Podcast Guests

Jennifer Stephenson Prioleau

Jennifer Stephenson Prioleau is 44 yrs old, and grew up in Willingboro NJ. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and three children, Aerin, Paul, and Kendall. Her husband, Dr. Algernon Prioleau, DO, is 45 years old and in his traditional internship of residency, in Philadelphia PA.  Dr. Prioleau graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017.  Jennifer is a licensed social worker and psychotherapist for a community outpatient mental health center in Baltimore MD. She earned her BS degree in Special Education from Tuskegee University in 1998 and Master of Social Work degree from University of Maryland School of Social Work, in 2003.

She has experience as a special education teacher, and began her social work career as an addictions specialist working with inmates in the Baltimore City Prison. Jennifer was a coordinator/recruiter for foster children with disabilities, and has worked for child and adult protective services units for Maryland Health and Human Services. She was a therapist for youth in treatment foster care and their families. Jennifer worked as a medical social worker for three hospitals in the Baltimore metro area. In addition to her career in social work, she studies flute at the Conservatory of Musical Arts in Audubon NJ, under teacher and school director, Anthony Salicandro.
She enjoys reading, birding, hiking, spin classes, playing the flute, and sitting by any beautiful body of water. She is studying to become a Health and Life Coach and studies at Health Coach Institute.   She would like to launch her business, Steps Coaching, in 2019. Her interest is to coach physicians and their families.

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Podcast Episode #63 – Enduring a Hard Path to Medicine

Ginger Allen

Ginger Allen is married to a Radiologist and lives in Las Vegas, NV. Her and her husband are the proud parents of a rescue Shih Tzu and love to travel. Ginger is very committed to her medical community and sits on the Board of her local American Medical Association Alliance. She is currently the Co-President Elect and does lots of great work for local medical related charities. She also owns a marketing agency called Your Marketing Liaison that specializes in medical marketing.

Podcast Episode #59 – Hope for the Alcoholic in Medical Marriage

Michael Ott

Michael Ott is married to Anne Langguth, a pediatric ophthalmologist currently doing her fellowship at the University of Iowa.  Living in Iowa City, Michael has two sons, Quincy(16) and Ryan (14).  Currently, Michael is a board member for the American Medical Association Alliance and is actively involved in recruiting new members.  Michael is the founder and CEO of Rantizo, an agricultural drone spraying company- www.rantizo.com.  Michael has a Master’s degree in Bioinorganic Chemistry and has worked in venture capital, entrepreneurship and consulting.

Podcast Episode #58 – Dating Long Distance During Medical Training

Anya Groner

Anya Groner’s essays, stories, and poems have appeared in journals including Guernica, The New York Times, EcotoneThe Oxford American, and The Atlantic.  She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Mississippi where she was a John and Renee Grisham Fellow and has since been awarded scholarships and grants from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, the Sewanee Writers Conference, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Louisiana Board of Regents. Meridian, a quarterly journal published by the University of Virginia, awarded her the Editor’s Prize for her story “Buster,” which also received a distinguished citation in the Best American Short Stories series. Currently, she is finishing a novel about twin sisters and eco-terrorism set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. An early chapter appears in the Fall/Winter edition of the journal Ninth Letter and a later chapter is available here. 

A resident of New Orleans, Groner is the chair of the creative writing department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and is a founding member of New Orleans Writers Workshop. She’s also taught writing at Loyola University New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, and the University of Mississippi.

Podcast Episode #57 – Does Being Married Mean Losing My Identity?

Julie Yamamoto

Julie Yamamoto has a Master’s degree in English language and literature, and has worked in corporate, academic, journalistic, and small business settings as a writer, editor, and instructor. She relishes the opportunity to work with writers one-on-one, and has a natural ability to communicate with non-native speakers of English.  She is currently an instructor at St. Martin’s University and offers writing and editing coaching services on her website, The Write Place.  She also writes on her personal blog at http://julieyamamoto.wordpress.com.

Podcast Episode #56 – Repeating Residency as a Foreign Medical Grad

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown is a 32 year old mother of two boys, Harvey and Gabriel, and is married to a doctor.  Ashley grew up in a small town in Montana where she never imagined she would be married to a doctor.  She received a BA in Accounting and passed the Certified Public Accounting Exam while her husband was in medical school.  She is currently working on earning her Masters in Accounting from the University of North Carolina.

Ashley had both of her children while her husband was in medical school and suffered in silence from postpartum anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.  Ashley knows what it’s like to have the joy of life and motherhood taken away, and after extensive work on herself, she is now enjoying life as a working mom and can now say she has the joy back.  She is on a mission to normalize postpartum depression and anxiety and believes that women and moms need to have safe places to talk about their emotions, struggles and feelings.

Podcast Episode #55 – Help for Anxiety

Karen Hickman

Karen Hickman is passionate about raising the civility quotient in America today. She is an expert in the most current and universally accepted etiquette and protocol affecting today’s business community and contemporary society. As owner and director of Professional Courtesy, LLC Ms. Hickman addresses the challenges of the business person in a global economy.

