About Us

The Institute for Physician Wellness gets you closer to the things that matter—joy in your work, balance at home, a life well-lived.

We understand that physician wellness is not optional; it is a necessary condition to being an excellent physician.

We offer workshops, retreats, and consultations around the country each year and inspire new physicians through our educational initiatives and outreach.

Kathy Stepien, MD, FAAP: Dr. Stepien is the founding director of The Institute for Physician Wellness, LLC. Her story is similar to many physicians—valuing excellent medical care, integrity, hard work and compassion while working within a broken medical system. She holds a conviction that a life so fortunate to juggle a career in medicine in addition to motherhood comes with a responsibility to live it in a healthy way. She is committed to supporting physician wellness, and in doing so, benefiting physicians as well as their patients. 

Dr. Stepien is a board-certified pediatrician in active practice. She holds a Master's degree in Philosophy and practiced physical therapy for 13 years prior to entering medicine. She teaches physician wellness and has a particular interest in self-compassion and mindfulness in medicine. Dr. Stepien has published research and essays in the medical literature as well as in the popular press. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

“Exceptional! Highly recommend.”
-- 2016 Cabo San Lucas Retreat Participant

“Inspiring weekend with an incredible group of people. Loved the diversity of specialties.”
-- 2016 Alderbrook Retreat Participant

"I've learned communication skills that can help my marriage and improve my patient care." --2017 Couples Workshop Participant