The two of you come across as some of the most down-to-earth doctors I’ve ever met. What’s your secret?DBP: We try our best to keep things light around the office because chronic dizziness can be a real downer for people. And we know they’ve made a great first step toward recovery by coming to us.
DCN: We like to feel out each situation and tailor it to our patients. If they need a laugh, then we’ll try to lighten the mood. If they need a shoulder to lean on, then we’re there. Plus Pearce and I get along well.
What attracted you to Audiology?DCN: I was intrigued at the ears’ responsibility for balance and fascinated by the complexity of the vestibular system.
DBP: The combination of science and counseling was just the right balance for me.
What surprises you most about your work?DCN: The number of people in the world who are dizzy and the lack of resources.
DBP: It’s truly surprising.
Does any awesome patient memory come to mind?DBP: TONS!! But we can’t share them.
If you weren’t an Audiologist, what would you be doing?DCN: Dermatologist
DBP: Veterinarian or Chef
Where would you like to see Dizzy & Vertigo Institute in a decade?DCN: Continuing to make moves
DBP: Easily accessible to all dizzy patients outside of California
Outside of work, what keeps you busy?DBP: The commute to work. We carpool, though, which is fun.
DCN: Currently trying to beat the aging process and stay in shape.
What keeps you motivated?DBP: The patient stories
If you could raid one woman’s closet, who would it be?DCN: Victoria Beckham when she’s wearing all black.
DBP: Chelsea’s… after she’s raided Victoria Beckham’s.
What makes you laugh no matter what?DCN: Steve Harvey’s facial expressions on Family Feud
DBP: The girl that dances every single morning in front of Starbucks on the street corner during my morning commute
What show are you obsessed with right now?DCN: Housewives always and forever, pretty much anything on Bravo
DBP: American Crime and I’m not going to lie…Bachelor in Paradise
One thing you need to keep in your fridge at all times?DCN: Sauces. EVERY KIND, especially hot sauce, minus those that have vegetable and canola oil in them.
DBP: Pineapple juice and ranch
Any rituals or superstitions you believe in?DCN: Always have a drink..or two before getting on a plane
DBP: I will always pick up a penny
What’s something you can’t do?DCN: 1. Run a mile. 2. Keep up with emails
DBP: 1. Do a pull-up. 2. Keep my closet organized
Heels or flats?DCN: Heels ALL DAY.
DBP: Yep. Heels!
Favorite way to start your day?DCN: Wake up, stretch, run up staircase 7 times, and have an espresso.
DBP: Yoga and a run
Favorite way to end your day?DCN: Workout class, possible acid face peel, maybe a glass of wine depending on the workday, PJs, and some Netflix.
DBP: Take off make-up, heels off, and a good meal
If you could make a documentary, what would it be?DBP: Traveling internationally with kids…
DCN: How the Dizzy & Vertigo Institute was born. It would be terrifying, entertaining, and exciting all at the same time.