What Have I Learned as a Doctor
and What Will You Learn from A Doctor’s Dozen?
Now that I have written a book, everyone asks: what is my book about?
For 25 years as a family physician, I have asked myself, what can I learn from others? What strategies can I apply to sustain wellness in my own life and what can I share with others to promote their wellbeing? I have come to realize, (despite medical training) that prioritizing my own health is never selfish - it allows me to better care for others and to create a culture of wellness!
A Doctor’s Dozen is stories of real people who struggle with real problems, and who apply real strategies and have taught me about health and life by their challenges and successes. I view all as teachers and in each case you will read of an individual (ten have a connection to health care) and learn about their common health challenge, and observe first hand how they applied health strategies to improve their
own health and the wellbeing of others.
You will benefit from A Doctor’s Dozen if you are dedicated to your own wellbeing, a teacher of wellness or committed to role modeling health for others.
You will benefit from A Doctor’s Dozen if you want to …
1. Be Present: Hannah, A health administrator with breast cancer teaches mindfulness
2. Ask Questions: Carmen, a transgender health counselor teaches self-assessment and inquiry
3. Build Resilience: Nelle, an elder woman with MS teaches resilience
4. Write Your Story: Lee, A psychologist who has survived domestic violence and teaches self reflection and narrative writing
5. Fill your Own Tank: Kenny, A nurse with obesity, diabetes and heart disease teaches the importance of nurturing your body
6. Establish Trusting Relationships: Christine, a mother who loses her daughter to drug overdose and teaches the value of relationships
7. Replenish 24/7: Shirley, the wife of a physician who has insomnia and teaches balance and time management
8. Cultivate A Healthy Environment: David, a medical resident with depression teaches role modeling and the value of nature and culture
9. Embrace Change: Dr. George, a retired physician who smokes and teaches the skills of emotional intelligence and self improvement
10. Prioritize Purpose: Lena, a fourth year medical student with an eating disorder teaches cost benefit decision-making based on health and meaning
11. Re-Write Your Story: Jeff, a pre-health college student with family history and risk of alcoholism teaches the power of cognitive reframing
12. Celebrate Life: Mary, a spouse of a female physician who is infertile and teaches gratitude and appreciative inquiry