In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are dropping a bonus episode featuring Dr. Lara Briseno-Kenney.* The career in medicine that Lara expected changed in a matter of hours, when planes hit the twin towers and the Pentagon on 9/11. Serving as an Army doctor in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Global War on Terrorism forged Lara into the doctor she is today. Yet, when she returned to civilian medicine, she found the skills she thought would advance her mission to provide exemplary care were treated as a hindrance to profit. Her attempt to serve “two masters”, the patient and her employer, left her morally distressed and deeply unhappy. Then she found hope, and a new vision– opening her own clinic.
*This was an intense conversation that ranged across 9/11, war, thoughts of suicide, and the hope that comes with new opportunities. It can be difficult in places, though, so it might be worth thinking about how and where you listen.