#MostLitUpTeam: Our Stories

Michael B. MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

Profession: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Describe yourself in five words: Optimistic, Stoic, Adventurer, Charismatic, Intrigued

What’s your favorite thing about being a healthcare professional? That moment of positive change or healing in a person’s life.

What have you gotten out of Joy Energy Time? The club has opened my eyes to self care and allowing myself to take the time to focus on myself and to improve myself, among other healthcare providers, with a positive mindset. This club is non-judgemental and has a positive energy that is expressed by members. I look forward to other members ideas and strategies, that I can incorporate into my personal growth. I find the Podcast as a knowledge builder. I enjoy listening to the interviews, personal stories, and up to date information on a variety of topics. 

What’s your go-to morning routine? Walk the dogs – Black Coffee – Meditate – Hygiene. It’s simple and effective for me.

What is a MUST have during a busy day at work? Breaks. I find it important to leave my facility for breaks. It gets me outside into fresh air, fresh scenery, and the ability to think of other things while on break. Whether its for a few minutes or a half hour, I find this practice to be the most effective in recharging.

What’s your life mantra? “Seek first to understand, then to be understood” – Dr. Stephen Covey. I read his book in 1994, and this mantra, I believe, has been most effective in my life.

What’s your advice for other healthcare professionals? You cannot bring it home with you. Give it your all, at work, and keep your work, at work. It’s hard sometimes, especially when there are things, at work, out of your control. However, if you want to maintain optimum health, you have to separate the work stress from your home life. The ability to do this takes time and a lot of practice, nonetheless, it can be done.

How do you unwind after a long day? I eat dinner with family, ask everyone how their day went, and relax by catching up on social media, TV, and spending time with family.

What areas are you most passionate about being an advocate for? Veterans. I am a combat veteran, therefore I feel I can relate to other veterans. I don’t feel that theres a shortage in services or attention available to veterans. Rather, I feel the biggest challenge is addressing the stigma, the personal struggle the veteran has, in getting the help.

One random fact about yourself: Fun fact: I am a brand ambassador for a premium beard grooming product.

Ally F., MS, OTR/L
PERSISTENT, COMPASSIONATE, LOYAL, TRUSTING, DEDICATED
Pooja P. MMFT, Registered Associate MFT
GENUINE, EMPATHETIC, LOYAL, THOUGHTFUL, RESILIENT
Michael B. MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC
OPTIMISTIC, STOIC, ADVENTURER, CHARISMATIC, INTRIGUED
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Ally F., MS, OTR/L

Profession: Occupational Therapist

Describe yourself in five words: Persistent, compassionate, loyal, trusting, dedicated

What’s your favorite thing about being a healthcare professional? Developing relationships with clients and their families to enable them to engage in their most meaningful activities in order to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.

What have you gotten out of Joy Energy Time? Resources to make the best decisions for my well-being as a new healthcare professional.

What’s your go-to morning routine? Ideally, I like to wake up, make my coffee and drink it while reading my devotional and journaling before work.

What is a MUST have during a busy day at work? Water

What’s your life mantra? Everything happens for a reason.

What’s your advice for other healthcare professionals? Trust your gut and always do what you think is right.

How do you unwind after a long day? Stretching and cooking a nice dinner.

What areas are you most passionate about being an advocate for? Women’s health, childhood development, and providing support for parents.

One random fact about yourself: I was a competitive synchronized skater in high school and college.

Pooja P. MMFT, Registered Associate MFT

Profession: Marriage and Family Therapist

Describe yourself in five words: Genuine, empathic, loyal, thoughtful, resilient

What’s your favorite thing about being a healthcare professional? My favorite thing about being a therapist is recognizing the reparative role I play in my clients’ lives. Being able to plant the seeds of self-love, setting boundaries, processing trauma, and more is rewarding. Knowing that I am serving my purpose in the world, one client at a time. 

What have you gotten out of Joy Energy Time? Joy Energy Time has provided me with a community of like minded professionals, inspiring and motivational souls who push me to be the best version of myself in my field!

What’s your go-to morning routine? My morning routine consists of prayer, showing gratitude for being alive, shower, prep breakfast and lunch, and head out the door! I treat myself to a cup of coffee from one of my favorite shops and listen to music on my way to work 🙂 

What is a MUST have during a busy day at work? I cannot function at work (or in life) without having a water bottle by my side at all times! I love drinking water as a way to decompress between client sessions, help ground myself if I am feeling anxious, and staying hydrated throughout the day 🙂 

What’s your life mantra? Everything happens for a reason. There’s a reason behind the way life plays out, though the reason is not always known in the moment. I know that there is something bigger than me out there, putting me through trials and tribulations, to help me reach new levels in life. 

What’s your advice for other healthcare professionals? Be a person first. a professional second. If we can’t take care of ourselves, how are we expected to take care of others? We want to be able to model healthy behaviors and lifestyles to our clients and we need to practice what we preach. Billing and productivity will always be there–genuine, positive human interaction is what makes the world go ’round. 

How do you unwind after a long day? Music on the drive home, with the windows down! Processing my day with friends and taking care of myself so I’m ready for the next day 🙂 

What areas are you most passionate about being an advocate for? Mental health, social justice, providing access to resources to populations who have been (and continue to be) marginalized, fighting for equality on all fronts (race, gender, sex, ethnicity, ses, etc.)

One random fact about yourself: I have been to the himalayas 3 times 🙂 

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