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The Future is Female

Inspiring Interviews with Women of Influence

We asked Dr. Lisa Medwedeff of Village Internal Medicine Group in Plano about her journey to becoming a doctor and opening up her own female-owner medical practice.

Q: What motivated you to become a physician and pursue a solo practice?

A: A love and aptitude for science led me to medicine, but I pursued it when I discovered I had a sensitivity that allowed me to connect with people in need in a meaningful way. While working as a volunteer at a respite home for autistic children, I found my gift for connecting and effectively working with the special needs children and their parents who were often overwhelmed. It was the first time I experienced being sought after and respected for my ability to affect lives. When in residency, I had an amazing elderly and wise woman say to me after hearing the vision for my practice, “What you want to do is unique and you will never be permitted in a big practice or a hospital setting, you must start your own practice”. I knew she was right and when doors opened for me, I courageously went through them. It was incredibly challenging and at times I wondered why I chose such a tough path, but now I have a wonderful team who are all just as called to make a difference in patients’ lives as I am.

Q: What is your approach to patient care and what do you find most rewarding about it?

A: My approach is compassionate and comprehensive. I want to know my patient’s overall health, understanding of their health and the factors in their life that are having an impact on wellbeing, both mentally and physically. Not just the current problem that brought them in. This is what separates me from a specialist or an urgent care provider. I practice evidence-based medicine and believe that prevention is better than the cure. How I approach patient care is also what I find most rewarding, often I feel like the equivalent of Sherlock Holmes.

Q: What inspired you to expand your practice to include aesthetics and how does it complement your work as a physician?

A: With the advancements in the science of skin rejuvenation and the relative ease of the treatment with such long standing and amazing outcomes, I wanted to be a part of providing these services to my patients. The impact that improving one’s appearance can have on their life is transforming. A person’s appearance can be a factor in their depression and anxiety, and therefore improving their appearance has therapeutic value. One of my best examples is a patient nearest and dearest to my heart, my sister. She was treated with Scarlet microneedling with radiofrequency to improve the health of her skin and the transformation took years off her appearance. We won a national before and after photo competition with her outcome. But, her joy and the improvement in her confidence was amazing. It opened new doors in her life.

Q: What advice do you have for young women aspiring to pursue a career in medicine or any male-dominated field?

A: If you have a love of science and you want to make a difference in people’s lives, then medicine should be a strong consideration. Women, by our nature, are well suited for medicine and we need more women. Studies have shown that our approach encourages patients to be more open and to talk more. I have been studying and practicing medicine for 3 decades and I continue to grow and love it more with each passing year. The old adage is true, when you love your job, you never work a day in your life!

Country music artist Deanna Wheeler has used her powerful voice to share her life experiences about her journey to music and inspire the next generation of up and coming female artists.

Q: When did you start singing and know that this is the career for you?

A: When I was four years old I bought a little karaoke machine with my own money and sang “I Saw The Light” by Wynonna Judd at a 4th of July block party. They nicknamed me Little Reba and that experience sparked the fire I have for singing and performing. My professional career started seven years ago when I went to a show and asked the band that was playing if I could sing with them. The band declined and said it doesn’t work that way. When I found out the band members were all military veterans (which I am also) I saw an opening to get my foot in the door with them. After their show, we did a jam session and they asked me to sing for their upcoming 4th of July show. I was signed by a producer and promoter three days later, and the rest is history!


 

Q: How do you handle "failure" and what have you learned from it?

A: I literally fail every day, but I don’t stay there. I tell my children constantly that we are all meant to fail before we fly! We fail, then we figure out what we can do to change, and then we try again. We appreciate the journey to find our successes.


 

Q: What else are you passionate about other than music?

A: My kids! Having fun family experiences is my main focus. I love taking them outdoors and showing them their way through nature. I am a water baby, if it’s on the water (fishing, boating, jet ski, tubing, etc.) count me in!


 

Q: How do you balance your passion for music with work and your family life?

A: I try to have individual projects with each of my kids, so one might want to make a YouTube video and the other one might want to make jewelry or write songs together. It’s truly beautiful.


 

Q: Who has inspired or mentored you along the way?

A: My music inspirations are all across the board. I love Reba for her storytelling ability and the fact that women flock to her show. And I love her twang and rasp, yet she has sharp vocals you can cut with a knife. And I have always loved Stevie Nicks. Her style and mindset is going to the beat of her own drum at all times and I’m here for it!


 

Q: What advice do you have for young women aspiring to pursue a career in music?

A: I would just say to keep going. You may only have eight people at your gig, but play to those eight people like it was their own personal concert. And stay accessible by talking to people, because connection is the cure and music is the universal connector.


 

Q: What can we expect to see next from you?

A: My music video “Chasin’ Dirt Roads” premieres in May and the song will be going to nationally syndicated radio soon too! Other than that, my new album is full of experience, heart and determination and has a song about female first responders and women alike. And I’m in the process of writing a book about my life.

  • Dr. Lisa Medwedeff
  • Dr. Lisa Medwedeff with a patient
  • Country Music Artist Deanna Wheeler
  • Country Music Artist Deanna Wheeler