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Meet the Center for Wellbeing Team
The professionals who staff the Center for 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 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.
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.”
The Center for Wellbeing is housed within the Foundation of FirstHealth at 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Call us at (910) 695-7512 or email email@example.com.