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Richart Ruddie

Richart Ruddie is an internet entrepreneur and philanthropist. Ruddie grew up in Owings Mills aNorth West suburb of Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Florida Atlantic University majoring in Economics and post FAU he took online classes at Stanford University. After college, he worked at a boutique hedge fund in South Florida but during an internship, he worked on building a startup from the ground up and learned the valuable search engine optimization and search engine marketing skills that would later be the core to his future success. While working during the day at the hedge fund he spent his weekends building his first website and growing its presence. Within the first 9 months, he parlayed a $500 investment into a company grossing over $90,000 a month. Since then Ruddie has helped consult, start, and invest in numerous online and offline ventures and has proudly donated over $100,000 to numerous non-profits and charities over the last 8 years.

What is your hobby?

Traveling

How did you get started with this hobby?

In October of 2011, I was asked to do work for a client in Las Vegas. I needed to be there in October and back in 3 weeks. Instead of going back and forth between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Nevada I decided to try traveling between California and Nevada while still working. It worked out so well networking with clients and working on the road that I continued to do it and have naturally adapted the nomadic lifestyle that I’m accustomed to today.

My first trip to Israel in 2010 inspired me to travel more but I was stuck in the 7:30 – 19:00 working hours and only had 2 weeks off a year and wasn’t able to explore the world until my eyes were opened in October of 2011.

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

Seeing the world is truly amazing. What is even better is learning about other cultures and being able to appreciate and respect their ways while trying that culture or countries foods.

What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?

I would say that I fly but I’m really just a passenger on a plane while the pilot flies. Having helpful apps such as VoiceTra, JetSmarter, Mobile Pass, Trip Advisor, WhatsApp and Telegram travel groups, and Lonely Planet are some of the most helpful tools of the trade for me.

What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?

The best thing about traveling is it’s all about acquiring experiences, not material goods. As long as I have my phone to take photos and to handle any relevant work calls that I need to be on and my laptop I’m covered.

Are there any good books for beginners?

So I only get a chance to read when I fly. That’s the only time I get to disconnect from the world. I read over a dozen books every year. My favorite book is How To Win Friends and Influence People. Another book that is a lot more somber but really strikes a chord is Man’s Search For Meaning. I could go on and on with book recommendations. If you saw a photo of my bookshelf you’d be impressed.

How has your hobby changed your life?

It’s given me great cultural references and respect for others around the world. I understand and see how people live from the poorest places in the earth that I’ve been to as well as some of the wealthiest places in the world that I’ve seen. I appreciate seeing both places and like being able to have a conversation with almost anybody and being able to tell them about places that I’ve been to or seen in their own country.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Just go. People all the time tell me that they wish they had my lifestyle and they always wanted to go see XYZ city. I tell them just get on the plane and go. Even if its only for a long weekend you will be glad that you did it and you won’t have regrets for not getting to see a special place before it’s too late.

Justin Billingsley

I am Justin Billingsley from Arizona. I am an avid traveler and my favorite thing to do is travel the world and eat the best local food.

What is your hobby?

Travelling and eating ethnic food

How did you get started with this hobby?

I went to work for American Airlines over 30 years ago. I worked in Sales, When I went for the interview I was not aware of the travel perks. When I started working for the Company I found out about the travel benefits and the seeds of a lifelong love of travel were sown. I started travelling immediately and I have been all over the world. I hope to travel for many more years to come and still on the top of my bucket list is India &, Costa Rica.

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

Every day is a new adventure. Even if I return to a location I have been before I return to the things I love but I always find new things to do and love to re-visit my favorite food haunts.

What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?

I make sure I have great luggage that can take a beating and I always rent a car to ensure I am independent and can do my own thing.

What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?

Expedia!…AirBnb, VRBO, Amazon for all the gadgets and goodies that make the traveling easier

Are there any good books for beginners?

Google is now the #1 source for travel information but I still love the Lonely Planet guides.

How has your hobby changed your life?

I have learned so much about the world and about other cultures. I have tried many foods then went home and learned to cook those foods myself. My home can be very interesting for my family and my guest. My house is much more likely to smell of curry than grilled hotdogs.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Keep an open mind at all times. Only when our minds are open can we learn. Do not go the restaurant in the hotel guide ask the concierge the receptionist where they go out to eat. Find the local haunts. Do not visit a third world country if you think camping is a Motel 6 with no room service.

