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  • We all know that wellness isn’t about just mental well-being or just physical fitness. There is a balance between the two. Our everyday lives can often throw that balance, but it’s important to continue to strive to regain it — particularly when one supports the other. Don’t just take our word for it, though. For the next several weeks, we’re going to introduce you to people who have incorporated physical well-being practices into their lives. They come not just from our world of ophthalmology, but outside of it too, including sports psychology, ballet, the Olympics, home fitness and gym ownership. You’ll hear their thoughts about balancing well-being and learn some expert tips on simple things you can do at home to either launch or enhance your own wellness journey.

  • The Workout Compilation

    We learned a lot from our guest videos and hope you did, too. We hope that these stories, along with the scientific research mentioned by Jennifer Cruickshank, inspired you to get moving and try new exercises. To add to the all-workout video from Phillip Bazzini last week, we created a compilation of the workouts from previous weeks: Peter Quiros, MD, Kimberly Olivier (5:25), Greg Billington (9:40), Anu Patel, MD (13:24), and Jennifer Cruickshank (22:44). Thank you very much to all our guests for their time and for sharing their stories and knowledge. Here’s to everyone’s health and well-being!

  • Jennifer Cruickshank – Central Oregon Community College

    We were fortunate to receive a special message from Jennifer Cruickshank, associate professor of health and human performance at Central Oregon Community College, where she teaches sports psychology, wellness coaching, exercise science classes and fitness classes. She is also a national board-certified wellness coach. Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard from guests who shared how much their physical well-being factors into their emotional state, but now, Jennifer takes us on a deeper dive into the relationship between the two.

    Follow along her very practical advice and demo (6:31) for movement that can be done by any beginner and can benefit even advanced athletes. She offers insight from evidence-based research (Jennifer is happy to answer questions or share research upon request at: that shows how moving our bodies is the #1 way to change mindset and how it helps grow more neurons and pathways in our brain! And if you think you don’t have the time in your day to fit in some movement, she’ll help you find that, too. Let’s get moving!

  • Peter Quiros, MD – UCLA

    Dr. Quiros is a long time yoga practitioner. He sent us a message about the importance of physical wellness and how yoga can particularly help ophthalmologists combat some of the everyday physical stresses of their profession. Stay tuned after his message for a demonstration (3:26) of a simple yoga flow that you can try at home.

  • Phillip Bazzini – Tenafly

    Phillip Bazzini is a certified fitness trainer with degrees in exercise physiology and kinesiology. He is also married to an ophthalmologist, so he knows what physical tolls are experienced by people in this field. Now that we’ve had several weeks of thoughtful testimonies about the crucial relationship between physical and mental well-being and seen some approachable workouts, Phillip Bazzini is here to offer more exercise options for the beginner and those looking for more of a challenge.