Getting to know someone is like connecting the dots. With time and patience, the dots connect until you can see the person as a whole. Each point or event along one's life constitutes an important piece of the puzzle. From one point to another, a line is drawn that defines the shape further. Before you rely on me as an Expert, I would like for you to learn about me. So let's play connect the dots.
Dot 1: Born to an engineer and a nurse in Reno, NV, my life was full of discovery and some spills. My first major spill came at the age of 16 when I permanently damaged my knee. At that young age, I learned a valuable lesson which influences me to this day: surgeons cannot fix everything. My life as the indestructible young girl came to a close while my career path revealed itself in front of me. At that moment, I decided to become a doctor.
Dot 2: At the close of high school and still determined to become a doctor, I took up a summer job as a firefighter. The five summers of fighting some of California's infamous wildfires was certainly exciting. Luckily, I did not have any mishaps. Well not quite... I fell in love. Love sure can shake up your life. This tidal wave was not enough to sway me off course, but it certainly rearranged my priorities. As a life-changing event, my marriage has given me a rock that I can cling too when things get rough. Love and happiness are always my priority, even in the face of disaster.
Dot 3: Disaster did strike when I was a resident at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. While training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, my back gave out when I bent over to pick up a piece of paper (sound familiar?). Ultimately, I chose recovery over my career (please see my "Living With It" article). Even more importantly, I chose happiness and love. My life is full of both now that I survived this major life-changing event.
Dot 4: In the process of recovery, I also discovered the critical role that my gender played in the spine pain I was and am experiencing. I am not only in pain, I am a WOMAN in pain. Let's face it, men and women are built differently. As a woman, I required some gender-specific advice to get on this road to improved spine health. Knowing there are more women out there like me searching for that missing link to recovery, I wrote High Heels to Hormones. A first book is like a baby because it changes your life forever.
Well, that brings you up to this point in my life. I am a doctor trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I focus on pain management and spine rehabilitation. Because of my unique experience, I am able to understand clearly how to treat pain and spine injuries, not only as a doctor, but as a patient and as a woman. What about the dots? Well... it is too early to tell what shape we will end up with at this point. But now, let's journey together and connect some more dots along the way.
Published On: June 06, 2008