Menders: Lead from Within with Dr. Nicola De Paul

22. Explore burnout as a functional medicine challenge with Dr. Khara Jefferson

August 31, 2022 Dr. Nicola De Paul Season 1 Episode 22
Menders: Lead from Within with Dr. Nicola De Paul
22. Explore burnout as a functional medicine challenge with Dr. Khara Jefferson
Show Notes

For Menders’ episode 22, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Khara Jefferson, a functional wellness consultant and the owner of KAJ Wellness. I found this conversation fun and joyful, and I hope you feel the same way!

Khara brought her functional medicine perspective and her history as an emergency medicine practitioner to our conversation. She shared her current approach to helping people move towards gut health, or as she says, to go from “toilet hell to feeling well.” Khara shared that changing how she interacts with patients has allowed her to get more joy out of her clinical work and keep herself sustainable. 

And finally, we explored how she might take a functional medicine approach to examine the root causes of distress in our healthcare system. The excellent news is that Khara believes we can create transformation, but it will involve all of us fully committing to the process. 

Listen to find out: 

·         How her own experience with a chronic illness impacted her journey into the field of medicine.

·         Why she sees helping our patients understand the “how” of change as more crucial than telling them “what” they need to change. 

·         And why she believes everyone should be equipped with skills to conduct a rapid quality improvement project. 

I hope this conversation inspires you to take care of yourself and take the time to find the root cause of distress on your team or in your system. 

My favorite quotable moment from this episode!

“When a whole bunch of people are doing a whole bunch of the same things, it’s a ripple effect…and if you start by putting a whole bunch of little bitty things into place, eventually those little things become big things, and those big things will become huge things. That’s how we improve healthcare, but it can’t be just me. And it can’t be just you. It has to be a whole bunch of like-minded people.” 

Dr. Khara Jefferson (Menders, episode 22)

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