With training and certification from  The Protocol School of Washington© – a major resource for the Military Attaché and other government agencies – Ms. Hickman represents the highest degree of professionalism and quality programming. Since 1999, Ms. Hickman has developed and offered seminars for her clients that include Contemporary Business EtiquetteDining Skills for Business and PleasureInternational Etiquette and ProtocolCommunication SkillsNetworking Skills and more. In addition, she has used her nursing background to design seminars specifically for the Medical/Dental Office Practices and Hospitals.

Recognized nationally for her speaking, training and writing for business publications, she has also contributed dining etiquette to the recent publication, Dishing Up Smiles, for the Alliance of the American Dental Association. She writes a weekly Q&A etiquette column for the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel called Contemporary Courtesies.

Podcast Episode #54 – Gift Etiquette for Doctors

Robin Corry

Robin Corry is a wife of a physician and a mom to 3 kids who loves to cook for herself and her family.  Throughout their 18 years of marriage, whether working as the primary breadwinner for her husband in medical school or as a stay at home mom balancing after-school activities she has sought ways to bring food to the table with love, creativity, simplicity and good taste.  They have moved many times for medicine and each move gave her opportunities to explore different communities’ flavors.  She has then sought to incorporate those flavors into a weekly meal plan.  She shares some of what she has learned with us, including some favorite recipes.

Podcast Episode #53 – Mealtime with Physician Families

Jamia Ponder

Jamia Ponder encompasses over eight years of experience with a multi-faceted career path. She is a Lifestyle Coach challenging medical students and wives to holistically improve each area of their lives on this journey to medicine.

She is the COO of Godhigh & Associates Realty Company and a Licensed Real Estate Agent. She is also a Marketing Director, Social Media Expert, Business Consultant, Brand Manager, Chicago Parent Magazine Ambassador, Whittier PTO Co Vice-President of Fundraising, Talent Manager and a Mom to three adorable children by both day and night.

She is originally from Atlanta, GA and recently relocated to Chicago in support of her loving husband of the past seven years. She studied Spanish at Kennesaw State University with an emphasis on Cross-Cultural Communications and acquired a fluent command of the language and a love of the culture. She is an avid world traveler and truly enjoys life abroad.

Podcast Episode #52 – Be Their Number One Fan

Gayle Smith

An accomplished traveler, an experienced and successful businesswoman, a devoted wife and a mother to two beautiful fur-babies. All of these descriptors represent Gayle Smith.  Despite humble beginnings, she has leveraged two degrees in Accounting and Finance, her experience for travel and the love she shares with with her husband into a successful travel career.

Podcast Episode #51 – Cancer is Never Convenient

Pamela Savage

Pamela Savage is a work at home mom to Sweet Baby Raymond and forever-puppy, Buddy. She is married to a handsome, adventurous ER doc whose work schedule drives her nuts. Pamela is a counselor, yogi, runner and writer who has lived in Morocco, Philadelphia and Chicago. Her work has been featured on Coffee & Crumbs, Mamalode, Mothers Always Write, and Motherly.  You can read more of Pamela’s experiences of being married to a physician in her guest blog post: “Who is My Emergency Contact? The Irony of Being Married to a Doctor.

Podcast Episode #49 – The Realities of Family Planning

Ben Utley

Ben Utley believes it’s our job, as parents, to prepare our kids for the challenges and opportunities of the real world. As a husband, father of two daughters and Certified Financial Planner™, he is passionate about helping physician families become financially stable so their kids can feel safe and reach their full potential

His firm, Physician Family Financial Advisors, makes it easy for busy parents married to doctors to save time and taxes while they pay off student loans, buy a home and set aside all the money they need for college and retirement.

With this deep specialization and more than 20 years serving physicians, he has seen just about every phase of the medical marriage from residency to retirement which must be why his work has caught the attention of Physician’s Practice, The White Coat Investor and The New York Times.

Podcast Episode #48 – Are We Raising Spoiled Kids?

Angela Kalcec

Angela Kalcec currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association and the Advocates of the Michigan Osteopathic Association. Most recently she served on the AOA appointed Physician Taskforce examining burnout and depression and helped co-author a paper on Suicidal Ideation in the Osteopathic Profession.

During her husband’s time at MSUCOM she also served in many positions on the Student Advocates Association. She has been active on the AMOA Board since 2014, serving as SAA Liaison, Recording Secretary, and President-Elect and is currently President.

Angela is a High School Assistant Principal at Michigan Great Lakes Academy. This is her 16th year in education. She is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University and earned two Master’s degrees from Kent State University and Michigan State University. She lives in Okemos with her three children and her husband who is currently a family doctor in Michigan. Angela looks forward to a great year with the AAOA.  Go Green.

