Frequently Asked Questions
Does insurance cover your appointments?
Insurance covers all medical and genetic counseling appointments.
What types of patients do you normally see?
In Worcester I see newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families, patients who are concerned about their risk of breast cancer, patients with all forms of breast disease including pain, masses, and cancer worries as well as patients with all types of general surgical issues such as gallbladder disease, abdominal pain, and skin lesions.
In my private practice I aid people who desire coaching to live a better life or need to improve their work environment. Primarily I coach other physicians but also work with other people who work in healthcare.
I am privileged to help many patients and families with end of life issues.
In the past I have coached those with career and/or family burnout, mild depression, nutritional and weight issues, and adjustment and transition issues.
What types of clients do you normally see?
My coaching clients are motivated and intelligent and either want, need or have to change one or many aspects of their life.
What is coaching or life coaching?
I trained at The Coaches Training Institute and I wholeheartedly believe in their response: “CTI coaching holds that people are naturally creative, resourceful and whole – completely capable of finding their own answers to whatever challenges they face. The job of a Co-Active Coach® is to ask powerful questions, listen and empower to elicit the skills and creativity a client already possesses, rather than instruct or advise.”
Coaching allows people to live life in accordance with their values.
Coaching is done most commonly on the phone in 2-3 one hour sessions per month.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
Coaching is based on your present life and getting to the future that you want. Therapy is about healing the past to be more comfortable in the present. Yes, sometimes these areas do overlap. I have professional training in coaching and therapy.
What is your consulting business?
My expertise is in genetic testing. I counsel people who may have inherited forms of cancer. I also travels the United States teaching other surgeons, physicians and health care providers regarding who and how to test for genetic-related cancers.
Where will we meet?
For breast or general surgery issues we meet at my offices at
St. Vincent’s Hospital — 123 Summer Street — Worcester, MA 01608
Phone (508) 368-3190
I do much of the coaching and the healthcare advocacy in Boston, MA, Providence, RI, South Coast Massachusetts and most frequently on the phone.
How long are sessions?
Coaching sessions are in general about 45 to 60 minutes long. Medical and surgical appointments range from 15-60 minutes. Each patient and client gets focused individual attention from me. For my coaching clients I am available by phone, email and text.
Can you write prescriptions?
Can you help with hospice care?
I can work with you and hospice to help you through end of life issues.
What do you speak and teach about?
I speak about self-care, breast disease and cancer, yoga, cancer genetics and stress management.
I teach about tools for self-care and nurturing ourselves and others and stressing less.
I teach yoga classes based on vinyasa flow and trauma-sensitive techniques.
I also am grateful to teach medical students from UMASS and students from MCPHS and residents from Harvard’s BI/Deaconess, UMASS and from Tufts/St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center surgical residency programs.