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Episode 18: Can You Hear What Your Heart is Saying?

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“What unmet need are you trying to fill with this behavior or by doing this?”, asks Heather Fork, MD, MCC. Heather is a former dermatologist turned ICF Master Certified Coach. She provides career coaching for physicians at the crossroads of change through her company Doctor’s Crossing. Heather helps physicians strategize and figure out what path they truly want to take with their careers. 

Heather explains that her own catalytic moment occurred over time. When she first realized she was unhappy in her dermatology career, she didn’t change everything all at once. She decided it was better not to make decisions from a place of uncertainty or fear, but rather take the time to feel things out and make incremental changes. 

Eventually, she found her calling as a career coach, starting her own business to help other physicians at the crossroads of their careers. She explains that while she does guide her clients, the answers to what they are seeking already exist within them. Once they are able to see their fears and motivations and understand what their hearts really want, the path becomes clear.

Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst to hear more about how to listen to your heart rather than your fears and how to flip the script when thinking about problems you may be facing in your career.

About Heather Fork MD, MCC of Doctor's Crossing:

​​Dr. Heather Fork is a former dermatologist and Founder of the Doctor’s Crossing, a company that offers career coaching for physicians at the white coat crossroads. As an ICF master certified coach, she helps physicians find greater happiness and fulfillment in their careers both in clinical practice and nonclinical positions.

Heather hosts the popular Doctor’s Crossing Carpe Diem Podcast and is passionate about making the career transformation process doable, fun, and accessible to as many physicians as possible.

In This Episode We're Talking About:

  • You can find your own answers.
  • It’s OK to get advice from others and see what others are doing but in the end you want to find out what is right for you.
  • Starting to listen for guidance is a great first step.


  • “I think of it as making decisions from a place of strength, or making decisions from a place of trust in yourself and confidence rather than fear based decisions. So with a lot of my clients, we’re looking at what their fears are.” (9:56-10:11 | Heather)


  • “If you listen to the story, there’s a momentum to it. And if you just ask a few questions that keep getting the person back to what really matters to them, they find their own answers.” (15:40-15:55 | Heather)


  • “Those answers are all inside of you and I love being able to walk alongside and just help people feel their feelings and find their truth. It’s like mining for gold, the gold is always there, we just have to be willing to look.” (16:30-16:46 | Heather)


  • “What unmet need are you trying to fill with this behavior or by doing this?” (17:59-18:08 | Heather)


  • “Often that question of why is this the best thing that happened to you when it’s a bad thing? People can be offended by that, but when they really know you’re coming from a place of helping them it can be a powerful question.” (28:36-28:48 | Heather)

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About The Catalyst Host, Dr. Lara Salyer:

I worked as a family physician for 15 years until burnout changed the trajectory of my career. I realized I wanted to start a holistic functional medicine practice in my rural hometown and made it happen. In addition to practicing functional medicine, I now mentor practitioners who are looking to change their paths in healthcare by using what I refer to as the “Catalyst Roadmap”. I share each step of this framework with listeners so that they may apply it to their careers, relationships, personal goals, and projects. 

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