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The Coaches: To Me, With Love

Updated: Feb 6

We are breaking from our usual format this week for something different. Valentines Day is Monday, and before you can give your love to someone else, you need to look inside and make sure that you are in love with yourself. The MD Coaches staff: Doctors Desmond Bell, Robyn Tiger, Deb Roman, Dael Waxman, and Rick Zollinger share some conversation regarding what it means to love yourself, how to do it, and why it’s so important. So, please enjoy this very special episode, and consider it our valentine to you.

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Dr. Robyn Tiger

Robyn Tiger, MD, is a physician & trauma-informed self-care coach. She founded StressFreeMD, a wellness practice that provides freedom through self-care education.

Dr. Tiger utilizes her unique combination of trainings in medicine, yoga therapy, meditation and life coaching to educate others in stress management, burnout prevention and relief. Her teachings focus on complete physical, mental, and emotional well-being and resilience.

Dr. Tiger’s innovative CME accredited program, Rx Inner Peace, was created at the request of several busy physicians seeking an accessible self-paced online self-care program. It contains the most effective evidence-based self-care methods compiled from several years of providing physician education. At the request of other healthcare professionals and the general public, she created the Self-Care Shop.

which houses 6 additional accredited self-care programs open to everyone.

Dr. Tiger is a Western Carolina Medical Society Healthy Healer Partner, Surge-On App Key Opinion Leader for Self-Care for Surgeons, faculty for Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy, Advisory Council member of Yoga Therapy Today &, and is an O2X Human Performance Specialist for first responders.

She received her BS degree in Natural Science and Psychology from Muhlenberg College. She earned her MD, completed an Internal Medicine internship and Diagnostic Radiology residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and also completed a fellowship in Body Imaging at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Her deep passion to fully help her physician colleagues and patients grew out of her many years in medical practice experiencing and witnessing firsthand the need for self-care education. Dr. Tiger’s distinctive combination of qualifications makes her best suited to fill the gap in physician education and successfully guides individuals to become the best versions of themselves and live their most fulfilling lives.

Dr. Deb Roman

Deb Roman is a Board Certified Family Physician. She offers integrative medicine consultations and hands-on Osteopathic medicine to individuals of all ages. She integrates advanced training in nutrition, mindful practice and meditation, biodynamic osteopathy, yoga and integrative medicine into her work.

She is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is the founder of Rediscovering Meaning In Our Work – a consulting and educational program with a focus on the well-being of physicians and medical school students. She teaches workshops, organizes retreatlike conferences, shares presentations, provides consultations to individuals and organizations and facilitates discussion groups.

Dr.Roman is a Meaningful Work Peer Consultant, offering consultations to physicians and other healthcare professionals who would like to work individually with a peer to explore ways to ease stress, cultivate well-being and practice medicine in a way that is meaningful.

Dr. Dael Waxman

Dael Waxman, M.D. is a Professor of Family Medicine at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Previously Interim Chair and Vice-Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, he continues on the faculty there as well as serves as the Medical Director of Physician Well-being for Medical Education for Atrium Health and Medical Director of Patient-Centered Programming at Atrium CMC-Mercy. In addition to his medical background, he has received training in and has been integrating family therapy, clinical hypnosis, mind/body medicine, mindfulness, and leadership coaching into teaching, practice, and faculty development for over 25 years.

He has taught regionally, nationally, and internationally on: physician burnout and well-being, mindfulness in medicine, developing a patient and family-centered culture, family influences on health, physician-patient communication, and collaboration between mental health and primary care.

Dr. Waxman is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, did his residency in Family Medicine as well as served as Chief Resident at the University of Arizona and completed a Family Systems Medicine Fellowship at the University of Rochester. On a national and international level, he served on the Board of Directors for Planetree International, an organization committed to exceptional person-centered healthcare. He is also a graduate of the HealthCare Coaching Institute and has a coaching and consulting practice with a focus on leadership, life, and professional well-being coaching. Dr. Waxman was named a Charlotte Top Doctor for Family Medicine in 2012 and 2013 and was the inaugural recipient of the Physician Provider of the Tree award at Atrium Health in 2018.

Dr. Rick Zollinger

Dr. Rick Zollinger has more than three decades in general, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery as well as certification in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. As a well-respected clinician, educator and organizational leader, Rick has been a member of and held appointments with The American College of Surgeons, North Carolina Surgical Association, The Southern Surgical Society, The Society for Thoracic Surgery and The International Surgical Society.

In addition to many years of clinical experience, Rick has also succeeded in multiple practice settings as a single practitioner to larger multi-specialty clinics. As founder of The Charlotte Cardiothoracic Surgical Group, Rick is well-versed in the requirements for growth of a successful practice and professional career. He has been actively involved in education and leadership roles, serving as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery for the Department of Vascular Surgery at UNC/Chapel Hill, Medical Director for Carolina Wound Care Center, Physician Training Faculty member and Area Medical Director for Diversified Clinical Services.

Desmond Bell, MD

Dr. Desmond Bell is the Founder and President of “The Save A Leg, Save A Life” Foundation, a multi-disciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction in lower extremity amputations and improving wound healing outcomes through education, evidence-based methodology and community outreach. His private practice in Jacksonville, FL, specializes in wound management and is dedicated to lower-extremity preservation. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Omeza, an evidence-based medical technology company and consumer healthcare products company initially focused on healing chronic wounds and preventing their recurrence.

Dr. Bell received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Tulane University and started his health care journey in the unlikely world of DME sales. He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Temple University. He is a Board Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) having served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Wound Management for 6 years and presently serving on the Board of the American Board of Wound Management Foundation.

Dr. Bell was awarded the Frist Humanitarian Award by Specialty Hospital Jacksonville for 2009 and Memorial Hospital Jacksonville in 2018. He has also been elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and is a member of the CLI Global Society

When I’m starting to do a number on myself, I realize that I’m part of the human race, and someone has felt this way before. Dael Waxman, MD
When we practice compassion, we enhance our wellbeing. Deb Roman, DO
We can be compassionate, which can help our bodies. And then we can do things in our bodies to be more compassionate. Robyn Tiger, MD
A lot of us may have different experiences. We may paint, we may exercise, we may meditate. But for me, it’s the early morning – Get your engine going – kind of self care. Rick Zollinger, MD
Busy is almost romanticized. Robyn Tiger, MD
We’re all high-achievers. We all work towards altruistic goals. But, in doing so, it’s so easy to lose track of the things that really are most important. Desmond Bell, MD

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