Danielle DiPiero '10

Danielle DiPieroMajor: Biology
Hometown: Charleston, WV

Describe your current job role:

I am a family physician at Wellness First in Juno Beach. We are a concierge practice with a focus on individualized, functional medicine.  Functional medicine looks at the root cause of disease using one’s biochemical, genetic, and lifestyle factors. Our practice is also smaller, which allows us to spend quality time with each patient and address their specific needs more appropriately.

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I went to medical school immediately after graduation and completed my residency in July 2017. I started working at Wellness First shortly thereafter, so most of my experience in the last year has been trial by fire. I got very little education on the business side of medicine so that has been a steep learning curve for me.

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

The joy is in the journey. Things have a way of working out for the best.  I have been very blessed to have landed this opportunity right out of residency. Truthfully, I could not have found a better fit for me. Even still, after eleven years of school and training, I caught myself thinking, “Is this all there is?” Sure, I am fulfilled by my work and very grateful for it, but I wish I had allowed myself to just relax and enjoy the process.

"Comparison is the thief of joy. Be proud of your own process."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

PBA provided both the stability and accountability I needed to remain disciplined in my studies. I was challenged not only academically, but spiritually as well. I got to explore who I was and the kind of person I wanted to become. I guess you could say I grew into my own skin, and that has allowed me to remain confident and secure in who I am every step along the way.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Three things: 1. Comparison is the thief of joy. Be proud of your own process. Do not worry about what someone else is doing or listen to negative talk from people who think they know best. Your journey is not going to look like anyone else’s and that is a beautiful thing. 2. Pursue the thing that lights you up and sets your heart on fire! If it’s not your first job, that’s okay, just don’t settle until you find it. 3. Most importantly, do your best and let God do the rest. He is your biggest fan and forever working on your behalf.

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

Yes! My partner, Holly Hadley, has become my greatest support since moving back to Florida. She has taken me under her wing and taught me so much about medicine and how to run a successful business. At the same time, she’s also given me the autonomy to explore new ideas, visions, and direction for the practice. She treats me as her equal rather than an employee. Our relationship is very unique, and I feel incredibly blessed for the opportunity to learn from her. 

Spotlight posted in September 2018. For current updates from Danielle, visit her LinkedIn.