Dr. Beth Frates joins Lisa to chat about Lifestyle Medicine and so much more!
Dr. Beth Frates is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed her internship in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and went on to complete her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Harvard Medical School Program where she served as Chief Resident. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School.
Beth’s passion for teaching has been recognized by Harvard Medical School where she has won several Excellence in Teaching Awards for her work in multiple pre-clinical courses including The Human Central Nervous System and Behavior, Musculoskeletal System, Nutrition and Introduction to the Profession. In the fall of 2014, she was invited to teach a course on Lifestyle Medicine which she created and delivered at the Harvard Extension School.
One of the few physicians in the United States that is trained and certified as a Wellness Coach, Beth is also the founder of Wellness Synergy LLC, a wellness coaching company. Working one on one with clients is what Beth does best. She can connect with people and meet them right where they are, at that moment. Then, Beth can identify what the client needs in order to make progress in adopting healthy lifestyles. Implementing realistic small changes creates big results.
When Beth was 18 years old, her father suffered a heart attack and a stroke. He was only 52 at the time. This event sparked Beth’s interest in medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation–Beth’s medical specialty) and stroke, in particular. In fact, her father’s experience continues to ignite Beth’s passion for health, healing, and wellness. Beth is the co-author of, Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering your Health and Preventing Another Stroke, Johns Hopkins Press (2006). Click here to order the book. Merging her physiatry training and her wellness coaching, Beth is helping to launch wellness groups for stroke survivors at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
Most recently, Beth was appointed the Director of Wellness Programming at the Spaulding Stroke Research and Recovery Institute, and she will be developing programs, presentations and workshops for stroke survivors, care givers, and family members.
In addition, Beth is the Director of Medical Student Educaiton at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Each year, Beth works as the Co-Course Director for the HMS CME Course, Tools for Promoting Healthy Change and as the Assistant Course Director for Active Lives.