Rosanne Bostonian, PhD, RMT

Rosanne Bostonian, Ph.D., RMT, has been a long-valued member of the healing community in Northern New Jersey. Her doctoral study as a psychologist took place at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, New York. Her internships spanned in-patient (Trenton Psychiatric Hospital) and several out-patient facilities in the New Jersey area. She served as a School Psychologist in the West Morris Regional School District as well as generating a successful general psychology practice in Florham Park, New Jersey.

After her many years of practice, Dr. Bostonian decided to use her healing skills as a Reiki Master Teacher and Foot Reflexology Practitioner. She closed her conventional practice in 2014 and currently uses her attunement with Universal Energy as the ongoing core of her success as a healer. She believes in the principles of wellness based healing, rather than the more traditional view of pathology based healing.

Dr. Bostonian’s view of “what we’re all doing here” reflects her study of Buddhist teachings and her life experience. Her strong belief is that there is a flow of truth that can only be accessed through ego sacrifice and self-awareness. She believes that we must overcome distractions to access these Universal Truths.

In addition to her Reiki/Reflexology Practice, Dr. Bostonian is currently an adjunct professor at Berkeley College where she teaches courses in Human Relations and Psychology. She refers to all that she currently does as her “Legacy Tour.” She enjoys writing on her website, EssentialSpirit.net and invites a dialogue with others through that medium.

Long noted for her sense of humor, palatable wisdom and open-heartedness, Dr. Bostonian’s words shared in her blogs have been said to strike chords of awareness in those who are kindred spirits. She delights in the expression of the written word.

What is your hobby?

Is there anything better than getting an idea, writing a blog and receiving humorous and appreciative responses? If there is, I haven’t discovered it yet! I LOVE to share ideas in writing!!

How did you get started with this hobby?

As a teacher, psychologist and all around communicator, I think it was natural for me to put words down on paper (and now online). When you hit the note of what comes naturally and gives you spontaneous joy, that’s the “hobby,” avocation and hopefully the vocation that will draw people into your circle.

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

It’s definitely the process, the feel of ideas becoming tangible. Whenever a person can lean into the “Great Invisible,” whether it’s communing with Nature, making music or art, and bring into the material world what was previously invisible, it’s a joy! And when others can share in it and appreciate it, better yet!

What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?

The media are life, memories, time and computer. When it all comes together, it can be a symphony. Writing is an inexpensive hobby since the normal equipment we have in life is the tool of creation.

What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?

I “shop” in daily life, being an observer of people and having a running inner commentary that brings out my many experiences as a teacher, Reiki/Reflexology practitioner and psychologist.

Are there any good books for beginners?

There are books on “blogging.” You have only to look online under “blogging for beginners.” It’s good to have a basic writing ability and definitely a passion to share ideas.

How has your hobby changed your life?

Writing and posting my thoughts and feelings has allowed me to introspect, derive self-appreciation and self-awareness. It has allowed others to know me better. I believe, since I post my writing on my website, it may attract people to a full range of wellness services I provide.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

I would tell others to be observers of life and make mental notes of things unfolding that fascinate you. Then it’s about “practice, practice, practice!” As in all communication skills, getting feedback from others is helpful. Since everyone isn’t you, perception is key, so the manner of expression is best when it hits a common chord. Work those communications muscles and they will get stronger!

Chris Kaiser

Chris Kaiser is a Pennsylvanian Vermonter that comes from a large family with three brothers, two sisters and an army of nieces and nephews.  Spending all of his time split between the woods and a baseball diamond, Chris is an outdoorsman, that has unknowingly been engaged in a hobby since his first home at the age of 24.   After successfully building businesses since the fifth grade, Chris Kaiser now finds himself applying his creative knack and attention to detail to the art of property beautification.   This is not landscaping, but rather a “bigger picture” view of your entire living area.

What is your hobby?

Some call it landscaping, but I call it property beautification.  Why have three different properties, with three different usages, and pay three sets of taxes?

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

When I was 24 I bought my first home and became infatuated with creating interesting paths, hang out areas, gardens and usable appeal.  Instead of a square lawn with a typical garden, I wanted more substance.  A campfire area back near the woods, so it felt like a getaway, a lot of sea grass near the patio so it felt like the beach, an outdoor shower, some trails to walk in my woods.

