lifecoach 150 Jessica Dowches-Wheeler Jessica Dowches-Wheeler I truly believe coaching can change lives. I am here to help you become the best version of you!
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Jessica Dowches-Wheeler

Life & Career Coach 
Columbia, Maryland, United States

I truly believe coaching can change lives. I am here to help you become the best version of you!

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OFFERINGS: Private coaching

FEES from $150 to $300 for coaching packages. more...

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About me

I am a healthcare executive specializing in continuous improvement, change management and organizational transformation. Through my work in hospitals and health systems, I found that the biggest area of opportunity was in the executive leadership's personal transformation, so I started focusing there.

I became passionate about the idea of personal transformation after my own transformation, as a participant in an intensive leadership training through my sorority, called Labyrinth Leadership Experience. A labyrinth is a path taken for the development of the soul. It's a symbol for wholeness, spiritual growth, emergence, connection to the source, evolution, initiation, and eternal freedom. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one entrance and no branches. The entrance is also the exit. The labyrinth is a metaphor for one's journey into the inner self and back, bringing forth hidden truths in the process.

Similar to the labyrinth, the coaching process will allow you the time and space to journey into your inner self and back, bringing forth your truths, realizations, ideas, change and transformation. In my personal transformation journey, I became more confident in my abilities as a leader, spoke bolder in challenging teams and organizations to be their best, and solidified my personal values. I am more "me" now than I have ever been, and my journey continues to evolve.

I am married to my wonderful husband, Blake. We live in Columbia, MD with our two gorgeous Birman cats, Berlioz and Toulouse. My hobbies include travel, community service, wine, food, meditation and reading.

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 strengths & 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 the best version of yourself.

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.


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Private sessions include 60 minutes per week for a minimum three-month (12-week) commitment.

Experience, Certifications and Training

  • Professional Certified Coach (July 2017)
  • Masters in Healthcare Administration (December 2013)
  • Gallup StrengthsFinder
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • University of Miami Certified Professional Coach Program

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.
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Fee description

Fees: from $150 to $300

As a new coach, I am able to offer my services at a deeply discounted rate. Each package requires a three-month minimum commitment.


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