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#41: Interview with the White Coat Investor

Episode Notes In this episode Lara discusses marriage, finances, and owning your decisions with Jim Dahle, M.D., creator and host of the popular "White Coat Investor" podcast and website. About Dr. Dahle 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,...


#40: Medicine: The Third Partner in Your Relationship

Episode Notes Lara and Sarah Epstein, author of the Amazon bestseller "Love in the Time of Medical School," discuss communication in medical relationships and how medicine can sometimes feel like the third person in our marriages. About Sarah 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...


#39: The Ups and Downs of Being Married to a Surgeon

Episode Notes Lara has a conversation about the good and bad of being married to a surgeon with Megan Sharma, author of the upcoming book, "Memoir's of a Surgeon's Wife: I'm Throwing Your Damn Pager Into the Ocean." About Megan 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...


#38: Making a House a Home

Episode Notes In this episode Lara shares some memories from all the different houses she lived in during her husband's medical training and how she has tried to make each house a home. About Lara Lara McElderry is the podcast host and founder of Married to Doctors. Her and her husband got married before he decided to start down the medical path. For the past sixteen years, they’ve struggled and triumphed through the MCAT, medical school, residency, and fellowship with several twists...


#37: Embracing the Realities of Being Married to a Doctor

Episode Notes Lara talks with Donna Rovito, editor of Physician Family Magazine, who shares some of her experiences of being in a medical marriage for over 30 years and how the medical profession has evolved over time. Lara and Donna also discuss the importance of support for physician spouses and the best marriage advice Donna says she ever received. About Donna Donna Baver Rovito has been navigating life in a physician family since she married a brand new surgical resident in 1983,...


#36: Second Chances

Episode Notes Lara talks with Joyce Bass about her experiences of being married to an ObGyn physician, and how she chooses to deal with prejudice and misconceptions. About Joyce 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. For complete show notes and a transcript please visit Stay up to date with the latest from Married To Doctors!


#35: Moving: What You Can Do to Improve Your Attitude

Episode Notes Lara has a great conversation with certified life coach Suzy Rosenstein about how to practice positive mindfulness during difficult situations and the importance of using healthy thoughts to foster positive outcomes. Lara and Suzy also discuss the sometimes difficult career choices physician spouses have to make in order to support their partners and how they can use mindfulness exercises to find joy in their situations. About Suzy Suzy Rosenstein is a Master Certified...


#34: When Opposites Attract

Episode Notes Lara talks with artist and physician spouse Lauren Watkins, who shares her experience of realizing the importance of pursuing her own passion while supporting her husband through medical training and and how she works to find balance with her art business, her marriage and taking care of her family. About Lauren Growing up Lauren Watkins always considered herself an artist, but it wasn’t until her husband was in his 3 year of medical school and she had three young...


#33: Helpful Tax Tips for Physician Families

Episode Notes Lara will be talking with Dave Denniston, creator of the Freedom Formula for Physicians Podcast. Dave will explain how his experiences of dealing with his daughter's premature birth led him to focus on financial advice for physicians and will also share some helpful tax tips for medical students, residents, fellows and attending physicians. About Dave Dave Denniston is an author, tax consultant, & financial consultant, but most importantly a life-long learner. Dave is the...


#32: Finding and Creating the Support You Need

Episode Notes In this episode, Lara will be talking with three physician spouses who each have different backgrounds and life circumstances, but who are each passionate about helping physician spouses understand how to create and find the support they need both during and after their partner's medical training. Tejal Toprani Nurturing your relationship is the key to a fulfilled life. As an Emotion Focused Therapist, Tejal Toprani focuses on adult relationships and their...


#31: Growing Up as a Doctor's Kid

Episode Notes In this episode Lara will be interviewing her oldest son, Orlando, who is almost a freshman in high school and has been with his parents through most of his dad's medical journey. Lara and Orlando will talk about the pros and cons of living in several different places while you're growing up and the extra challenges that doctors' kids sometimes face. About Orlando In addition to three cities in Arkansas, Orlando has also lived in Ohio, Wisconsin and New Mexico. He will...


