August 17, 2017

Heather
Thinking about leaving clinical medicine has been a sensitive topic professionally and personally– as I’ve been surrounded by discouragement to even consider it. So, I truly appreciate your respectful and confidential approach. Reaching out to you has been one of the best decisions I’ve made this year. I am very excited about your suggestion to pursue medical writing and think it’s the creative outlet I need that doesn’t require a complete make-over of my skills. Hopefully, this will allow me the “out” of clinical medicine when I am ready for it. Thanks so much for all your encouragement and guidance.

- Pediatric Sub Specialist, Illinois

  • Dear Heather,

    Thank you so much for our meeting yesterday.  I came away from our discussion feeling as if I had been given “permission” to be and accept my true self.  I felt a little blue at first, realizing how much of my persona and path has been dictated by the “shoulds”.  But taking the first steps in accepting my true wants and interests is starting to feel freeing and energizing.

    You had mentioned tele-psychiatry, and my first reaction was the same as it has always been–no way.  When I examined my aversion further, I realized it is based entirely on the “shoulds” and image and being a “real” doctor.  But the more I consider it, the more it makes sense for me. No commute?  Check!   No overhead?  Check check!    Less face-to-face with people?  Now you’re talking!  I think most of patients would be receptive.

    I can see myself moving in a direction to gradually transition my practice to my home, still incorporating and expanding a medical writing venture as well.  I have much to consider, but have a renewed vigor for life and for my future. Thank you!  I am still looking forward to our upcoming meetings and intend to look at your scheduler ASAP.

    - ES, Psychiatrist

  • I knew I needed a change. I had been thinking about it for years. I was burnt out, less effective than I had ever been, and my life was totally out of balance. But to what and how? Fortunately, as I was surfing the net one night after a long , irritating day at work, I came across the Doctor’s Crossing website. I came back to it several times before I finally emailed Heather. That simple action turned out to be a life-altering moment. Heather helped me look at my career and my personal life from a holistic perspective, as pieces of a grand puzzle that needed to fit together in a coordinated harmony.  She taught me ways in which I could preserve my identity as a healer and activist while also  being kind to myself. She helped me envision my future path and then supported me as I changed directions. When I needed a new skill to navigate through the challenges, she taught  me. When I had to make a difficult decision, she provided me with  the information and contacts I needed. When I was scared and doubtful, she was my cheerleader. I love my new career! I am happy at work and at home. I’m certainly living a healthier lifestyle than I ever have. I am working less hours with less stress and making twice the money. I couldn’t have done it without her! When I need to make  significant career decisions in the future, you can bet that I will use her services  again and again and again!

    - BB, Physician Cleveland, Ohio

  • I did not know what a Life Coach was until I learned about Heather Fork a year ago. Since that time I have “met” with Heather regularly. Her program has really been a Godsend. Heather is someone I can really rely on and openly share with. She has been instrumental in helping me attain my goals and finding balance in my personal and professional life. She has made a real difference in my life! I strongly and without reservation recommend her as a coach.

    - Dermatologist, Miami, Florida

  • Hi Heather,

    So after talking with you last week things have been going much better. I think just talking with you and doing those exercises really helped me a lot. Also doing the Enneagram personality test made me realize a lot about myself. I think I was just overwhelmed with the stress of residency and was letting my anxiety get the best of me. Now that I’m studying harder I think I’ll do just fine with my specialty. Thank you again for all your help. It’s amazing how much the 1 hour was able to do for me! I will definitely recommend you to anyone else I know who seems to be having doubts about their career.

    - LM PGY-II

  • If it weren’t for Dr. Heather Fork, I would still be the frustrated physician I became over the years …of what I viewed to be diminishing fulfillment in the practice of medicine… and a cup half empty. I was introduced to Heather through a fellow physician, and so began my journey back to feeling inspired about my career and purpose in life. Heather’s calm, compassionate presence was a welcome invitation. I felt authentically heard for the 1st time in years. Starving for any improvement in my life at work, Heather fed me on a wave of discovery through thoughtful questions and mind-opening personality testing. This allowed me to re-connect with my inner self. The result was that my past and present began to integrate into an exciting future where my talents and experiences are combined, allowing me to offer help for people in ways that have since energized my existence into a cup near-full. I was so impressed with what Heather had to offer that I decided to embark on the very same training she went through to become a co-active coach. Her passionate support gave me the courage to move forward, and I remain forever grateful for her contribution to my feeling fulfilled on a daily basis! Thanks Heather!!

    - Marijke Hallberg, MD