The SMILE Scale: A Tool for Health

To be healthier, we don't need more information. We need a system. This keynote provides a simple strategy to prioritize our physical and mental health. 


  • Understand five key components of healthy living

  • Build a consistent approach to prioritize health

  • Identify areas for healthier living

  • Learn about concrete strategies to form new healthy habits

Cultivating Compassion in Medicine

Showing compassion to patients is not only essential for patients we serve, but also helps us as clinicians connect to our humanity. In this talk: 


  • Learn why compassion matters

  • Build skills to communicate with intention and clarity

  • Discover new approaches to connect with the patients 

  • Learn strategies to reflect on patient care and your own humanity 

Recent presentations:


  • Cultivating compassion in medicine. Presented at the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) Annual Meeting, March 29, 2020. 

  • Prioritizing our health during COVID-19. Virtually presented to Rush Generations (a health community of approximately 6000 adults) on April 27, 2020. 

  • A simple tool for clinical health. Presented at the Aurora Advocate Annual Nursing Conference, October 29, 2020, Chicago, IL.

Podcast appearances:

  • Admissions Straight Talk by Linda Abraham, on May 7, 2019

  • Mental health stigma in medicine.. Burnt Out to Lit Up by Joy Energy Time, on June 5, 2019


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