career change

The Flight Surgeon: Darin Kennedy, MD, FAAFP

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in Roanoke, Virginia with Carilion Health System, he served eight years as a United States Army physician, first as a flight surgeon for 1-10 Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas for two years before working with basic trainees at Fort Benning, Georgia and training the next generation of army family physicians at the Martin Army Community Hospital Family Medicine Residency. He wrote his first novel in the sands of northern Iraq while deployed with 101st Airborne Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I from 2003-2004.

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The Reborn: Stephanie Pearson, MD, FACOG

Stephanie Pearson, MD, FACOG, is a board certified OB/GYN, and a licensed broker specializing in disability and life insurance for physicians. Injured in the prime of her career as an OB/GYN, Stephanie was forced to pivot; through her own firsthand experience, she found a new calling in advocating for and educating her peers on their insurance needs.

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The Thought Leader: Jonathan Baktari, MD, FCCP

When Jonathan Baktari, M.D., was arguably at the peak of his medical career as a triple board-certified physician, he saw an opportunity to try something new. Taking everything he’d learned as a doctor, medical director, and educator, he launched two businesses—a vaccine clinic and a drug-testing enterprise—that are driven by technology and designed for fast, customer-centric service. Now,
as those businesses grow, he’s continuing to write his second career chapter as a health care CEO.

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The Practice Manager: Jessica Mendelsohn, MD

Dr. Mendelsohn grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She completed her undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and attended Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, where she earned her M.D. She moved to Charlotte, NC to complete her residency in Family Medicine. Upon residency completion, she was Board Certified in Family Medicine and practiced full-time in Charlotte until 2014.

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The Moderator: Dana Corriel, MD

Dana Corriel, MD, is a board certified internist (with 14 years in practice), digital healthcare expert, and founder of SoMeDocs, or DoctorsonSocialMedia.com, an online platform with digital resources for empowering physicians and a public space where the public can find health experts to follow. Having personally experienced growth through her own online endeavors, Corriel now helps physician build thought leadership, through facilitating impactful online connections, providing services that help doctors stand out, and using clever marketing content. SoMeDocs has served as the spark for physician innovators, many of whom successfully occupy top healthcare positions, appear in influential outlets, and accomplish feats doctors never thought possible.

Corriel has earned various recognitions, including Top Ten Internists to Follow on Twitter by Medical Economics and Top 20 Social Media Physician Influencers by Medscape. She has appeared in major outlets including LA Times, Gastro & Endo News, MDMagazine, The Boston Globe, Huff Post, Medscape, and EP News. Serving as guest faculty at conferences (including yearly at the Harvard’s Healthcare Writers’ Conference) has been especially meaningful for Corriel, who values opportunities to pass on her skills through large projects like these. She led her own successful Writer’s Summit in Feb 2021, and plans to help fuel many more impactful events in her future.

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