Join veterinarian, fitness instructor, and habits junkie Katie Berlin and her guests as they talk about how hitting "reset" on our lives and careers can lead to magic - and, for many of us, how prioritizing physical health can not only change our mental health and enable us to shape a career we love, but also teach us how to see ourselves in a new way and open doors we never thought possible.
I Get To Decide What The Goal Is, with Dr. Maggie Brown-Bury
Dr. Maggie Brown-Bury is an emergency veterinarian in Newfoundland in the midst of a big career transition - and she made the final decision to make that transition while on a long run.
Maggie and I chatted about her big plans, the challenges she's leaving and the ones she's facing, and how she fits training runs in around her ER schedule. We worked together this fall in preparation for a 10 mile race, which she totally crushed - thanks to being smart about resting when she needed rest, being flexible when life got nuts (she got married!), and not being all-or-nothing about training.
Maggie also loves food, books, puffins, semi-anonymous cheering, and the sea. She says she can't figure out how to be anyone but exactly who she is, and that seems like a pretty great deal to me.
I'll be taking a break over the holidays as I've got big changes on deck myself! Please reach out to me anytime:
It's Not My Pants! with Kelsey Beth Carpenter
Kelsey Beth Carpenter, also known as Vet Tech Kelsey, is known in veterinary circles for her original songs that showcase the humor, humanity, and sometimes horror (health certificates! NOOOO!) of vet med. In this conversation, you'll meet Kelsey in a new way. She talks candidly about the chronic illness and chronic pain she's been living with since last year, why she's learning to give herself the same grace she gives frightened pets, and how what we assume about other people, often unintentionally, can cause harm.
Find Kelsey on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube!
Find me, as always, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @thevetreset or email me at email@example.com - I'd love to hear from you!
There Are Some Things You Can't Gratitude Away, with Rose Alaimo
Rose Alaimo is a musician, a veterinarian, and one of those people who makes you feel like magic is possible. If you've ever felt like you were trying to fit in a space that wasn't made for you, trapped in a job you didn't think you were allowed to leave, or out of touch with the inner voice that used to know what it was you wanted out of life, Rose's story will find a foothold in your heart. She's listening to her inner voice these days, and it's led her to a place she always wanted to be but maybe never would have predicted she'd find.
The amazing song in the intro and outro of this episode is Elevate, the first track on Rose's album Grow. Find it and all of Rose's music at https://linktr.ee/rosealaimomusic
Follow her and send her a DM on Facebook and Twitter: @RoseAlaimoMusic
The book we discuss: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Reach me at:
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @thevetreset
Dys-Functional Medicine, with Dr. Amy Porto
Our guest from Episode 29, Dr. Amy Porto, straight-talker, dog mom, registered dietitian, professor, and intuitive eating counselor, is back - and this time we're tackling the complex phenomenon called "functional medicine." Katie's got her own story to tell, and Amy weighs in on some heavy issues surrounding this controversial, yet increasingly popular, piece of wellness culture.
Please let us know what you think about this discussion - it's a hot topic and we know there will be strong opinions!
Reach Amy at her website, www.amyporto.com, where you'll find information on her courses coming up this winter, including her wildly popular Empowered Eater Essentials - sign up for the waitlist at www.amyporto.com/eat - and on social media:
Facebook: Dr. Amy Porto, Registered Dietitian
As always, reach me at:
Facebook/Instagram/and now Twitter (God help me) @thevetreset
Don't Forget to Rest Between Sets, with Dr. Audrey Hoffmann
Dr. Audrey Hoffmann is a practice owner and veterinarian who cares fiercely for her team and patients - and she is just as fierce in the gym. She is a recent Pan American medalist in Olympic weightlifting, which she works on in her basement gym when she's not working on running her busy practice. Audrey makes space for both of her passions by giving herself grace, knowing her boundaries, and working with a coach who understands that her work life won't ever be predictable.
Audrey's realistic but serious approach to her business and her sport are inspiring, and it's easy to hear in her voice that she's confident in her body and grateful for what it can do. In a world full of messages telling us we need to be smaller, she is proud of her strength and isn't about to compromise it to fit in an arbitrary mold.
Follow Audrey on Instagram @ajoyfulvet to see her amazing lifts (and other adventures).
Don't forget to check out the Uncharted Veterinary Community and Conference at https://unchartedvet.com/ and @unchartedvet!
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You're More Than A Learner - You're A Whole Person, with Dr. Ross Palmer
I heard Dr. Ross Palmer tell a story in a webinar about a dog named Griz, complete with video montage, and I knew I needed to meet him. Luckily, he's the kind of guy who answers emails from complete strangers AND gets up early to record with them at 7 AM before a day of teaching.
Ross and I fit a lot into this conversation, including his own health wake-up call and reset and why Griz and his owner continue to inspire him, not just in the exam room but in other areas of his life as well. Turns out we both have some compulsive tendencies, and he shares why sometimes life stressors that get in the way of achieving those big goals can actually be a gift.
I think everyone can take something away from this episode. For a start, try this exercise: take a blank notebook and fill the front with things you love and the back with things you don't - find out what Ross does with his toward the end of the conversation.
Some links to CE in REALLY cool places:
CSUVetCE - "Learn Well, Live Well"
International Veterinary Seminars
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I coach runners! If you're looking for accountability, hoping to learn to love running (or get that love back), or training for a big goal, send me a message!
The right reasons
This is health and wellness podcast but it is NOT a podcast about getting your flattest abs. Dr. Berlin and her guests show us that prioritizing our health is about so much more than looking good, it’s about taking care of our bodies and our minds so we can be our best selves for us, our loved ones, our colleagues, our clients and our patients.
The Motivation I Need
This podcast came along right as I started my reset after a back injury. I had blamed my failure to truly recover on my work, but listening to others in vet med overcome obstacles and find ways to value their physical and mental health in the face of stressful veterinary careers has been the motivation I needed. Thank you, Dr. Katie Berlin for this podcast!
Wow, what a great podcast! Veterinary medicine needs these lessons! I’m very grateful Dr. Berlin is helping us to be healthier, both in body and mind.