Doctor by day, author by night
Thanks for stopping by! As a primary care internist, I have doctored thousands of patients for over thirty years. By sharing their lives, I vicariously acquired countless inspiring stories and life lessons. I captured these stories in a blog. Feedback was so positive, I published seven of these stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and then into a book entitled, Patients I Will Never Forget. (Note: for those worried about HIPAA privacy violations, I obtained signed consents from all living patients and altered all names and occupations to protect their privacy.)
When I noticed how stressed out and overwhelmed many of my patients were from caregiving parents or spouses with Alzheimer’s Disease, I began a 2-year quest to research everything I could about taking care of loved ones with dementia. I read dozens of books and scholarly journals, interviewed nurses and caregivers at nursing homes and Abe’s Garden (a top memory-care center in Nashville). I then collaborated with Sue Pace Bell, a woman who had successfully taken care of both her mother and husband with dementia, to write The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver’s Handbook: What to Remember When They Forget. The book is now available from Amazon in paperback and e-book format.
My more creative side has penned fiction for decades. I have honed my writing through conferences, writing groups, critique partners, (and the heartless red ink of editors!) I am proud to release my first novel, Can You Lose the Unibrow?, a clean romantic comedy about a frumpy woman physician who attempts to find love online. Can You Lose the Unibrow? is the first of a 5-book series called Ladies in Lab Coats. Each stand-alone book will feature a woman physician as the protagonist.
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The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers’s Handbook
A comprehensive guide to help those caring for a loved one with dementia. Learn practical advice from those who have “been there, done that.”
PATIENTS I will
Hilarious and inspiring stories of Dr. Sally Burbank's most memorable patients in her 25 years of medical practice. Illustrated with cartoons and famous quotations.
CAN YOU LOSE THE UNIBROW
A frumpy physician and a nerdy accountant with a unibrow team up as accountability partners to help each other find love online.