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Jessica Dowches-Wheeler

Life & Confidence Coach 
Columbia, Maryland, United States
I truly believe coaching can change lives. Be Powerful. Be Confident. Be YOU.
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FEES from $75 USD to $600 USD for coaching packages. more...

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About me

I was the first person in my family to go to college. Having little guidance on the process, I started applying to schools near my home in Pennsylvania. One day, as I walked near the guidance counselor's office in my high school, I came across a brochure for a beautiful college in North Carolina. The university was a small liberal arts school known for its health sciences program. It boasted about various campus life programs, on-campus housing, and its poolside beach volleyball court. I was hooked. My mom and I made the 10-hour drive to visit the college, and we both fell in love. I knew this is where the rest of my life would start.

In my first year of college, I joined a sorority. The day I accepted my bid from Sigma Sigma Sigma was one of the defining moments of my life. I was far away from home and everyone I knew, but this group of wonderful, sweet women wanted me to join them. They saw something in me that would add to the culture of the group. Tri Sigma taught me how to live a life of character, reinforced the importance of sisterhood and empowered me to be a leader.

After graduating with a degree in biology, I moved back home to Pennsylvania. My dad had been diagnosed with lung cancer the year before, and I needed to be with my family. I thought I wanted to be a doctor, so I took the MCAT and began applying to medical school. I was invited to interview at a school in Philadelphia, my top choice at the time. When I arrived for my interview, something just did not feel right. I remember sitting through the panel interview thinking, "What am I doing here? Is this really what I want?" I think I subconsciously botched that interview, and I am so glad I did. On the way home from Philadelphia, I called Blake, my then-boyfriend-now-husband, and told him about a different program I wanted to pursue. A university closer to my house had a Masters program in Healthcare Administration. I applied the next day, had a phone interview a few weeks later and was accepted.

Before I began my program in the fall of 2011, my dad passed away. It was a pivotal time in my family's life. Being the oldest daughter, I felt the need to be strong for my mom and sisters. I pushed through my grief and excelled in school. The terminal requirement of my program was a 6-month administrative residency to be completed at a facility of our choice. Blake and I wanted to move to Washington, DC, so I searched for residencies in that area. My faculty advisor knew the CEO at a hospital in Maryland, so he connected us. I basically cold-called this CEO and asked if he would accept me as a resident. After a phone and in-person interview, they offered me the position.

My residency was an invaluable experience. I met with all of the senior leaders and worked on important projects for the organization. I was also paired on one significant project with a leader who would eventually become my boss and remains my mentor today. He was tasked with creating an in-house performance improvement training and asked me to help. What I thought would be creating a few tools and templates turned into a full-time job. By the end of my residency, we had created a world-class program and trained our first class. I felt #likeaboss.

That is, until the end of my residency approached and the organization was not in a position to offer me a job. I remember the day I learned the news. I went home, crumbled onto my couch and sobbed for hours. I was a zombie, a shell of myself. Blake skipped an exam and rushed home (he was a full-time student, too). We thought we would be homeless. We were living off my $12/hour paycheck and two scholarships. We got married the month before. We put a deposit on two gorgeous Birman kittens. We thought we would have the life we dreamed about.

I remembered what Tri Sigma taught me about being an empowered woman. I would not stand for "no." I got off the couch, grabbed a notepad and started scribbling my pitch. I deserved a position at that hospital. I gave 110% to the program I helped develop; a program that started to change the culture of the organization. The next day, I scheduled a meeting with the COO and explained why I would not take no for an answer. I felt bold, confident and proud for standing up for myself. He said he would see what he could do, and the following day, I got my offer. I took a chance on something I believed in, and it paid off. The COO created a position for me to manage the program I developed. When they tried to close the door on this opportunity, I stuck my foot in, and they opened it back up.

For two years, I worked endlessly to instill a culture of continuous improvement in the hospital. My boss and I also pitched our program to other hospitals in the system, and we got a few bites. We presented to the CEO council, who gave us the blessing to move forward with implementing this program at all twelve hospitals in our system. One of the CEOs from a sister hospital noticed me and recruited me to bring my program to his hospital. I made the move in early 2016. This transition gave me the confidence I needed to lead on my own. I was a 29-year old woman changing the culture at another hospital. The job came with a six-figure salary and the autonomy to innovate, challenge and engage. It also led me to my current passion - coaching.

