#Powerwives is a monthly column where we feature women who inspire us. Marital status is completely irrelevant. The title is inspired by our founders November 2013 Toronto Life cover story. This month’s #powerwife is Dr. Dina.
Dina Kulik is a wife, mother, pediatrician and emergency medicine doctor. She lives in Toronto, Ontario and is surrounded by testosterone with a husband, three sons (age 4, 2 and 3 months) and two male dogs (age 3 and 1!). She is a spin fanatic and adrenaline junky, needing constant stimulation to keep from getting bored (maybe that’s where the kids get it from?). Organized chaos is how she thrives. Maybe that’s why she has a ‘kid’ a year? Dina is eager to share practical and fun kids knowledge. She is hoping to get the conversation going on all things related to children’s health. Dina has been through it all, personally and professionally, and has lots of advice to share.
Name: Dr Dina Kulik
Handles across social media: @DrDinaKulik, FB Dr Dina Kulik, Pediatrician
Who is in your tribe? (family members, friends, partners)
My husband and best friend, my three amazing sons, my parents and three brothers and closest friends
What does a typical day look like for you?
Get kids up and off to school, feed the baby, head to the gym (for spinning, rowing, boxing or Lagree), home to feed the baby, to work and back home to feed again. Then dinner with the family, walk to the park with the kids. They go down at 7pm, then DrDina.ca blogging time and social media while I ‘spend time’ with my husband.
What’s in your clutch?
Five things you can’t live without?
My husband, kids, Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, my iPhone and green tea
Who is your hero?
My mom – cliche, but she raised four kids well, while working full time throughout. She shlepped us around every day and never complained. Our success is her success (my dad helped too 🙂
What are you reading?
content from my expert bloggers, and retweeted articles on Twitter and FB, with an occasional journal article mixed in to stay up to date with paediatric research.
How did you get your start?
I always wanted to be a paediatrician, my parents tell me I was 3 when i announced this goal. When I had my first son 4 years ago i found limited access to hit quality, easy to understand kids health info online, so thought I would start DrDina.ca to provide this for parents.
Tell us about a time you were challenged and you learned a lesson…
This is just like a med school interview question! I am challenged every day as a parent. Constant ‘why’ questions come to mind. Like ‘how is the baby going to come out mommy?’. Having an age-appropriate answer at the ready can prove challenging.
What inspires you?
The moms and dads I see every day. They work hard, tirelessly for their kids. That unconditional love, despite sleep deprivation and difficulties in parenting, is inspiring
What are you excited about right now?
Watching my kids become best friends. The older ones didn’t care much about each other even a few months ago. Now they play like buddies, and love the little guy too. It’s exactly what i was hoping for.
How do you unwind?
Exercise. Seems counterintuitive, but working out gives me my energy and focus. Without it daily, I am lost, and a bitch.
Most interesting people to follow on social media?
There are so many interesting mom bloggers, and mommy-doctors that i love. They bring with them a unique perspective on medicine and parenting.
Follow your dreams, as long as they excite you and drive you. Never procrastinate. Give everything your all. Take an hour of ‘me time’ a day.
Advice for women trying to get to where you are:
Find something you love, and do it often. Even if that takes you away from people that rely on you. You are most important and if you aren’t happy and fulfilled, you are useless to others. If you have a dream, just go after it. Don’t make excuses, you’ll regret it. Get enough sleep, exercise daily and eat nutritiously, most of the time. You’ll have more energy and perform at your best. Who doesn’t love efficiency?