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Episode 7: Lean Into Your Weird with Dr. Errin Weisman, DO

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“What I tell students and residents that I work with is you need to lean into your weird,” shares Dr. Errin Weisman, self-proclaimed queen of sass and burnout. In this week’s episode of The Catalyst, Dr. Weisman talks about how to lean into your weird in order to avoid burnout.

Dr. Weisman experienced burnout while working in family medicine when she realized that her job no longer aligned with her values. The job she’d chosen for herself as an 18 year old med school student no longer matched with who she was as a 35 year old woman. She changed her career by leaning into her weird and now focuses on helping patients with substance abuse disorders, something that interested her from a young age. 

Dr. Weisman went from burnt out to thriving because she gave herself permission to try something new.

Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst for a conversation with host Dr. Lara Salyer and special guest Dr. Errin Weisman about the importance of leaning into your weird. Learn tips for how to realign your work life with your current core values.

About Dr. Errin Weisman, Founder of Doctor Me First:

Errin Weisman, DO is a physician, life coach, podcaster and mother of three. Because of her personal experience with professional burnout early in her career, Dr. Weisman speaks openly with straight, raw honesty about her story in order to help others, particularly physicians, high achieving professionals and working parents, know YOU ARE NOT ALONE and YOU ARE NOT BROKEN.

While living and practicing in rural Southwestern Indiana, Dr. Weisman loves her roles as farmer’s wife, athlete and mother of dragons. Besides being sassy, she enjoys getting mud on her shoes, teaching her children how to catch tadpoles and reading a great fantasy fiction novel.

In This Episode We're Talking About:

  • How the hustle mentality creates a life of burnout
  • What it means to lean into your weird (and WHY it’s IMPORTANT)
  • Giving yourself permission to try something new


  • “Even though on the podcast it might seem like I have my shit all together, it’s just in this moment, because there’s probably a dumpster fire outside right now that I need to put out.” (1:56-2:03)


  • “When you’re go-go-go, and you’re everybody’s wonder woman, and you pick up the slack, and work is your drug, you can’t stop. You’re praying for things to stop you subconsciously.” (3:45-4:00)


  • “That lifestyle, how I had been working for nearly a decade and a half, it didn’t align with who I was. And I hadn’t stopped taking the time to be like, ‘Okay, the girl at 18 who decided to sign up for med school is not the woman at 35 and 40.’” (7:02-7:21) 


  • “What I tell students and residents that I work with is you need to lean into your weird.” (9:00-9:05)


  • “It is possible. It really is. You have to pick your hard. You can either stay in the hard of the suck right now or you can step out into uncertainty and say, ‘I don’t know what this is gonna look like. I don’t even know how I’m gonna do it, but I know that I’ve done hard things. I know that I’ve persevered before. I know that I’m not gonna let my kids eat cat food. I’m gonna do it differently.’” (14:42-15:10)


  • “Part of it is giving yourself the permission to try and to fail.” (17:19-17:26)


  • “When you are drowning in the swimming pool is not the time to learn swim lessons.” (2011-20:16)

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About The Catalyst Host, Dr. Lara Salyer:

I worked as a family physician for 15 years until burnout changed the trajectory of my career. I realized I wanted to start a holistic functional medicine practice in my rural hometown and made it happen. In addition to practicing functional medicine, I now mentor practitioners who are looking to change their paths in healthcare by using what I refer to as the “Catalyst Roadmap”. I share each step of this framework with listeners so that they may apply it to their careers, relationships, personal goals, and projects. 

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