Meet Bev!

Hi, I'm Dr. Beverly Joyce. For 25+ years I have loved being a women's doctor. However, as a woman physician and a mom, I struggled to balance career and family, and I found myself feeling anxious, guilty, and inadequate pretty much all of the time. When I was at home, I was thinking about which patient might go into labor, and when I was at the hospital, I was thinking about the soccer game or school function I was missing.  The term "burned out" doesn't even begin to describe the misery I was feeling. And I felt guilty and ashamed for feeling so miserable! After all, this was the career path I chose!  But, it ended up being an unhealthy and non-sustainable way to live. 

Through coaching, therapy and some deep soul-searching, I gave up obstetrics and the crazy hours that go with it, to work part-time doing gynecologic procedures, infertility, and well-woman care.  I love coaching my patients on wellness strategies, and stress and lifestyle management, in addition to their medical conditions, especially perimenopause and menopause.  After going through my own menopause experience, and not realizing that the anxiety I felt was related, I became a Certified Menopause Practitioner through The Menopause Society (previously the North American Menopause Society.) And with my expertise in women's health, physician burnout, and midlife search for purpose, I developed my signature program for women physicians who may be struggling. 

The struggle is real and is made more difficult by the expectations we place upon ourselves, the secrecy we maintain about our own physical and mental health, and the shame we feel for not being able to manage it all. The belief we have that we need to be everything for everybody is deep-seated as are many other things we think we "should" be doing.  We will analyze these thoughts and rewrite the script!

With my training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kaiser-San Francisco residency, as well as years of clinical experience in various settings, including Kaiser, Stanford, and private practice, I can offer a unique perspective on different practice models. As a former department chair and member of the Medical Executive Committee, I understand the responsibilities and conflicts facing physician leaders. As a physician mom, I know the pain and guilt of being pulled in multiple directions at once.

In addition, as part of my burnout journey,  I became a HeartMath Certified trainer. Through breathing practice and mindset, this particular set of techniques helps me manage stress and the negative effects of cortisol on the body. Unlike meditation, these techniques can be used in the moment when stress hits. They can give you a sense of "alert calm," and open the intuitive and creative channels of your mind. With regular practice, you will be able to de-stress more quickly, sleep better, be more creative, and enjoy life with a more balanced attitude. I would love to share what I know about this with you. 

My Coaching Philosophy

Unlike therapy, which often revolves around your past, coaching is focused in the present and in the future.  Yes, your past is important, because it has shaped who you are, created your thoughts, beliefs and habits, and it gives you insight into the patterns you developed as a result of your lived experiences. But as we examine those thought patterns which may not be serving you, and are keeping you stuck, you will learn how to reframe, reorient, and move forward with new awareness, gratitude,  intention, and excitement. 

Through coaching, your life going forward will be better aligned with your values, and through this process of alignment, you will begin to take those first courageous steps on your journey to finding more joy! In a coaching relationship, unlike therapy, YOU are the expert in your life!  You will do the work! Your coach is your thought partner, and I will work WITH you, to help you explore your dreams, find new perspectives, and become the woman you always knew you could be! 

Let's Chat about your future!