Interview with @Pennyroum


Interview with @Pennyroum

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

My entire life I’ve enjoyed helping others. I was always curious about health, beauty, and the human body. I was always the first to want to help anyone in need or anyone injured. My mother was a strong role model who is also a physician. Seeing how selfless she is, and how much she devotes her life into the greater good, it most likely geared me towards the path of medicine. I was always free to make my own choices. Having friends and family members with health crises, such as my grandfather who was suffering from Altzheimer’s disease when I was a young girl, has pushed me to want to pursue a medical career. As a young girl I felt helpless, my grandpa not recognizing my face or name, etc. I thought, how could this be.. I want to keep learning more, and eventually educate others. For that reason, I’ve been loving being a medical correspondent for TV, and I’ve made appearances on shows such as This is LA, and THE DOCTORS on CBS.

I am a Radiologist, M.D. the same as Dr. Nicole Saphier (insta: nicolesaphier_md), who is a News Medical Contributer, a friend of a friend. I love following her, since I know exactly the path she chose, what it took to get there, and I absolutely love how she transitioned into the media.

I not only want to be known as a doctor, but as someone who enjoys life, having friends in big and small places, loves family, being a mom, traveling, fashion, beauty and trendy things.

Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?

When I delivered my first child 4 years ago, I was misdiagnosed with postpartum cardiomyopathy, a deadly condition. I sought out multiple second opinions since i did not agree. Many physicians told me the same thing, I cannot get pregnant again, since I will most likely not going to survive. I went through multiple surgeries to retrieve eggs for implantation into a surrogate. Much time, money, and effort went into this emotional experience. The week we were going to implant the surrogate with our embryo they closed the center due to Covid. That same week I miraculously found out I was pregnant. I was scared to death. After trying to seek different doctors and opinions, I found an exceptional OBGYN and Cardiologist at Cedars Sinai. I was misdiagnosed, and actually had post partum preeclampsia. I was closely monitored, and eventually had a perfect and healthy baby. I owe everything to these wonderful physicians.
The reason I am bringing this story to life, is that this more than ever encouraged me to be a medical correspondent on television, and educate the population about anything medical related. Family members and friends contact me daily on health question, concerns, etc. So many people don’t have patient advocates, and have been misdiagnosed or not treated appropriately. If one doesn’t take their own health into their own hands and fight, adverse outcomes may occur.
Life is too short. The little time we all have here, I want to use my knowledge and my relatability to so many out there, to spread knowledge, decrease fears, and show how fun, fulfilled and precious life is and can be.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?

I would recommend to keep reminding yourself how short the time is we all have here in this precious life. And to know that they are making a difference in other’s lives. That is such a great quality and gift. There have been countless times and years I can remember wanting to give up.. But that only made me push harder and harder. It has led me to the person I have become.

None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? *

I wouldn’t be here without my parents who have been married for 43 years. My mother who is also an MD, gave me confidence and security when I didn’t have any. My father, an immigrant from Greece became a successful business/restaurant owner. My father came from nothing, but his hard work, perseverance and dedication got him to where he is. His restaurant in Ann Arbor Michigan is now a chain, and they sponsor the Michigan football team.These figures have helped me to become strong and independent.
My OBGYN Dr. Thais Aliabadi delivered my second baby, and she is the doctor who caught my deadly misdiagnosis. She is my idol. Her heart is so big. She cares so deeply about her patients. I see how she has grown her audience from the role model she is, and I can only hope to be half as influential as her.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I wouldn’t be here without my parents who have been married for 43 years. My mother who is also an MD, gave me confidence and security when I didn’t have any. My father, an immigrant from Greece became a successful business/restaurant owner. My father came from nothing, but his hard work, perseverance and dedication got him to where he is. His restaurant in Ann Arbor Michigan is now a chain, and they sponsor the Michigan football team.These figures have helped me to become strong and independent.
My OBGYN Dr. Thais Aliabadi delivered my second baby, and she is the doctor who caught my deadly misdiagnosis. She is my idol. Her heart is so big. She cares so deeply about her patients. I see how she has grown her audience from the role model she is, and I can only hope to be half as influential as her.

Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.. Roy T. Bennett

Medical school was a grueling process. So many times I wanted to quit. There were many all nighters where I had to push to study. I had to give up working out, seeing family and friends, miss weddings, bday parties, events… I’ve had people tell me just quit and do something else. But anyone that truly knows me knows, knows that this pushes me into not giving up. I love a challenge. I knew in my heart medicine was my calling, so I pushed all my distractions aside. It took dedication and commitment to get to where I am. I believed in myself and now I can see I was capable of getting here. And I hope to be verified for that same reason, I want to push to be able to influence so many more out there, if given the chance.

How can our readers follow you on social media?  

My instagram name is pennyroum

Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article? 

Nothing specific. My motto is Never Give Up. Thank you so much!!