Doctor Entrepreneurship Podcast Series
Klara is on a mission to inspire and help modern people within the modern healthcare system to reach new heights in their own lives through access to communication. One way we do this is by featuring inspirational doctors who have started entrepreneurial ventures or have grown their practice in successful way. We are focused on connecting people for a better future.
Introducing our guest, Dr. Bobbi Wegner.
If you’re not able to tune in, check out the transcript of our conversation below:
Hello and welcome to the Klara podcast series on doctor entrepreneurship. Today we are speaking with dr. Bobbi Wegner who is here to discuss her experience as a clinical psychologist.
That being said, Dr. Wegner, could you please introduce yourself, and give a little detail on your background and experiences.
I’m a clinical psychologist at an integrated psychotherapy and behavioral medicine practice in Brookline, Mass called Boston Behavioral Medicine. I’ve been here since 2008 after working at a number of different medical senders and came here to really specialize in integrated psychotherapy and behavioral medicine.
So I’ve worked here, I do a lot of stress management using behavioral medicine techniques like clinical hypnosis and mindfulness to biofeedback to treat symptoms. Over the years I’ve developed a specialty in working with primarily new mothers but young and new parents to manage kind of normative anxiety around having kids and incorporate mindfulness into the home to have a calmer and more stress-free parenting experience and home life for their entire family.
With that, how have you grown your practice over the years?
How did I develop it? Yeah it’s grown, I mean honestly I’ve joined a group practice and we’ve really had it going and over the years its really really flourished. Unfortunately I can’t see everyone that reaches out to me each week because there is such a demand out there and we have such a specialized practice in behavioral medicine and stress management and there’s such a need out there.
So I think part of it for me was really connecting with other providers as a behavioral medicine practice we would work often with medical offices and physicians. It was really about networking and developing good relationships with people. Some would send us a patient and then I would contact with them and then once physicians would feel comfortable and confident that we had good clinical skills, good people and could have a good rapport, then it was sort of easy, I guess to go from there.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in your career?
My biggest accomplishment… Well something that is most exciting to me now is [sic] so I have this specialty in stress management. Then seeing this need with new moms and young parents I have realized there’s a lot of pressure in our culture to be perfect in a lot of ways and this is what happens for parents. I guess parents feel this way often that they want to be the perfect parent, that they want to have perfect children and they feel a lot of stress and shame that, you know, when things go wrong.
People don’t talk about it because they feel like parenting should be easy or natural and they learned that parenting is very bumpy, we all make mistakes, and I have three children myself. As a psychologist I know all the right things to do, and it’s still really difficult. So I started running groups to connect parents to talk about some of these things and learn skills to manage some of this at home like what to do when your kid is having a complete meltdown for the fifth time in one day, and you’re at your wits end, you just want to run away, what you actually do in that situation.
So I started groups to work on that, and from that, I started writing for the Milton Times, and have a regular column called Raising & Roasting: The Food and Psychology of Modern Day Parenthood. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback about that. People write in to me, they say they can really identify. I write from a psychological perspective but I also use my own personal experience as a mother.
I try to share more. In my profession as a psychologist there’s oftentimes not a lot of transparency, and I feel like so much is lost with that. It’s important to kind of be honest about your experience. I’ve used this talent to really do that.
From there, I launched a podcast. So [the podcast is] interviewing parents to talk about their experience, what works, what doesn’t, to share tips, to share with everyone. So that’s also called Raising and Roasting and I’m working on a book now too under the same title.
It’s really exciting, I’m really proud of it. It’s a really fun thing that I’m working on.
Do you have any advice for physicians or therapists looking to grow their practice or launch a new venture?
I think psychology in a lot of ways can be a bit slower on the entrepreneurship end. There’s this thing because we’re this very private field where you don’t want to put yourself out there too much because just historically, you haven’t shared, or you want to keep things private.
I really think that there is a way for therapists to be out there and to market yourself. Also, [there is a way] to respect the confidentiality of the individuals and the groups that you are working with.
I would say to really just get out there and connect with people, to network, and do what you want to do. Make a plan. Schedule time to work on a special project or to market your practice and to actually do it. Schedule time in your day to commit to it.
I think scheduling comes up a lot as one of the biggest issues especially professionals find. Just finding small snippets of time to achieve smaller goals.
I think that’s totally true. It’s like picking something - so I’m working on writing right now. I’m trying to set aside at least a half an hour each day right, and if I don’t do that then time just passes. We’re all very busy and you just have to commit to it and do.
Last I would just ask you if you have anything else to share with the audience.
I think it’s just follow your dreams. We all have ideas and sometimes think it may not be good enough or valid enough. If you’re interested in it, you have to know that someone else out there is too. So really get a plan, talk to people about it, and go for it.
Thank you so much for speaking with us today. It was great having you.