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motivational speaker-coach

I’m a medical doctor, coach, speaker and author.

I’m a great believer in the power of coaching to move you from where you are to where you want to be. I coach doctors and high-achieving professionals. I also run workshops to address the scourge of burnout in the workplace and to promote performance and well-being.

A bit more about me…

My journey has been an unconventional one. In grew up in a working class family in the Johannesburg township of Soweto, during the dying days of apartheid. As a child I dreamed of becoming a doctor. I realised that dream when I graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1999.

It was during my time as a junior doctor that I realised that the way medical students are trained and doctors work is unsustainable and detrimental to their health and well-being. You know the drill: long hours; heavy patient loads; minimal supervision. All in a country with a massive burden of disease and widespread dysfunction in the public health system. Something had to give!

In 2004 I chose to leave clinical practice. I wrote about my journey in my award-winning memoir titled Postmortem – The Doctor Who Walked Away. My TEDx talk has served as inspiration for doctors and other healthcare professionals all over the world.

Despite all the challenges I faced – or perhaps because of them – I still believe that I can make a significant contribution to the medical profession and therefore to healthcare in general. I believe that the well-being of doctors and other healthcare professionals is vital for ensuring patient care. This is why I do what I do.

COACHING FOR DOCTORS:

Burnout is endemic in the medical profession. Many doctors suffer in silence, leading to disillusionment, despair and compromised patient care. This was certainly the path that ended my own medical career, and I’ve made it my mission to help doctors rethink how they do their work.

Research has demonstrated that well-being is a vital ingredient for performance and success. It’s about time this ingredient became an integral part of how medicine is practised.

My work encompasses:
★ One-on-one coaching
★ Public speaking
★ Leadership development

CONTACT ME to find out more about working with me.