Meet Dr Mari

I am the wife of a pilot-turned-preacher and the happy mom of three terrific children. My life was transformed years ago through a heartfelt prayer on my knees. Since then, my work as a family physician turned into a ministry as I learned to care for people from the heart. I strive to care for the soul and minister to the spirit while treating the body. 

I am the author of four books, including Recapturing Joy in Medicine: A Coaching Manual for Physicians to Live Well and Lead Effectively. I am passionate about physician wellness, burnout prevention, and helping physicians thrive in a broken system in constant flux. I am a national expert and keynote speaker in these topics as well as advocacy and leadership development.

As a physician coach, I enjoy helping my colleagues develop their gifts and rediscover ways to greater contentment, meaning, and purpose in medicine and in life. My goal is to inspire healthcare professionals to see their work as vocation and reignite a sense of hope, vitality, and joy in serving others from full hearts. I seek to raise the bar for myself and others to achieve higher levels of personal and professional Excellence, Empowerment, and Equipping.

As a physician, I served as chief resident and as president of the Florida Association of Family Medicine Residents. I received the AMA Achievement Award, the AAFP Foundation Teacher Development Award, the Psychiatry Clinical Excellence & Research Award, and the Distinguished Graduate Award from the U.S. Air Force, among others. Over the years, I’ve experienced joy in medicine through genuine service and caring from the heart. As a colleague reminded me years ago, It is not unprofessional to be human with people. Indeed, as Rabbi and theologian Abraham Heschel wrote, In order to heal a person, you must first be a person.

As we care for people, our greatest gift is our humanity. Vulnerability, compassion, and genuine concern connect us and heal; they are powerful medicine for the heart, body, and soul.

As a family physician, I have worked in various practice settings, including inpatient and outpatient medicine, urgent care, corporate and military medicine, and faith-based practices. I have a passion for medical missions and caring for the underserved, and was blessed to serve on the Board of Directors of Grace Medical Home and help start this state-of-the-art nonprofit clinic for the uninsured. Its mission to see to it that no one misses the grace of God* is very close to my heart. I have served two full terms on the Board of Directors of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and am a graduate of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) Leadership Academy

In 2018, I was honored to help launch the FMA's statewide Healthy Living initiative (see VIDEO) and provided the keynote for physicians, Inspiring Change: Lifestyle choices made easier. I am blessed to collaborate with the FMA as a State expert in physician wellness and burnout prevention, and with other state and national organizations as well. To listen to my podcast interview with the CEO for the FMA, click HERE. It warmed my heart when he referred to my latest book, Recapturing Joy in Medicine, as "a love letter to the medical profession!" Indeed, it is that as well as a practical companion to a physician's practice and life.
It's been a privilege to serve as a presenter and founding faculty for the AAFP Physician Health & Wellbeing Conference for their first four national conferences. I have offered keynote presentations, workshops, and/or retreats for medical groups for over a decade, including the Minnesota Medical Association (closing keynote), American College of Cardiology, Orlando Health, Halifax Health, Advent Health, and more.

In recent years, I returned to my love of writing to spread hope, inspire, and heal. Now that Recapturing Joy in Medicine is available, I am thrilled to have this resource to expand what I can accomplish through coaching, speaking, teaching, small groups, workshops, consulting, book studies, retreats, and more!
In my writing and speaking ministry, I accept projects where I can Stir Hope, Ignite Faith, and Inspire Positive Action. Like Mother Teresa urged, I seek to do small things with great love.


Dr. Mari (Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever, MD)
Physician Coach Helping Docs Thrive
Specialized in physician wellness, leadership development, burnout prevention, and life-work integration

Learn more about my books, coaching, and speaking events on my WEBSITE

For speaking & book endorsements, videos, and interviews, click HERE

I'd love to hear from you! You may contact me HERE.

Learn more about how I help physicians as a coach in my article on KevinMD: Healing patients shouldn't be killing doctors

* Hebrews 12:15 

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