Podcast Episode #47 – From Music Teacher to Physician

Dr. Shakila Angadi

Dr. Shakila Angadi is a dentist and a certified social and emotional intelligence coach.  As a wife to a pediatric anesthesiologist and mom to a very active 6-year-old, she is loving the journey of finding balance and peace in her life.  As a self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist, she worked her way through her dental career of over 11 years dealing with the overwhelm that can be acquired as a dental practice owner and being married to medicine.

Through her journey of expanding her mindset to find happiness and becoming an S&EI coach, she enjoys helping healthcare professionals sharpen their emotional intelligence skills to live a purposeful, balanced life.

Through her social platform, The Inspired Dentist, she is involved with multiple projects including The Inspired Dental Life podcast, speaking, writing and her individual private and semi-private coaching programs.

She is on a mission to spread the awareness of EQ for health care practitioners to avoid burnout, stress and fatigue to live a happier and more emotionally resilient life.  You can connect with her on social media on FB, Instagram and Twitter @theinspireddentist;  www.facebook.com/theinspireddentist   You can also go directly to her website.

Podcast Episode #46 – Improving Your Emotional Intelligence

Andrea Liebross

Andrea is a Possibilities Coach who works with women who are married to busy, professional spouses and take on the primary role of Household CEO, regardless of whether or not they work in or outside the home. Her mission is to empower smart women to see things from a fresh perspective and to discover the power to create new possibilities in their life, career and family.

Andrea coaches women to get excited about the potential they have within. She equips women to create a plan to discover the possibilities in their daily schedule, career, health, relationships and so much more. But more importantly, she engages women to take the first step to change the direction of their life.

Married 22 years to a Radiation Oncologist, Andrea has been on an epic journey with her spouse, family and career. She is a certified life coach, started 2 businesses and raised 2 kids ages 16 and 14….and is still married. Through coaching, speaking and her popular Books & Beyond group she helps successful women experience the freedom, opportunity and excitement that fresh possibilities can bring to mindset, career, relationships and lifestyle.

Learn more about her at www.andrealiebross.com.

Podcast Episode #44 – How to Make Changes When You’re Feeling Stuck

Yasman Mostajeran

Yasman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate, Certified Sex Therapist-Candidate and Gottman Level 3 trained psychotherapist in Houston, TX. Although most of Yasman’s client’s are couples, she works with individuals and families as well. Yasman’s focus and passion has been guiding couples who have experienced infidelity or betrayal within their relationships through the rebuilding of trust and healing process.

Using Gottman method therapy and other therapeutic approaches, she welcomes couples who are having trouble resolving conflict, betrayal, infidelity, and any other challenge that seems to stand in their way. Healing a relationship means healing the people in it. Yasman’s goal is to redefine infidelity in a way so that couples no longer fear giving their significant other and their relationship another chance. Yasman is currently seeing clients at Houston Relationship Therapy. You can visit www.houstonrelationshiptherapy.com to read some of her articles and learn more or schedule an appointment.

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Podcast Episode #43 – Affairs in Physician Marriages

Dr. Ashlee Klevens Hayes

Dr. Ashlee Klevens Hayes, PharmD/MHA is the founder of Rx Ashlee, a coaching program that helps healthcare professionals transition into nontraditional roles. Over the last decade, Ashlee’s experienced numerous professional and personal setbacks and sacrifices to get to where she is today.

However, she is a firm believer in the Perseverance Principle, which she discussed on today’s episode. She is married to Dr. Chris Hayes, a current Trauma Orthopedic Fellow. Together they have a 16-month-old daughter and two rescue dogs! You can find out more about her mission to help healthcare professionals and subscribe to her newsletter at her website, rxashlee.com.

Podcast Episode #42 – Persevering in Your Own Way

jim dahle, md

James M. Dahle, MD, when not out skiing, mountain biking, or rock climbing with his wife and three children, practices emergency medicine in suburban Utah. As a medical resident, he grew tired of being ripped off by unscrupulous financial professionals including mutual fund salesmen, insurance agents, realtors, mortgage lenders, and stock brokers and began educating himself on the ins and outs of personal finance and investing. In 2011, he started The White Coat Investor, now the most widely read, physician-specific personal finance and investing blog in the world, with nearly 200,000 page views per month. His writing helps doctors avoid the mistakes he made and get a “fair shake” on Wall Street.

Dr. Dahle is a featured columnist for ACEP Now and Physician’s Monthly Digest. His work has also been featured in Medical Economics, Practice Link Magazine, Ophthalmology Business, American Academy of Dermatology Young Physician Focus, and The ACEP Young Physicians Section Newsletter. He also participated in writing The Bogleheads Guide to Retirement Planning.

Dr. Dahle has found the light at the end of the long, dark tunnel of medical training. Despite ever-increasing medical student debt burdens, decreasing reimbursements, and increasing regulatory hassle, he became a millionaire at age 38, just ten years after graduating from medical school. He achieved this success not with burnout-inducing levels of hard work nor long periods of financial deprivation, but rather with solid financial decision-making and a prudent financial approach to the first few years out of residency.

