Who is Dr. Plastic Picker?
I am a 40-something general pediatrician, married, and mother of 2 great kids. I found myself immersed in the modern dilemma of too much work, constant inputs from emails/social media/work patient messaging, poor sleep and back pain. I joined weight watchers, tried Keto, and contemplated joining one of the various fitness programs when I realized something was broken. Then inspired by the young climate activists including Boyan Slat of the Ocean Clean Up https://theoceancleanup.com/ and the young Greta Thunberg from Sweden who are trying to combat climate change, I realized that joining a gym was a waste of time and that climate change and not my appearance was a more pressing concern.
Why not use my human energy to help the earth? https://drplasticpicker.com/plastic-picking-round-up/ Why not donate the money I would spend on weight loss programs to environmental causes? https://drplasticpicker.com/donation-round-up/ This is my journey to help reduce plastic use and clean up ocean plastic, one walk at a time. Picking up ocean plastic, looking for the large and small pieces amongst the waves and kelp in the quiet of the Southern Californian mornings has inadvertently healed me. I learned to reprogram my brain to slow down, notice each small piece of plastic, and walking alone along the shore in the sand thinking my own thoughts and thinking about the world, helped me help myself. I feel better, and I think I am helping the earth and the community. This is my journey, and I hope you will join me.
You can follow drplasticpicker on instagram or twitter @drplasticpicker or contact me via old fashioned email at email@example.com. Just like my internet hero lenpenzo, it’s just me @drplasticpicker and not an army of internet bots so I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can. If you are a patient, this blog is for entertainment purposes and environmental advocacy only – so please go through normal procedures to contact me at the office.
You’ll find the bulk of all my non-clinical and non-academic writing on this blog. I have authored my fair share of academic papers and posters, and lots of middle management emails. But outside of work, I have been featured in KevinMD, top social media site for physicians, PBMonthly, mentioned in several grand rounds including my old training program Massachusettes General Hospital for Children. My son mentioned me at his Climate Strike speach at high school, that was a proud moment indeed. I am a Motivational Guest Speaker for children’s groups and schools, charging $0 fee and brining around my trash art series and Reusable Grocery Tote bags.
I advocate for the environment on this blog, but also serve as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Climate Change and Heatlh commitee chair for our local chapter, and am our local lead of Climate Action Now Network – a group of all health professionals working on climate issues. I am non-partisan and some of my closest family and friends are conservative Republicans, and I believe that the climate is a non-partisan issue and a local issue.