilled by my day-to-day work. I had spent the greater part of thirty years preparing for a career as a gastroenterologist, but roughly ten years into my journey, I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life doing the same thing over and over. Looking back, I was extremely burned out, but I didn’t recognize it at the time. I stumbled on physician coaching and decided to give it a try.
My life transformed in less than three months. From the outside, my life looked exactly the same. I lived in the same house with the same wife and children. I drove in the same car to the same job every day. Yet simultaneously, everything had changed. Wayne Dyer has a famous quote: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” That is essentially what happened for me in my first few months of physician coaching.
I absolutely loved my experience with coaching, but I didn’t see many men in the space. My physician coaches were incredible, but they were predominantly women. When I looked around, I saw so many male physicians with similar struggles: creating work-life balance, feeling frustrated with lack of control at work, striving to be more present at home, and desiring more connection with their families. I knew I wanted to be a part of the community that helped physicians create lives they don’t need to escape from. I also knew I needed to lead by example. From there, Better Physician Life Coaching was born, where I strive to help physicians finally enjoy the life they have worked so hard to build.