The Prosperous Doc

40 Episodes

By: Spaugh Dameron Tenny

The Prosperous Doc Podcast (formerly the White Coat Wellness Podcast) is a show for doctors who are ready to improve their overall wellness in every aspect of life. In each episode we highlight real-life stories from physicians and dentists to inspire you to become a prosperous doc yourself and achieve personal, professional, and financial wellness. If you would like to know more about the Prosperous Doc show, find show notes, and learn more about our host, Shane Tenny, visit SDT Disclosure:

Sparking Change: How Physician Well-Being Affects Quality of Life with Dr. Dael Waxman

Burnout is one of the greatest challenges with which healthcare providers struggle today. As Dr. Dael Waxman explains, “Burnout happens when there’s a mismatch between the individual factors that a person brings to the system they work in and the system factors of that system.”

This dissonance often creates long-term emotional distress. To counteract this, Dr. Dael Waxman focuses on improving physician well-being. 

In this episode of the Prosperous Doc®, our host Shane Tenny, CFP® invites Dr. Waxman to discuss the importance of physician well-being and his journey from clinician to physician well-being coach. Dr. Waxma...

Breaking Down the Value of Sleep with Dr. Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg

It is something we need to survive, but the more we try to obtain it, the more it can evade us: sleep. Looking at the clock throughout the night, scrolling on smart phones until our eyes shut, or sleeping with televisions on, many Americans do not create ideal, sleep-conducive settings for themselves, which can cause harm. 

In this episode of the Prosperous Doc®, our host Shane Tenny, CFP® welcomes Dr. Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg, one of the foremost experts on sleep and the Medical Director of Sleep Medicine for Millennium Physician Group, to discuss how sleep impacts health, memory, and...

Get Educated and Empowered About Estate Planning with Christian Perrin and Pete Benenati

Estate planning is a topic most people don’t want to think about, but it shouldn’t be avoided. While it may seem daunting, it’s a crucial step for you and your loved ones. 

“Appropriate estate planning is truly planning for your estate, meaning planning for the management and disposition of your property, both during your lifetime and upon your passing,” explains Christian Perrin.

In this episode of the Prosperous Doc®, our host Shane Tenny, CFP® welcomes esteemed attorneys Christian Perrin of Perrin Legal and Pete Benenati of Benenati Law Firm, P.C. The three discuss...

Making Friends and Building Your Community with Dr. Stacy Goldbaum

Dr. Stacy Goldbaum’s move to Charlotte, North Carolina was a bigger transition than she’d anticipated. She missed having her friends and extended family near. Recognizing the importance of having a sense of community, Dr. Goldbaum decided to find a way to create connections in her new city. 

Historically, making new friends isn’t difficult for Dr. Goldbaum. However, with this move, she knew putting herself out there would be key to finding her people. 

“I think we all are very aware, just as with training, you can't always pick [your city]. Sometimes when you're try...

The Importance of Community Health with Dr. Beena Nagappala

Dr. Beena Nagappala has done a lot in her career as a family physician and a public health expert — and she’s still going. As a practicing medical doctor as well as a leader in school-based community healthcare in Detroit, Michigan region, Dr. Nagappala knows how important public health is for everyone.

Part of Dr. Nagappala’s mission has always been to provide healthcare for people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access it. But unfortunately, in Detroit in particular, there are people who simply aren’t able to get quality healthcare in the area where they live...

The Role that Empathy, Compassion, and Emotional Agility Play in Bridging the Doctor-Patient Gap with Dr. Joseph Stern

Dr. Joseph Stern was accustomed to helping patients face some of the toughest times of their lives.

But when his sister was diagnosed with advanced leukemia, he realized what it was like to be on the other side of the doctor-patient relationship — and gained some crucial insights along the way.

To Dr. Stern, grief is a part of life that everyone will experience at some point. This begs the question: why don’t we take an honest and community-oriented approach to dealing with it? Too often, he says, doctors gloss over the intense emotional aspects of t...

Rethinking Burnout and Why it is Important to Address it at the Organizational Level with Paula Davis

Becoming a lawyer made Paula Davis realize that she’d always been destined for one kind of job: teaching! She just took a less-than-typical route to make it happen.

After earning her undergraduate degree in psychology, Paula graduated from law school. Working for corporate America eventually burned her out. That’s when she returned to her plans to teach.

She went back to school, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Applied Positive Psychology program. As part of the university’s Resiliency Program, she taught Army personnel coping skills for depression. Based on this education, Paula wa...

