50 2020 Health/Wellness- Shante, Whitney, Nicole

SHANTÉ COFIELD DPT OCS CSCS @themovementmaestro What compelled you to take your physical therapy business beyond the clinic and cultivate a social media presence? I was honestly driven to social media by two things: CrossFit and burnout. I decided to try CrossFit in early 2015 after running by a local CrossFit box nearly every day while training for the NYC marathon. I fell in love, and my quest for movement mastery lead me to Instagram Read more…

50 2020 Health/Wellness- Lisa, Jenna, Amy

LISA LABRIE BSN RN @thewholenurse_ What compelled you to provide education around secondary traumatic stress for nurses? Back in 2011, when I became an educator in the hospital, I went to a conference and heard about compassion fatigue and I realized I was experiencing it. The speaker mentioned the book Self-Healing Through Reflection and I bought it right away. From the book, I learned about compassion fatigue, moral distress, and STS. For me, the most Read more…

50 2020 Content Creators/Creatives- Shannon, Meredith

SHANNON WERBECKES MS CCC-SLP @speechymusings What compelled you to create your brand around speech therapy ideas? When I started graduate school for speech-language pathology, blogging and designing SLP materials seemed like a perfect fit. I’ve always been creative and loved designing printables for different things. Once I got started, I was hooked! What has been key to your success in blogging? Two things, consistency and self improvement. Before I agree to any project or start Read more…

50 2020 Content Creators/Creatives- Nacole, Danielle, Aisha

NACOLE RICCABONI MBA MSN AGACNP-BC @nursenacole What has been your biggest challenge as a critical care APRN? Caring for people at their physical worst, while allowing their bodies time to heal and their families the emotional space they need to absorb the event and/or new future physical baselines of their loved ones. What have been the most rewarding aspects of creating content for the Nurse Nacole Blog, your Youtube channel, and across other platforms? Making Read more…

50 2020 Content Creators/Creatives- Anya, Kristin​, and MedLife

ANYA BAZZELL MD @surgeryandthecity What has been your biggest challenge as a non-trad medical student? My biggest challenge has been trusting in the timing of my life. As a non-traditional student, it can be easy to compare. Even the strongest of us slip into the comparison game sometimes. Seeing friends and classmates who are younger than me finish school, buy homes, get married, and have children all while I’m struggling through med school really made Read more…

50 2020 Advocacy- Stella, Carlene, and Maryann

MARYANN YOUSSEF OD @doctor.maryann What compelled you to expand your practice beyond the clinic and provide education via social media? I was inspired to create this platform after treating many patients with preventable diseases.  The overall lack of eye health education is alarming.  I believe knowledge is the key to prevention and I want to share my knowledge and spread awareness any way I can. Why is advocating for eye health and volunteering around the Read more…

50 2020 Advocacy- Racquel, Sue, and Jason

SUE VARMA MD PC DFAPA @doctorsuevarma What compelled you to be a mental health advocate and on-air medical contributor? Did you always envision your career path to be as it is now? From a young age I was interested in how we could use our collective voice for change… I was a part of a high school improv group that toured local schools and we used it as a spring board for mental health and Read more…

50 2020 Advocacy- Joshua and Nicole

JOSHUA MANSOUR MD @doctorjosh_md What compelled you to become an oncologist? Do you also do research and if so, what kind? I am passionate about helping patients with cancer.  There is no denying that I have lost friends and family to this terrible disease, but that is not my only reason.  During medical school I was fascinated with every aspect and had a strong interest in Hematology/Oncology.  Every aspect, from the patient population, to pathology, Read more…

50 2020 Advocacy- Devlynn and Laura

DEVLYNN NEU MS, OTR/L @therainbowot How has your advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community played a role in your practice as an occupational therapist? Occupational therapists view each individual in their entirety, including their culture, identity, and background. This ideology really shifted my mindset in all aspects of life, and helped me understand people, especially those within the LGBTQIA+ community on a deeper level. I think my role as an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community and Read more…

50 2020 Podcasts- Natalie and Sasha

SASHA K. SHILLCUTT MD @becomebraveenough What compelled you to start a podcast when you did?  I have a community that I cultivate where the message is about resilience, authenticity, and lifting women up. I share a lot in that online group and I wanted to reach a bigger audience to be a positive voice in healthcare. What have been the biggest challenges and rewards with podcasting? Time is the biggest challenge for any new venture. Read more…