What Is Health Coaching?

Health coaching at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Concierge Medicine Practice uses a patient-centered, evidence-based approach wherein patients decide their goals, engage in self-discovery, and self-monitor behaviors to increase accountability. Mass General health coaches display unconditional positive regard for their patients and a belief in their capacity for change, honoring the fact that each is an expert on their own life. Health coaches meet patients exactly where they are on their lifestyle journey and support them in uncovering their desire to be well, ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental.

Possible areas of focus:

  • Stress management
  • Work/life balance
  • Exercise, recovery and sleep
  • Mind-body connection
  • Personal or professional development, including finding a sense of purpose
  • Major life transition, including retirement, death, divorce, or an injury
  • Relationships and communication issues
  • Physical environment (home, geography, work setting, etc.)

Sample engagement includes:

  • Initial 45-minute session followed by five to seven follow-up sessions (30-45 minutes) over a three- to six-month* period
  • Extend up to 10 sessions total/year
  • In-person or virtual sessions

* Frequency of sessions will be customized based on patient's needs, goals, and preferences.

Meet Our Health Coaches

Lisa Keer

Lisa Keer

Lisa is a National Board-certified Health and Wellness Coach and a certified personal trainer/Pilates instructor. Her background includes corporate experience in several industries. Lisa completed her health coach training through Duke Integrative Medicine’s Coaching Certification program and her MS in Communications at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. She is a competitive dressage rider, and she and her husband enjoy cross country skiing and gardening.

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Kate Stella

Kate Stella

As a National Board-certified Health and Wellness Coach and graduate of Duke Integrative Medicine's Coaching Certification program, Kate has deep knowledge of behavioral change theory and health coaching methodology. Kate also holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia and a BA from Bates College. In her free time, Kate enjoys yoga, experimenting with plant-based cooking, and exploring the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons.

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