Our Team of Physician Advocates 

Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone.

But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are. 

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Deb Roman, DO

Dr. Deb Roman is a practicing family physician who is actively involved in local and national initiatives focused on enhancing physician health and well-being.

She is the Founder of Rediscovering Meaning In Our Work, a consulting and educational program developed to provide physicians with opportunities to:

  • cultivate a greater sense of well-being

  • advocate more effectively for collaborative healthcare system transformation

  • engage in professional work that is meaningful and fulfilling

Dr. Roman develops curriculum for the program, contributes workshops and presentations, organizes one and two day conferences, offers individualized Meaningful Work physician to physician consultations and facilitates a monthly physician discussion group.

Chris Peine, DO

Dr. Chris Peine is a practicing family physician with a sincere interest in physician well-being. As a consultant for our program, he contributes to curriculum development and actively participates in our workshops and conferences. Dr. Peine also shares information with physicians on creating an independent medical practice.

Andrea R. Kurz, DO, MHEd

As a family physician with experience in a myriad of healthcare settings and a Master’s Degree in Health Education, Dr. Andi Kurz has a broad understanding of the complicated issues affecting our physician community. She uses her expertise to develop conference surveys, organize presentations and conference technology and create resources for physicians.

Bessie Katsilometes, PhD

Dr. Bessie Katsilometes, former Dean of Idaho State University-Meridian and Idaho State University-Boise, has served in a myriad of leadership positions in Idaho. She is sincerely committed to strengthening relationships and enhancing the well-being of our communities. As a consultant for our program, she facilitates connections between community members, contributes to our program curriculum and invites participation from community sponsors.

Grace Coughlin

Grace Coughlin is studying to be a physician and is interested in deepening her understanding of the complex issues in healthcare. Grace visits local medical practices and community businesses to increase awareness about issues faced by physicians, organizes conference materials, explores innovative ways to advertise and handles a myriad of details at our events.

Joe Young

Joe Young is an accomplished musician who plays world flute and saxophone between educational sessions and during the social events at our conferences.

Brittany McConnell

Brittany McConnell is an experienced yoga teacher who offers conference participants opportunities to explore simple yoga practices during our events.