Now he shares his wisdom with medical students, residents, physicians, dentists and similar high income professionals so they can free themselves from debt, quit worrying about money, build wealth, live “the good life,” and get back to practicing medicine on their own terms. The principles he espouses are neither complicated nor risky, but the process of becoming wealthy as a physician is by no means automatic.

Podcast Episode #41 – Interview with the White Coat Investor

megan sharma

Megan Sharma is an author and writing professional originally from Seattle, Washington and recently transplanted to the Midwest. In 2015, the same year she moved cross-country (again!) and became a mother, Megan traded her 9:00 to 5:00 for calling the shots in her own writing career. Visit Megan’s web site, www.megansharma.com, to check out her debut nonfiction book on love and modern medicine, “Memoirs of a Surgeon’s Wife,” her blog, The Savvy Surgeon’s Wife, and cool freebies for email subscribers.

When she isn’t writing (a rare occurrence), Megan enjoys globetrotting with her surgeon hubby and daughter, cooking and eating delicious food, photography, and yelling at pundits on CNN. Follow Megan via @MeganNSharma on Twitter or @authormegansharma on Facebook.

Podcast Episode #39 – The Ups and Downs of Being Married to a Surgeon

donna rovito

Donna Baver Rovito has been navigating life in a physician family since she married a brand new surgical resident in 1983, just one week after medical school graduation. A reporter and broadcast journalist by training (back in the days when cut and paste involved X-acto knives and rubber cement), Donna has filled many roles during her family’s journey of medicine.

She says her current role as editor of Physician Family Magazine and Media is the culmination of everything she’s done previously and is a marvelous opportunity to provide help and support for this generation of physicians and their families. She and her general surgeon husband Peter have two sons, Peter and Tony, both of whom are headed to graduate school in August. Peter hopes to attend medical school in the near future and Tony will obtain a master’s in criminal justice to prepare for a career in federal law enforcement. Their 10 year old lab/rottweiler mix has no immediate career plans.

Podcast Episode #37 – Embracing the Realities of Being Married to a Doctor

joyce bass

Joyce stays busy working different part-time jobs and raising her children.  She also enjoys making jewelry and you can see her work here at Lisa and Baleigh.

Podcast Episode #36 – Second Chances

Suzy Rosenstein

Suzy Rosenstein is a Master Certified Life Coach and holds a Masters Degree in Applied Social Psychology. Suzy’s also been married to a physician for almost 24 years. As someone who had a great job on paper but wasted too many years feeling stuck herself, she loves helping women who feel like life is passing them by and sense that they may have regrets if they don’t start being more intentional. She is a mindfulness coach; she was trained at The Life Coach School and uses a thought model that literally shows you your thinking and helps you get clear about what you want so you can create a life you can get excited about.  For her 10 Suprising Ways to Bust out of your Midlife Funk, click here.

Podcast Episode #35 – Moving: What You Can Do To Improve Your Attitude

Lauren Watkins

Growing up Lauren Watkins always considered herself an artist, but it wasn’t until her husband was in his 3rd year of medical school and she had three young children at home that she rediscovered her love of painting and drawing. She felt the need to find a fulfilling pastime that she could easily do at home. In February of 2016 she decided to participate in a 30 day art challenge as a way to push herself back into art. She had to draw or paint everyday for 30 days.

Since that challenge hardly a day goes by that she doesn’t paint or draw and she has gone back to herroots of constantly creating. The only difference now is that she has to buy her own art supplies and any clothes that get ruined in the creative process. Lauren shares her art on her website laurenwatkinsart.comand sells prints in her Etsy shop.

Podcast Episode #34 – When Opposites Attract

Dave Denniston

Dave Denniston is an author, tax consultant, & financial consultant, but most importantly a life-long learner.  Dave is the founder of the Freedom Formula for Physicians Podcast, which is focused on “financial freedom” and just as importantly, how physicians can engage in healthy & a prosperous mindset! His philosophy is that we can all learn from others and who better to talk to physicians than other physicians and experts in various areas!

Dave would love to see every physician lower their taxes, destroy their debt, and enjoy a joyous, liberated lifestyle so that they can focus on what they love most- their families, their patients, and the activities that give them joy.  Learn more at http://doctorfreedompodcast.com/.

