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30 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Being Human in the World of High Performance Athletics
Competitive athletes are a unique breed of people, in that winning can be more important than just about everything else. Sports can set high expectations and motivate athletes to constantly perform at their peak level. But what happens when you bring empathy, humanness, and understanding to the picture? Would we be better able to live a life of quality and meaning?Today we had a lively conversation with Erwin Benedict Valencia, the Team Physical Therapist and Wellness coach for the New York Knicks. Erwin dives into the implications that the pandemic has had in the sports world, how bringing a holistic picture of an athlete changed the game for Olympics 2021, and how wellness and wellbeing are (and should be!) at the forefront of how people should live - both within and outside of the sports world. Erwin encourages clinicians of all kinds to be multifaceted individuals who level up their consciousness to serve their communities and clients more effectively. The theme of “service” has run through every component of his life and led him to create Grasshopper Project, a non-profit mentorship program that champions the next generation of Thought Leaders and Change Makers in the Health, Wellness, and Performance industries. Erwin is a Clinician, Coach, & Change Agent. He is the first Filipino raised and educated in the Philippines to be on the medical staff of both the NBA and MLB. Erwin combines manual and movement therapy skills, mindfulness and mental conditioning coaching, and sports science for a truly "whole-listic" approach to Athlete Care and Wellness. Connect with him:@erwinbvalenciawww.erwinvalencia.comwww.grasshopperproject.org
33 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Understanding Chronic Pain
About 50 million Americans experience chronic pain. The number 1 disability in the world is chronic low back pain. And 30% of Americans have chronic neck pain. Chronic pain is complex. We can’t really address it in its entirety in a single podcast episode. But what we can do is open you up to different ideas and a different perspective of what chronic pain is and how we can manage it, both as clinicians and patients who live with it. Today we have my best friend Dr. Maria Muto on the show. Dr. Muto graduated from Columbia University Physical Therapy Program and currently runs her own PT department at Integrative Chiropractic & Physical Therapy. Her main goal as a DPT is to help optimize movement, heal and prevent injuries by providing the most comprehensive and individualized care.She strives to achieve results and differentiate her practice by offering 1:1 time with her patients and honing in on patient specific rehabilitation goals. Her methods of practice stem from the belief that movement is medicine and chronic pain is a battle between the mind and the physical. She strives to educate her patients on techniques to calm and restore the central nervous system for pain relief and to improve movement. This is the base of what she truly believes in and the foundation of how she helps her patients create individualized plans of care.Within her scope of practice, Dr. Muto incorporates mindfulness and breath work to address our mental senses and provides recommendations on supplements that fight inflammation and enhance recovery. She believes that this approach to care is all inclusive and provides long lasting effects.Furthermore, Dr. Muto has experience treating various conditions within the adult orthopedic and pediatric outpatient populations. She loves to work with the sports and athletic populations but treats all walks of life! Overall, Dr. Muto hopes to heal with emphasis on mind + body connection and that health is multifactorial.Connect with her @drmuto_pt or @icc_ofpa
25 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Chinese Medicine for Fertility & Beyond
