Health Stories Nicole Defenbaugh
In this podcast we invite you to listen in on the real-life stories of clinicians and patients. In these interviews, our guests reflect on their experiences and share with all of us their insights and suggestions for how to navigate our complex U.S. healthcare system
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Do you sometimes feel confused by what your doctor says or have difficulty understanding the directions on a prescription label? You are not alone. Approximately 77 million people have basic or below basic health literacy (https://health.gov) and even the podcast interviewee herself, Dr. Ashwini admits, “As a physician [I am ...
When Michael is told, “We don’t know what to do with you because most people don’t live that long,” he realizes he’s lucky to be alive and he’s become an anomalous patient in the healthcare system. After 11 surgeries, losing 42 lbs. in eight days, multiple medical diagnoses (e.g., Crohn’s ...
There are more than 49 million U.S. residents 65 years or older and many live with undiagnosed medical conditions, leaving children and other family members with added responsibilities and questions. This can be especially difficult when a parent lives far away. Dr. Kevin McNeill recounts the overlooked signs of his ...
Registered Nurse and Reiki Master, Katrina Fritz, joins the podcast series to share her personal and professional experiences receiving and treating others with complimentary/integrative medicine (e.g., Reiki) and new approaches to patient-centered care (i.e., Flinders Chronic Condition Management). Katrina shares the powerful impact Reiki had when her brother-in-law died tragically ...
Dr. Mattheus-Kairys recounts her years of chronic back pain due to a herniated disc, complications from surgery, and a spinal leak that occurred during her residency program. Throughout the next few years, Dr. Mattheus-Kairys discovers how to live with the pain and attempts a new activity that leads to a ...