Our Physician Coaches:
Christy Parham-Vetter, MD, MPH, MA
Pamela “Christy” Parham-Vetter, MD, MPH, MA is a physician wellness and burnout prevention coach, a dermatologist, a general preventive medicine physician, and a medical ethicist.
She has worked in a variety of health care settings including solo practice, academic medicine, the VA hospital system, the public health system and as a hospital employee. This experience provides her with a broad understanding of both the challenges and potential rewards for physicians working in each of these settings. Whether through joint patient care, ethics consultations, research projects, committee work, or teaching courses Dr. Vetter has always enjoyed working directly with fellow physicians.
Providing services as a one-on-one Coach for TheHappyMD not only is the perfect venue to work directly with other physicians, it allows Dr. Vetter to contribute towards eradicating a serious problem that has been ignored for decades: the health and well-being of physicians.
Dr. Vetter’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Rockhurst University in Kansas City Kansas, a Master’s degree in Medical Ethics from University of Loyola at Chicago, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also studied at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France and completed the Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholars Core Curriculum at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Vetter’s medical education includes completing an Internship in Family Medicine at Rush-Copley Medical Center in the Chicago area, a Residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill where she was chief resident, as well as a Dermatology Residency and a Dermatology Research Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Vetter has held academic appointments as an Adjunct Professor in Biology at Rockhurst University, an Instructor in Dermatology and Co-Course Director for Dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, an Instructor and Co-Course Director for Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and an Instructor in the Medicine and Society Course also at UNC-Chapel Hill. She worked as the Co-Chairperson of the Ethics Education Committee for UNC-Chapel Hill health system and has numerous publications and presentations in the areas of prevention, ethics and dermatology.
After “retiring” from academics and moving back to her home town of Chanute in rural Kansas, Dr. Vetter worked as a solo general dermatologist for nine years. Years of practicing in an underserved, rural area as well as the rapidly changing landscape for regulation ranging from EMR to Quality Measures to Compliance Programs, eventually led Dr. Vetter to develop significant symptoms of burn-out. While searching the internet for support resources for physician burn-out, Dr. Vetter found Dike at TheHappyMD. With the help of THMD’s coaching services, Dr. Vetter eventually sold her practice to a local hospital where she could focus solely on the part of medicine she loves best - caring for patients.
After almost ending her medical career in her mid-forties due to the symptoms of burn-out, Dr. Vetter is ecstatic to be happy, healthy, and able to continue caring for patients. Having gone through the experience of severe burn-out and then the recovery process to find balance amidst the multitude of demands of clinical practice, Dr. Vetter decided to pursue formal training in Executive Coaching and as a Physician Wellness and Burnout Prevention Coach.
Her goal is to use her experience from the variety of medical settings in which she has worked, her personal experience of burn out, combined with her coaching skills to help other physicians navigate their own path through burn-out and to create a practice environment that rekindles their love of medicine while meeting their own personal needs as well.
In her free time, Dr. Vetter is an avid photographer. She also loves wine tasting with friends, reading a good book, riding horses on the family ranch, hanging out with her family, and spoiling her Weimeriener and German Short-Hair Pointer.