We help people develop the critical skills that enable them to help others make lasting behavior change.

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David Mee-Lee, MD


David Mee-Lee, MD

David is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM).

Based in Davis, California, he trains and consults both nationally and internationally. David is Chief Editor of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) Criteria for the Treatment of Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions and is Senior Vice President of The Change Companies. He is also a Senior Fellow, Justice Programs Office (JPO) of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University, Washington, DC, and cofounder of the Institute for Wellness Education.

David is the recipient of ASAM’s 2017 John P. McGovern Award that honors individuals who have made highly meritorious contributions to public policy, treatment, research, or prevention which increases our understanding of the relationship of addiction and society.

David has forty years of experience in person-centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance-use conditions.

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Dr. Deborah Teplow

Co-founder and CEO

Dr. Deborah Teplow

Deborah is an expert in health education and training, and led the effort to establish wellness coaching as an occupation recognized by the US Department of Labor. Since founding IWE, she has helped train over 5,000 people put science-based skills into practice to make positive, lasting behavior change in their lives and the lives of others.

She was CEO/Founder of Health Focus, Inc, which was an educational partner with the University of Wisconsin and Indiana University Schools of Medicine to develop continuing medical education for physicians. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Institute for Behavioral Healthcare, where she helped establish clinical outcomes measures for behavioral group practices. She helped two organizations gain six-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and developed curriculum in the humanities and sciences for colleges in California, Nevada, New Jersey, and New Hampshire.

Deborah is an expert in person-centered, strength-based, relationship-focused approaches to care, and has published widely on evidence-based strategies to promote lasting behavior change. She earned her doctorate from Stanford University and has multiple certifications in the area of health sciences and wellness. She is a certified Tiny Habits® Coach, trained by BJ Fogg, founder and director of the Stanford University’s Behavior Design Lab. She also earned a certificate in Solution-focused Brief Therapy through BRIEF International.