What’s Changing with Public Service Loan Forgiveness with Will Koster

In this special episode of the Prosperous Doc® Podcast, Will Koster, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ at Spaugh Dameron Tenny, is here to walk you through student loans and recent updates to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

He helps make sense of how the recent changes might apply to you, this is an episode you don’t want to miss if you have outstanding student loans.

The announcement from the Department of Education in early October that they will be easing some of the requirements for Public Service Loan Forgiveness likely left many people feeling a mix...

Carving Out a Path to Happiness and Success in Dentistry with Dr. Michael Williams

From the start, Dr. Michael Williams knew he wanted to run his own business. He liked the independence of working for himself and deciding on his own path.

After finishing his dental residency, Dr. Williams worked as an associate in a private practice for about four years before starting his first practice.

“Growing up, we had a few family friends that were dentists and watching them own their own business, talk about the autonomy, talk about work-life balance … that seemed admirable, that seemed exciting,” Dr. Williams says.

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Building Trusted Doctor-Patient Relationships Through More Effective Communication with Shelly O’Donovan

After spending the first part of her career in political and governmental affairs for healthcare companies, Shelly O’Donovan noticed that there was a pattern to effective communication. 

These patterns separated the strong communicators who could accomplish agendas and climb corporate ladders from the communicators who didn’t achieve their goals. That observation sparked a passion for decoding communication and understanding what makes others tick.

“I started to be interested in what those patterns were and started to do some research on my own ... and eventually got trained in nonverbal communication by a behavioral research lab,” S...

There is Strength in Scars: Creating Books With a Purpose with Dr. Maria Baimas-George

As someone who started creating her own books when she was two, Dr. Maria Baimas-George believed she would grow up to become an author. When she fell in love with science and went on to medical school, Dr. Baimas-George found herself writing and drawing to de-stress.

“Growing up, I loved English and I loved science, and now I feel like they are merging, which is wonderful,” Dr. Baimas-George says of her newfound side hustle. She’s a surgical resident by day, and an author and illustrator by weekend.

In this episode of Prosperous Doc®, our host Sh...

From Clinician to Physician Leader: How to Positively Impact More Patients With Dr. Janelle White

Dr. Janelle White had no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up until she watched a care team save her brother’s life.

“Watching his recovery is what really motivated me,” she says. “That was a life-changing experience for me, to see how those physicians … [and] the entire care team — honestly saved my brother's life, and revived him. So that spurred my interest in medicine.” 

Dr. White accomplished her goal of becoming one such “miracle worker.” Still, it wasn’t until several years into her career that she realized her impact isn’t defined by the number...

Discussing the Hot Dental Market and How it’s Affecting Practice Valuations and Transitions with Doug Copple

Despite not being a doctor himself, Doug Copple understands the challenges of running a medical or dental practice.

He is a Partner at Bentson Copple & Associates, a transition company that assists orthodontists nationwide with practice valuation, partner location services, as well as negotiating transitions. 

In this episode of the Prosperous Doc ®, our host Shane Tenny, CFP® welcomes Doug to discuss changes in the dental market and what that looks like for private practices and future doctors.

“Orthos are really our bread and butter. We're involved with 50 to 60 transactions a year, at least on the o...

Why Venture Capital is the Right Side Gig for this Physician with Dr. Marshall Kuremsky

Dr. Marshall Kuremsky knew he wanted to be an orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon since he was 12 or 13, but it wasn’t until four years or so into his practice that he took a keen interest in the financial and business world. That craving for knowledge, which had propelled him to success in medical school and at work, itched to be satisfied yet again.

“I simply started to realize that I craved as much information, knowledge, and experience about business and finance as I could. I started to expand my network, socially and professionally, outside of medicine,” says Dr. Ku...

Practicing Self-Care as a Physician Isn’t Selfish, It Is Self-Preservation With Dr. Jillian Bybee

Everyone has their breaking point, but doctors — especially in the era of COVID-19 — often feel like they have no choice but to push past their burnout. Dr. Jillian Bybee, however, decided to do something about it.

“I was born and raised in a really hard-working family with a lot of perfectionism tendencies and some mental health issues like anxiety that probably were undiagnosed,” she says. “And I just achieved my way through school, through med school, through training. Kept going and didn't really pay attention to self-care. … It finally came to a head my second year [in residency] w...

The Ins and Outs of Medical-Legal Consulting With Dr. Armin Feldman

Dr. Armin Feldman, like many medical professionals, is driven by a passion to help the sick and injured. After selling his rehabilitation clinics more than a decade ago, he knew he wanted to continue helping others but in a less time-consuming way than as a practicing physician.

