As a Health Coach, what makes me happiest is developing a relationship with my patients. I love watching them grow, supporting them when they need to be supported and letting them go when it’s time. Helping people change for the better feels amazing.
Getting to know my patients is key to this job. With Gideon, it’s so much more than setting goals for his weight. It’s understanding what else is happening in his life — like his new marriage or the stress of 60-hour weeks as a carpenter — so we can tackle it together.
I want my patients to see it’s okay to say ‘I need help.’ As Health Coaches, we’re here for the physical needs, but also for their mental and social health. I always wanted to be a doctor as a kid, but now I truly feel like I have my dream job!
Iora changes primary care as we know it. Our care team, which includes a dedicated advocate for each patient, works together to treat the whole person. We see people when they’re sick, but also when they’re well, so that we can keep them healthy. Here, the environment is caring and patients have a voice. It’s our job to give them everything they need to live happier and healthier lives.
Our Health Coaches are relationship builders between the patients and their care teams. They are screened and hired for their ability to connect deeply with people because our Health Coaches are more than caregivers. They are confidants, cheerleaders and friends.
We believe it’s easier for patients to manage their lives when mental health is also prioritized and seen as integral to one’s overall health. At Iora, our patients can access their own behavioral health specialist in the comfort and privacy of their doctors’ office. Our specialists provide short-term counseling, assessments and referrals, as well as consultation to other team members, all within the scope of primary care.
For our model to work, we need partners who share our belief in a better way to take care of people. Together, we open practices, understanding that high quality primary care is the solution for happier, healthier and more engaged patients. And in the long run, this is what leads to lower costs. Learn more