Podcast Episode #33 – Helpful Tax Tips for Physician Families

Tejal Toprani

Married To Doctors Podcast epidsode 2, support for physician spousesNurturing your relationship is the key to a fulfilled life. As an Emotion Focused Therapist, Tejal Toprani focuses on adult relationships and their attachment/bonding. As an EFT therapist, she can help address the distress in a couple’s relationship or when working with an individual.  If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, she looks forward to working with you to achieve your goals. Serving the Philadelphia and South New Jersey area. Email: tmisralcsw@gmail.com Website: http://www.tmisra.com/

Podcast Episode #32 – Finding and Creating the Support You Need

Jill Kirtland

support for physician spouses, Married To Doctors Podcast 32Jill Kirtland is a co-founder of the MMH Partners in Medicine group in Marietta, Ohio.  She also is a full-time Learning & Development Innovation Manager for Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) and a part-time professional photographer.  She is married to an Interventional Radiologist and they have 2 daughters (4 & 2 years old) and a son (1-year-old), and a two-year-old Black Lab/Australian Shepherd dog.  They live on 42 acres in rural Little Hocking, Ohio

The mission of MMH Partners in Medicine is:  Reaching and supporting significant others of physicians of Memorial Health System. A safe space to network and build relationships with others connected to MMH; providing resources to physician families calling the Mid-Ohio Valley home. We’re here to encourage those who are long-term life partners, engaged, or married to a male or female physician or a student in an accredited program.

The private facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pimmmh/

Podcast Episode #32 – Finding and Creating the Support You Need

Guy Golan

support for physician spouses, Married to Doctors Podcast 32Guy Golan is a professor and has taught courses in public relations and public diplomacy.  Currently, he is building his life coach business.  You can learn more about him by visiting his Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/Golancoaching/

Podcast Episode #32 – Finding and Creating the Support You Need

orlando Mcelderry

Growing Up as a doctor's kid episode 31 of the married to doctors podcastIn addition to three cities in Arkansas, Orlando has also lived in Ohio, Wisconsin and New Mexico.  He will soon add Missouri to his list.  You can see a timeline of the McElderry’s medical journey here.   Orlando is the oldest of 5 boys, an energetic fun person and a blessing to his family.  He is also loud, a bit sloppy, and always growing out of his clothes.  He enjoys Magic the Gathering, basketball, and playing both the french horn and the cello.
Podcast Episode #31 – Growing Up as a Doctor’s Kid

Megan Henderson

Married To Doctors Podcast Guest, Megan Henderson Episode 30Megan is the mother of her amazing four children and married to a pulmonary/critical care physician.   She currently works from home in digital/social media marketing and is a founding member of her network marketing company.   She loves Disney World, Hawaii, and never wants to move again.   EVER.  Unless it’s into her dream home.  She’s building her website at www.meganhansellhenderson.com.

Podcast Episode #30 – Facing Autism During Medical Training

Shawn Stratton

Shawn Stratton is an international leadership and team development consultant, professional speaker, bestselling author, film festival director, and endurance athlete but right now he is mostly an at home dad for his three adorable (most of the time) young girls.

Shawn, a TEDx speaker, has a degree in Experiential Education and a Master in Leadership. Driven by a love for education, adventure, and leadership, he devoted 15 years to leading teams on wilderness expeditions around the world into some of the harshest environments, and, most recently, eight years consulting internationally with corporations on leadership and team development. Learn more at http://www.shawnstratton.ca/.

Podcast Episode #29 – Finding My Identity as a Stay-at-Home Parent

Angel Rodgers

Angel Rodgers, Married To Doctors Podcast Episode #28In addition to serving as one of Physician Family’s blog editors, Angelic (Angel) Rodgers is a writer and freelance consultant. She and her wife, Dr. Dani Cothern recently moved to Camden, Arkansas, where Dani is an OB/GYN with Ouachita Regional Medical Center.  Angelic can be reached through her website at https://www.angelicrodgers.com/

Podcast Episode #28 – Childless by Choice

Katie Van Brunt

Katie is an elementary school teacher turned dance and yoga instructor turned stay-at-home-mom to three kids but dreams of being a children’s author and illustrator when she grows up. She lives in Southern California (for now, because, military) with her strikingly handsome Navy Flight Surgeon husband, who’s never too cool for random dance parties. When she isn’t hiding from her kids in the laundry room, Katie loves creating art, being sarcastic, tagging friends in ridiculous memes, and going to the gym (but only if childcare is included). Katie openly shares her experiences with conquering Postpartum Depression on her personal blog, “Loyal, Loving, & Learning” in hopes of inspiring others to live their best life.

Podcast Episode #27 – The Difficult Choice of Asking for Help

Justin Breen

Justin Breen is the Founder/CEO of BrEpic Communications LLC, a public relations firm that writes stories on its clients and pitches those stories to media across the country. Current clients include Allstate, The Salvation Army, The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Burwood Group, LISC, Bottom Line Chicago and many others. He lives with his wife, Dr. Sarah Breen, a pediatrician, and their two children: Jake, 5, and Chase 3 in Glenview, Illinois.

Podcast Episode #26 – Marriage is Not a Sprint; It’s a Marathon

Nisha Mehta, MD

Dr. Mehta is a radiologist with subspecialty training in musculoskeletal and breast imaging.  She is also a writer, a speaker, and a physician advocate who focuses on issues related to life in medicine and the changing healthcare landscape.

Dr. Mehta did her radiology residency at NYU followed by specialized fellowship training at the UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was also on the faculty.  She now lives and works in Charlotte, NC with her husband, who is a plastic surgeon, and her two sons.  Visit her website at https://www.nishamehtamd.com/.

