A Family Physician driven to help people be healthy, happy and empowered
Dr. Nicole Swiner is a family physician and co-owner at UNC Durham Family Medicine. She also teaches UNC medical students and residents as an Adjunct Associate Professor. She completed her residency at UNC-Chapel Hill. She attended Duke University for her undergraduate degree and received her M.D. at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, SC.
Why Dr. Swiner was nominated:
- Affectionately known as “DocSwiner,” she has an easygoing personality and is known for her willingness to do anything to help anyone in her local community.
- She is passionate about teaching other women in her community how to take care of themselves and find personal fulfillment.
- Dr. Swiner is the author of several successful books, including The Superwoman Complex and The Superwoman Complex: A Follow Up-Visit.
- She is an inspirational speaker on such topics as stress management, health matters and self-care.
DocSwiner has truly made a positive impact on my life. She allowed me to work as an intern. During this internship I had the opportunity to display my passion by working on some of her graphics and her blog. She is also teaching me about entrepreneurship throughout my journey. DocSwiner has reminded me in my journey that I have to do what makes me happy.”
In Dr. Swiner’s own words:
What does being a doctor mean to you?
As a family doctor, I focus on taking care of the entire family unit. From newborns to geriatric adults, I have to be comfortable with giving care to every family member and helping them maintain good health. It’s all about treating the person as an individual as well as the family unit. I have been inspired to help people as a speaker and author as well. I have written two books on ‘The Superwoman Complex,’ advising women (and men) on how to deal with the false belief that one person can be all things to all people, perfectly.”
Can you tell us about your community involvement or volunteer work?
I am involved with teaching medical students and interns. I am associated with StandUp-SpeakOut of North Carolina, a group that advocates for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. I also work with The Art of Cool Festival in Durham, which teaches young people about the importance of music and creates enriching experiences through a jazz camp.”
How would you use the award money?
After tithing to my church, I would put the money toward some upcoming business endeavors, so I could work smarter, not harder. My most recent project is a collaborative book called Thinking About Quitting Medicine. It supports doctors who feel stuck or burnt out and want to do things differently. Our plan is to form a support group for doctors who want to find new ways to direct their energies and explore entrepreneurial ventures. We are reaching out to medical students and young doctors to form mentor groups as a preventive measure against professional burnout. I would like to put funding toward this initiative to help doctors stay positive and inspired in their careers.”