The answer: consulting attorneys as a traumatic head and brain injury medical expert. This path made sense based on Dr. Feldman’s expertise in this field, which had developed over nearly 40 years from a personal injury lawyer who sent him head-injured clients. Dr. Feldman realized his knowledge of these types of...

Cultivating a Growth Team: Steps to Building Your Own Practice with Andrew Tucker

You might say Andrew Tucker was born to be an entrepreneur after growing up in a family of business owners. Today, as a tax attorney and CPA by training, he guides physicians and dentists who want to launch and run their own businesses.

“There's something amazing about the entrepreneurship opportunities in the United States,” Andrew says. “But when people are coming into the idea of ownership, particularly from a trade where you're a doctor first or an accountant first or an attorney first, it's really hard to think about that role of entrepreneurship.”

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The Importance of Physician Mental Health with Dr. Michael Myers

Dr. Michael Myers admits he was late coming into the psychiatry field. As a first-year medical student in 1962, one of Dr. Myers’s roommates, also a medical student, committed suicide.

The stigmatization surrounding mental health and suicide was so profound that the school did not even acknowledge this student’s passing. It was then some years later as an internal medical resident that Dr. Myers saw, once again, the imminent threat of poor mental health amongst physicians.

“It was through that, that I got thinking I would like to attempt to be involved in people’s lives...

Taking Risks and Reaping the Reward With Dr. Scott and Heather Paviol

Heather and Scott Paviol are one of the rare couples that can work together — and it’s because they each have strengths where the other has weaknesses.

As an interior designer with an interest in leadership development and organizational performance, it was only fitting that Heather help her dermatologist husband open his new practice last year (even though he chose to do so during a global pandemic). 

“We were coming off easily our best year at Mooresville. I wasn't even accepting new patients,” Scott says of his first practice. “It was a little bit both amazing and...

How an MBA Can Help Doctors Discover Opportunities and Earn Passive Income

Dr. Nithin Natwa wears many hats. He practices family care, and he's also a board-certified physician in sports medicine. He provided care to football players at Michigan State University during his fellowship and continues to take on athletes as patients. He even runs an esports injury analysis Instagram account for his almost 13,000 followers.

He's also back in school, but this time for something entirely different: an MBA. Dr. Natwa returned to school in part so he could get a better understanding of how the healthcare system worked from a business perspective and channel that into opportunities for...

How Lifestyle and Culinary Medicine Can Help You Thrive, With Dr. Colin Zhu

For Dr. Colin Zhu, medicine runs in the family.

Dr. Zhu's mother practiced Chinese medicine, an ancient practice that focuses on finding balance within the body. Now Dr. Zhu incorporates this philosophy into his own work.

"She instilled in me how to look at the person, the patient, in a very holistic way. So, she instilled in me prevention, wellness, compassion, listening to the person. And so those were the values and skill sets that I've brought with me and that's the direction that I took going into medicine," he says.

Dr. Zhu...

How To Make the Most Out of Your Healthcare Employment Contract with Anu Murthy

Healthcare attorney and practice consultant Anu Murthy wants to help physicians make the money they deserve — and keep making that amount, even during a global pandemic that’s furloughed and laid off many people.

“There is inherent value in speaking to a healthcare attorney to understand the anatomy of the contract, the nuts and bolts, and primarily what are your rights under the contract?” Anu says. “But also what are your responsibilities under the contract? You may not be able to negotiate very much in terms of language, but you could negotiate some compensation matters.”

In this epis...

How To Make a Dental Practice Your Own with Dr. Ken Randall

Dr. Ken Randall’s decision to go to dental school rather than medical school was largely inspired by a lazy vacation in North Carolina many years ago. Sick of seeing his grandson wake up at noon or later, one day Dr. Randall’s grandfather told the teen to be ready by 6:30 the next morning — so that he could help out at his grandfather’s practice. Almost instantly, Dr. Randall was hooked.

“Basically from that day forward, any break that I had from school all throughout undergrad, I was in the office working as an assistant, scrubbing dirty instrument...

The Perks of Value-Based Healthcare with Dr. Uli Chettipally

Episode Summary

Dr. Uli Chettipally once made the CEO of the company he worked for stop him mid-presentation because he dropped a figure that was so jarring: “50% of what happens in a typical U.S. clinical practice is unnecessary, ineffective, or dangerous.”