Podcast Episode #25 – The Challenging Choice to be a Mom and a Physician

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a former school teacher turned stay-at-home-mom, after years of infertility. She enjoys cooking, the outdoors, reading, and traveling. Her husband Derek is a podiatrist, and they reside in California with their son Grant and are anticipating a baby girl in July! You can follow their life on Instagram @fromhead2toe or their blog http://head2toesmith.blogspot.com/.

Podcast Episode #24 – Dealing with Infertility on the Medical Journey

Melisa Mons

Melisa has been married to her husband Brad since 1999. Melisa started Lives of Doctors’ Wives in 2009 to support women married to physicians in training and beyond. Melisa spends her free time volunteering in several organizations besides the Lives of Doctors’ Wives Foundation. She also serves as an admin on the Lives of Doctors’ Wives Facebook group and as a board member for Assistance in Health Care.

Podcast Episode #22 – Finding Support Through the Lives of Doctors’ Wives Facebook Group


Veena Jetti, Founding Partner at Enzo Multifamily, has 10+ years of real estate experience including overseeing management of $1B+ in real estate assets. In 2017, Enzo Multifamily acquired $100 million+ in Multifamily assets. Her expertise includes driving corporate growth strategy, asset management, and business development derived from working for multiple Fortune 500 companies.

Her background includes acquisition, syndication, and growth strategy for multifamily assets. She is often a panelist and speaker at various global conferences and radio shows. Veena is also a founder and past board member of a national non-profit organization. In 2017, she spent a lot of her time and focus on aiding the victims of Hurricane Harvey through coordinating emergency dispatch and rescue calls.

Since Harvey, her ongoing rescue work involves helping companies and non-profits understand how they can be better prepared for disaster response. Veena has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Podcast Episode #21 – Money Can’t Buy Love

Jordyn Hagar

Jordyn Paradis Hagar is a licensed clinical social worker and has practiced therapy with children, adolescents, and families for the past fifteen years.  She also teaches in the social work department at Providence College.  As the spouse of a physician, she has combined her experiences of the medical training process with her mental health background in her book, “At Least You’ll Be Married to a Doctor: Managing Your Intimate Relationship Through Medical School”.  She currently lives with her husband and two daughters in Rhode Island.

Podcast Episode #20 – The Sometimes Difficult Choice to Be Married to a Doctor

Dr. Nelly Farnoody-Zahiri

Dr. Nelly Farnoody-Zahiri is a keynote speaker and a world-renowned clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children and families. Her expertise is in the area of Mindfulness, Eastern & Western Integration, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Attachment Parenting, Conscious & Peace Learning Parenting.  She’s the author and founder of the International Center For Peace Learning Parenting and the popular MomTalk LA TV Show at Andisheh TV (www.Andisheh.tv.)  Her mission for MomTalk is discovering opportunities to help build more connections amongst likeMinded Communities to Support Higher Consciousness & PeaceLearning…Cultivating Higher Levels of Integration and Peace, Locally & Globally!

Podcast Episode #19 – Creating Peace in a Busy Physician’s Home

Travis hornsby

Travis Hornsby founded Student Loan Planner after helping his physician fiancée navigate ridiculously complex student loan repayment decisions. To date, he’s consulted on over $200 million in student debt personally, more than anyone else in the country. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and brings his background as a former bond trader trading billions of dollars.

Podcast Episode #18 – For Richer, For Poorer: A Look at Student Loans

Jess Hyer

Jess Hyer writes about the unique circumstances and challenges of being married to a doctor at her blog, The Mrs. behind the M.D.  Her goal is to help women survive and thrive as a doctor’s wife.  Come visit to learn tips, hear fresh ideas, or just take comfort in knowing you aren’t alone in this crazy journey.  Her family currently lives in Southern California where her husband is completing his anesthesia residency.  She is also a busy mother of three children and enjoys going to the beach, cycling, eating chocolate chip cookie dough and taking naps as a hobby.

Podcast Episode #17 – How to Develop Your Independence When Married to a Doctor

Melody Warnick

Melody Warnick is the author of “This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are,” published last year by Viking/Penguin and recently released in paperback. Described by Richard Florida as “an important book for so many people who are choosing their place to live,” “This Is Where You Belong” explores the science behind the groundbreaking concept of place attachment and leads longtime residents and newcomers alike to commit to a more passionate relationship with their community.

In her 15 years as a freelance journalist, Warnick has written for The Guardian, Atlantic CityLab, Quartz, Reader’s Digest, O: The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Better Homes and Gardens, and many other publications; she and her book have also been featured in the likes of Time, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Realtor.com, Forbes.com, and Inc. She’s currently a columnist for Livability.com. A chronic mover, Warnick managed to fall madly in love with her adopted town of Blacksburg, Virginia, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. You can find out more about her mission to spread place love and subscribe to her newsletter at her website, melodywarnick.com.

