Show up in your life as you were meant to and live the life you choose--your best life now.


Cathi Whaley, MD 

Hi. I'm Cathi Whaley, MD

Founder of Freedom For Physicians


This is my Story


Growing up in central Arkansas, I dreamt of becoming a physician. All of my pursuits led to me completing an Internal Medicine residency, then a Hospice and Palliative Care fellowship, and finally becoming a practicing physician in these disciplines.  


Fast forward eight years when I found myself overrun in life and fully disconnected from myself; perceived quality of life was very poor. I had symptoms of acute stress disorder, nightmares about COVID. This life as a physician was misery and I felt angry.  I still loved caring for patients but found myself thinking,

“what price am I paying as I serve in this way? What price is my family paying?” 

I felt trapped, stuck.  I truly believed that I had no power or control to change the path of my life.  I contemplated leaving medicine.  Moments came where it seemed that in order to save myself, to be unstuck, to be the person I wanted to be, I needed to burn down this life-long dream. I didn’t want to be a doctor anymore but did not feel it could be changed. I was a Hospitalist, a Hospice and Palliative Care physician, and a leader.  I spent my life training for this reality and I truly believe I possessed no other skill sets.

I had a successful career with leadership growth and yet I was drowning in this career choice. I kept telling myself "life will get better soon." You know what?

It never did.  The finish line always seemed to move.  

I started receiving life-coaching and training through the self-coaching scholars program and like a thunderclap I realized that although I could not "control" the various circumstances, my agency was within...I truly had the power to achieve my own metamorphosis and feel better.  I decided it was time to break free from my self-imposed limitations and step into the person I was always meant to be — confident and free to live the life I’ve always imagined. 

As I started feeling better, I was able to tune into the suffering of the entire medical community.  Healthcare workers were leaving the profession at alarming rates.   When faced with the thought, "I can either stay in this profession or save myself," many healthcare workers are continuing to leave, seeking the elusive "feel better feelings."  

Now it is my privilege, as a certified life coach, to help YOU learn to think with intention, live life with purpose, and create your best life now regardless of the circumstances.   



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