Chinese medicine, while portrayed in the media as primarily equating to acupuncture, has a plethora of knowledge on the pregnant and postpartum body. Guasha, cupping, and herbal medicine are few of the many modalities that can be safe throughout the majority of your childbearing journey, whether you are at preconception or are choosing an assisted reproductive technology (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Today we have Sara Forlich, a licensed acupuncturist, help us break down the effects and uses of Chinese medicine for this population. These could include nausea, sinus problems, sciatica, stress, inflammation, anxiety, milk supply, and more!Sara has a special focus on fertility and is dedicated to helping her patients conceive using acupuncture and herbal medicine alone or in conjunction with IVF or other ART. Every treatment is focused on the specific patterns for each individual. Sara strives to create a healthy balance of Eastern and Western practices for her patient’s lives. She is also trained as a labor doula and enjoys working with women throughout their pregnancies as well as postpartum. Sara is nationally certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine (NCCAOM). She received her Masters of Science from the Pacific College in New York, and completed post-graduate studies in China. She has treated patients at St.Vincent’s Cancer Center and the Initiative for Women with Disabilities at the Hospital for Joint Diseases.Connect with her on Instagram: @Juniper_wellness
51 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Expecting Greatness with Greg Todd
On today’s show, we learn how to overcome obstacles to achieve the type of life we want to truly live. Greg Todd is a Father, Physical Therapist, Entrepreneur, Mentor and Business Coach. He has founded several businesses and is a physical therapy clinic owner. Greg has helped hundreds of healthcare professionals achieve their dream careers through his coaching, seminars, and leadership skills. Here, Greg talks about his journey from making a fraction of minimum wage to being a celebrity physical therapist and business owner. While this conversation is primarily to help aspiring students enter the field of physical therapy, Greg’s message is universal across careers and across the lifespan.This talk was originally intended for a seminar held through the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Physical Therapy International Service Foundation (PTIS), founded by our host Dr. Sneha Gazi. One of the programs that PTIS offers is free professional advocacy workshops to students in underserved communities. The workshops serve to promote healthcare fields and assist students in entering graduate programs for further studies. Connect with Greg at www.gregtoddtv.comConnect with PTIS at www.ptisfoundation.org
48 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Decolonizing Yoga: Revitalizing The Ancient Practice
What’s the first word you think of when you think “Yoga”? Yoga is a way of life, codified in one way (through Ashtanga Yoga) by Patanjali’s 8 Limbs. Of the 8 limbs, only ONE limb refers to Asanas, or “yoga poses,” that you might have heard of like child’s pose or downward dog. For a true yogi, rolling out a yoga mat is a small aspect of the multifold process in their life’s journey. However, in the Western world, the term yoga itself has been watered down to refer to exercises and stretches, which is why many of you probably thought of this first when asked earlier. Today, we have a very special guest, Divya Bala, a member of my extended family who is revolutionizing the gate-kept yoga industry in the West to include the cultural nuances and spiritual impact of the land now known as India, where yoga originated from. She breaks misconceptions and misinformation. Through her work, she offers a new perspective that everyone can benefit from!As a Tamil-American yoga teacher brought up around the world, Divya's cross-cultural identity is inextricable from her approach to teaching wellness practices and advocating for social justice. Seeing her culture manipulated for the western market stirred her to use art and yoga to reclaim ancestral wisdom. Her classes incorporate philosophical teachings, martial techniques, prānāyāma (breath work), āsana (movement) and much more. Divya is fiercely passionate about celebrating diversity and uplifting BIPOC voices in all that she does.Connect with her:IG: @divyabalaYoutube: youtube.com/DivyaBalaWebsite: www.hidivya.com
46 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Healing by Addressing the Spirit
What is the spirit? If you want a TED Talk-like chat about this topic, search no further. Russell Hanks, our guest today, explores the idea of the spirit and what it could mean. This conversation not only addresses this very abstract concept, but also applies it to very practical and actionable ways that both clinicians and patients can harness the power of the spirit to optimize how they deliver or receive care respectively. Russell graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1995. He is certified by the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) – US for orthopedic manual therapy in the spine and the extremities. He is also a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He is the Clinical Director for the Advanced Physical Therapy practice.
