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Hi I am Dr. Julie Cappel and I coach veterinarians and others that work in the veterinary field. I am The Veterinary Life Coach. As a working veterinarian, hospital owner, mother, leader and certified life coach, I have a unique perspective on all things Veterinary medicine. My podcast will bring insight and tools for busy veterinarians to improve every aspect of their lives. I talk about stress, overwhelm, compassion fatigue, client issues, relationships, time management, leadership, team b ...
 
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Did you know that complaining can increase stress hormones and negatively affect your health? Complaining has become one of the most difficult problems we face in our Covid/curbside culture as clients and team members alike spend time complaining about each other. On this podcast Karlene Belyea and I discuss how complaining can become pervasive in …
 
If you are feeling stuck in your life or career you are most likely struggling with a lack of focus and organization. Your brain is powerful and it has a bias towards energy conservation and negativity. Achieving big goals requires you to become the leader of your mind and life. You need to learn to focus your thoughts and take actions to move in t…
 
Do you want to be a better leader? Whether you own a business or work within a team you can create stronger leadership skills with some attention to detail. Great leaders foster great relationships with their people. On this podcast we talk about how to treat and interact with your team in order to strengthen personal bonds, share your vision, and …
 
How do you accomplish anything? Commitment! Why is it so hard to follow through with big goals? It comes from our beliefs, self doubt, and fear. Is there a way to control your thoughts and feel committed in the face of fear? Yes! Commitment allows you to continue working until you accomplish anything. It feels capable and strong. Let's talk about h…
 
Wouldn't it be amazing if you could feel more balanced on the inside? If you could understand yourself better and not fight with your emotions? That is the feeling of inner balance or inner peace. When you put in the work to know and understand yourself better, and then begin to offer yourself what you need, you can create some inner balance. Take …
 
Do you ever get the feeling that you are under qualified or not as competent as others perceive you to be? Impostor syndrome is the feeling that you have been lucky to get where you are. You feel like you are presenting yourself as a phony or that maybe you don't belong. Today on the podcast I talk about where this feeling comes from and how common…
 
Have you ever wondered what is like to get coached? What is this life coaching thing all about? Life coaches help us to understand why we are getting the results in life that we are getting and how to create something different. We coach on leadership, relationships, parenting, work/life balance, career, and even weight. We work with clients to mov…
 
Do you want your life to be different this year? Do you want to create something amazing? The first step to changing your life is goal setting. Dreams, goals, and action steps are the only way that you can create permanent change. Once you have set up big audacious goals, then the real work begins. The work will be managing your doubts, fears, and …
 
Oh the anxiety! We all experience it at times. On this podcast I talk about my anxiety and how it presents for me. We discuss why we experience anxiety and how we can work to process it and really feel it. The thoughts that we think cause the feelings that we feel -- always -- including anxiety. Showing yourself compassion and learning to accept yo…
 
Dr. Michael Thome is a large animal practitioner and hospital owner, and James Averill is the interim director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Michigan State University. Both of these gentlemen have had unique and interesting careers as veterinarians. They share their unique perspective on veterinary medical practice, leadership, and dea…
 
Dr. Kayla Stomack is a veterinarian working in emergency medicine and doing home care for "Lap of Love". Deanna Fischer is a LVT, hospital manager, and mother of four teenage boys. Ashley Backos is a LVT/ manager in emergency medicine and the mother of two young children. On this episode of the podcast we discuss the trials of 2020 and how we plan …
 
Matt Kuhn, DVM, PhD is an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow supporting the US Department of Defense in effectively publishing defense research. Matt has worked in non-clinical veterinary medicine in various capacities throughout his career. Today we talk about his path into non-clinical veterinary medicine, his take on work/life balance, an…
 
My 100th episode! I am so proud and happy to be doing this podcast for the veterinary community. In honor of this last month of 2020, I am spending the entire month doing interviews with veterinary professionals. We will talk about how we have navigated this unusual year and what we can do moving forward to take care of ourselves better in 2021. Jo…
 
Rebecca Reid is a Certified Personal Color Analyst and the owner of Colorpolitan. Rebecca uses a state of the art 12-tone Sci/ART personal color analysis system based on the science of natural color harmony. Rebecca teaches me about her business and how she uses color analysis to help people feel and look their best and live authentically. We had s…
 
Dr. Ivan Zak is a veterinarian and an entrepreneur. He is the creator of Smart Flow, a workflow optimization system for veterinary practices. He recently finished his MBA dissertation studying how Lean Thinking can help reduce burnout in veterinary organizations. Today Dr. Zak teaches us about his research findings and what motivates him to use his…
 
