Born in Germany, Stephan is passionate about living life to the fullest.
After studying medicine in Heidelberg, Germany he travelled and worked in Europe and Australia before settling down in New Zealand. He works as a private anaesthetist in Rotorua and has become a bestselling author and advocate for mental health and addiction. He is uniquely qualified in this role. After all, a lifetime of trauma led Stephan to drown his sorrows, only to find that the critters can swim. As an alcoholic in recovery he has experienced addiction and mental health problems first hand. As an anaesthetist and previous pain physician he faced daily the consequences of alcohol addiction, including gut-wrenching trauma in the emergency department, countless incidences of family harm and patients with cancer directly due to their alcohol abuse.
After successful rehabilitation Stephan is now an expert in living a life so fantastic, that alcohol has simply no role to play. He shares this passion through his podcast, YouTube channel, and other social media titled “A different life story”.