38 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Optimizing Athletic Performance Through Health Literacy
Whether you are a weekend warrior or an elite athlete, it is always important to understand your body, how to maintain and improve performance, and how to train appropriately. The first step to achieving this, is to set your goals. Why do you play your preferred sport? Is it to stay fit for the summer or to win a championship? Knowing this will help guide you through your athletic journey with less injuries and improved performance. Dr. Asad Siddiqi, a physiatrist and sports medicine physician in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, joins us to discuss health literacy in young athletes. He discusses how important it is for him to understand his athlete in order to provide proper patient-centered care. He dives into the issue of attrition in the sports world and how changing behavior of the athlete also requires proper training of coaches, trainers, and parents. Dr. Siddiqi is head team physician for The City College of New York and provides medical oversight for a number of high schools, youth sport clubs, and performing arts organizations. His clinical and research interests are in the areas of health literacy, physical activity promotion, and injury prevention in youth athletes.Book an appointment with Dr. Siddiqi HERE
32 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Creating & Expanding The Binary World of Medicine
The title of this episode was initially intended to be “Why Women Outlive Men.” But with an exceptionally well-versed guest like Dr. Marianne Legato, our conversation took a turn that went above and beyond what I’d hoped to dive into. Today we have a very special episode where we discuss how Dr. Legato helped shift the very nature of medicine from being dominated by the male biology to include that of women. She then discusses the current shifts in medicine intended to break down the enigma of gender fluidity and create a word of medicine that includes nonbinary bodies. Dr. Marianne J. Legato is a pioneer in the field of gender-specific medicine. She led the effort to establish sex and gender as important variables in the way we think not just about the experience and treatment of disease, but also health and lifestyle. She began her work in gender-specific medicine by authoring the first book on women and heart disease, The Female Heart: The Truth About Women and Coronary Artery Disease, which won the Blakeslee Award of the American Heart Association in 1992. Because of this research, the cardiovascular community began to include women in clinical trials affirming the fact that the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment of the same disease can be significantly different between the sexes. Her latest academic textbook, The Plasticity of Sex, on which this book is based, won a 2021 PROSE Award in the category of biomedicine. She maintains one of the only gender-specific private practices in New York City, and she has consistently been named one of the “Top Doctors in New York for several decades. Who’s Who has just cited her for a lifetime achievement award. Connect with her at www.gendermed.org
47 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Boundary Boss: Transform Your Life By Talking True
Are you overworked, over-giving, overdoing, always fixing problems, and just terribly exhausted most of the time? Today I hope your life transforms the way mine has over the last few weeks! Not a lot of people get to interview one of their role models in life. I’m thrilled to chat with Terri Cole, a licensed psychotherapist, global relationship and empowerment expert, and the author of Boundary Boss-The Essential Guide to Talk True, Be Seen and (Finally) Live Free. After binge-reading the book in between my patients in just days, the way I view myself and the world has completely transformed. Terri chats with us on how she evolved from a “boundary disaster” to a “boundary boss” through years of therapy, working with her own patients, and consistently speaking her truth every single day. Exclusively for Fit As A Fiddle listeners, visit https://boundaryboss.me/fit for a FREE video and downloadable guide to starting your Boundary Boss Journey. Visit www.boundarybossbook.com to get your copy of the book.For over two decades, Terri has worked with a diverse group of clients that includes everyone from stay-at-home moms to celebrities and Fortune 500 CEOs. She has a gift for making complex psychological concepts accessible and actionable so that clients and students achieve sustainable change. She inspires over 250,000 people weekly through her blog, social media platform, signature courses, and her popular podcast, The Terri Cole Show. For more, see terricole.com
41 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Solving Sexual Health Issues Once & For All
Often women get pinned with, “drink a glass of wine because it’s really all in your head” when discussing sexual issues. Many people won’t even get to the place where they feel comfortable to discuss problems regarding their intimacy in the first place. Still others will get slapped with a cream or lubricant and told to “chill out.” Today, I have a very special guest, Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, who has dedicated years of study in the academic world to understanding female sexual dysfunction. Her book Sex Points: Reclaim Your Sex Life with the Revolutionary Point System discusses the unique challenges that women face with their sexual health, particularly after a long long time of living in a male dominated medical field. In the show, she helps people understand that there truly is one or more root medical causes to these issues and revolutionizes the way we look at women’s sexual dysfunction. She discusses topics that are not always in mainstream knowledge like how testosterone is an essential hormone in the female body as well!Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus is a certified sex therapist and the Clinical Director of Maze Women’s Sexual Health, the largest independent sexual health center in the country. She wrote her dissertation on women and vibrator use while earning her Doctor of Philosophy in human sexuality from the Institute of Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. She also has a Master’s in public health from the same institution. She is a licensed social worker with a Master’s degree from Columbia University. Dr. Marcus has worked as the executive director of not-for-profit institutions and corporations, medical practices and laboratories. In addition to being featured in a NY Times article, she is a frequent guest on radio, podcasts and has lectured both nationally and overseas on a wide variety of women’s issues.Connect with her at www.drbatsheva.com
37 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Babywearing and Carriers
From the beginning of human history, parents have held and worn their babies for various reasons. Adriane Stare, a NYC-Based Babywearing Expert, Postpartum Doula, Lactation Educator and Mom to two boys, joins us today to talk about babywearing. We discuss the unique implications of carrying babies particularly in the first few months of life. Adriane delves into the misconceptions that surround babywearing and touches on the societal influences that impact how families view the topic.After the birth of her first son, Adriane fell in love with babywearing - the most critical skill that she learned as a new parent. She founded Caribou Baby and Wild Was Mama in 2011, Brooklyn’s wildly popular Natural Baby and Maternity shops and educational class spaces. For more than a decade, she’s helped thousands of families find their confident, joyful groove in parenting by teaching them how to develop real skills and strategies, instead of just buying stuff and quick solutions. Her babywearing work and parenting approach has been featured widely on news and parenting platforms, including Good Morning America, The New York Times, Mother.ly and Crain’s New York. Connect with her at www.adrianestare.com
37 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Osteoarthritis: You Are Not Doomed!
