About | The Institute for Physician Wellness

Kathy Stepien, MD

The Anti-Burnout Coach for Women Physicians

Hi! I’m a board-certified Pediatrician, Director of the Institute for Physician Wellness, Certified Coach, and pretty okay mom to two teenage boys.

In 2016, I founded the Institute for Physician Wellness to bring physicians together to learn, heal, grow and connect. Since then, my amazing team and I have helped thousands of physicians around the globe through our Retreats, Coaching and Chief Wellness Officer Certification program.

Knowledge + Skills + Mindset

i know how it feels to want to feel better

I know how it feels to want to feel better but not know how.

I come from a long line of women who never stop. It’s in my DNA (or at least very deep in my early imprinting) to care for everyone and everything. All the time. I was an expert at taking care of everyone else at the expense of my own well-being. You can imagine that didn’t work out so well.

Decades ago, in my first career as a physical therapist, I burned out. I can still clearly remember the moment I knocked on the exam room door but didn’t enter the room. Standing in the clinic hallway with my head resting on the doorframe, I felt absolutely miserable. My cup was empty. I was spent. And to make it worse, I felt so much shame and guilt for letting down the patient on the other side of the door who was waiting for me.

Years later, when I started medical school, I knew I would need to do things very differently if I was going to avoid burnout a second time. What a valuable insight since by the time residency started, I was also a mom to my 2-year old and 2-month old boys.

I love working with physicians just like you!

Physicians are some of the most incredible people I know. Smart. Committed. Service-oriented and Inspiring.

I want every woman in medicine to love their life. On their own terms. To stand fully in their power as the author of their life.

Why Coaching?

A few years after making it my mission to support physician well-being, I discovered coaching. When I first heard about it, I thought it was “out there” and it didn’t feel like the right fit. To be honest, I’m not sure I even understood what it was.

Then I saw the RTCs…hmmm, maybe there is something to this afterall… 

When I worked with a coach, I found my personal and professional development was supercharged. I wish I would have started earlier! 

Every physician deserves a coach.

The knowledge, skills, and mindset I have developed through coaching have 100% improved my personal and professional life.

It seems like physician coaches are everywhere now. What was once a benefit reserved for physicians in the C-suite has now reached every corner of medicine and medical training. Each year, more RCTs are published that support the impact of coaching on Physician Well-being.

Because when you coach with me,
you develop mind-body knowledge and skills
that will transform your life.

Physicians I work with often share what has changed for them.

Some physicians tell me they decided to stay in medicine and now love it more than ever. Some leave medicine and start an exciting new chapter.

Many share how their relationship with themself and everyone around them has grown.

They share how much more joy they experience at work and at home, how much more authentic their life feels and how much more energy they have since breaking free from constant struggle and stress.

Kathy Stepien About - Coaching is Empowering

Coaching is empowering.

Physicians tell me how meaningful it feels that they get home on time and with something left to give to their loved ones.

Often when I see physicians years later, I am shocked at how much younger and healthier they look.

Many of these physicians didn’t really believe things could change for them. But they did it. They have changed their life. They are living their best life.

And so can you!

Are you ready to get started?

I’m all about physician well-being. I’d love to support you with your personal and professional development.