Tell us what you love about it.

I think I love the creativity and exercise of this hobby the most.  The possibilities of things to create are endless, but they take labor.  Building a camping lean-to back on your property with some cross-country ski trails, including trail signs is so fun!  Utilizing building skills and digging, raking and cutting gives you all the exercise you could possibly want…and its outside.  The finished products for me are not just a bunch of plants and bushes neatly placed around your house for visual value, but rather they are usable finished products for good health, sport, and fun.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Generally, to do any property work, I need a few basics.  A good ax, shovel, pickax, rake, and chainsaw,  With those I can pretty much do anything.   Of course, as you get into this type of hobby you will find yourself wanting more.  A brush mower, fire rake, power screwdriver, hand saw and a hammer will allow you to build anything your heart desires.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I could spend hours in a Tractor Supply or hardware store.  Some people think its just boring hammers and nails, but I look around and get ideas.   Sometimes just seeing a particular bolt or saw gives me like 10 new ideas for an outdoor shower, floating dock for the pond or a new log hut for having coffee on a cold ski afternoon.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I have not really found any.  TV shows tend to do things with an army of people and a healthy amount of money.  I look at property beautification as using what is there.  Simple restructuring or cleaning up areas of your property to use them for something.  Like building a cool bench made out of a tree, specifically placed to watch the sunset for an hour.  Simple things like that.  If you do enough of them, suddenly you have a retreat.

How has this changed your life?

My hobby has allowed for another outlet to my creativity.  Fitness and the outdoors has always been the core of my life, but so has creativity.  When I look at any property whether its 1 acre or 100 acres, I see a blank canvas.  I feel as if the sky is the limit.  So doing property beautification not only increases the value of the property but allows for genuine hard work and an outlet.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

My advice to others trying to do some things to their property is simply draw a map or write it out first.   Sometimes I will draw an entire map of a three year plan, so I am not just spinning my wheels.  If its something you want, then its not wrong.  Meaning doing it your way, that makes you happy is usually the right way.   For things I have never done before, I will research a little on how others have done it, and then mix in my desire.   Again, this is not landscaping.  To me landscaping is just adding eye candy to parts of the house for color and feel.  Property beautification is much much bigger than that.  Its usable, functional and situational.

 

Michael Asimos

Michael Asimos is an entrepreneur who has managed to turn his passion for wine into a highly successful career.  As a native of Portland, OR, he has always demonstrated an exceptional understanding of wines, something that has helped spur his business ventures. Asimos spends a significant amount of time traveling different parts of the world to explore new opportunities and search for exquisite wine varieties for his clients.

The wine expert is also known for his love for jazz music. When he is not focusing on wines, he also likes spending time in travel destinations in Europe and across the Atlantic. This gives him a chance a refresh and take a new look at his ventures. It comes as no surprise that many wine lovers depend on his wine importing and exporting business to discover balanced wines for their own consumption or for sale across the United States.

Given this background, we decided to have a chat with Michael to discuss his professional career, among other things.

What is your hobby?

I have a deep passion for wines and I’m constantly learning about them. Whenever I get a chance, I love sharing everything there is to know about vino!

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My passion for wine began many years ago when I was growing up in Oregon. I was exposed to a wide variety of wines and I could not resist but fall in love with the beverage. The passion grew stronger as I got older. This compelled me to invest a lot of time learning about wine. As a result, many people turned to me for advice or information about wine. It became a natural choice for me to start importing and exporting wine.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love that I can find so many opportunities to enjoy my passion right in my own backyard. I get to spend a lot of time exploring opportunities in California, which is a few hours’ drive. I have always been fascinated by the central coast wine country. It is one place that captures my imagination in a phenomenal way. When I visit the area, there is just so much to do that I often forget to relax and enjoy the sights of other parts of California.

Santa Barbara boasts some of the finest Pinot Noirs that can I recommend to anyone. My colleagues always urge me to take a break and visit the local pier, which is magnificent. Some of the restaurants in the area are simply irresistible.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Wine tours are a great way to become familiar with wine! A wine tour, in an area like California, can translate to unforgettable moments for tourists. It boasts striking scenery and features some of the most expansive vineyards.

