Amparo Ostojic, MPA

ACCESS Ambassador

CAL Voices

Peer Specialist

Certified Personal Medicine Coach

When I was 20 years old, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, the psychiatrist who informed me of my diagnosis also told me I would not graduate college or ever work. Since the psychiatrist only knew me for about 5-10 minutes, I got a second opinion, and this psychiatrist said I only had depression. This change of diagnosis gave me hope and a sense that I had control over how my life would be. I continued to live my life, graduate from college, work for the government, and obtain my Master of Public Administration. Although I had a second episode and since then I take medications, I never forgot the way my diagnosis was delivered.

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After working for the Social Security Administration for 10 years, I decided I wanted to make a difference in Mental Health Systems. The reason I want to be a Certified Personal Medicine Coach is because I want to learn how to better support people I work with. I also want to offer a perspective of how lived experience is valuable and improves overall health outcomes. My vision as a personal medicine coach is to empower individuals to find the answers within themselves and for them to become leaders in their communities to help others in their path towards self-improvement. 

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