Dr. Ann Hester is a board-certified internal medicine physician with more than 25 years of direct patient care experience. Her passion for empowering patients started in medical school when she organized health fairs and wrote patient information literature.

Her book Your Family Medical Record: An Interactive Guide to Getting the Best Care was published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2000. In November of 2022, she published Patient Empowerment 101: More than a book, it’s an adventure!

Dr. Hester also delves into various types of graphics technology and enjoys creating videos. She made a sister website for her new book, patientempowerment101.com, which allows readers access to take online quizzes, watch engaging video clips, and download fillable forms about their symptoms and personal medical records.

Dr. Hester is married with six children and a 100 lb German Shepherd named Rex. She enjoys organic gardening and taking long walks.

Topics We Discuss:

Patient empowerment

Communicating with your doctor

How to make the most out of every moment with your doctor

Ways technology can boost your health

How to prepare in advance for a visit to the doctor

Questions I Asked Ann:

  • How can people position themselves at the center of their healthcare teams?
  • What are some ways to improve communication with a doctor?
  • How can patients make the most out of every moment with their doctor?
  • How can technology improve our health?
  • How do we prepare in advance for a visit to the doctor?
  • How can we mitigate the looming doctor shortage?

Ann’s Website

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