Aloha, I'm Faryal.
A Palliative Care Physician, a Certified Life Coach, a Mindfulness Teacher, and a friend...
It was not quite a charmed life...
Most people see the pictures of me living in Hawaii and think:
"Must be nice."
I was born and raised in Iran. The fifth child in a middle class family trying to survive in the uncertainty of the revolution.
After the revolution in 1978, half of my family moved to the US to continue their education but my parents, my younger brother and I had to move back trying to sell what we had, but were faced with strikes and war and were stuck.
Many years passed until I moved to Japan and more years until I found my way to join the rest of my family in the US.
Growing up was not an easy life. I have vivid memories of waking up from my deep sleep as we were getting bombed night after night.
That seems like years ago, but it is very much part of my story and who I am.
Fast forward to nearly 30 years later, now I practice palliative care medicine. I care for the seriously ill patients near the end of their lives. I am reminded every single day that this life we live is an absolute privilege.
I want to live my best life no matter what happens in my life. With all the sadness and grief that surrounds us every single day, I want to show up in my life with the best version of me.
The version that is grateful, compassionate, insightful and has a greater sense of purpose.
The purpose of spreading the message of this life is all you have today.
I want to help you live your best life. Not waiting for a serious illness to pivot. What if you could live your best life right now?
I became a professional certified life coach to provide you the tools to help you manage your mind to live your most intentional life.
Let me help you get there now.
"I know you're tired but come,
this is the way."
Yeah, but who does she think she is?
It was not without courage that I decided to do this.
My own coach had to help me get over the ever nagging "Imposter Syndrome".
I had to believe that I had what it takes.
As a Palliative Care physician and having proximity to death everyday, I knew what mattered to the dying.
As a Mindfulness teacher practicing yoga and meditation for years, I knew the power of the present and stillness.
As a Certified Life Coach, I knew I had the tools to teach my clients to reset their mindset.
So, I know who I am. The exact person that was in your shoes before I started practicing what I preach.
Let me help you get there.
Did the little girl in your pictures end up with a happy ending?
Our narrative is not one and done. I am here to tell you that you create your own story.
You are not a victim of your circumstances. As you get older, you will learn that there are things you have control over, and plenty that you don't.
Learning to find out how you can create the results you want to see in your life by retelling your story is incredibly powerful.
You get to decide.
It's never too late to create a new narrative for the future of that little girl.
No matter your circumstances.
As physicians, we are so tired. We have achieved so much, yet we still feel incredibly stuck. Unable to detach from our own perfectionism, and constant self criticism that robs us of our best version.
Let me help you write your next chapter.
Group Coaching is Evidenced Based Intervention*:
Coaching & Yoga Program
A comprehensive mind, body and soul program to help you get yourself back on track to focus on a future that is exactly as you wish it to be. Decisions move you forward.
*Statistically significant changes in terms of well being, decrease in burnout and moral injury based on a recent study published in JAMA
I can help.
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"If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together."
We are so busy in life that every year it seems like we go from bad to worse. We feel like
We have weight to lose,
We have home and office spaces to keep organized,
We have relationships to maintain and improve,
And we have work that never ends (at work and at home).
Let me help you figure out what it means to focus on what matters most.
You are overwhelmed and rushed. As a palliative care physician, I have seen what seems to matter most at the end of life. It's not rushing through our daily life.
It's living an intentional life. A life lived on purpose.
Let me help you by taking care of your WHOLE being.
Just practicing 10-15 minutes a day, will set you up for another life all together. My clients swear by this shift in mindset in terms of how this helps them respond as opposed to react to life. You may listen to my recorded guided sessions or choose to follow an app or my instructors' teachings.
World Class Yoga
Join Jenn and Ami, two of the most accomplished instructors and compassionate human beings, as they lead you through weekly live sessions of Yin and Flow yoga along with guided and iRest meditation. Both classes are recorded and are available on demand.
Weekly Live Group Coaching
It's impossible to comprehend the effectiveness of weekly group coaching. Following online courses to follow new weekly content and worksheets, we dive into real life problems and how managing our minds can change our lives.
Priscilla Vu, MD
"I've had such a great experience with the group coaching sessions. They have very relevant topics towards living a more joyful and intentional life. I learn so much from others getting coached as well as we share many of the same underlying concerns. It has been an eye opening experience. Dr. Michaud is such a beautiful personality and really great at guiding you through ways to improve your mindset. I look forward to each of the weekly sessions and topics. "
Beril Buluku, MD
"Group coaching with Dr. Michaud has been amazing. She has a special talent in coaching along with a deep wisdom and a lot of compassion. She has helped make fundamental leaps in my time management, emotional eating and most importantly awareness of unintentional working models. I am very grateful. "
Kim Kaffenbarger, MD
"I almost didn't take the leap of joining Dr. Michaud for a year's worth of coaching- what a mistake that would have been!
"Living Intentionally" has been a life changing experience for me. As a physician, woman, mom and wife, setting aside the time and the money for myself was a daunting commitment. It has turned out to be the best investment I have ever made! I am living my life more intentionally, and I have a new sense of calm and strength in my life.
I am also living my bucket list NOW- how fun!
The coaching has extended to every aspect of my life, and my interactions with family, peers and patients have improved because of the insight I am gaining into my inner thoughts and feelings. They yoga sessions are unlike any yoga I have taken in the past, and the instructors are the best that I have ever experienced. The journey with Faryal, Jen and Ami is a beautiful one, as you transform mind, body, and soul!"