Do you know your Myers Briggs type? If you are a judging type or perceiving type you may have different learning styles. On this episode of the podcast I am joined by Bridget Cappel. We discuss the judging types and perceiving types and how they are influenced to learn based on the way they see the world. We examine the strengths and weakness of ea…
 
What does it mean to be teachable? Teachability is the openness to learn new things while creating better for your life. It involves dealing with the uncomfortable feelings that come from putting yourself out there and risking failure while learning. Becoming more open to learning is a skill that we can develop once we understand why we avoid being…
 
What does it mean to be resilient? Resilience is the ability to experience adversity and recover quickly. We all need this skill because as humans we all experience adversity. (Veterinary professionals may experience adversity more often than many people) If we let it, adversity will stop us from progressing in life. We need to develop our resilien…
 
Why do we hang on to things? We hang onto items, ideas, and beliefs from our past. Hanging on allows us to stay in our comfort zone, safe from change and possibility. Holding on to things that are not serving us causes us to stagnate and holds us back from our dreams. On this episode of the podcast we talk about how fear of the unknown keeps us stu…
 
A boundary is about protecting yourself and the things that you want in your life. Boundaries are not meant to control other people, you can not control other adults. A boundary includes a request, a consequence, and then a follow through. Boundaries are something that we can learn to create with confidence. It will take practice, but you can preva…
 
Do you struggle with people pleasing and feeling unable to say no? I am a natural people pleaser as many of us are in the veterinary profession. We feel obligated to help all people with their pets at all times of the day or night. When we want to say "no" we often say "yes", and that creates internal struggle and increased stress. What if you coul…
 
Keven Maher is the founder and president of "VetMeasure" and Sydney See is their operations manager. They both joined me today to talk about a new technology that will allow us to save our time, reduce our stress, and save pet lives. The VetMeasure electronic harness, mobile, and web app allows veterinarians and veterinary technicians to monitor do…
 
This week on the podcast I have a very special guest - My friend John Tramontana, MS, CAE - the CEO of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. John is an expert in the area of communication, management, and leadership. John started his career as a website reporter and television journalist with WLUC in Iron Mountain and WILX-TV in Lansing, Mic…
 
We think a lot! Experts say anywhere from 6000-60,000 thoughts per day. Many of those thoughts that we think are habitual and are often negative. If we can learn to observe our thoughts with better understanding we can do the work that it takes to become more positive and resilient. Our thoughts create our results and we can learn to change our res…
 
Do you love conflict or do you run and hide when someone has an issue with you? On this episode of the podcast we explore different conflict resolution styles and how you can adapt your style to deal with others in attempting to resolve any issue. Conflict does not have to be a dirty word. Negotiation is a skill that can be learned and adapted to d…
 
I believe that great leadership begins and ends with self-awareness and life long learning. As a person who works with various individuals, we need to be aware that our traits, behaviors, and beliefs affect those around us. Creating time for self reflection, self study, and increased self-awareness will allow for the development of skills that will…
 
Are you one of those people that thinks that you could do better when it comes to managing your time? I feel that way sometime as my life gets more and more busy. When I think about time management I realize that time (value) is a mental construct that means different things to different people. On this episode of the podcast I talk about different…
 
On this episode of the podcast my guest Bridget Cappel and I go through the Big Five Personality Test or OCEAN. Bridget is an expert in the personality space and she gives me the test live on the podcast. Together we will learn about the characteristics of Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism. All of us possess v…
 
Do you ever struggle with clients that are angry or rude? Do these encounters hang with you and cause you to lose sleep? On this episode of the podcast I talk about this "angry client phenomenon" and what we can do to set some boundaries, train our mind to let them go, and not take their attacks personally. Join me for coaching at www.juliecappel.c…
 
Today I talk to Colin Carr, founder and CEO of CARR, a nationwide real estate company that specializes in commercial real estate for health care professionals. Colin teaches us how to save money on leasing deals and how to avoid the mistakes that most business owners make when negotiating real estate deals. Whether you buy or lease your hospital, C…
 
Today I sit down to talk with Travis Hornsby the founder and CEO of Student Loan Planner.com. Travis has years of experience working with health care professionals on loan consolidation and strategies for getting into a solid financial position. Travis talks about changes coming in the financial world and how we can prepare to pay off debt. Visit T…
 
My guest on the podcast today is Shawn Wilkie. He has been an entrepreneur and technology enthusiast for the past 20 years. He is currently the CEO of Talkatoo, a dictation software for medical professionals. He is also one of the hosts of the Veterinary Innovation Podcast. Today, Shawn and I talk about emerging technologies in veterinary medicine …
 
Today I chat with my good friend Karlene Belyea who is the VP of wellness at Mission Veterinary Partners. On this podcast Karlene talks me through a new presentation that she has developed with self care tips for those of us who work in veterinary hospitals in this time of curbside service. Karlene offers us tools to create better mental health whi…
 
