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Meet the Center for Provider Wellbeing Team

The professionals who staff the Center for Provider Wellbeing are dedicated to improving the lives of physicians, nurses and other medical providers as part of FirstHealth's Core Purpose - To Care for People.


Meet Our Team


Karen D. Sullivan, Ph.D., ABPP, Medical Chief, Center for Provider Wellbeing

Karen D. Sullivan, Ph.D., ABPP is a board-certified neuropsychologist and licensed psychologist. She obtained her doctoral degree from Boston University and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Boston Veteran’s Hospital through Harvard Medical School. She was an Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Medicine prior to moving to the Sandhills.

In addition to her position with the Foundation of FirstHealth, Dr. Sullivan is the owner of Pinehurst Neuropsychology Brain & Memory Clinic and the I CARE FOR YOUR BRAIN education program. Dr. Sullivan has published several peer-reviewed articles related to brain health including Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. She has devoted her career to improving the lives of people using evidence-based interventions.

Dr. Sullivan finds her wellness in striving for balance between her strong sense of service with connections in nature and with her family, friends and cat, Stan.



Jodi Strange, Wellness Coach

Jodi Strange is a certified life coach with 20 years of experience. Trained and certified through the Coach Training Alliance, she is continuously looking for opportunities to further her education whether experiential or further certification in the field of neuroscience.

Ms. Strange spent more than eight years battling a stress-induced auto-immune disease, so Jodi not only has professional expertise and knowledge to coach those with burn out and stress, she has experiential and first-hand knowledge of the consequences of stress and how to manage the very thing that is pervasive in the health care community.

Jodi’s purpose here at the Center for Provider Wellness is to provide support and guidance to all providers and staff at FirstHealth with a focus on the nursing community. 

Jodi is the proud human of two dogs, Stan and Charlie, the latter being an important member of the FirstHealth family as a staff therapy dog and support for the Parkinson’s Support Group here at FirstHealth. Jodi is also the proud mother of a daughter, Samantha, 20. 



Wayne M. Sotile, Ph.D., Consulting Psychologist

Clinical psychologist Wayne M. Sotile, Ph.D.. is a pioneer in the field of work/life balance and resilience for high-performing health professionals and their families.  He and his group have coached and counseled more than 45,000 high performers and consulted with 400 leading corporations. He has delivered over 7,000 keynotes to professional and lay audiences worldwide, including invited addresses to the Medtronic, Inc. sales force, Bayer Pharmaceutical senior leadership, American Medical Association, International Conference on Physician Resilience, the Million Dollar Roundtable, the Entrepreneurship Institute, Conde Nast Publishers, Federal Express, State Farm Insurance Co., numerous health care organizations and specialty societies, and countless Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Sotile has authored or co-authored nine books including  Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back and Thriving Physicians: Avoiding Burnout and Shaping Resilience Throughout a Medical Career (forthcoming, 2017) His work is featured frequently in the international print media and on national television, including appearances on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and Dateline NBC.

Educated at Louisiana State University, University of South Carolina, and Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Sotile is a former faculty member at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is the Founder of the Sotile Center for Resilience and the Center for Physician Resilience, in Davidson, North Carolina.



Rebecca Sotile Fallon, M.S., C.W.C., Executive Coach

Clinical and Health psychologist Rebecca Sotile Fallon, M.S., C.W.C. has worked with healthcare providers for the past 15 years.  She is the Editor-in-Chief of “The Resilient Physician Newsletter” and the co-author of Understanding Your Pacemaker or Defibrillator: What Patients and Families Need to Know (with David Hayes, the former Chair of the Department of Cardiology, Mayo Clinic).  Rebecca is also a Certified Wellness Coach and lectures nationally on psychosocial aspects of medical care and work/life balance for busy healthcare professionals.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a B.A. in psychology, Rebecca obtained a Masters of Science degree in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Florida.

From 2003-2014, Rebecca worked with Medtronic, the world’s leading manufacturer of implantable cardiac devices. There, she served as Clinical Specialist in cardiac devices and became renowned as an expert on quality of life issues for medical patients. Most recently, Rebecca’s work with Medtronic involved planning and executing national medical educational symposia on cardiac patient management.

Currently, Rebecca serves as Director of Wellness for the Sotile Center for Resilience and the Center for Physician Resilience, in Davidson, North Carolina, where she coordinates and delivers wellness services to a diverse population of health professionals and continues her national presence as a speaker and consultant to health organizations.

An engaging and dynamic speaker, Rebecca’s presentations combine descriptions of evidence-based tactics and strategies for promoting physician resilience; practical advice for managing the constant changes affecting healthcare workplaces today; and “from the trenches” advice about what differentiates healthcare professionals who thrive from colleagues who flounder in burnout and disillusionment.  Rebecca has also developed a niche in presenting to high-powered professional women about their unique resilience challenges, and how simple strategies can combat burnout and dispel “the myth of the balanced life.”



Colleen Dolgan, R.N., M.A., Consultant, Innovation and Strategies

Colleen Dolgan has more than 20 years of experience as a corporate executive overseeing the organization and training functions. She started up employee and leadership development programs, provided introductory training for performance improvement, change and culture management, and led the culture transition for a healthcare merger. Colleen has also served in various faculty positions at Cleveland State University, OH, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN, and Cuyahoga Community College-Corporate College, OH. Colleen has experience leading and executing as a senior learning executive for over 36,000 employees. She oversaw the functions for mentoring, employee and leadership development, e-technology, onboarding, strategic education, organization development, and career development. Additionally, she oversaw the start-up training function for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and developed leadership academies for both physicians and nurses. She specialized in designing various team building events, assessments, coaching and new executive assimilation. She is a sought-after presenter on topics including evidence-based leadership, communications, team development, personality, change, diversity, strategic thinking, and executing change.

Following her tenure as Cleveland Clinic’s senior learning officer, Colleen launched her own consulting practice in April 2010. She is an executive coach to current and high potential leaders and physicians. She is a co-author for articles related to organizational development and has authored numerous self-study packets, videotapes, and classroom curriculums. She has consulted with physicians and medical school faculty for leadership, communication, and performance management skills. Colleen was the instrumental force behind the development of our FirstHealth Physician Leadership Academy and continues to contribute to provider well-being efforts.



Keith McDaniel, M. Div., MFT, AAMCT, Marriage and family therapist

Keith McDaniel has been a psychotherapist for 35 years. His early training was in systems theory, which views individuals and families as being part of a larger system. If you can change the larger system, the individual or family has no choice but to change.

This early training carried over into workplace systems and organizational structures of all types. Keith has worked in the employee assistance and medical fields providing grief counseling. In private practice, he specializes in men’s issues, father loss and couples’ therapy. Keith has presented workshops nationally and internationally. His book entitled “Invisible Heroes,” was published in 2017.

He is working on a new book about the continuation of the soul. He is available for private counseling at his Pinehurst office.




The Center for Provider Wellbeing is housed within the Foundation of FirstHealth at 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Call us at 910-715-4229 or email 

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