Welcome to my forth post in my new series called “Coffee Chat.” This series is focused on inspirational women who love their jobs and want to inspire other women to find their passions and transform their lives. Today’s coffee chat features my favorite sports physician, Dr. Rebeccah Rodriguez Regner. This woman is upcoming in the medical field – supported the 2016 Olympic athletes and is currently featured in a PBS show mentoring young girls to inspire their sports teams on health and fitness. Keep reading to hear all about her life career and lovely advice.
1. Where you live and one fun random fact about you to break the ice with our readers.
Best breakdance song?
- Chaka Kahn – Ain’t nobody ? ? ?
2. Describe what the day in the life looks like for you?
3. What inspired you to go down your career path (Medical Field)?
4. What was your very first step to get you where you are today in your career?
5. What is one challenge you had to overcome in order to reach happiness with your career?
How did this this focus of connection help you at the Rio 2016 Olympics?
- I think in relationship to kind of combining dance and medical education at the level of the Rio 2016 Olympics was working with the gymnast and being able to know the vocabulary of the different choreography and their moves. They were actually quite surprised because I had this background and nobody else did, so it was really neat to build that rapport with the athletes because of my background in dance, whatever treatment or recovery that I suggested for that athlete they were trusting of me and my knowledge.
6. What are three habits you would recommend to someone pursing their dream career in fashion?
- BE COMMITTED – when you decide to go into the medical profession and become a physician. It’s really all or nothing, you can’t go in there thinking maybe I’ll try this for a little bit, you got way too many loans to pay back, way too many years of education, and the law won’t let you do another residency in another area, if you don’t like it you have to pay for it yourself in some way. So you have to be committed in knowing that it’s a long road but it’s very fulfilling.
- WORK HARD– whatever specialty that is chosen, there’s always going to be obstacles in your day and it could be physical, mental or emotional. Your residency training helps to build your mental toughness and endurance. Yes, you learn repetition and how to treat cases, but it also builds your mental toughness and ability to sustain hours a day to listen, to treat and to apply what you know to provide the best care. There’s also lifelong learning, you’re never going to know everything so working hard to continue is important.
- KNOW YOUR LIMITS AND UTILIZE RESOURCES Just because you’re a physician, you’re not alone. There are many people that you can call on. My mantra I go by is medicine is a team approach. Many people will need to have specialists, many people will need to incorporate alternative medicine, as well as fitness, health, diet into their wellbeing and so it’s really being able to recognize your resources. There’s a lot more to making a person healthy than just you.
7. How would you describe your support network? Who’s in it?
2. My husband
3. My family (mom, dad, brother, sister)
4. Good Friends
5. I’m going to say Pets (Aww pets)
8. What’s one skill you’re currently working, that will help you further your career?
Skill currently working on … My last name is Rodriguez, but we didn’t speak a lot of Spanish growing up in my home. I took the opportunity to take it in high school and minored it in college and that allowed me to teach medical Spanish at Midwestern University in Arizona as a project to graduate with my minor. From there, I volunteered at every health fair in South Phoenix to continue to practice. Then at family parties I would start to pick up more, but they would speak “spangelish.” With moving on in my education and training there was a gap and trying to keep up with the language, I felt a little rusty. I feel that meeting my husband and us both sharing the love of Latin culture (he loves those latin women…LOL) I was able to go out of the country on several trips and practice. Being fluent is so important, not only does it connect me to my roots, but it allows for different opportunities to connect with my culture…I’m going to be SYgirls, it’s a radio show that I serve as a mentor for 10-14 girls. These episodes are focused on fitness and health, I’m really helping them to learn about certain fitness programs and exercise regimes that they can learn to help their sports teams that they’re involved with. It’s because of the Spanish language I was able to connect and do the show. Practicing Spanish everyday, sing it, love it!