About

Over the past 30 years I have had a fascinating and fulfilling career in medicine, initially practicing as a general internist and then as a procedural specialist, caring for patients with vein disorders. I’ve been an employee in a large, multi-specialty group and have run my own, solo practice. As Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC- San Diego School of Medicine, I’m thrilled to be teaching medical students crucial communication skills along with many other aspects involved in the practice of medicine. I continue to see patients at La Jolla Vein Care in La Jolla, California.

To further my understanding and expertise in communication, I augmented extensive research with training by VitalSmarts in Crucial Conversations. The skills I learned are easy to acquire and really work to improve the effectiveness and outcome of communication in both personal and professional interactions. Certifications in Genos International’s Emotional Intelligence and Myers-Briggs Personality Type (MBTI) Assessments allow me to provide important information to my clients on their natural methods of communication and interaction and how best to enhance effectiveness at home and at work.

While practicing medicine, my physician husband and I raised two children who are thriving in their lives, and I maintained close ties with our extended families. A strong advocate for my specialty, I served as president of the American College of Phlebology, chair of the membership fundraising drive for the American College of Phlebology Foundation and now chair the Leadership Development committee of the American College of Phlebology. In addition to being a Cub Scout leader, the manager of a girls’ softball team, vice president of the San Dieguito chapter of the National Charity League, and a school library volunteer, I enjoyed time with family and friends, hiking with our dog, reading, riding horses, cooking and scuba diving.

I know how hard we physicians work to become expert and maintain our competence, and how different the practice of medicine has become. Many of our colleagues have become disillusioned and unhappy because of this. My desire to help them recapture their love of medicine is what drew me to the field of coaching. Coaching is so effective in helping physicians discover what aspects of their practice and their life no longer work well for them, and how to make the shifts that will align their life with their true values and goals. Being a part of my clients’ transformations is gratifying and inspiring.

I’m passionate about communication because I realize how much physicians care about their patients and how committed we are to their health and wellbeing. Good communication can make a huge difference in improving clinical outcomes, reducing the risk of malpractice claims and strengthening our relationships and there is considerable data that shows which specific skills make a difference. I’m excited to share these vital skills with you so you will experience more joy in being a part of the most noble and inspiring profession in the world.

If you would like to discuss how we might work together, please contact me at helanefronekmd@gmail.com or fill in the box below. Let’s schedule a complimentary call so you can see if coaching might help you improve your communication skills or find your way to a more fulfilling and joyful life. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

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