Podcast Episode #16 – How to Feel Rooted in a Temporary Home


Vanessa Zamora is a strong woman from California who recently moved to Washington for her husband’s residency.  In addition to taking care of a new baby, Vanessa enjoys teaching fitness classes and works hard to stay close to her two teenage daughters who live in California.

Podcast Episode #15 – Adapting to A Difficult Residency Match


Nashira Pearl is a general, instrumental, and choral music teacher at an elementary school in New York City. Originally from the Midwest, she and her husband moved to Brooklyn in 2013 for his general surgery residency. It has been a big adjustment made easier by their Jewish community, performing with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and adopting their cat, Clara. You can learn more about the space between survival and success on her blog, “Surthriving: Making, Breaking, & Rebuilding in Brooklyn” (https://surthriving.weebly.com/)

Podcast Episode #15 – Adapting to A Difficult Residency Match

CHRIS McGilvery

Chris McGilvery first had the idea for Give More HUGS in 2011 when he and his wife moved to Dominica for her medical training. There they realized that there were many things they had often taken for granted, like food on the table every night and the opportunity to receive an education to help them pursue their dreams and goals. They saw many children living in poverty in Dominica who were silently crying for support.

Inspired by the sacrifices of his own family to help him receive better opportunities for an education, Chris created Give More HUGS to help underprivileged children receive a higher quality of education. They train youth leaders to carry out service projects that impact the lives of those who live below poverty.  His vision is for every student in the United States and around the world to receive a quality education and for youth to become leaders and make impacts on the local level. Visit givemorehugs.org to learn more or to get involved.

Podcast Episode #14 – Finding Your Passion While Supporting Your Spouse On Their Medical Journey

SARA walker

Sara & her husband David met at college while living in Utah. They currently live in Texas where David is working as an Ob/Gyn resident.  They have two children who were both born during medical school. Currently, Sara is a fitness instructor and a graduate student, studying to become a Marriage & Family Therapist. She was selected to be Mrs. Bell County 2018 and will be competing in the Mrs. Texas pageant. Follow Sara on Instagram @self.care.mama

Podcast Episode #13 – Taking Care of Yourself As A Doctor’s Wife


Julie and Will Baldwin got married during the fourth year of medical school.  After not matching the first time, they moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University for a one year master’s program before starting a three year Emergency Medicine residency in Pennsylvania. The couple accepted a job in Indiana, bought a house, graduated and moved all in a seven-month stretch.  Both are getting used to Will being around the house more.  Julie teaches U.S. history online, wrangles their three free-range chickens/children, writes cultural reviews and essays, and can be found asking Alexa to replay favorite songs.

Podcast Episode #12 – What If We Don’t Match? 


Sarah Epstein is a marriage and family therapy intern, international speaker, and author of the #1 Amazon bestselling book “Love in the time of medical school: Build a happy, healthy relationship with a medical student”. She dated her husband Brian through medical school, where she did not lose her sanity or dump him thanks to productive relationship strategies. She and Dr. Husband live in Philadelphia where she is a master’s student at Thomas Jefferson University and he is an emergency medicine resident. Sarah blogs about medical relationships at www.Datingmed.com. When she is not writing or seeing clients, Sarah loves to paint, cook, and listen to Brian’s stories about working in the emergency department. She is an avid traveler and has traveled to 23 countries since 2010, most recently presenting at an international family therapy conference at Oxford University. Brian and Sarah occasionally spend time together between Sarah’s clinical work, Brian’s clinical work, and laundry.

Podcast Episode #11 – Avoiding Resentment Toward Your Spouse During the Medical Journey

Podcast Episode #40 – Medicine: The Third Partner in Your Relationship

DR. michael f. MYERS

Dr. Myers is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and the Immediate Past Vice Chair Education and Director of Training in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

  • He is the author or co-author of eight books and over 150 articles, book chapters, letters, book reviews and 8 videotapes covering a range of topics in psychiatry. His two most recent books are “Why Physicians Die by Suicide: Lessons Learned From Their Families and Others Who Cared” and “The Physician As Patient: A Clinical Handbook for Mental Health Professionals” (co-authored with Dr. Glen Gabbard)
  • His videotape “When Physicians Die By Suicide” won the 1999 Psychiatric Services Award of the American Psychiatric Association
  • Dr. Myers is a specialist in physician health and has served on physician health committees of both the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association. He was in half-time practice for 35 years until 2008. For the last 20 years, his practice was limited to the treatment of medical students and physicians and their families
  • He is a recent past President of the New York City Chapter of the
    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and an emeritus board member
  • Currently, he is on the Advisory Board to the Committee for Physician Health of the Medical Society State of New York

In an effort to “practice what he preaches” he keeps fit by swimming and riding his bike around Central Park. He’s also been taking weekly piano lessons for an undisclosed length of time. He’s been gently advised by many significant others not to quit his day job!

