About Me

Who remembers the ‘ I am Joe’s [fill in organ]’ articles in Reader’s Digest way back when? They were my introduction to anatomy and physiology, and one of my inspirations for becoming a doctor (along with M*A*S*H and Star Trek). I found my niche working as a palliative care physician for 18 years, caring for terminally ill patients and their families in their homes for most of that time.


I’m also a wife, a mother of two, and a doctor recovering from chronic and acute depression. The most recent episode of the latter, a few years ago, ‘convinced’ me to retire from medical practice.


Health coaching has given me new and effective tools for getting well. I've become more self-compassionate, more present, more energetic and motivated, and healthier. Its principles continue to move me to my optimal health! I am now an ADAPT certified functional health coach, ready to help others with health challenges, and those who want to reinforce their wellbeing.

 As a health coach, a physician, and a patient, I know that attention to lifestyle helps, and that it can feel nearly impossible to make progress on your own! When you’re feeling overwhelmed by the work ahead, or stuck in a state of low motivation, coaching provides inspiration, support and accountability to make those small, essential and cumulative steps toward wellness.  


Ottawa, Ontario


©2020 by Virginia Hurdon