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Meet Dr. Veronica Rodriguez of Health Lair by Doctor Vero in Weston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Veronica Rodriguez.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dr. Rodriguez. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I graduated UM and took a year off to work in real estate and property management in Bal Habour. I went to St. George’s School of Medicine I’m Grenada. A Small island in the Caribbean. I lived two years in NYC during my clinical years and learned a lot about the doctor-patient interaction as well as some of the issues with communication, understanding, and engagement in healthier behaviors.

When I didn’t get into my residency of choice, I decided to use that year to get a Masters of Public Health at UM. During my time there I felt the need and desire to talk about medicine, health, and healthy behaviors. I decided to start my health blog and youtube channel – Health Lair. I also turned my personal Instagram into a platform to promote a healthy lifestyle. (@doctor.vero).

I have had all these platforms for about 1.5 years. I hope to bridge the gap between the doctor and patient. So often, healthy behaviors are misunderstood my patients, and it’s harder to start a healthy habit when you don’t quite understand why it’s healthy, to begin with. I hope to inform everyone who reads or watches my posts, and to motivate them get more active, makes healthier food choices and be better informed about their health.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely not an easy road. I didn’t get into residency and it definitely made me stumble, but I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason and for your benefit. I am proud of the challenges and obstacles I have had because I am very proud of who and where I am today.

Please tell us about Health Lair by Doctor Vero.
I am a doctor applying for residency at the time. I also have an MPH. Public health is basically medicine on a wider scale. There is a lot of common ground between medicine and public health. I think public health gave me the push I needed to start my blog and youtube channel.

I am most proud of my blog. Not because it’s better than anything else I am doing, but because I always loved writing as a child and even teenager. Writing for my blog has been a way for me to use my love of writing for good.

I think I have a unique view of health because my medical background is supported by my public health knowledge. On top of that, I have faced obstacles even during my medical career, obstacles that can make me very relatable to those going through similar situations. I can provide motivation and inspiration and hope too. Hope that things do turn out for the better and to always trust life and everything that happens. Not easy, and I know it first hand, which is why it makes me a valuable source of information for medical students and residency applicants.

What’s your outlook for the industry in our city?
I think Health is a world wide endeavor. Health is needed in all parts of the world. I have been very lucky that my City has allowed me to grow the way I have. I am also very thankful for the amazing women in medicine I have met who are also here in the City.

For those starting out, I would say find what you love, things that you know and share your voice on those topics. Don’t be afraid to reach out to those who have bigger following, we were right there in the beginning once too. Be consistent, Share your ideas and be yourself.

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