WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?
After 20 years as a gynecologist and 51 years as a woman with four sisters and twin daughters, I can truly say that I am an expert in what women care about. What matters to us is love, connection, family and friends.
Our holistic health is put at the end of a long line somewhere after the dishes have been done.
My wish for you is that you will put yourself first, without guilt, and recognize that women are leaders in our families and our culture, and we deserve to be honored. YOU deserve to be honored. If you pushed a baby out of your vagina, had one cut out of your abdomen, or even just had periods every month for years to carry our species forward, kudos to you. I hope that sharing our stories through my blog and social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, & YouTube) will allow us to feel our divine interconnectedness as a sea of women with way more in common than our differences. For personal coaching sessions with me to find your best self, visit my coaching page.
WHEN YOU REALLY KNOW ME…
My father was a small-town General Practitioner in New Zealand where I spent my first 18 years, and ever since I can remember I was going to be a doctor. I grew up watching him make house calls, visiting his office, hearing him talk about delivering babies in the middle of the night, and working for him as a file clerk in the summers. At that time, I was only aware of several career choices for “smart” girls. Doctor, lawyer, accountant, teacher… and since none of the others held any appeal whatsoever it seems more destiny than choice. For a brief time, I considered clothing design since I was taught to be an expert seamstress by my mother and had been making my own clothes and selling them since about age 14. I’ve told many surgical patients that story and it always seems to make them smile. I am still a seamstress, I just sew a different type of fabric.
The expectation was that my two-month Ob/Gyn rotation as a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine would be a horrific nightmare of sleepless nights and cruel, slave-driving teachers as described by many of my colleagues. Much to my surprise, that rotation was one of the best two months of my life, and for the first time in memory, I woke up happy, went to bed happy, and was happy in between. I felt like I had found my calling and my purpose.
Ob/Gyn residency was another four years of fun, and as much as we loved to complain about the hours (often up to one hundred per week in those days), most of my memories of that time are of true deep friendship and connection with my fellow residents who are still some of my best friends, some incredible and some shockingly terrible teachers (both who taught me equal amounts), and the daily joy of being part of some of the world’s most miraculous events.
In 1999, I began practicing as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist in an insanely busy two-person operation in which I was the slave and my boss was the master. This initially was thrilling, new, and a daily adrenaline rush, but soon became a source of great anxiety and discontent. The office wasn’t run well, patients waited too long, the decor was old and dirty, we were understaffed with high turnover and gossip was the norm. I just knew there had to be a better way. I frequently cite this experience as one of the most valuable of my life, as it inspired me to dream of the way things could be, and then created a situation in which things were bad enough to give me the courage to leave and made my dream a reality. Had things been just a little better, I would never have created “Complete Women’s Care Center” and you would not be reading this now.
Complete Women’s Care Center was born with me as a solo practitioner and a staff of 4, and a huge dream to grow the all-female, highly service oriented and cutting-edge Ob/Gyn practice which has since become a reality. Currently, with 28 all-female providers and an all-female staff of over 140, we are the largest all-female Ob/Gyn practice in the country (probably the world, although we haven’t been able to verify that); truly a dream come true.
“Throughout my career, I have been honored to be part of some of the most important and intimate moments of my patients’ lives, through pregnancy and delivery, surgery, cancer, infertility, death, divorce…every magical and tragic event that can occur in life, and have seen and heard enough incredible stories to fill a library.”
“I started coaching sessions with Dr. Susan at the perfect time in my life. I had some major changes going on that I did not quite know how to handle and was considering backing down from an amazing opportunity. Going into coaching I had a fear that I would hold myself back because I often struggle with truly opening up about what is on my mind, however, Susan was able to hear and pick out the important pieces of what I was saying which continued to open me up comfortably. She coached me through lessons that I did not even know I needed to learn and got me to the other side healthier and more prepared than I would have ever thought possible for myself. I absolutely recommend taking the opportunity to go through life coaching with her.”
“Before starting my coaching sessions with Dr. Hardwick-Smith, I honestly felt I was fully satisfied with the direction of my personal and professional life. However, I did struggle to balance the two greatest loves of my life, new family vs. career. I felt stressed and spread pretty thin. Utilizing the tools and suggestions given to me by Dr. Hardwick-Smith, I noticed my critical thinking, self-awareness, and creativity has begun to thrive and develop. I see the loves of my life in a new positive light and welcome the challenges they bring by implementing the knowledge and tools gained from each session. I am truly grateful, inspired and motivated to achieve higher levels of happiness and contentment within all aspect of my life, both personally and professionally. Thank you, Dr. Hardwick-Smith; I mean this from the bottom of my heart.”
“Dr. Hardwick-Smith’s coaching has helped me take a step back and reflect, and to look at all of my accomplishments personally and in business. I feel more able to sit and appreciate and be grateful, instead of always feeling “not enough”. Her coaching showed me how to really take the time to think about what’s been holding me back in certain areas and how to put a plan together, and take action steps to pursue the changes that I want to put into place.”
“I was very hesitant in the beginning about what to expect from coaching. I was not sure what issues I wanted to address and was somewhat fearful of being judged. Dr. H-S was great at asking the right questions, based on my values, to get me to come out of my shell. This allowed me to see things differently and become more courageous about being myself. She quickly helped me decide what areas would best serve me with our time together and opened my eyes to a world of possibilities that I had previously not thought possible.”
“I have been a manager in the healthcare business for over 30+ years. Dr. Hardwick-Smith’s coaching sessions were phenomenal. She helped me recognize my ‘inner critic’ and guided me to understand how to feel more confident and utilize my new found confidence in presenting during meetings. She supported my growth and development in becoming a better leader. I have changed my approach to managing and my staff are loving the new me. Thanks, Dr. Hardwick-Smith.”