As a physician with fibromyalgia, I feel uniquely positioned to act as an advocate for fibromyalgia patients…
GPS Wonderfully weird Portland, Oregon.
Typical Day Drink too much coffee, walk the dog, get my teenager “logged in” to school, then head to the clinic, where my first appointment is not until 10am (working with my own biorhythms is my fave part of being in private practice!). After scrambling through the clinic day, it’s home for family dinner, homework help, and catching up on that pile of charts. I’ll end the day with some gentle movement and stretching, then snuggle up with a good book.
Persona As a physician with fibromyalgia, I feel uniquely positioned to act as an advocate for fibromyalgia patients, and to help other healthcare providers understand how to provide the best medical care for their fibro patients.
Social Media Habits I’ll skim through Apple News, but I don’t voluntarily check any social media. My daughter sends me many TikTok videos she thinks I will like, so I am a secondhand TikTokker, I guess?
Contribution My book, The FibroManual: A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your Doctor, in which I tried to turn everything I know about treating fibromyalgia into advice both patients and providers can use.
People Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who suffered from chronic pain and is thought to have had fibromyalgia. Her painting The Broken Column is the best visual representation of fibromyalgia pain I have ever seen, and her ability to turn incredible suffering into beauty inspires me every day.
Words I love to read mysteries and thrillers, anything with a puzzle to be solved. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The darker the better!
Popcorn Laughter is great self-care! I love silly comedies starring women—anything with Melissa McCarthy or Kate McKinnon. I’ll pick Bridesmaids.
PAINWeek Spending time with my tribe of other providers who are passionate about pain medicine is the highlight of my year. I always learn so much that I can bring home and use in my clinic.