We curated panel discussions based on the lecture in the Even Doctors Need Life Lessons series.

Specifically, this discussion centers around lecture 2 in the series, called The Art of Storytelling: Mary Abolfazli



Dr. Amelia L. Bueche


Physician, Parent, Athlete, Coach, Writer, Entrepreneur
Founder and Director of This Osteopathic Life


Dr. Charmaine Gregory


Dr. Charmaine Gregory has served countless patients, taught resident doctors and medical students for 14 years as Clinical Faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor in Michigan, following Emergency Medicine Residency training at Duke University Medical Center. She has been honored as a nominee for the Golden Apple teaching award by the resident doctors she teaches several years in a row. The Michigan College of Emergency Physicians named Dr. Gregory the 2019 Emergency Physician of the Year.

Outside of medicine, her passion to pursue wellness and work-life balance led to the establishment of the virtual greatness and wellness coaching company Fervently Fit with Charmaine, LLC. Wellness coaching and fitness educational programs serve as an extension of clinical service by focusing on preventative methods for health and wellness maintenance. She is also a trained Physician Coach, helping colleagues find meaning and direction when most needed. Over the last few years, she has developed a penchant for podcasting and teaching others to get started with their shows through podcasting courses and done for you podcasting services. In addition, she is the host for the Fearless Freedom with Dr. G podcast which focuses on facing fear and emerging victoriously. Email: ​charmaine@ferventlyfitwithcharmaine.com


Tracy Verrico, MD

Dr. Tracy Verrico


Dr. Verrico is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist dedicated to offering exquisite gynecological care in Bergen County, New Jersey, and the New York Metropolitan Area. With over 20 years of expertise, she aspires to provide renowned patient care while offering first-class healthcare solutions using world-class medical and surgical technologies.


Marlene J. Wust-Smith

Dr. Marlene Wust-Smith


Dr. Marlene Wüst-Smith is a Hispanic Physician who graduated from Cornell University with her Bachelor of Science in 1985 and with her Medical Doctorate in 1989. She has been a practicing pediatrician for over 25 years and has had the honor of caring for children and their families across the socioeconomic spectrum, from the very poor in North Central rural Pennsylvania to the very rich of the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the East End of Long Island in the Hamptons. She has a passion for making sure that all patients are able to access the highest quality care and understands the many factors involved in ensuring that care is safe, effective and affordable. Currently, Dr. Wust-Smith is the medical director for a small, catholic Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure, in Western New York. In addition to her practice of medicine, Dr. Wust-Smith has ignited her passion for writing and healthcare reform through founding Physician Outlook Magazine. Physician Outlook Magazine is both a print and online magazine that hopes to change the division between the once sacred physician and patient relationship. The magazine has a dual audience: its target reader is BOTH the physician and the patient, and it effectively humanizes and simplifies issues important to patients of all ages, demographics and political persuasions. She believes in supporting those who have been traditionally underserved (minority patients, those from rural areas, patients with special health care needs and others). Physician Outlook Magazine recently just launched a Healthcare Leader of the Year program where it hopes to highlight physicians, healthcare staff and leaders that still believe in patients over profits Dr. Wust-Smith is married to James Smith and has one daughter, Madison Smith, who is studying to one-day work in healthcare.

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