#MostLitUpTeam: Our Stories

Laura V., MD, MPH

Profession: Internal Medicine Physician

Describe yourself in five words: Physician, writer, mother, prevention advocate

What’s your favorite thing about being a healthcare professional? Understanding diverse perspectives of humanity.

What have you gotten out of Joy Energy Time? Encouragement and tangible tools during my clinical training.

What’s your go-to morning routine? Coffee first with a good book, exercise, and a brief meditation (before getting ready and commuting).

What is a MUST-HAVE for a busy day at work? A mug, loose leaf tea, a water bottle, and my lunchbox filled with healthy goods.

What’s your life mantra? Be a voice for the vulnerable.

What’s your advice for other healthcare professionals? Your health matters too. In order to do this work, you must prioritize and advocate for your health too. Sleep enough. Move your body. Find healthy ways to de-stress. Connect with others. Eat foods that nourish your body. And take time and space away from work to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.

How do you unwind after a long day? I listen to a podcast or book during my commute, then go for a walk with my family and our dog. I also write in the evenings to decompress. 

What areas are you most passionate about being an advocate for? Cancer prevention, clinician health, disparities in healthcare.

One random fact about yourself: I love loose-leaf tea.

Laura V., MD, MPH
PHYSICIAN, WRITER, MOTHER, PREVENTION ADVOCATE
Jennifer M. OTRL, LSVT Big, CKTP
LOYAL, CARING, HARDWORKING, ANXIETY, DRIVEN
Liz L., B.S.Speech Pathology and Audiology
PASSIONATE, DILIGENT, INSPIRATIONAL, PERSISTENT, LOYAL
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Jennifer M., OTRL, LSVT Big, CKTP

Profession: Occupational Therapist

Describe yourself in five words: Loyal caring hardworking anxiety driven

What’s your favorite thing about being a healthcare professional? The people. Being accepted into their lives and stories, and through these (and my clinical skills) I’m able to help them regain a new sense of Independence.

What have you gotten out of Joy Energy Time? That I am not alone in the struggle, and good techniques for relaxation and nutrition.

What’s your go-to morning routine? 20 oz. Water with vitamin mix, meditation, breakfast, and get ready for work.

What is a MUST-HAVE for a busy day at work? Water (and Starbucks on some of those days)…

What’s your life mantra? Either “I got this!” Or “Focus” when the stress runs high.

What’s your advice for other healthcare professionals? Stay true to your own ethics and core beliefs. If all else falls apart you know you tried your hardest, but didn’t lose your true self in the process.

How do you unwind after a long day? Disney+, reading fiction, painting, and music, social media.

What areas are you most passionate about being an advocate for? Travel and exploring the beautiful world we live in. And having healthcare and equipment for those who need it.

One random fact about yourself: I jam to Disney and Broadway hits whenever I drive.

Lizzy L B.S. Speech Pathology and Audiology

Profession: Typist/Non-Trad Premed Student

Describe yourself in five words: Passionate, Diligent, Inspirational, Persistent, Loyal

What’s your favorite thing about being a healthcare professional? My favorite thing about being a being a healthcare professional is that it is mentally challenging but at the same time I get to assist and improve patients’ health.

What have you gotten out of Joy Energy Time? In all, my mental health and gratitude has increased tremendously since being a club member as well as listening to the podcast. I am educated each time I log in to the club page to read tips or use the guides to further improve my mental health. The podcast has allowed me to not feel alone changing careers as well as being able to relate with each guest on the podcast. Joy Energy Time makes me feel validated, worthy, and respected as a healthcare professional and student.

What’s your go-to morning routine? My go-to morning routine is waking up making breakfast and getting my lunch ready while listening to the Burnt Out Lit Up podcast or a healthcare provider podcast. I take 5 minutes to journal in the morning and take a look at what I will be doing that day before I get ready. Afterwards I get ready and I am off to commute to work/school with my husband.

What is a MUST-HAVE for a busy day at work? I journal or I look at the club page for the actfirmation of the week. I always carry around my journal in case on a bad day I write out all my feelings. I also make sure to read what my ultimate goal is to remind me that one bad day is a bump in the road. Before if I was having a bad day I might mindlessly scroll through social media and it would never help so instead I check the Joy Energy Time Club. Once I am on the club page looking at the guides, tips, or the discussions, I instantly become more happy. Everyone including Erika reminds me that we all have bad days but with the support of everyone we can make it through. At the end of the day I am not alone in the healthcare profession.

What’s your life mantra? I am resilient

What’s your advice for other healthcare professionals? Surround yourself with individuals who validate and support you. Self-care and mental health come first before one can take care of patients.

How do you unwind after a long day? I unwind by journaling and checking off the tasks I have done for the day in my planner. I check in with my husband about how our days went and what we need to do the next day. We also tell each other that appreciate for whichever task we had do to do that day for one another.

What areas are you most passionate about being an advocate for? I am passionate about bridging medicine to low income communities and educating the individuals about different ways to access healthcare. Also, I am most passionate about informing DACA recipients/undocumented students that higher education is accessible and they are valuable to society.

One random fact about yourself: I have bilateral hearing loss and no one notices because I had speech therapy at such a young age.

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