Dr. Nicole T. Rochester is a physician expert on health care navigation, a patient and family caregiver advocate, a speaker, an author, and the CEO of Your GPS Doc, LLC. She is a board-certified pediatrician and Assistant Professor with almost two decades of experience practicing clinical medicine and teaching medical students and physicians-in-training. Dr. Rochester is a member of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates.
As a caregiver to her late father, who suffered from dementia, diabetes, hypertension, end-stage kidney disease, depression, and heart disease, Dr. Rochester witnessed the disjointed health care system from the other side of the stethoscope and gained invaluable insight into the plight of patients and family caregivers. As the only physician in her family, Dr. Rochester has served as the medical interpreter and patient advocate for numerous family members during critical and sometimes frustrating encounters with healthcare professionals. She realizes that most patients and families do not have access to this “inside knowledge” and has made it her personal mission to help others navigate the health care system through her creation of Your GPS Doc, LLC.
Dr. Rochester shares her knowledge and insight through her weekly blog on yourgpsdoc.com, local workshops and seminars, and regional and national conferences. In the near future, she will offer individual navigation consulting services. Dr. Rochester is known for her engaging personality and has a knack for explaining medical issues in easy-to-understand language.
Dr. Rochester attended Johns Hopkins University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. She obtained her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is married and has two children.