This isn’t just Dr. Chettipally’s opinion, it’s a statement backed by much of his own research as well as others’ on the downsides of America’s most common business model of healthcare: the fee-for-service system.

In this episode of the Prosperous Doc, our host Shane Tenny, CFP® welcomes Dr. Uli Chettip...

How Doctors Can Maximize Their Personal Brand with Dr. Ernesto Gutierrez

Personal branding is a familiar concept for people in business or marketing, but is often a foreign concept to medical professionals. Whether you’re in practice or employed, your personal brand is your professional identity and making proper use of it can help you elevate your career or business. If people don’t know you exist, how will they find out about you?

In this episode of the Prosperous Doc, our host Shane Tenny, CFP® welcomes Dr. Ernesto Gutierrez to discuss personal branding, how to acquire more patients, and how to leverage social media. As the owner of th...

Facing Racism in the Medical Community with Dr. Aaron Brandt

The last few months have brought intense focus to the topic of racism in the United States and around the world. The immediate circulation of media content has brought violent images of racial injustices to the forefront of our cultural attention. Here at the Prosperous Doc, we wanted to do our part to try and change the tone in our country around this. We know this is a emotionally fraught topic and we want to start by sharing a few words from our host, Shane Tenny, from this episode:

Today's topic, I have felt compelled to address...

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome in Medicine with Dr. Gail Gazelle

You did the heavy lifting to become a doctor. The sleepless nights in medical school, the long hours of residency, the personal sacrifices to bring your dream to fruition. However, even at the pinnacle of this success, the little voice in the back of your head refuses to relent, ‘you don’t belong, you’re a fraud, how long before they find you out?’ Where does this voice come from? Why do I feel this way? Do my colleagues struggle with these thoughts?

On this episode of Prosperous Doc, we welcome Dr. Gail Gazelle, assistant professor at Harvard...

Medical Malpractice: How to Thrive After Litigation, with Dr. Stacia Dearmin

Shame and guilt are common emotions faced by health care providers when dealing with a malpractice lawsuit. These struggles intensify when physicians hear phrases such as “don’t talk to anyone about this” from their lawyers, leading them to feel isolated, depressed, or anxious. Today’s guest discovered an unusual way of combatting some of these stressful emotions: reading.

In this episode of Prosperous Doc, our host Shane Tenny is joined by Dr. Stacia Dearmin, a pediatric physician who faced an unfortunate patient outcome. In 2012, Dr. Dearmin checked on a young woman in the emergency department and, after he...

How Blockchain Technology Can Improve Physician Credentialing With Dr. Leah Houston

In the modern digital world, we’re all accustomed to having our personal information online. From our ID numbers, credit cards, birth certificates, cellphone numbers, to, in the case of a doctor, the MD at the end of your name, whether you completed a residency or board certification, or have a license to practice medicine. When our credentials are in the hands of a third party, we can unknowingly set ourselves up for fraud, waste, and abuse.

On this episode of Prosperous Doc, we welcome Dr. Leah Houston, a Locum Tenens doctor who faced the stressful ordeal of...

Effective Employee Contract Negotiation, with Dr. Jason Goebel

You accepted a position at a new practice, you like your colleagues, and the work is fulfilling; everything is going great. However, before very long, the veil starts to come off; maybe this isn’t the perfect position you thought it was? What do you do now? How do you get out of your contact? What are your options?

Dr. Jason Goebel, known in some circles as the Godfather of Contract Negotiations, found himself in a similar situation. On this episode of Prosperous Doc, our host Shane Tenny speaks with Dr. Goebel about his experience navigating various em...

Non-Clinical Career Options with the Doctor's Doctor, Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO

You go through years of medical school, residency, and training, focused on one goal – to finally become a doctor. But what happens when after everything you’ve been through, you feel like being a doctor isn’t your calling anymore? That you don’t feel the same fire or passion as you did on your first day of medical school? Are you confined to the medical industry or are there more paths available?

In this episode of Prosperous Doc, host Shane Tenny speaks with Michelle Mudge-Riley, a.k.a. The Doctor’s Doctor, about her experience leaving clinical p...

How Podcasting Saved My Marriage, with Lara McElderry

Loneliness and relationship troubles are common obstacles faced by medical students. These struggles are intensified for students during testing and test preparations, but the effects on family members can be severe as well, including loneliness, financial concerns, and extended partner separation. Today’s guest discovered an unusual way of combatting some of these obstacles: podcasting.