You might have heard someone say, “My knee hurts - must be the arthritis kicking in.” While osteoarthritis is a very common phenomenon, there are several misconceptions around it. Today, Dr. Karen Litzy, a licensed physical therapist, joins us to discuss the latest research on osteoarthritis (OA) and its medical management. We dive into the different structures affected, the diagnostic criteria, the differences between OA and Rheumatoid Arthritis, and ways to prevent progression of OA. Karen highlights that while surgery is an option, there is so much that can be done with exercise and weight loss that the literature clearly depicts as effective means of symptom management. She also gives us the latest updates on the use of robotics in joint replacement surgeries, which can dramatically improve outcomes. Karen is an international speaker and owner of Karen Litzy Physical Therapy, PLLC. Through her work as a physical therapist she has helped thousands of people, including Fortune 500 CEOs, royalty and celebrities, overcome painful conditions, recover from surgery, and feel stronger than ever before. As the host Healthy Wealthy & Smart, of a top 200 podcast, on Apple Podcasts, she has interviewed influencers in the worlds of health, medicine and entrepreneurship. As a keynote and featured speaker, Dr. Karen has presented to thousands at national and international events including Columbia University in New York City, University of Colorado in Denver, and the International Olympic Committee World Conference on on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport in Monaco. Connect with her at karenlitzy.com
46 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Be Kind To Your Postpartum Body: An Honest Conversation On Healing & Recovery
What happens when a postpartum exercise specialist and a pelvic floor physical therapist dive into the topic of postpartum physical recovery? Join us on this episode as Charlotte Blake Kaplan and I have an honest, unedited conversation on what movement and healing means. We talk about the expectations created by the medical field, social media, and the people we interact with daily and how this shapes your journey throughout your postpartum years. Charlotte denounces the use of toxic timelines and how practitioners should have empathy towards their pregnant and postpartum clients.Charlotte Blake Kaplan, PCES, is a postnatal corrective exercise specialist, Mama, postnatal Pilates instructor and the owner of Charlotte Blake Pilates, a boutique one-on-one studio in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYC. Charlotte is dedicated to positively disrupting the way people think of and engage in recovery, exercise, and healing after giving birth. She is an advocate for postnatal people to begin their recovery process immediately after birth and simultaneously recognizes that it’s never too late to begin a recovery process, no matter how long ago a person gave birth. Charlotte is a sought-out instructor for her postnatal Pilates one-on-one consultations and postnatal programs because she leads each and every session with compassion and empathy. With over a decade of experience working with prenatal and postnatal people, she has a wealth of knowledge to share. Charlotte also leads postnatal Pilates group programs and her signature MamaWell intensive both online and in-person. In addition to working with postnatal people, Charlotte has created and teaches a comprehensive workshop for movement instructors. She is dedicated to changing the way in which movement certifications teach (or more commonly, fail to teach) how to support prenatal and postpartum people. You can work with Charlotte online or in person at her studio in Greenwich Village or her studio near Woodstock, NY.Connect with her:@charlotteblakekaplancharlotteblakepilates.com/charlotte
48 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Women’s Mental Health: Reproductive Psychiatry, IVF & the Biased Healthcare System
