Dr. Frates believes that it is an honor and a joy to work on empowering individuals and groups to reach their optimal level of wellness. Her goal is to enable clients to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors like regular exercise, proper nutrition, stress reduction, and weight management by identifying motivators, obstacles, strengths, and strategies for behavior change. She offers one on one sessions, group workshops, and lifestyle makeover packages. Dr. Frates also enjoys giving key note addresses, and regularly presents on topics including—what does wellness mean to you?, exercise prescription basics, motivating people to move, behavior change basics, making lasting changes one step at a time, utilizing the coach approach in health care, stroke basics and prevention tips and physician-coach collaboration.
Dr. Frates co-authored a book titled, Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering Your Health and Preventing Another Stroke (2006) Johns Hopkins University Press. Her father's stroke 25 years ago served as the inspiration for this book and sparked a desire to help people avoid the pain and misery caused by cerebrovascular disease. She states, "In fact, this is the impetus behind all my wellness work today!
Dr. Frates possesses an unusual combination of skills and training. She is a trained physiatrist with experience helping patients to reach their optimal level of functioning after a stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or amputation, and she is also a certified health and wellness coach helping people to reach their optimal level of wellness through healthy lifestyles. Tackling problems (big or small) and brainstorming solutions has been a focus for Dr. Frates for many years. As part of her training, she learned how to effectively use positive psychology, the Transtheoretical Model of Change, motivational interviewing, appreciative inquiry, and goal setting to enable people to change. Merging physiatry and wellness coaching skills, Dr. Frates recently launched wellness groups for stroke survivors at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and for several years has been conducting PAVING the Path to Wellness Workshops for a variety of audiences from Harvard College students to retirees in Naples, Florida.
Dr. Frates is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed her internship at MGH and her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Harvard Medical School program where she served as Chief Resident and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor. Since 1999, Beth has been actively involved with teaching medical students at Harvard Medical School (HMS) where she has won multiple teaching awards. She created the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group at HMS and will be teaching an Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine Course at the Harvard Extension School in the fall of 2014.