“I have control over my life – the flexibility to create the life I’ve always wanted!” – Kiana Long, D.O.

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I decided to become a doctor when I was very young. I’ve always loved science, and I love to help people. Going into medicine seemed like a natural way to combine those two loves.

I’ve also always known that I wanted to be a mom. I’m the oldest child in my family with six younger brothers, so I feel like I’ve been a mom my whole life.

When I had my first daughter in medical school, she had a lot of health issues, so I took a year off of school. For the nine months that I was out of school, I was a stay-at-home mom. I loved the one-on-one time with my daughter, but there was still a part of me that longed for some fulfillment outside of home.

It was during residency that I really began to feel the pull between work and home, and I worried that my two dreams – being a mom and a doctor were incongruent.

It’s always been important to me to take the time to teach my patients face-to-face, but I soon found that the extra time I was spending to educate and answer questions was constantly putting me “behind” on my paperwork. When I worked in the clinic, the work always followed me home. I was physically home, but not mentally. I found myself reviewing labs and finishing notes late into the night.

I wanted to find a position that would help me create a better work-life balance to allow me to be there for the big moments in my kids’ lives.
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I first heard about Docs Who Care while I was in residency. I started moonlighting to gain some experience and to practice what I had been learning.

After residency, I worked for a couple of other organizations, but I kept coming back to the idea of having control over my schedule.

I picked up a few shifts with Docs Who Care, and then I was hooked. Once I got a taste of the flexibility and ability to control my life and my schedule there was no turning back. I love the autonomy. This is the most human I’ve felt. The DWC staff truly cares about me as a person. I feel like family.

We have a tendency to stay in a very black and white world, but the fun part of life is the gray zone. That’s where variety and fun are!

If I want to work less, I can work less. If I want to pursue other passions, I can do that! My goal is to be able to retire when I’m 50, and I’m working toward that goal while maintaining a flexible schedule.

Trust me.   To be able to have that type of control over your life, to be able to create the life that you want and still not waste all those years of training and the investment you’ve made in your education, is an incredible feeling!

 

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I love taking shifts with DWC – you guys are great. I love the support! Keep the assignments coming!
Stephanie Erickson, M.D., DWC Provider since April 2011
trust
I feel honored to be a part of an organization that uniquely inspires trust at every level.
Lynne Holz, M.D., DWC Provider since 2006
priorities
Docs Who Care is about serving others first including your own family.
Jenifer Cook, M.D., DWC Provider since 2001
flexibility
The most unique aspect of Docs Who Care is the ‘no minimal time commitment’ in a physician’s contract. 
Warren “Zev” Levinson, M.D., DWC Provider since 2004
compassion
I am proud to be a small part of an organization defined by service, compassion, excellence and quality of care.
Joe Metcalf II, M.D., DWC Provider since 2008
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Docs Who Care has revitalized my love of patients, healthcare and giving.
Debra Wolfe, ARNP, DWC Provider since 2009
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Daniel LaPerriere, M.D., DWC Provider since 2007

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