“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. If a person does not know for which port they are sailing, no wind is the right wind.”

–Seneca, 1 BC

About Dr. Bethany Piziks Gareiss

Equine-Partnered Life Coach, Retired Dentist, Triathlete

Dr. Bethany is deeply committed to inspiring dentists who long for purposeful direction to achieve balance, peace, and prosperity within the chaos of working in a dental practice. A clinical dentist for over 20 years, 6 of them in a partnership, she knows what it’s like in the trenches. Dr. Bethany is no stranger to strife, relationship conflict, or courage. In 1997 she started a practice from scratch and immediately realized she was enrolled in the “school of hard knocks”, felt completely alone, and experienced personally the frustration and angst that being a dentist can bring. After hiring a coach and seeing exponential progress in leadership, profitability, and personal growth, she discovered that helping others find the same satisfaction was her true life’s calling.

So she changed her career?

One of the most difficult and courageous decisions Bethany ever made was to leave a very successful career during peak years, and it didn’t happen overnight. However, being a visionary who follows her heart, it became clear that she had to do whatever it took to be free and follow her passion to help others. Defining core values, writing a clear vision, and living congruently in order to manifest that vision became her highest priority. She sold her practice, became a Certified Life Coach in 2012, and a Certified Equine Gestalt Coach in 2015. Helping others discover their own joy and purpose is at the core of how Bethany serves, and she is now in the business of restoring the human spirit instead of restoring teeth!

How do the horses fit in?

Horses have always been an important part of Dr. Bethany’s life. The mere presence of a horse is healing for the heart, and they speak to us in many ways. Combining the wisdom of horses and the positive effects of coaching, Dr. Bethany facilitates deeply impactful retreats that put restoring the heart and spirit center stage. Come and experience what the horses have to say. No one ever forgets what a 1200 pound animal teaches them!

When not in the horse barn coaching clients toward a life of peace and significance, you can find her spending time with the Love of her life, Bill. They enjoy camping, boating, eating healthy food, traveling, and playing with their grandchildren. You may also find her swimming, biking, or running to train for a triathlon race. In 2013 she completed a half-ironman. 
Being an adventurous, nature-loving spirit, Dr. Bethany also rode her horse across Michigan in 2014 from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron, 280 miles in 10 days, just for the adventure. It’s hard to say what might be next!

I love Bethany‘s mindfulness and thoughtful approach as she guides the process for her client.  Absolutely present, compassionate, and respectful.  The gift of healing is powerful in Bethany.

Connie, Creston, BC

What is the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method?

The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® was developed by Melisa Pearce, a core founder since 1989, of the horse-human healing movement. The experiential nature of the method involves the horse as an active partner with the coach in the client’s exploratory process. The integrative approach of the equine’s interaction combined with positive coaching, somatic awareness guidance and Gestalt methodology, assists the client in examining their life and choices made with a focus on designing a positive future.

Bethany carries herself with confidence and grace while keeping her client safe.  She moves her client through their process in a very loving way.

Marian, Victoria Beach, AB

No horse experience is necessary to participate in an EGCM coaching session and you will not ride the horse — although, if have horses, you may find that the EGCM experience deepens the connection with your horses.