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    Meet the Doctor Coaches

    Are you a physician who finds yourself in a place of uncertainty, or uncharted territory? You know something isn’t quite right, but don’t know what to do or how to fix it? You are faced with an opportunity and wonder what to do. That is a place we have rarely found ourselves along our career paths, but it is more common than often spoken about. As physicians, we are high performers and trained in a manner of self-reliance and isolationism. We all have beliefs that aren’t true but seem so. It can be hard to ask for help, to disclose the stuff that makes us feel vulnerable. Will I be judged? I am not as good at this as they are. I’m not as happy as they are.

    We create space, safety, and listening without judgement, to re-connect you with your values and strengths and what is most important to you.

    We are physicians working to help physicians.

    We understand what it is like to walk in your shoes. The complexity of our medical training creates high self-expectations that make it difficult to be our best selves. As physicians, we find ourselves having to balance many competing priorities, overburdened by below-grade administrative tasks, and struggling to leave work at work and be present with those we care about most deeply. We can be plagued by self-defeating thoughts that stifle growth and fuel a fixed mindset.

    As your coaches, we’ll create a confidential and sacred space to listen intently and non-judgmentally. We will support you as you grow into your best self. Together, we’ll co-create solutions to roadblocks or important aspirations. As a seasoned physician leaders, we coach both on leadership challenges, to unlock your authentic leadership style, and on building resilience to the demands of physician life. We help busy and overburdened physicians re-connect to the joy in medicine and your sense of meaning, accomplishment, and purpose.

    John D. Roof MD, CPE, PCC

    John Roof is a family medicine physician, leader, and certified coach. Over his 30-year career, he has served as a clinician, and VP Medical Director of a 230-member multispecialty group for a large health system in the Midwest where he currently serves as the Medical Director of Provider Development.

    After medical school at the University of Iowa (MD), he trained in family medicine and has been a practicing clinician for more than 30 years. During his career, he has served as consultant, mentor, and teacher, and is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE). John is proud to be a Navy veteran.

    He received his professional and executive coaching training through the University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management and is certified through the International Coaching Federation (ACC). He has coached more than 50 physicians on such topics as work-life balance, leadership development, emotional intelligence, growth mindset, and working with self-limiting beliefs.

    “I wish to expand my love of coaching; that sacred safe space where I am fully committed to the client I am serving, where the trust of that partnership becomes the driving force of the coaching. I sought an opportunity to re-invent myself through coaching. I came to coaching out of the realization that there is a powerful dimension in one’s ability to self-solve problems with a coach serving as a thinking partner. My task is not to solve problems but provide the space for one to be honest, vulnerable, and discover roadblocks which then lead to solutions for a desired change. I find the relationships I develop in the safety of coaching and the meaning and value it brings to the client are the rewards of this work.”

    Bradley E. Barth MD, ACC

    Brad is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and an Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. He works to help faculty develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to be successful in academic medicine and to create the environment where they can be happy along the way. His work focuses on fostering a space where success is inevitable. Recently he has been building a school wide faculty mentoring program to ensure everyone has access to a mentoring team.

    Following graduation from KU (MD) he was a US Navy flight surgeon. After the Navy, he completed his training in emergency medicine at UCSF-Fresno. Prior to moving to a full-time academic practice 2012, he worked with a private EM group in Kansas City. He received his professional and executive coaching training through the University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management as well as a masters in Leadership and Organizational Design. He is certified through the International Coaching Federation (ACC) and has also trained as a Minds at Work© facilitator and is certified in Leadership Circle Profile© and Leadership Culture Survey©.

    Brad’s Coaching Journey

    I was still in private practice when I began volunteering with a high-ropes and challenge course at a camp near Kansas City in 2008. I loved the experience of taking someone to the edge of their perceived limits, then working with them to push through those mental barriers. My interest in personal growth and leadership development grew and I decided the best way to incorporate that into my life was to become an academic physician. Since 2012, I’ve been working in faculty development and working to integrate a coaching mindset into my teaching and leading. In 2016, I took the plunge and began my certification training in Executive Coaching at the University of Texas, Dallas School of Business. I have been a member of the International Coaching Federation since 2017 and strongly support their ideals for behaviors, ethics, and performance for coaching.

    I have worked with dozens of clients on their journey to success. I have researched coaching outcomes and presented coaching topics internationally. As a coach, we will clarify your goals, uncover and overcome the barriers, and plot a course to achievement. I believe strongly that understanding what is important to you and using that as a point of focus will lead to success and happiness.


    With coaching, you can push your career to the next level. It is the place where in complete confidence, you can fully disclose your doubts, your apprehensions, and your imperfections. Together, we will address the barriers to your success and find a direction to move forward through this challenging time.

    Why The Doctor Coaches?

    We believe physicians have a unique set of skills, experiences, and responsibilities. As physicians, we understand the complexities of balancing caring for patients and maintaining your own wellness. As coaches we can bring that unique understanding to our clients to enable to them to reach new levels of success.

    What is different about coaching?

    With a coach serving as a thinking partner there is a powerful dimension in one’s ability to self-solve directional goals or problems, rather than teaching, advising, or mentoring.

    How does coaching work?

    Coaching occurs through reflective language, curiosity, and creating awareness that doesn’t generally get explored with conventional conversations.

    What do coaches do?

    Coaches help clients discover, clarify, and align with their goals by generating self-discovery, eliciting client-generated solutions and strategies, and then holding the client responsible and accountable.

    How can coaching help?

    Coaching helps clients improve their outlook on work and life, while developing their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.

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