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 self-care is the foundation for excellence in medicine. Through our workshops, retreats, and consultations, we support attending physicians in North America and beyond. In addition, our educational initiatives and outreach to physicians in training nurture a healthier future for all.

Kathy Stepien, MD, FAAP

Physician, Speaker, Educator

Dr. Stepien is a board-certified Pediatrician practicing in Seattle, Washington. She holds a Master's degree in Philosophy and practiced physical therapy for 13 years prior to entering medicine. She draws on these broad experiences as she teaches the essentials of physician wellness, self-compassion, and mindfulness in medicine.

Dr. Stepien is an internationally known speaker and author. She is the recipient of the Victorian Cross Humanitarian Award for her work in physician wellness. She has published research and essays in the medical literature as well as in the lay press. In addition, she is the host of the popular podcast Physician Wellness First.

Dr. Stepien is the director and CEO of The Institute for Physician Wellness. Her story is similar to many physicians—valuing excellent medical care, integrity, hard work and compassion while working within a broken medical system. She is committed to transforming the culture of medicine to one that holds physician wellness at its core--benefitting physicians, organizations, and the patients they serve.



“Exceptional! Highly recommend.” -- 2016 Retreat Participant

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

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

"Life-changing. This will make me a better physician." --2018 Workshop Participant

"Just keeps getting better and better! Every physician needs this information." --2019 Retreat Participant