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 passionate about physician wellness, burnout prevention, and helping healthcare professionals thrive in a broken system in constant flux. 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. My goal is 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. Yet, I’ve learned that true joy does not come from awards or recognition but 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. I had the privilege of helping 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 serve on the Board of Directors of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and am a graduate of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) Leadership Academy

Speaking of the FMA, I was honored to help launch their statewide Healthy Living initiative (see VIDEO) and provided the keynote for physicians, Inspiring Change: Lifestyle choices made easier. I also helped plan the 2018 FMA Physician Wellness workshop and provided the keynote for Florida physicians. I am blessed to collaborate with the FMA as a State expert in physician wellness and burnout prevention and with various other state and national organizations as well. I look forward to returning to the 2nd Annual AAFP Family Physician Health & Wellbeing Conference as faculty in 2019.

In recent years, I returned to my love of writing to spread hope, inspire, and heal. I am in the exciting process of publishing my fourth book! 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 now seek to do small things with great love.


Dr. Mari (Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever, MD)
Physician Wellness & Leadership Coach
Board-certified Family Physician
Author. Medical Editor. Inspirer.

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

For keynote/book endorsements, videos, & interviews, click HERE

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

My Poem for Physicians

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