Having my own professional coach through my job transition allowed me to look within myself to determine and achieve my goals. My coach challenged me, supported me, believed in me and was a true partner toward my career success. I want to be that partner for you. As a coach, my job is to help you become the best version of you. You have the tools inside you, and I know how to bring them out. My mission is to help you gain clarity on your life goals, empower you to action, and support you to have the courage and confidence necessary to achieve great success. What are you waiting for? The life you dream of is within reach.

Coaching with me

My goal is to help you become the best version of yourself. I partner with my clients to achieve better work/life balance, become more confident in themselves, overcome interpersonal challenges, take their careers to the next level, and maximize their potential using their natural power, strengths and talents.
This is your journey; I am merely a guide. As the client, you control the agenda and the outcomes. You are responsible for your success, but I serve as your partner and resource to that end. I am committed to your goals, hopes and dreams. I want you to be powerful, be confident, be you.

I will ask thought-provoking questions to help you think critically about your journey. I will not give you advice nor weigh in with my opinion, but I will challenge you to think, act and communicate in a way that will guarantee your success.


Please feel free to visit my shop to see the details of my offerings.

Private sessions include 60 minutes per week for a minimum three-month (12-week) commitment.
This service is completely online and uses tools and resources to help you work toward your goals. Minimum 12-week commitment.

Experience, Certifications and Training

  • Masters in Healthcare Administration (December 2013)
  • Professional Certified Coach (July 2017)
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • University of Miami Certified Professional Coach Program
  • Gallup StrengthsFinder
I have questioned life and my own existence from a young age. What is my purpose? Why am I here? Why are any of us here? My existential crises, once terrifying downward spirals in my childhood, were the beginning of my personal transformation.

I had an amazing childhood and family life, growing up in the rural Pocono Mountains, PA. My family ate dinner together every night, my parents high school sweethearts, and my sisters and I absorbed my parents’ work ethic and values. Still, I knew I was different, and not in the way that millennials typically feel – “special.” I looked at the world through different lenses, and I was convinced that no one else saw things quite like I did.

I am the first person in my family to attend and graduate from college. I thought I wanted to become a doctor, and with little guidance, my faculty advisors put me on that path. I majored in Biology and joined a sorority. I decided on a college in North Carolina – 10 hours from my family and the only life I knew. My sorority sisters were my second family; we learned together, we grew together, we argued, we stood up for one another, and we became leaders. The experience of sorority life was the first catalyst in my transformation.

The second happened my junior year of college. I will never forget that April morning, around Easter, receiving the phone call that changed my family’s lives forever. My dad had lung cancer. The wind was knocked out of me. My dad was the strongest, toughest person I knew. How could he possibly have cancer at 48?

Around this same time, I struggled with, and eventually rejected, the religion I grew up observing. I began reading about Buddhism and eventually adopted the philosophies and teachings of the Buddha. My parents were not happy about this, but I knew this was a truer expression of my personal values, beliefs and worldview.

The three years that my dad fought his battle with lung cancer were the most turbulent for my family and me. About a year after his original diagnosis, my dad was in remission. We had hope. Most people with lung cancer do not get this gift. We took a family trip to Disneyland, and it truly was a magical experience. My parents also took trips together to celebrate their birthdays. In October 2010, they came home early from their trip to Myrtle Beach. My dad had pain in his hip. The cancer was back and more aggressive than before.

Eventually, the cancer spread from my dad’s lungs to his bones, to his brain. He came home with hospice in November. I moved out in January. The stress of caring for my dad became too much. I knew I would be better for my family, and myself, if I was not there full time.

I will never forget the last conversation I had with my dad. My sister and I were trying to get him to take his medication. By this time in his journey, he was delirious and agitated, pushing us away as we tried to hand him the pills. Suddenly, he looked up and remarked, “There’s a bird in here!” He always loved birds and was an avid birdwatcher. It was such a poignant reminder of the vibrant man he once was.

His passing changed me. I put a higher emphasis on family and my own health. I became obsessed with self-awareness and self-discovery. Instead of attending medical school, I got my Masters in Healthcare Administration. I realized that life is fragile, and I wanted to live my life with as little regret as possible. I wanted to become the best version of myself for my family.

I am still a work in progress. Now, my existential crises are a welcome sign that I need to pay attention to myself. I practice meditation and mindfulness to listen to my mind and body. I read constantly. I spend time more with my husband, friends and family. I appreciate the gift of life. And now, my life’s purpose is to help others to transform their lives through self-discovery, thoughtful decision-making and understanding their purpose. We were all put here to do something, to contribute in some way. I would love to help you figure out what that something is.

Fee description

Fees: from $75 USD to $600 USD

I offer affordable options to meet your needs. Each package requires a three-month minimum commitment.


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