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Protecting Mental Health: An Essential Component of Clinical Care

December 14, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

Self-Regulation: Exploring How Acknowledging Emotions Can Create Effective Solutions

In the Healing the Healer Series, we recognize that medical knowledge and technical skills are insufficient to prevent mental health challenges and produce well-rounded physicians. To optimize one’s mental health, we must acknowledge healing and growth’s personal and professional components. In this session, we will discuss (and utilize) coaching and EFT Tapping (an evidence-based mind-body technique) to help you acknowledge and regulate emotional states that may prevent you from showing up as your best self.

1 CME Credit Offered


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Melissa Hankins, MD, CPC

Melissa Hankins, MD, CPC is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, certified executive coach, and trauma informed Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT Tapping) practitioner. She is the founder and CEO of  Melissa Hankins Coaching, where she coaches physicians and other high-performers who may “look  great on the outside” but are struggling on the inside. Her clients typically struggle with burnout,  perfectionism, workaholism, and “trying to do all the things” and feeling completely overwhelmed in the  process while doing their best not to show it. She supports her clients in identifying and releasing the  limiting beliefs and patterns of behavior that no longer serve them, helping them rediscover and  reconnect to their authentic self as they move forward to create the life and lifestyle they truly desire to  live, both inside and outside of work. 

In addition to leading her own coaching organization, Dr Hankins also serves as faculty for The Academy  of Creative Coaching, an ICF-accredited coach training organization. 

In her roles as both coach and educator, Dr Hankins is committed to helping others understand the  impacts that early childhood experiences (including experiences that may or may not be considered  traumatic in the traditional sense) have in the shaping of their thought and behavior patterns and the  subsequent results in their adult lives. She is also dedicated to teaching and supporting them in  developing skills to shift these patterns to create more desirable outcomes in their professional and  personal lives. 

Dr Melissa Hankins received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, then went on to attend  Boston University School of Medicine for medical school. She attended Harvard Longwood Psychiatry  Residency Program in Boston MA to complete her psychiatry residency, and went on to work in various  clinical settings, holding leadership roles for outpatient teams and as Medical Director of an Adult  Partial Hospital. In addition, Dr Hankins was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to the Board  of Registration of Medicine, the governmental body that licenses and oversees all physicians in the  Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Dr Hankins obtained her executive coach certification from the Graduate Executive Coaching Program at  William James College in Boston MA. She has received extensive training (including that which focuses  on trauma) over the past decade in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT Tapping), and is completing  her certification through EFT International, the largest accredited EFT organization in the world.  

In addition to providing individual and group coaching, Dr Hankins has led interactive workshops and  spoken at several healthcare and coaching organizations and corporations, including Weill-Cornell  Medical, Stanford Medical School, University of California-Davis Health, Harvard Institute of Coaching, and Microsoft, as well as having her writing featured on KevinMD and MedPageToday. She has also appeared on numerous podcasts discussing issues related to burnout, stress, trauma, perfectionism,  managing emotions, and mindset.  

You can connect with Dr Melissa Hankins on LinkedIn at , or  email her at 

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Quidest Sheriff, DO, MS, has redirected her ideals of healing patients to healing the healers. Dr. Kiki works to increase mental health awareness and education, authenticity, and transparency in the workplace. To that end, she founded Doctors Under the Radar, a disruptive health startup working to de-stigmatize mental health and normalize physician wellness.




December 14, 2022
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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