Local regions like Napa Valley provide sophisticated programs and facilities for touring. The procedures and visiting hours vary between regions and to some extent the vineyards. It is also common for wineries to welcome tourists only by appointment, so plan ahead.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought?

Do lots of wine, flights all over the world and gorgeous stem glasses count? If so, then yes. Definitely!

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

People ask me that all of the time, “Where do you purchase your wine?” My answer would be all over. I enjoy wine from all regions the globe, to high-end priceless bottles to even premium box wine.  What I am drinking depends on what mood I am in, or what I am blessed to be doing at the time.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Yes, absolutely! There are many books, guides and even apps to check out. I recently finished “What to Drink with What You Eat” by Andre Dornenburg and loved it. Many wine enthusiasts swear by it and I must say I am a big fan myself.

How has this changed your life?

To find your real passion in life, and to be able to make a living doing what you love, truly is priceless. I have had the great privilege of traveling the world, meeting lots of people along the way and of course, sampling the best wine you will ever taste. My adventures have been endless and I hope they continue for many years to come.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Have fun with it! Throw a wine party where everyone brings a bottle to try, pick up a guidebook, travel to a wine tasting near you.  There are numerous inexpensive ways to get started and I think that is the best route to begin. If you need additional tools follow me on Twitter and check out my website. I have many articles that will help.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love Jazz! I think it is the most important music genre of all time and spend a lot of time traveling to Jazz festivals. Basically, my perfect day would be listening to Jazz, wine glass in hand.

Thomas Gionis

Thomas Gionis was born on Long Island. He came from a tough home and was raised by his grandparents who he considers to be his role models and rocks. They helped instill strong faith, values, and morals in him and they always taught Tom to respect his fellow man. Today Tom lives in Weston, Ct and still applies everything he learned growing up from his grandparents. His greatest joy in life is helping others in their time of need.

What is your hobby?

My greatest hobby is helping people. I live life paying it forward to others.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
My grandparents inspired me to do good and help others. I was maybe 18 at the time and I saw this mom and her son who was around 8 years old, he reminded me a lot of myself at that age. They were standing by a soda machine and he was begging her for one but she didn’t have a quarter (that’s how much it was back then) to put in the machine. He was crying and I could tell by the look on her face that she was disappointed but she just didn’t have it. I reached in my pocket, pulled out a quarter and bought the kid a soda. I didn’t realize it at the time but what started as a simple good deed changed my life forever.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love the feeling I get when I help people. It is the best way that I know for anyone to feel good or self-love. It makes one feel like they contributed to something, made a difference in some way.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

No, this is all me. I think that helping out, donating to a cause, dropping food off to a food bank, donating clothes are all wonderful things that people can do. However, for me, this is more personal and I love being able to see how I am helping.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Not for myself, no. I have bought cars for people in need of one, groceries for those who can’t afford it. Some of them don’t even know where these things came from. Keep in mind, I do not need to know these people very well all I need to know is that they are in need.

How has this changed your life?

I can’t really describe how it has changed my life except to say that it has made me feel like there is no better deed that I can do than this. Helping people that need help and that who are so grateful is euphoric. I have had people ask me what I wanted in return and when I tell them nothing I am just there to help, sometimes they don’t believe me. I may never see these people again but knowing that I was there to help in some way no matter how big or small, that’s what it is all about.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

This is something you have to really want to do, not something you do for the sake of saying you did good. If you are looking to do this for a pat on the back you are going about it all wrong. Remember, for me, it started with a soda. It doesn’t have to be big but the feeling you get from it will be.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love to run.  I have been an avid runner since the age of 18. About 5 years ago I had to stop because of my knee. I am supposed to get a knee replacement which I am fighting against. I now walk about 2 hours a day.

Lee Trotman

Lee Trotman is a digital marketing and ecommerce expert, and has clients such as Home Depot, Southern California Edison, Amazon, Costco and other Fortune 100 companies as well as smaller manufacturers.  Lee Trotman was raised in New York, Germany, Japan and Korea before coming to Los Angeles.  Lee Trotman learned many things from each of these environments, and along the way acquired a love of playing live music, sports, traveling and working on cars and motorcycles.

What is your hobby?

Traveling is my primary hobby.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I was eight years old and my family moved from New York City to Hanau, Germany.  My first ride on an airplane scared me, but within minutes became second nature.

