My name is Rhonda Taubin, and I am a
physiatrist working in the outpatient clinic here at the Shepherd Center. I chose to be a doctor, my uncle is a doctor,
and he’s a cardiologist, and I just remember I was probably, I don’t know,
twelve years old, and we would go over his house for dinner, and at that time
you didn’t have cell phones The phone would ring, and he’d get
on the phone, and he’d be like give him epinephrine, and I’ll be there in a
minute, you know, and then he would come back after dinner,
we’d all be done and he’d come back, and we always wanted, I always
wanted to hear what happened, and he was a cardiologist, and you know, basically he was saving lives. People were having heart attacks and on the
verge of death, and he’d come back after dinner like I saved another
one, which was I just thought was totally cool. I was fascinated with amputees which not many people feel that way, but I did, and
so originally I thought I would do a lot of work with amputees. It’s sort of
evolved over time, I ended up going into rehab medicine because we do get to work with amputees, but eventually it broadened out to anybody with
disabilities, and now I’ve sort of gotten into the field, more specialized
into the brain injury area. It was always a dream of mine to work here.
I did a rotation here and loved it, but I think everybody’s dream is
always to work at the Shepherd Center because it’s an amazing place what makes
somebody a good doctor. You have to have a certain knowledge, and we all have to
have certain knowledge to have gotten here, but I think what separates some
from others is being personable and really caring about the person. I think
that that comes through, patients see it, staff sees it and it’s particularly
important because the people that we treat here have been through something
catastrophic and I think they need to know that somebody really cares and is
taking good medical care of them. It’s always interesting to me because people
who come into this building who are not part of our everyday world
always expect for it to be very depressing. People here, you know,
quadriplegics brain injuries, you know, serious, serious illnesses, and everybody
always talks about when they come through the door, they just can’t believe
that it actually feels like it’s a happy place, and it is a happy place because
everybody here loves what they do and it’s all about what you can do, and our
job is to teach our patients, to get them well from what’s happened to
them and then teach them how they can do the best they can do with the cards they’ve been dealt. I think that one of the most
important things certainly with brain injury is they have to work their way to
acceptance of what’s happened and how things have changed. I think that my
patients who’ve gotten to acceptance, they can have more deficits but they
tend to be happier and they’ll be more successful. You know, I look at my
patients and just admire how they how they get through what they’re going
through and it’s the simple thank yous. It’s a little something on
your desk that the little card attached it just says you
really helped. I hope that my legacy will be that I took good care of patients and
that they knew I cared. I mean that makes a big difference.