The Experts

The following physicians are available as speakers on the topics of burnout and physician wellness.

  • Rebekah Bernard, M.D.
    Rebekah Bernard, M.D., is owner of Gulf Coast Direct Primary in Fort Myers and a physician wellness expert, author and speaker. Dr. Bernard has delivered presentations about physician wellness to county and specialty societies across Florida, and she has been selected by national organizations such as the Association of Interventional Pain Management Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to address the topic of burnout. Dr. Bernard is a Delegate to the FMA from the Collier County Medical Society.
    Email: GulfCoastDPC@gmail.com
    Website: https://www.rebekahbernard.com 
  • Martha E. Brown, M.D.
    Dr. Brown is Associate Medical Director of Professionals Resource Network and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, in the Addiction Medicine Division. She is a national expert on controlled substance “misprescribing” and areas of professionalism.
    Email: marthabrown@ufl.edu
    Website: http://www.drmarthabrown.com/
  • Gabriela Cora, M.D, DFAPA, M.H.A., M.B.A.
    Dr. Cora is Medical Director in Behavioral Health for the Northeast and Southeast U.S. for Aetna, and author of “Leading Under Pressure: Strategies to Avoid Burnout, Increase Energy, and Improve Your Well-Being.”
    Email: drgabycora@me.com
    Website: http://www.drgabycora.com/
  • Lisa Merlo-Greene, Ph.D., M.P.E.
    Lisa Merlo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Assistant Residency Program Director for Psychotherapy Training, and Director of Research for the UF Health Florida Recovery Center. She also serves as Director of Research for PRN. Her research is concerned with psychosocial factors related to the prevention and treatment of addiction and the promotion of recovery.
    http://psychiatry.ufl.edu/lisa-merlo-greene-phd-mpe/
  • Alexis Polles, M.D.
    Dr. Polles is Medical Director for Professionals Resource Network. She has more than 30 years of experience working with physicians and healthcare practitioners who have addictive and psychiatric disorders. Professional burnout is one of Dr. Polles' special areas of interest.
    http://www.flprn.org/staff-senior-management
  • Carmella M. Sebastian, M.D., M.S.
    Dr. Sebastian is Senior Medical Director for Client Clinical Solutions and a nationally known wellness educator and speaker. She has more than 15 years of experience developing and implementing worksite wellness programs and has been a top-level healthcare industry leader for more than 20 years.
    Email: Carmella.Sebastian@bcbsfl.com
    Website: http://harmonmarino.com/edutainment-speakers/dr-carmella-sebastian/
  • Jerry Williamson, M.D., FAAP, M.J. CHC, L.H.R.M.
    Independent consultant and a frequently requested speaker on such topics as Healthcare Compliance, Patient Safety and Medical Error Prevention, and Physician Burnout. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine, Family Medicine Residency Program.
    Email: jwchsi@outlook.com
  • Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever, M.D.
    Dr. Sánchez Wohlever, a family medicine physician, is owner of Impact Writing & Coaching and a national expert in physician wellness and burnout prevention. She is a frequent conference speaker as well as a physician coach who specializes in clinician wellness, leadership development and life-work integration. A graduate of the FMA’s Karl M. Altenburger, M.D. Physician Leadership Academy, Dr. Sánchez Wohlever has served as a Delegate to the FMA and written in-depth articles about burnout for Florida Medical Magazine.
    Email: faithfulMD@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.faithfulmd.wordpress.com/

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