Tell us what you love about it

I love traveling to new places and living like a local.  My travel is split into two categories: educational and leisure.  Educational travel involves learning about the local culture, history and people.  For example, when I travel to Europe, it’s always educational.  I love local customs, different environments, etc.  When I travel to tropical places, it’s always leisure, and I try to soak up living life like a local as much as I can.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought?

Luggage, snowboards, electronics for whiling away  the hours on a plane, etc.  The most important equipment are noise-canceling earbuds to enable me to fall asleep.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I like shopping at the destination so I can have souvenirs that actually have a purpose.  Each purchase leads to a better traveling experience on another trip.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Plenty of great books, so I highly recommend a Frommer’s guide from AAA.  And any maps of your destination.

How has this changed your life?

Traveling has broadened my perspective on world events.  It’s one thing to read about a country and its personality, but another when you visit.  Some of my world views come from interacting directly with locals, and I take this interaction to heart.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Use the internet to its fullest potential.  In the old days, you had to rely on travel agents and extensive research, but today you can learn from TripAdvisor and Expedia most of what you will need to know about a travel destination.

Rachel Kugel – Founder, The Kugel Law Firm

Rachel Kugel is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and mom living and working in NYC. She runs her own criminal defense law practice while raising two little girls. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada Rachel headed back to the east coast for college and law school and settled in uptown Manhattan with her family.

What is your hobby?

Lately, my new hobby has been making videos and creating content for my websites, youtube, and media outlets that deliver information about the law that can help people when they need it most.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I am always looking for new ways to reach out to potential clients and people who need me as well as to comment on the legal stories in the news that people care about and that effect the lives of my clients.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love being able to connect directly with people and share my knowledge I also love the opportunity to have cool life experiences that arise from assisting the media and meet really interesting people in my field as well as outside of it.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I am active in many associations of criminal defense and DWI lawyers as well as lots of groups of working women in general who support each other and share experiences.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Most of the videos I do myself I shoot with an iPhone I have invested in a Diva Ring Light because everyone was loving it online.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Online.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Youtube Video Marketing 2 (2016): A Beginners Guide To Video Marketing Domination – How To Create Your Videos for Maximum Effectiveness

How has this changed your life?

I had to really step out of my comfort zone and put myself out there which initially caused me a tremendous amount of fear. By busting through that boundary I’ve been able to increase my business, increase my confidence, and deliver valuable information to people who need it.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Your biggest hurdle will be your own fear of being seen and what others will think of you, when you bust through it you will be able to do anything!

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I am very active in my community particularly in our local school where I spend a lot of time involved with raising money and running a mock trial program for the 8th graders. In terms of entertainment, I am a big Howard Stern show fan.

You can follow Rachel via Facebook, BlogspotLinkedIn

Myriam Borg – Owner, CreateAustralia.com.au

Myriam Borg is an Australian business woman who is based in NSW Australia. She has pioneered the lost money recovery industry, founding what is now a large and dynamic sector assisting every day Australians claim their lost & missing monies and assets. The lost fund industry was estimated at 23.7 billion dollars in October 2016. This figure varies due to monies continuing to be lost on a daily basis as well as funds being refunded back by  Recovery & Refund  consultants.

Myriam is the CEO of Create Australia, a company that has grown & evolved over the past decade and a half, speaking of her company myriam states “as an organization we have had to evolve, change & grow as well as mature in a way as to meet market conditions, it’s been a very exciting process”

What is your hobby?

My current hobby is traveling to places that are off the beaten track, I like researching and then experiencing different cultures, it’s a hobby and a passion. I really relish integrating into the local culture as much as I can when I travel.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I love foreign culture, foreign language, exotic foods, researching specific places, spot, restaurants and activities in different countries – I find it loads of fun, educational and very exciting!

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Yes I am I am part of the international living community and read their newsletter weekly.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Yes the lonely planet series are very good books to read as they focus on local information & are very up to date on the local scene for the country you are reading up on.

How has this changed your life?

It has completely changed my life. It’s made me a much more adventurous person, and a lot more open to life in general. Culture is very interesting to me and travel makes it come alive. It’s very hard to put into words I guess!

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Just do it. Foreign travel and discovery is life changing and really expands your horizons. You will meet very interesting people and most importantly you will experience things you never imagined possible.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Yes fitness, I am a Pilates junky! It is a mind & body discipline and very enjoyable for me.

