Dr. Danielle Alleman
Empowerment & career coach, speaker, teacher, and mentor.
I’m a veterinarian.
I’m a dream chaser.
I’m an outdoor adventurer.
I’m an enthusiastic cat lover.
I empower veterinarians feeling uncertain, weary, and broken to grow into the confident, dynamic, incredible doctors they are meant to be.
I love love love supporting people on their journey to realizing that they are an unstoppable badass with limitless potential.
I love guiding people on their journey to increased self-awareness so they can figure out what they really want out of life.
I know the love, compassion, and care you give to your clients and patients, and I want to help you reflect that love, kindness, and care right back towards YOU where it belongs.
I love helping people shed those layers of self-doubt, tackle their impostor syndrome, and create a better relationship with that self-critical voice in their head.
I believe we all have the power to be fulfilled, thriving, unique veterinary professionals.
I’m here, ready to support you on your path to EMPOWERMENT and JOY.
I believe we can do better than the endless cycles of burnout, shame, overworking, and perfectionism many of us have come to know.
I believe it is our mission to improve the lives of our clients and patients while also working to improve and nurture our own lives as well.
I’m a veterinarian, a teacher, a mentor, a friend, a daughter, a dreamer, and an incredibly passionate human.
I have learned to balance work, play, fun, adventure, and curiosity in all that I do, and I want to help YOU do the same.
How Did I Get Here?
Like so many of us, I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was in kindergarten (eye roll, I know). My sights have been set on having a DVM for the majority of my life, and there was nothing that was going to stand in my way. In 2017, I became something I have always wanted to be, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
My road to and through veterinary school was nothing terribly out of the ordinary and not worth listing out here, so I’ve condensed it into infographic form for the sake of simplicity.
Where the real story starts is a couple of years after I graduated from vet school. Within three years of graduation, I had been burnt out three distinct times. To be honest, the first couple of times, I didn’t realize what I was feeling would be considered burnout. I just thought I was tired. Cynical. Not “cut out” for veterinary medicine.
After a long period of feeling deeply disenchanted with the profession, I knew I had to make a change. I wanted to figure out what was making me feel this way. I wanted to figure out what I could do to love my career again. I wanted to feel as excited about something as I did the day I was accepted into veterinary school, and I wanted to see myself spending the next few decades doing it.
Through periods of deep self-reflection, personal development work, open-mindedness, and self-compassion, I realized part of my heart and interests has always been in mental health and well-being. From there, Empathos Veterinary Wellness was created.
Where did the name Empathos come from?
It was a combination of the word “empathy,” which is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, and “pathos,” which is the Greek word for “experience,” is used to convey emotion, and is “something that one undergoes,” or “something that happens to one.”
I wanted to create something where we could all connect with one another, show compassion to ourselves and others, and share a collective experience.
I wanted to create a safe space to inspire and help those who felt as broken and helpless as I did shortly after entering the profession.
I wanted to be able to destigmatize some of the mental health challenges our profession goes through, provide resilience tools for people to use, and be a part of the creative solution I know we as a profession are capable of.
I wanted to be an advocate for radical empathy, radical self-love, and radical self-awareness.
I wanted to help others find a way to integrate their career and their life in a way that satisfied them.
I wanted to see more people in love with their career rather than continue to listen to those who tell others they regret becoming a veterinarian and try to convince others of the same.
I wanted to be a part of the change that moves us onwards and upwards, not keeps us in a cycle of disappointment, discontent, anger, and resentment.
I wanted to see veterinary medicine THRIVE.
And now, here I am. And I’m SO excited.
I work with people in a variety of ways.
I believe success is determined by how you define it.
What drives me is not just the ability to navigate my own career path and self-care journey, but to inspire, encourage, and teach others to do the same for themselves.
I absolutely adore my work and life.
I love helping other veterinarians get out of their own way and step into their power.
This profession needs more kind-hearted souls who are willing to support each other, take care of one another, and be willing to do things differently.
These last couple of years, I have spent more time than I knew was possible on my own personal development, self-awareness, and learning the unique reasons I consistently found myself stuck in a cycle of deep burnout.
The three biggest breakthroughs that I have had have gotten me to where I am today.
1) I am so much more than a veterinarian
Shortly after graduation, I packed my bags and moved across the country from upstate NY to rural WA. I had no family or friends out in the Pacific Northwest. I was simply drawn to the landscape of this part of the country. My first job didn’t end up the way I thought it would, and it sent me into a deep cycle of self-doubt, self-criticism, and it felt like my world was crumbling around me. It took me a while to realize that I had wrapped my entire identity into being a veterinarian for a long time. It wasn’t just what I did. It was WHO I WAS. I didn’t know who I was outside of veterinary medicine, and when my job was going south, it took my entire identity and self-worth down with it. Learning and exploring who I am outside veterinary medicine has made me happier in my career, made me more dynamic and diversified, and doesn’t leave all of my worth wrapped up in one thing.
2) I don’t need to feel guilty taking a break from productivity
I don’t think any of us would have gotten through vet school if we weren’t just a liiiiiittle bit competitive. With others. With OURSELVES. I subscribed to the thought that taking a break was considered a weakness, and constantly striving to work harder, longer, faster, and achieve more, more, more was the only path to success. The more I learned about myself, the more I realized I was tying my own worth to how productive I was. I have made it a point to try and untangle the relationship I had created between those two things. I’ve learned that rest is productive. Rest is important. I don’t need to feel guilty about it.
3) My journey is my own, and I don’t need to apologize for it
My seemingly never-ending burnout cycle only a few years into practice left me feeling guilty, ashamed, and not enough. Other people spend decades working long hours in private practice, so why couldn’t I? The mindset shift from “not being cut out for Vet Med” to “I can choose my own journey, and it doesn’t have to look like everyone else’s” was extremely freeing. This profession is so incredibly broad and full of opportunity. We can all do what makes us happy.
I am extremely passionate about all things well-being but…
Here’s what else I love:
- The smell of freshly brewed coffee first thing in the morning
- Cats that curl up in the bend of your knees
- Complimenting strangers
- The feeling I get every time I reach the summit of a mountain
- Fresh powder under my skis
- Jaw-dropping sunsets
- Spending time in the woods with the man I love
- Creating playlists that boost your energy, your confidence, and your mood all at once
- Drinking margaritas on the beach with friends
- Hugs from family you haven’t seen for entirely too long
- Laughing until it’s hard to breathe
- Exploring new restaurants, breweries, trails, cities, and more!
I’m so excited for you to be here. You being here reading this fills my heart with so much gratitude. I would love for us to connect further. Please do not hesitate to reach out.