How can we optimize mental healthcare for women and their loved ones? How can we support women through their reproductive lifespan and the course of preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum? We answer these questions and more with Dr. Lucy Hutner, an internationally recognized expert in women’s mental health. Dr. Hutner covers the role of reproductive psychiatry and how she diagnoses and treats a variety of conditions experienced by women and LGBTQ birthing parents. We discuss the transformations that come with parents undergoing IVF treatment and dive into myths surrounding medications for the pregnant woman. Dr. Hutner received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed psychiatry residency training at Harvard (MGH/McLean), where she was one of the chief residents, followed by fellowship training at Columbia. Dr. Hutner is a leader in the emerging medical specialty of reproductive psychiatry, which focuses on the mental health needs of women throughout the reproductive life span, including preconception, pregnancy and postpartum. Dr. Hutner was the Associate Director of the Women’s Program at Columbia, is on the leadership team of the National Task Force for the first standardized digital curriculum in reproductive psychiatry, and she is the co-editor of the first textbook in reproductive psychiatry, to be published by the American Psychiatric Association in 2021.
32 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Recovering From COVID & Pregnant Peoples’ Pain
In today’s show, listeners tune into two topics with our multifaceted guest, Dr. Farah Hameed. We begin our conversation around the COVID recovery unit that Columbia & Cornell began in conjunction with New York Presbytarian Hospital. Dr. Hameed dives into the interdisciplinary team that was required to help screen and treat the thousands of people in New York City who survived COVID in 2020. Two of the biggest side effects after recovering were shortness of breath and body fatigue. Clinicians administered tests and measures to identify patients’ problem areas and scheduled virtual visits with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language therapists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, and more. The second part of the show revolves around musculoskeletal complaints of pregnant and postpartum people. While many times, obstetricians and other clinicians might be looking out for the safety of the mother and baby, sometimes, quality of life issues like lower back pain and pelvic girdle pain can go unaddressed. Dr. Hameed specialize in identifying and treating people and referring to the correct providers, such as pelvic floor physical therapists, and holistic treatments like acupuncture.Dr. Farah Hameed attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where she was awarded her Medical Degree. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at the Boston University Medical Center, and she completed her residency at Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She completed her fellowship in Spine and Sports Medicine at Northwestern University through the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago where she won the Baskin Award for excellence in Research. She is board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.Book an appointment with her at Columbia University midtown office on 51 W 51st St.
27 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Body Image Post-Quarantine: Tips For This Hot Vax Summer
Our bodies changed during the quarantine, in so many different ways. For those who are experiencing poor body image after a year of less activity, this show is for you. Whether you just want to get into the right mindset to view yourself with more care and compassion or whether you want tangible tips to overcome post-quarantine weight gain, our guest Haley Stein covers it all! Tune in to figure out the RIGHT ways to feel good in your skin as we open the world back up!Haley is a registered dietitian who works to teach her clients the fundamentals of nutrition and creating an individualized plan for all lifestyles. She did her dietetic internship and masters in clinical nutrition at LIU Post. After her first clinical experience, she realized that her passion was helping people develop a healthy relationship with food. By focusing on both nutrition intake and lifestyle habits, she’s had the pleasure of seeing her clients get results while keeping their quality of life at its highest potential.
