Bio – Michelle Charfen, MD
Hello! Thank you for checking out my site. I am a physician/educator who offers support to help people communicate effectively and with compassion.
I was fascinated by the human body from an early age and dreamt of becoming a physician. In high school, I began tutoring students and discovered a love of facilitating learning for others as well. I studied Human Biology as an undergraduate at Stanford, taught preschool during the summer vacations, and spent the year after graduation teaching at an elementary school in East Palo Alto.
I then attended Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine. My interest in public health led to a Research Fellowship and a Masters of Epidemiology. I enjoyed teaching medical students and residents while working in an academic environment.
When my first child was born I found myself torn between a career that I loved and a deep desire to be at home with my daughter. Eighteen months later, I stepped down from a faculty position as an Assistant Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine to devote this period of life to a growing family while continuing to work part time in Emergency Medicine. Soon after this I found out I was expecting twins.
At home with three young children I found myself challenged in ways I never imagined. I received much needed parent education and support from the Manhattan Beach Nursery School, Echo Parenting and Education, and Evolve with Carrie Contey, PhD. My path has also largely been informed by Marshall Rosenberg’s theory of Nonviolent Communication as well as Carol Dweck’s theory of Mindset.
My personal journey, struggles, and successes organically led to an interest in supporting other families. I completed the Parent Educator Certification Program through Echo Parenting and Education, and now combine this training with my experience and knowledge to help others learn effective tools for compassionate communication.
Centered Parenting is an extension of my lifelong desire to care for individuals. I continue to work part-time as an Emergency Medicine Physician and live with my husband and three children in Redondo Beach, CA.
To learn more you can view my recent TEDxTalk, Unconditional Positive Regard: The Power of Self Acceptance
Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Medical Degree, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Residency in Emergency Medicine / Research Fellowship, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
Masters of Epidemiology, School of Public Health at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Echo Parenting & Education Certified Parent Educator, Echo Park, CA