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Are you just plain exhausted? Frustrated with all the administrative bullshit?

Counting the weeks, days and hours until you have some time off from medicine?

Are you up to your ears in charts and messages, taking working home with you?

When you get time with your family, are you exhausted with them too?

Where is this elusive work-life balance?

Is there a way back after burnout?

I’ve been there too. 

I kept working harder and longer, and then when I couldn’t push any more, I thought that I just wasn’t cut out for Medicine. So I thought maybe I'll cut my hours, change practices, volunteer...

But that didn't work.


I thought that I was a mess as a doctor, and wife, and mother.


I was wrong.

The demands of being a physician now create this impossibility

where we are trying to do more, more, more, with less, less, less.


And there’s nothing left for ourselves except for exhaustion and burnout.

 There is a way out:  


Create a life you don’t need a break from

 Imagine, living the life you've worked so hard for, not counting down the days, but making each day count.


Practice. On your terms. If you wish. With joy.

With meaning and purpose.


Take vacations, without fear of what's awaiting when you return. And forget about needing to take a vacation from your vacation ever again...


Dr W, Physician/Entrepreneur


"I'm back for more coaching with Wendy. In my first 12 weeks, I had such changes to my clinic. Actually, the changes were more to how I saw clinic. I stopped taking it home with me. I now enjoy it. I negotiated a raise and a promotion. I've created the practice I always wanted and now I'm making a business outside of medicine. I don't have to, I want to."



A new client told me,

“You appear to be the one who figured out how to live the dream.”

At first I was shocked to hear that. It seemed too big of a statement.

It is completely true.

Yes. I have done it. Because I stopped dreaming about it and made it happen.

I'm no unicorn. All I needed was a coach to help me find what was true to me, what fuels me (apparently, it's FUN!), and what I really wanted for my career, my family and myself. 

That, to me, is having it all.

My clients are now enjoying the life they previously just dreamed of.

And you can too.


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Dr G, Physician/Medical Director


"I really didn’t think I would make progress. I didn’t have a conviction that this much could be improved. I tried all these years on my own and got nowhere. I knew coaching could do things for people, but I never imagined this life would be possible."

The anti-burnout: 


Tending to the needs of the nervous system, uncovering your strengths & passions to Fuel your own  fire.


Life, on your terms.


The Thriving Physician Program 


I only offer private coaching for physicians: my exclusive-access program, individually-tailored to your unique needs. Scheduled according to YOUR schedule, via Zoom (in your office or your jammies!). If you are local to Hampton Roads, Virginia, we can meet in-person.

 **New in 2024: Honoring the needs of physicians, I have shifted to short-term packages at this time. 4 sessions at a time, no long-term commitments, all for just $1250.

You get professional development coaching for physicians, by a physician who has faced the challenges of searching for that elusive work-life balance amidst the demands of clinical medicine and family.  

Have you ever noticed how the folks in the C-Suite have coaches? That executives have coaches?




All physicians are leaders. We are leaders in our own lives, we are clinical and administrative leaders. Leadership is not a title or position, but comes from a sense of self, where you are and where you are heading. Once that is defined, you can lead others on the journey.


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Dr W, Physician


"I signed up for a 12-session physician coaching program with Coach Wendy because I spent many hours after my clinics on charting and I needed that time back!  Part of me knew I must find a solution lest I burn out of my life and medicine soon.  Part of me didn't believe I could actually find a solution!  I always viewed myself as a procrastinator and thought I was doomed to always feel overwhelmed with poor time management. When I signed up, I couldn't imagine how coaching would actually change this!

Throughout our sessions, Wendy did not give me lectures or a plan of corrective action.  If she did, it would not have worked.  What she did was listen intently, point out another perspective, challenge me to reframe my thoughts, and every once in a while, would make an incredibly insightful observation about my progress.  

I did end up gaining insights and mindset shifts that not only helped me chart faster, but totally transformed the way I valued myself, my time, and my expertise as a physician. It started a complete mindset shift that also affected how I showed up in negotiating the terms of my job!  Now, I can see how the investment of money and time I put in coaching with Wendy has returned manyfold!  If you are considering signing up, don't wait, just do it!"


Learn how you, too, can fall back in love with medicine or move on with confidence and peace.


Learn how to invest in your own health, do only what aligns with your values and priorities, and live a life that fuels you every day, so you don’t need a break from your life.

Yes, it’s possible! Join me.

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How is this even possible?


We will start wherever you are right now. You will learn to lead a life by design, by understanding your priorities, passions and strengths. Don't know them? That's ok, most of us don't! 

👉 You'll learn how to leave work at work, with focus on time management and charting efficiency.

👉 You'll learn how to leave the bullshit with someone else. (Hello, addressing boundaries, learning to say NO, and smashing people-pleasing.)

👉 You will learn how to have energy left for your family when you get home, by addressing self-care, stress management, and relationships.

👉 Your health will improve as you focus on investing in and healing yourself.


For how long have you taken care of everyone else: patients, family, the dog?

You are worth the attention, the focus, the individual attention to bring more of you to this one, precious life.


Professional coaching has been shown to decrease the rate of burnout for physicians, and contribute to fulfillment.

Get the the Evidence for Physician Coaching (includes RCTs!)

Dr V, Physician/Artist


"Wendy has a very warm, friendly and comforting presence. She has an open mind and asks questions to stimulate introspective thoughts. Her smile and laugh are contagious!"

Don't just take my word for it...

Download a copy of the peer-reviewed support for physician coaching (includes hyperlinks direct to the articles) so you can share with your HR, professional development and CME folks.

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Who is Wendy Schofer, MD?

My story will always start with my joy of being a mom and a wife. And when I felt like I was completely failing at both, I knew there had to be a change.

Initially, I changed jobs, repeatedly. I transitioned from full-time active duty Navy pediatrician to part-time primary care, then hospitalist, and even a lead population health program as a volunteer. Wherever I went, my frustrations and feelings of inadequacy followed.

Later, I learned the word to describe what was happening: burnout. I was finally able to understand what was really happening: I was trying to fit myself into the billets, jobs, and positions that others had outlined. When I didn't fit, I thought I was broken.

Instead, I learned to lean into what I uniquely brought to the jobs and my family: Me. I needed to be more me. Coaching helped me unlock that, and now I help others do the same.

I'm still clinically practicing pediatrics and love it - on my terms. I'm creating the business of my dreams, and collaborating in the community in ways that fuel me and my passions. I founded Family in Focus, a unique parent-centered coaching program designed for parents who are worried about their children's weight, and am the host of Family in Focus with Wendy Schofer, MD (the Podcast).

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