#30: Facing Autism During Medical Training

Episode Notes In this episode Lara will be talking with Megan Henderson, a self-proclaimed workaholic turned stay-at-home whose oldest son was diagnosed with autism during her husband's medical training. Lara and Megan will be discussing the importance of having support when raising a child with special needs and the sometimes difficult challenges that come from leaving a job to be a full-time parent.


#29: Finding My Identity as a Stay-at-Home Parent

Episode Notes In this episode Lara will be talking with Shawn Stratton, a successful international leadership and team development consultant, professional speaker and bestselling author who recently decided to put his business ventures on hold to take care of his three young daughters while his wife practices as an orthopedic spine surgeon. Lara and Shawn will discuss the unique challenges that stay-at-home dads sometimes face and how to have a healthy sense of identity when choosing to...


#28: Childless by Choice

Episode Notes In this episode Lara will be talking with Angel Rodgers, a writer and Physician Family blog editor who has supported her wife, Dani, for the past several years as Dani decided to switch careers and pursue her dream of becoming a physician. Lara and Angel will be discussing the unique circumstances that come from starting medical school later in the life and Angel and Dani's decision not to be childless by choice. About Angel In addition to serving as one of Physician...


#27: The Difficult Choice of Asking for Help

Episode Notes In this episode Lara talks with Katie Van Brunt, a physician spouse who graciously shares her experiences of being hospitalized with Postpartum Depression when her husband was in medical school. Lara and Katie discuss the role of gratitude in mental health and the importance of recognizing that it's ok to ask for help when we need it. About Katie Katie is an elementary school teacher turned dance and yoga instructor turned stay-at-home-mom to three kids, but dreams of...


Marriage is Not a Sprint; It's a Marathon

Episode Notes In this episode Lara will be talking with Justin Breen, a successful sports writer and entreprenuer who is married to a pediatrician. Justin will be sharing some experiences of how he and his wife balanced their two busy careers throughout his wife's medical journey and the few simple things they do on a regular basis to keep their relationship strong. About Justin Justin Breen is the Founder/CEO of BrEpic Communications LLC, a public relations firm that writes stories on...


#25: The Challenging Choice to Be a Mom and a Physician

Episode Notes In this episode Lara will talking with Nisha Mehta, who in addition to being married to a surgeon is also a physician herself. Nisha will be sharing some experiences of how her and her husband balance their careers with their marriage and kids and the unique challenges that come from dual medical careers. About Nisha 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...


#24: Dealing with Infertility on the Medical Journey

Episode Notes In this episode Lara will be talking with Rebecca Smith, a physician spouse who had planned on starting a family during her husband's residency, but was unexpectedly diagnosed with infertility. Lara and Rebecca will be discussing the unique challenges that come from dealing with infertility on the medical journey and the importance of being adaptable when things don't always go according to plan. About Rebecca Rebecca Smith is a former school teacher turned...


#23: Having Kids During Medical Training

Episode Notes This episode kicks off a series of parenting and children-related episodes that will be released all through the month of May. In this episode and the following, Lara will be talking about several different issues that surround having children - whether or not to have children, when to have children on the medical journey, dealing with infertility, and how working physicians balance their careers with their family responsibilities. In this first episode, Lara will be...


#22: Finding Support Through the Lives of Doctors' Wives Facebook Group

Episode Notes In this episode Lara will be talking with Melisa Mons, the creator of the popular Facebook group "Lives of Doctors' Wives." Melisa will be sharing some of the things that inspired her to start the group and why she feels it's important for every doctor spouse to have a support network while going through the medical journey. About Melisa Melisa has been married to her husband Brad since 1999. Melisa started Lives of Doctors' Wives in 2009 to support women married to...