F. Scott Peck, in his book, “The Road Less Travelled," began with this sentence: ‘Life is difficult.’ And, certainly no doctor has to be convinced of the challenges facing physicians and dentists in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment. CMDA Coaching has been developed specifically for Christian doctors whose life foundations and core values are rooted in the practice of medicine and dentistry from a distinctively Christian perspective. In essence, our coaching is focused on helping individuals get from where they are to where they believe God would like them to be. We know and understand that life is difficult for anyone in the healthcare vocation, and CMDA Coaching specializes in helping doctors navigate the mountains and valleys of their busy lives, lives that can easily seem ‘out-of-balance.’
Are you so busy at work that you struggle to spend time with your family? Perhaps you are feeling the pressure at work to see more and more patients. Or maybe you haven’t made it to church in months because you have too many responsibilities and now you just found out you’re being hit with a medical malpractice case. You’re on overload, life is spinning out of control and there doesn’t seem to be any hope or end in sight. Does this sound like you? If so, one thing is for certain. You are not alone. Christian healthcare professionals across the world just like you are facing increasing pressures within a rapidly changing healthcare environment. And just like you, they are left feeling discouraged, dissatisfied, depressed and despondent. Others feel a strong sense of isolation without anywhere to turn for support or encouragement. It ends up with some changing careers, retiring early or even seeking relief in a variety of other, oftentimes unhealthy, ways. But there is an answer. And we are here to help you.
Dr. Steve Sartori is a board certified family physician who helps healthcare professionals live up to their potential and reach their personal and professional goals.
Dr. Sartori received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, and his medical degree from The Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency at the University of Illinois-Rockford, before accepting a position with the National Health Service Corps in Southeastern Kentucky. Dr. Sartori has served as Medical Director and CEO of a private group practice, Chief of Staff at two different hospitals, faculty member for a family medicine residency program and Chief Medical Officer for a community health center. He has also served as a board member and treasurer of Christian Medical & Dental Associations, and he has participated in short-term mission trips to Romania, Jamaica, Thailand, Kenya and Swaziland.
Dr. Sartori is married to Chris, and they have two daughters, Rebekah and Jessica. He enjoys traveling and sports, and he is an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers who can sometimes be seen wearing a cheesehead.
“When I started The Doc Shoppe, a new direct primary care clinic, the first person I turned to for advice was Steven Sartori, MD. Steve took a keen interest in my situation, both professionally and personally, and provided uncanny insight and asked probing questions which helped me tremendously in making wise financial, personnel, real estate, family and spiritual/personal decisions. He is a unique coach in that he has been practicing state of the art medicine in a variety of practice settings and now brings that perspective and experience to the coaching table. He is also a committed follower of Jesus in all facets of life. I cannot imagine a better coach for today’s Christian physician.”
Ann Tsen is an internist who coaches women physicians and dentists to help them tap in to and live out all that God has poured in to them. Her passion is to empower women physicians and dentists to clarify and reach their goals, and then reach farther to pursue their God-given calling and dreams.
Many women hesitate to invest time and energy into their own personal growth. Dr. Tsen has seen that when a woman physician or dentist takes the proactive step to work with a coach, the benefits multiply outward as that fresh energy and joy positively impact her family, patients, colleagues and everyone within her circle of influence.
Dr. Tsen began coaching several years ago after discovering coaching through a one-day seminar provided by CMDA. She began using a coaching approach in her relationships with the many medical students she has mentored over the years. Seeing the growing impact coaching had on the lives of students and feeling a call to pursue certification, Ann then undertook advanced training and now works as a professional coach focusing on women in medicine. In addition to being a member of CMDA’s Coaching Ministry Advisory Council, her CMDA leadership experience includes serving with her husband as campus advisors to the local CMDA student group, hosting monthly dinner meetings for students and graduates since 2001. She has also worked with the Women in Medicine and Dentistry ministry as an Advisory Council member and national conference worship leader. At the 2014 WIMD conference in Philadelphia, Ann presented a workshop on coaching. After meeting with several of the attendees during and after the conference, she gained new insights into the power of Christian coaching centered on the unique needs and challenges of women physicians and dentists.
In addition to coaching, Ann volunteers part time at a free Christian clinic for the underserved where she acts as a medical student preceptor and a member of the clinic leadership team. She has also worked as a staff physician and clinical instructor at VA Hospitals and volunteered for a year at a hospital in the Middle East. She and her physician husband have two college-aged children and live in the Pacific Northwest. Ann enjoys singing, cycling, gardening and walking on the beach.
“I was burning out as a physician and contemplating ways to quit medicine. Coaching completely turned this around. I went from being certain that I was done with medicine to becoming excited again about the ministry that God called me to. I am truly amazed at how quickly this transformation occurred. With a few direct questions and active listening, my coach helped me to clarify my jumbled thoughts. She pushed me to dream and imagine what my practice could possibly look like. Things that I didn’t think would ever happen are now taking place after just a few weeks.”
Ken Jones has been a member of CMDA’s field staff since 2004, serving as area director for the San Francisco Bay Area and Redding. He has been a pastor for 46 years and is a certified Physician Life Development Coach.
“A year ago I became the director of a busy hospital’s Pathology department, and all of a sudden my life became much more complex. I conversed (with my coach) over several weeks using Skype or telephone. He understands physicians and our challenges. He asks great, penetrating questions that cut right to the chase. Going through the process of coaching even helped me start coaching my own assistants, rather than solving all of their problems for them. Now, life is a lot less hectic.”