To learn more about Dr. Myers visit, http://www.michaelfmyers.com/

Podcast Episode #08 – Strong Families and Demanding Specialties: Where’s the Balance? 

Podcast Episode #09 – How to Discuss Alcoholism and Other Difficult Problems in Your Medical Marriage

DR. celeste HOLBROOK

Dr. Celeste Holbrook is a sexologist, speaker and author who has dedicated her life to helping women achieve soul-centered sex through perfectly planned behavioral changes.  She inspires women to move through mental blocks surrounding their intimate lives and truly experience the sex that was spiritually designed for her.  Her favorite moment is the spark that appears in a woman’s eyes the instant her sensual confidence is re-awakened.  Dr. Holbrook has a Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University and lives in Fort Worth, TX with her husband, an Emergency Medicine physician, and their twin girls, Ella and Zoe.

To read more of Dr. Holbrook’s advice, visit her website or follow her on Facebook.  You can also join her closed Facebook group, The Circle of Sensual Women, a safe space for women to foster love in themselves and their relationships.  Click here for the list of “20 Sex Questions To Ask Your Partner” Celeste mentions in the episode.

Podcast Episode #07 – Communicating About Sex in Your Medical Marriage

RYAN Inman

Ryan Inman graduated from the University of San Diego (USD) with a BA in Business Administration, an MA in Accounting and Financial Management, and an MA in Business Administration. During grad school, he worked at Merrill Lynch under a fantastic advisor, but soon realized that the average advisor in the industry was more concerned with selling financial products and obtaining new clients with investable assets than working with those who could really use the financial guidance to succeed in life.  Ryan decided to work with young physicians who were starting their careers and could really benefit from truly unbiased, quality financial advice. Visit Physician Wealth Services or Financial Residency to learn more about Ryan’s services and to subscribe to his podcast.

Podcast Episode #06 – The Truth About Doctor Families and Financial Planning


Wally Goddard is one of the country’s leading family life educators. He has written books, created a television series, and developed family programs to help people be happier and have stronger families. His university career included research on key factors in strong relationships.  He develops programs on parenting, marriage, youth development, and family relations.

Wally and his wife, Nancy, have three adult children, fourteen grandchildren, and have cared for twenty foster children over their 45-plus years of marriage.

To see a list of books written by Dr. Goddard, click here.

Podcast Episode #05 – How to Turn Toward Your Spouse (Instead of Away) When Things Get Hard

JENNY slate grischkan

Jenny Slate Grischkan currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Jon, who is a practicing Pediatric Otolaryngologist.  Jenny and her husband have been married for thirteen years, and Jenny is a stay-at-home mom to her two children, in addition to being a freelance editor and being an active part of her community.

Podcast Episode #04 – Embracing Flexibility and Keeping the Romance in Your Medical Marriage

 JAMIE hilton

Jamie Hilton grew up in Atlanta and fell in love with her husband, Sam, when she was sixteen-years-old.  They’ve now been married for ten years and Sam is currently in his first year of residency for Orthopedic Surgery.  Jamie and Sam have three children, ages four, five and six.

Podcast Episode #04 – Embracing Flexibility and Keeping the Romance in Your Medical Marriage

CURTIS Webster, jr.

Curtis Webster, Jr. is a Dad who works from home and takes care of his three daughters while his wife works as a physician.  Curtis is the founder of the Dads Married to Doctors community and regularly blogs at dmdlifestyle.com.  If you are a Dad married to a busy professional and would like to join this great community on Facebook, click here!

Podcast Episode #03 – When She’s the Doctor: Learning to Be the Stay-At-Home Dad


Christina Schuetz (pronounced exactly like shoots) is a wife, mother, writer, and former high school English teacher. She and her husband, Evan, enjoy country life in a small Michigan town. They are the proud parents of three children: Lillian, Sylvia, and Rowan. One year ago, her family suffered the devastating loss of Sylvia, who passed away at ten months old from Congenital Heart Disease. Since Sylvia’s passing, Christina has become dedicated to sharing Sylvia’s story in order to bring awareness to CHD and keep her daughter’s legacy alive.

Podcast Episode #02 – No One Ever Appreciates Dr. Spouses…Or Do They? 

LISA jorgensen

Lisa Jorgensen is just a regular freckled-faced girl who is determined to find the good things in life.  She believes life is meant to be blissful if you make it happen, and she tries to find the positive, even in hard times (and when there’s not enough chocolate in the house!)  She was in an auto-pedestrian accident caused by an intoxicated driver during her last pregnancy and learned a lot about her own perspective in life.  Lisa runs a family lifestyle blog called Making Life Blissful and fills it with realistic family activities, kid crafts, delicious recipes, and useful life lessons.  She also runs a little Etsy Shop full of her crazy craft kits and printables.  Outside of blogging, you’ll usually find her watching sunsets, taking long walks with her family, and doing laundry.

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Podcast Episode #01 – What I Learned From Being Hit By A Drunk Driver While My Husband Was in Medical School