Let's continue to work at learning how to use a simple thought model to coach ourselves through any situation. If we can learn how our thoughts and feelings create our results, we can begin to work through any problem and start to change our lives in a more positive direction. On this podcast we work through some examples to coach ourselves. Try wo…
 
This week I teach you how to use a simple version of the thought model to work through your feelings about anything that is going on in your life right now. Once we understand that our circumstances are always neutral until we have thoughts about them, then we can work out any problem. Learning to understand the way that your brain works is the fir…
 
Today I am excited to answer some questions from those of you who listen to the podcast. My listeners came up with questions about my leadership style and how I relate to my veterinary team. We also talk about life coaching -- how I got into this field of work and why I think that it is such an important thing for our profession. The podcast is all…
 
Do you ever wonder if you are suffering from compassion fatigue? In our current environment there are so many mental stressors at work and home that may push us towards feelings of hopelessness and indifference. We spend so much of our time showing and sharing compassion - which is something that we are driven to do naturally. How do we protect our…
 
Using your Myers Briggs personality type to understand your style of leadership will help you to lead effectively within your areas of strength. On this episode of the podcast my guest, Bridget Cappel and I discuss the Introverts and their unique talents. Whether you are an introvert or not, this podcast will help you to understand the veterinary l…
 
Are you a leader or working to lead a team from within? Everyone has the ability to be a leader, but we all have our own unique approach based on our personality. Using your Myers-Briggs Personality type to understand your style of leadership will help you to lead effectively within your areas of strength. On this episode I talk to Bridget Cappel a…
 
Are you in a position of leadership and feeling overwhelmed by it all? Are you being lead by an overwhelmed leader? On this episode of the podcast I will share some healthy leadership habits that I use to ease my stress and help my team feel better about their busy days. You can learn to take care of yourself first in order to become a better leade…
 
Do you feel like you are living in a state of constant stress over the things that you hear about the pandemic? Are you feeling that everything is urgent and you don't know what to do with the emotion? Today on the podcast I talk about the difference between your urgent thoughts and actual urgency. Thinking differently about urgent and non-urgent, …
 
Do you feel frustrated or upset by clients taking their frustration out on you? Do you know that you have the power to change your feelings no matter what the circumstance? Julie will teach you how you can learn to understand your feelings and where they come from. You have the power to change so that clients do not affect you. Reach out to Julie a…
 
On this episode of the podcast Julie talks about the Positivity Habit. It takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to solidify it. If you want a more positive life you can get it by changing your thinking. Your circumstances are neutral - changing your thoughts about them allows you to create a more positive life. Happiness is a choice that is a…
 
On this episode of the podcast Julie uses a thought exercise/poem called, "Just for Today" by Sybil Partridge. The work has been adapted many times but remains relevant. Julie takes this work from Dale Carnegie's book, "How to stop worrying and start living" and uses it to help us take one step at a time to quiet our worried brain. When we worry, w…
 
On this episode of the podcast Julie talks about managing your mind during a crisis. Allowing yourself to use the circumstance of increased time available to create new purpose and accomplishments. Forgiving your past, taking care of your present, and planning for your future are things that you can do to move beyond any negativity in your life. Se…
 
On this episode of the podcast Julie explores why we feel fear when we are immersed in uncertain circumstances. Our feelings and emotions - like fear - are created in with our thoughts. We create the fearful thoughts naturally because our brain is wired to protect us. When the fear takes over and causes paralysis, we can learn techniques to calm an…
 
On this episode of the podcast Julie has an interesting conversation with her friend Dr. Brent Calhoun. Dr. Calhoun was a partner and hospital administrator with Michigan Veterinary Specialists. He was on the board of directors for the American Animal Hospital Association and the Practice Management co-editor for the Veterinary Information Network.…
 
On this episode of the podcast Julie talks about leadership qualities that are important to everyone - in any position - to improve leadership capabilities. We work towards becoming better leaders by being open and honest, listening well, and leading with integrity. Leadership is not about self promotion but more about understanding yourself and yo…
 
On this episode of the podcast Julie talks to Dr. Gail Walter. Gail is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Board-Certified Toxicologist, and National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Gail is the driving force behind the Peregrine Falcon Cam in downtown Kalamazoo Michigan, and has a passion for bird friendly bui…
 
On this episode of the podcast Julie and her daughter Bridget talk about how we can manage our mind in this time of uncertainty. The world is chaotic right now and our primitive brain will create thoughts to scare us back into the cave. If we can learn to understand the way the primitive brain works, we can then learn to understand the feelings tha…
 
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