 

Founder Of The Goldilocks Foundation – Dr. Barry Friedberg, MD

Originally from southeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Barry Friedberg has worked in freestanding surgery centers between 1986 and 1991. Since then, he has been a pioneering force in office-based anesthesia which began to take increasing importance in the early 1990s, especially for elective cosmetic surgery.

Friedberg created the non-profit Goldilocks Anesthesia Foundation to help create the force for change to get brain monitoring for major surgery under anesthesia as a standard of care. He also wrote ‘Getting Over Going Under, 5 things you must know before anesthesia’ to help patients ensure the use of the best available technology to avoid the rare death but all too common post-op brain fog.

What Is Your Hobby?

Trying to make other patients anesthesia experience better than the two dreadful ones I had prior to medical school. At 4, I had a tonsillectomy with open drop ether. It was like being smothered into unconsciousness with a pillow on one’s face. At 19, I had badly impacted third molars (so-called wisdom teeth) with a muscle relaxant that left me unable to breathe in the recovery room. That breathless sensation is not easily forgotten either.

Tell Us What You Love About It

Seeing the face of gratitude and amazement on my patients’ faces when they wake up realizing everything I told them preoperatively was true; namely, 1) you will not be over or under medicated and awaken mostly clear-headed and 2) we will not hurt you on the operating table. Today will not be the greatest day of pain from surgery. In about 12-24 hours your brain will realize it has been tricked during surgery but in that interval healing takes place.

Are There Any Groups You’re A Part Of Or Events That You Attend Related To Your Hobby?

I primarily go where my anesthesia teaching is more valued than by my anesthesia colleagues. That place would be the surgical meetings.

Have You Had To Invest In Equipment? If So, Please Share Some Of The Things You’ve Bought.

In 1978, I bought a Dinamap and separate printer. The DInamap was the tradename for the first commercially available automated blood pressure device. Those two devices provided me real time information during surgery wherein I was spending time pumping blood and fluids into patients whose clinical condition warranted that therapy to survive.

In 1998, I bought an Aspect Medical System bispectral (BIS) index brain monitor to measure patient response to propofol doses to protect patients from ketamine hallucinations. Ketamine allows the patient’s brain to be tricked by denying the brain the input of noxious painful signals like local anesthetic injection or skin incision.

Where Do You Buy Most Of Your Supplies?

I am very fortunate. My anesthesia supplies are purchased by the offices at which I provide anesthesia.

Are There Any Good Books For Beginners?

Beginners will profit by reading ‘Getting Over Going Under, 5 things you must know before anesthesia,’ available as a free download from www.goldilocksfoundation.org

How Has This Changed Your Life?

As a student of history, I have aspired to become a significant part of anesthesia history. With acknowledgments to both Virchow’s & Cushing’s Triads, I have advanced Friedberg’s Triad:

  • Measure the brain
  • Preempt the pain
  • Emetic drugs abstain

as an answer to the persistent anesthesia problems of over medication, postop pain, and postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV).

More than changing my life, this triad has changed my patients’ lives and the lives of other surgeons’ patients who I will never know. The change that I advocate for anesthesia care is like throwing a pebble into a pond. One never knows where the ripples will carry. Thanks to email, the internet & social media, I’ve already learned about some of those ripples that have reached around the world.

What Advice Do You Have For Others Starting Out With This Hobby?

Know that change is medicine is glacial. All people resist change. Physicians are notoriously resistant to change and anesthesiologists as a subset of physicians, are almost impossible to change. The hope I have for change is the public becoming aware of what the risks of major surgery under anesthesia WITHOUT a brain monitor are (i.e. 30% more drugs than needed with post opp brain fog, and rarely, even death) and knowing what to say when their anesthesiologist responds with ‘we don’t need a brain monitor.’ Prospective patients should answer. ‘With all due respect, it is not your needs I am concerned with. I have to live with the long-term consequences of your short-term anesthetic care.’ I liken this critical need for my anesthesia colleagues to change to that force for change which got fathers into delivery rooms to participate in the births of their children: public knowledge leading to public demand!

Are There Any Other Hobbies You Have?

Being the best husband and dad I can be as well as being the person my dog thinks I am.