In this episode of Prosperous Doc, our host Shane Tenny is joined by Lara McElderry, an English teacher who is married to a physician. After teaching children for several years, Lara chose to put her career on hold to support her husband as...

HEART-ificial Intelligence and Physician-Patient Relationships with Dr. Brian Lima

It’s not uncommon to see doctors whose lives revolve around their medical careers, especially those who are practicing a demanding subspecialty. These doctors have a tendency to define their lives through their profession, and, absent this role, would lose their sense of identity. However, being in ‘career mode’ 24/7 can be detrimental to your physical and emotional well-being.

In this episode of Prosperous Doc, host Shane Tenny speaks to cardiac surgeon Dr. Brian Lima about heart-ificial intelligence, a topic he explores in his book, Heart To Beat: A Cardiac Surgeon’s Inspiring Story of Success and Overcoming Adversit...

Finding Freedom and Balance as a Locum Tenens Doc with Nii Darko, MD

There’s a common misconception that there’s only one path you can take in the medical field: graduate from med school, finish residency, get a job at a hospital, and save lives until the end. While plenty who have chosen this path are contented, there are others that do not share the same enthusiasm. Don’t worry if you’re part of the latter group! There is a vast world outside of medicine for you to explore while continuing to practice your profession.

In this episode of Prosperous Doc, trauma surgeon Dr. Nii Darko and host Shane Te...

Taking Care of Doctors During COVID-19 and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great strain on the public health system, affecting not only the lives of patients and families who have contracted the virus, but also to healthcare providers. The additional precautions required of healthcare workers have become more exhausting, stressful, and intense, possibly contributing to the psychological burden and burnout.

In this episode of Prosperous Doc, our host Shane Tenny is joined by Dr. Milad Memari, an Internal Medicine resident from the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Milad is himself a COVID-19 survivor and shares his firsthand experience in...

The Impact of Physician Coaching with Errin Weisman, MD

Burnout, physician suicide, and other mental illnesses are issues the medical community continues to grapple with. Although there is greater awareness and recognition of these mental health problems than in the past, doctors are still find themselves afraid to speak up and seek help. (4:05) Despite these prevalent fears, some medical professionals are stepping up to provide resources to help each other out.

In this episode of Prosperous Doc, our host Shane Tenny is joined by family medicine physician and founder of Physician Coaching Alliance, Dr. Errin Weisman. Dr. Weisman explores the benefits of physician coaching for coping...

How the Physicians Foundation is Combatting Mental Health in Healthcare with Dr. Gary Price

Several unique challenges are facing the medical profession today that often go unnoticed or unspoken. Thankfully, there are organizations like the Physicians Foundation who are helping shed light on these issues, bringing them to the forefront and sparking conversations in the community. The intention of these discussions is to generate solutions to promote physician wellness and improve the healthcare industry at large.

Dr. Gary Price, president of the Physicians Foundation and board-certified plastic surgeon, joins host Shane Tenny for this episode of Prosperous Doc to provide insight on vital issues in the medical community. He talks about...

Women in Medicine and How Social Media Can Be Used in Healthcare with Shikha Jain, MD

Despite the many advancements made in the field of medicine, there still seems to be a problem that has persisted over the years with minimal progress. It’s an issue that a lot of physicians aren’t aware of, but has greatly impacted the careers of their female colleagues – gender inequality. The healthcare industry seems to be stacked against women, where discrepancies exist and opportunities are not as available. Implicit and unconscious biases that contribute to this problem. 03:26

This week’s guest, Dr. Shikha Jain, aims to not only shed light into this issue, but to educate people i...

Real Estate Loans and Other Lending Options for Physicians with Jason Watkins

One of the biggest and major financial decisions that doctors and dentists face in their lives involves purchasing, building or renovating their own homes. A lot of preparation, time and money is involved in this whole process and it should not be taken lightly. But for those who have just finished medical school, plagued by student loans and supported only by a not-so-high wage, is it even possible to for a resident or those still undergoing training to purchase a house of their own?

This episode’s guest is Jason Watkins from SunTrust Mortgage, a company that of...

How Health System Executives Can Address Physician Burnout with Dr. Kevin Mosser

Being a doctor and practicing medicine is a noble profession. And when you ask a physician or medical practitioner, you used to hear about passion as the main reason why one should pursue this path in the first place. But sadly, the excitement and enthusiasm that is often associated with the practice is being heard less often. There is a lack of joy in the profession that’s prevalent among many doctors today, caused by burnout, among other things.

Additionally, more practitioners moving out of an independent practice into one where they’re employed in a corporate orga...