58 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Wise Woman’s Guide to Your Healthiest Pregnancy & Birth
Every person who wishes to birth a human into this world needs to tune in to this episode. If you want to know all the facts straight from the specialists who integrate evidence-based research, bust myths, and reshape the way we see preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum, search no further!Today I am joined by the authors of “Wise Woman’s Guide to Your Healthiest Pregnancy & Birth” - Dr. Patricia Ladis & Dr. Anita Sadaty. We have a lively conversation on topics such as how epigenetics is involved in preconception, what to look for in your blood work prenatally to optimize your health, how and when to exercise during pregnancy, what sort of weight changes are appropriate each trimester, and gems of knowledge on how to push for a vaginal birth. You can get the book anywhere online. I encourage everyone to read it and become empowered instead of fearful of modern day birthing practices. Dr. Anita Sadaty is a Board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and founder of Redefining Health Medical, a women’s health medical practice in Roslyn, NY. She is an Attending Physician at the Northwell Health System and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Hofstra Medical School. She attended medical school at Cornell University Medical College. Patricia Ladis, PT, CBBA is a licensed physical therapist and founder of WiseBody Physical Therapy. Patricia previously co-founded the KIMA Center for Physiotherapy & Wellness. She is also co-founder of The First 1000 Days of Wellness, a global educational platform for practitioners, spas and consumers to promote perinatal wellness and prevent non-communicable diseases in future generations.
48 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Improving Joint & Disc Health
Have you ever been told that you have a herniated disc on an MRI? Are you a clinician and heard a patient tell you they have a disc problem from an image X number of years ago in their history? This show is for both health care professionals AND patients who want to learn more about how we should think about our joint and disc health through evidence-based information. Our guest today is Vicente Mauri, Senior Physical Therapist at Advanced Physical Therapy in Anchorage, AK. He covers the anatomy of the joint, what happens during injury, and how to manage pain. He discusses the first line of defense when you experience pain from an injury and gives golden advice on how to prevent this in the first place. Vicente represents the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM). He is the former Co-Director of the IAOM-LA, and current Content Manager for the IAOM-US, he continues to deliver courses and lectures related to orthopedic manual therapy and differential diagnosis around the world. Vicente has co-authored book chapters, peer-reviewed documents, numerous international conferences’ platform and poster presentations. Currently, he is finishing his Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), while continuing to develop research through mentoring program at TTU-HSC to earn his post-doctoral degree.
23 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Adolescent Substance Abuse
Chances are you know someone who knows someone who has a substance abuse disorder. When I learned about the statistics behind the perception of drugs and the use of drugs in the States, I was shocked! Richard Capriola, the author of “The Addicted Child: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse” speaks to us today after over two decades of experience working with children and their families as a mental health and substance abuse counselor. In the show, Richard delves into the many issues surrounding drugs for Gen Z. He explains how a substance abuse disorder can be classified based on how it impacts the child’s life, how the term “addiction” has a negative connotation, and the latest craze for vaping that has overwhelmed children over the last 3 years. He explains why vaping became popular, but how it is much more harmful in some cases. Richard has treated both adults and adolescents diagnosed with mental health and substance use disorders. He recently retired from Menninger Clinic in Houston where for over a decade he worked as an addictions counselor. Visit www.helptheaddictedchild.com to get a copy of this very easy read. You might be helping your child or someone around you by learning the warning signs for substance abuse and how you can address it.
41 minutes | May 27, 2021
Increasing Empathy: Asian American Pacific Islander Edition
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 1 on Fit As A Fiddle!As we wrap up Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May 2021, I dive into another interesting and enlightening conversation with Dr. Tade Ayeni. In this episode, Dr. Ayeni discusses some of the historical implications that have contributed to the Asian American and Pacific Islander lived experiences in the United States. He touches on 19th century laws, the story of Bhagat Singh Thind, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the award-winning controversy for the movie Minari. The goal of these episodes is to open up difficult conversation surrounding race so that we can see the world around is in a slightly different light. Dr. Ayeni and I hope that listeners, and client-facing professionals especially, are able to gain more empathy and understanding of people who don’t look or sound like themselves.Dr. Tadé Ayeni is the Director of Diversity and Equity at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Assistant Professor in the Human Dimension program. Dr. Ayeni enjoys creating meaningful connections with people from various backgrounds within and outside of the medical school with the aim of working toward a more genuinely equitable educational system for all students, which is a key piece in the fight to produce more equitable health outcomes in society. Listen to Dr. Ayeni’s other episodes on Fit As A Fiddle:Issues of Race in Healthcare: Seeing Others As HumansRace As A Social Construct
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