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Hi, I’m Dr. Sharon Kelley.

And I was born to help people.

My early fascination with neuroscience – combined with my drive to be of service – led me to medical school, and from there, I continued, moving into psychiatric practice.

There was so much I loved about the field, and helping people was always number one.

But it wasn’t all perfect: the push to prescribe medication, endless insurance hassles, and the limited amount of time with each patient left me feeling like I wasn’t having the impact I knew was possible. Somehow I convinced myself that at least I was doing some good work. Life carried on and things were pretty good.

But seven years ago my 12-year-old son abruptly became seriously ill. Not only was he extremely ill, both physically and neuropsychiatrically, but no one really knew what was going on.

 

An unexpected nightmare began and lasted seven long years. I felt tremendous guilt and shame. Shouldn’t I know what to do, where to go,  and how to get him the help he desperately needed? We saw many different doctors, alternative healers and anyone I could find who promised hope. Ultimately, he was diagnosed with an autoimmune encephalopathy called PANDAS (or pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus). There was relief in naming the illness, but it was short-lived. Many doctors didn’t believe in the illness and others felt there was no treatment. Some believed in supplements and others prescribed medicine.  My quest for a cure became all consuming. Along the way, other diagnoses were added, included Lyme and Chronic Inflammatory Response Condition. I became ill along the way– no doubt stress playing a large role. I felt alone. I felt like a victim. I felt that he didn’t deserve any of this. I hated feeling like this, and knew it was not helpful.

I initially decided to pursue coaching because I knew there was another way. If I was in such a mess with the state of my life, what were other women doing when illness struck their family? I desperately wanted to find a path that supported both me and others in this upside-down world I found myself in. And thus, several years ago,  I earned my coaching certification from Dr. Martha Beck, life coach to Oprah herself.

Soon after, I trained in equus (horse-guided) and nature-based coaching. I loved how this work, especially when combined with the quiet wisdom of being out in nature, had the power to help people reconnect with themselves and others. Later, I became certified in the BARE coaching method, which helps women become empowered and live their best life.

Which brings me to today. I am thrilled to report my son is doing well and has recently started college. I too am in a much better place. I now have incredible tools and some newfound wisdom that I continue to use daily. I feel empowered and am proud of what I accomplished for my son, my family, and myself. I have discovered there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I am a badass superHERO and I can show you the way.

I am so excited to share what I have learned with you.

It is my calling to teach and support other women whose lives have been torn apart by  a loved one’s illness. 

 

I’m very good at what I do, and I want to support you as your take this epic journey, where I will help you master the ins and outs of the medical world, teach you how to truly connect with and support your loved ones, and help you fully embrace the superHERO you need to be. At the end of the day, you will be proud of your newfound strength and grace. 

 

Professional Bio

Dr. Sharon Kelley earned her M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and practiced psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina as well coastal Maine. 

She obtained her life coach certification through Dr. Martha Beck and later studied under Michael Trotta, Koelle Simpson and Susan Hyatt.

Sharon combines her experience in medicine, coaching and parenting to help women become the superheros of their own lives, with vulnerability, grace, and tremendous strength.  Sharon believes that humanity is our biggest superstrength of all and that we really are all in this together.

She lives with her family and two dogs in coastal Maine.